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Why do we need to keep phone books separate?

We ask that our customers keep phone books separate so that we can market our paper products to multiple mills. Each mill has different specifications for how many phone books are allowed in the paper mix they purchase. The individual specifications depend on the end product the mills produce. For example a mill that makes newspaper stock might allow only 36 phone books for every ton. So we actually count how many individual phone .

Why do we have to separate our recyclables when other cities have co-mingled pick up?

The clean, sorted material you set at the curb for pick up can be easily and cost-effectively recycled.  Your pre-sorting efforts ensure that the material collected is marketable and will be recycled rather than discarded or used for less beneficial, one-time applications.  Pre-sorting reduces the risk of on-the-job injuries to recycling workers who otherwise might have to handle a large volume of broken glass, can lids or unsanitary items.  The labor and time involved .

What happens to my material after it’s collected at the curb?

Your sorted material is emptied into different compartments on one of our specially designed trailers.  After picking up several thousand pounds of material by hand each day, our hard working crews bring it back to the facility where they offload and combine it with like material collected at the public drop off.  In the mornings we have “plastics parties” around the conveyor belts:  The same people who pick up your material help sort plastics .

Aerosol and paint cans

Recycle aerosol and paint cans Are aerosol cans recyclable? Yes!  Just make sure they are completely empty!  Put them with your other steel cans. Can I recycle old paint cans? Paint cans are recyclable as long as only a trace of paint remains and it is completely dried. If the can still contains paint, you may take it to the Hazardous Waste Facility at the Mesa County Landfill for recycling.  Here’s another trick:  Pour .

Plastics #1, #2, & #5

Recycling plastics #1, #2, & #5 Why do you only accept #1,#2 and #5 plastics? Other programs take them all! Don’t be fooled into thinking that all (or even most) of the plastic collected by those programs is actually recycled!  There are very few domestic (U.S.) markets for plastics numbered 3 through 7.  China, one of the principal foreign markets for U.S. plastics, has recently undertaken measures to stem the influx of non-recyclable and .

2014 Annual Report

Year end summary and important program changes Important Program Changes: Discontinuance of locally made re-usable recycling bags  For over 20 years GJ CRI has provided its curbside customers with locally made, 22 gallon, reusable polypropylene recycling bags. Unfortunately the local supplier sold to another company and the bag specifications changed. Due to these changes, the bags no longer meet our quality standards.  As a result we have had to discontinue this service.  We encourage .

Economic Benefits

In Colorado, the recycling and re-manufacturing industries compare closely with natural resource development and mining in terms of economic benefits. Recycling and reuse outpace the waste and disposal industry in job growth and remain the largest job creators in the Energy Efficiency (EE) sector within the State. The EE sector employs over 81,000 Colorado residents and generates over 9 billion in annual revenue. Read more in these articles:  http://www.cafr.org/pdf/resources/RecyclingandtheEconomy.pdf http://waste360.com/research-and-statistics/waste-recycling-employment-hits-record-september

Innovations in Recycled Packaging

Environmentally friendly packaging’s, such as those made from recycled content, or by other means that reduce their environmental impact, are gaining ground in the market place.  What exactly are the benefits of recycled and eco-friendly packaging? From an environmental standpoint, they help to avoid depletion of both renewable and non-renewable resources, minimize waste and the use of raw materials, and help to reduce pollution as well as energy consumption. September 2015 Have you ever .

Recycling Container Update

Local suggestions for recycling containers Recycling Container Update:  October 21, 2014 Please remember that it is not necessary to use official recycling containers for curbside pick up.  Almost all stores carry some type of toter, bin or other container that would work just fine for recycling.  The difference is that official recycling containers are often treated with some type of UV protection to better withstand the elements.  The bins we have available are open .

Land Based Marine Debris Reduction Act of 2014

News release by Resource Recycling According to an August 13th news release by Resource Recycling a new bill, the Land Based Marine Debris Reduction Act of 2014,  has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Honda, a California Democrat.  The bill authorizes the EPA to “require the manufacturer of the product or packaging to use recovered materials of that or another category in the product or packaging.” This ambitious legislation .