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Closing the Consumer Loop

Posted June 14, 2016 A hundred years ago things were built to last.  The majority of products were made from natural materials, and most were reused or recycled at the end of their life. The waste stream mainly consisted of things like coal ash and food scraps. Being wasteful was frowned upon and society’s use of raw materials was, as a whole, far more circular than it is in the “throw- away” society of .

The challenges low oil prices bring to the Waste and Recycling Industry

Posted April 19, 2016 Low oil prices may come as a relief at the pump, but they’ve had a damaging effect on the waste and recycling industry. As oil prices continue to bounce along at their lowest levels in more than a decade, the cost of virgin materials has dropped below that of recycled materials, which is decreasing demand by manufacturers for recycled goods. Originally posted by Waste 360 March 16, 2016       .

Colorado companies strive to collect and recycle more glass

Posted March 16, 2016 Glass can be recycled endlessly.   It’s easy to presume that the bottles and jars you put out at the curb will soon be headed off to be melted down and remade into new jars and bottles. Curbside customers in the City of Grand Junction can rest assured that this is exactly what happens to the glass they recycle. All of the glass collected by our program is sorted by color .

Micro Bead Hazard

Posted February 18, 2016 A Farewell to Micro-beads in the U.S.A. Micro-beads will soon be banned at the federal level. You may be wondering, what exactly are micro-beads? Why do they need to be banned? And what does this have to do with me? Micro-beads are tiny plastic spheres, which are commercially available in a number of sizes ranging from 10 micrometers to 1 millimeter and are used in a number of applications including .

Colorado Recycling

Posted February 16, 2016 Colorado lawmakers and recyclers pushing for state funding for statewide plan According to Joey Bunch in a December 2015 article published in the Denver Post: A group of Colorado political leaders and recyclers want some government help in turning garbage into jobs and profits in an environmentally conscious state with a lousy track record of reusing its waste. And though the state is facing a budget crunch next year, Gov. John .

2015 Commodities Report

Do you ever wonder how much waste is actually diverted from entering the landfill when you recycle? If so, let us assure you that the efforts you make to recycle, either at the curb or at the West Avenue drop off, along with the efforts of your friends and neighbors, literally equates to tons of material and makes a tremendous difference. The following, are the six major categories of recyclable commodities collected and shipped .

We generate too much waste

Every year, the world produces more than two billion tons of waste — enough to fill a fleet of trash trucks to circle the world 24 times, according to sustainability project the World Counts. The World Bank estimates the yearly global cost of dealing with waste is more than $200 billion and predicts annual waste will exceed 11 million tons per day by 2100. Originally posted on World.mic August 18, 2015: But where does .

Recycling struggling in America but NOT in Grand Junction

Throwing everything into one large bin is called, “single- stream recycling” and it has seen tremendous growth over the past two decades. With the promise of increased public participation and material recovery rates, a rising number of municipalities have opted to implement single-stream programs.  However, the increase in rates has come at a high price to many of these municipalities. A lack of recycling education and larger bins has led to higher contamination rates .

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: