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Conserving Resources...Starting in 2013, we will no longer publish newsletters. Instead we will put our efforts into posting information and educational links online. Toward the end of the year we will post a summary report. If you would like the paper edition of this report, please call the office.

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Curbside Recycling containers

We are no longer able to provide the high quality recycling bags to our curbside recycling customers.

Announcement to our valued curbside recycling participants:

 We have always provided our customers with low cost, high quality, locally made recycling bags for use in setting out material at the curb.  Unfortunately the local distributor has sold their business to a national firm that no longer offers bags of acceptable quality at an affordable price.  As a result, we are no longer able to obtain recycling bags.  We are very upset by this turn of events and deeply regret the inconvenience to you, both new and longtime customers.  We will be researching some options for local and online outlets from which recyclers can purchase their own containers and will post that information on our webpage as soon as it is available. 

 Please remember that we currently do offer high quality, stackable recycling bins for purchase.  However, you do not need to use specifically designed recycling containers to have your material picked up.  In most cases paper sacks, laundry baskets and boxes work well.  Please make sure that your containers: 1) are not falling apart; 2) weigh no more than 40 lbs. (with recyclables in them); and 3) do not collect rainwater, leaves, garbage, etc.

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The Recycling journey

Discover the new life of your recycling material

Keep America Beautiful has created this fun, fact filled website that answers many questions and gives great insight on what becomes of your recycling material once you set it out at the curb or drop it off at our recycling facility.

Check it out!!!

http://www.iwanttoberecycled.org/learn

 

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Waste and Recycling statistics

American Recycler News provides a report with statistics on the waste and recycling stream performed by the EPA. 

http://americanrecycler.com/8568759/index.php/news/waste-news/198-recycling-steady-waste-stream-lighter

Another great survey showing Americans are proud to Recycle

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/environmental-industry-associations-survey-finds-most-americans-are-proud-to-recycle----when-they-can-231919281.html

 

 

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Benefits of Recycling

Recycling and the benefits it can have on the economy

Here are just a few articles that contain some very useful facts for the benefits of recycling. 

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/01/31/recycling-the-economy-turning-trash-into-cash/

http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-benefits.html

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E-Waste

No longer accepting e-waste at GJ CRI facility

NOTICE TO OUR CUSTOMERS

 Effective Monday, September 16th, 2013 — GJ CRI will no longer be accepting E-waste.

Please contact one of the R2 and ISO14001 certified electronic  recyclers below.

 Mesa County Hazardous Waste Facility         

Mesa County Landfill                  

(970) 257-9336     Call for details and fees.                                           

 E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado   

1027 South 7th St.  Call for hours and fees. (970) 986-4002

 

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Recyclables and hot weather

Household chemicals and hot weather can present hazards

Just a reminder to our wonderful customers!

Help keep yourselves, as well as our crew members - SAFE.

As summer approaches and the weather heats up, so do trace chemicals in those household product containers you set outside in the sun to await recycling pick up!  One of our crew members was burned this past week by a substance leaking out of an undrained container.

Even laundry detergents contain chemicals that can cause burns when heated by the sun.  So please,  drain and, if possible, rinse your containers before putting them in your recycling bag or bin.  If contents remain in the container and you know or suspect it to be toxic, please take it to the Mesa County Hazardous Waste Facility….don’t recycle it!

Thank You!

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Oversees markets for Plastics #3-7 dries up

Plastic recycling #3-7

 

China has initiated Operation Green Fence, inspecting loads of recyclables coming into their ports and rejecting those that contain waste.  This has dramatically impacted the U.S. plastics and paper markets.  Recycling companies in the U.S. which collect plastics #3-7 have suddenly found themselves scrambling for an end market, as few exist in the United States for these plastics.
GJ CRI only accepts plastics for which it has strong U.S. markets (currently #1,#2 and #5) and is not affected by this development.
Read more about this under "YOU ASKED" on our website.

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