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Managing Battery Waste

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away more than three billion (approximately 180,000 tons) of batteries annually. The vast majority of those landfilled are alkaline. The soup of harmful substances contained in alkaline batteries (which include toxic heavy metals and corrosive acids) are sealed in the manufacturing process, and consumers do not come…

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AMP Robotics

As the recycling industry continues to face market and quality challenges, companies such as AMP Robotics are creating hi-tech solutions. With charges for recycling continuing to escalate ($32.50 per ton as of June 2019 vs. $5.00 per ton May 2018 at the Boulder County Recycling Center), innovation with robotic sorting is gaining interest at material…

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Electronics Recycling

Where is your stash —  In a closet? On a garage shelf? Down in the basement? Most of us have an area in the house where outdated electronics accumulate. When you decide to clear the clutter, be sure to do so responsibly. In 2013, the state of Colorado passed the Electronic Recycling Jobs Act prohibiting…

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Pollinator Project

Earth Day and Beyond Every year for the past 49 years, Earth Day has been observed around the world as a way to raise global ecological awareness. Observed in 192 countries, it is now the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. This year’s theme is “Protect our Species”. And while we here in…

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Schacht Spindle Looms Large

In Boulder, the farm to table concept is well known and practiced by many Boulder restaurants to help customers see the connection between the food served and the farms where this food grows. In addition, many of us also maintain our own gardens to feed our families fresh healthy foods. This connection to farms, while…

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Paper Recycling – Take the Quiz

You’ve got the basics down, now it’s time to up your game. Take the “pulp fiction” quiz below to see how well you know the Boulder County Recycling Center’s paper recycling guidelines. Fact or fiction – the following papers are recyclable: Copy or printer paper-ream wrappers Hanging and file folders Construction paper and tissue paper…

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Can I Recycle Propane Cyclinders?

Summer is here! For many of us, summertime means camping at one of the countless magical spots here in Colorado. For others, this is the time to finally get some projects done around the house while also keeping that yard looking good. However, did you know that both activities create a unique waste item that must…

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Construction and Demolition Diversion Challenges

Across the Front Range, surging economic and population growth have stimulated the construction industry.  New homes, apartment complexes and buildings are being built while older buildings are being removed or renovated.  This construction activity generates jobs, homes, and offices, but at the same time, generates a significant amount of construction and demolition (C&D) waste.  Keeping…

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