Terracycle for Schools:

May 31st of 2012 marks the official introduction of the Infinite West partnership with East Grand Middle School to the 6th graders! We will be talking about the concepts of ‘Reduce, Re-Use & Recycle’ throughout the day in the school, as well as kicking off the Terracycle fundraiser to help teachers get more of the things they need to teach the value of sustainability to our kids. If you would like to help out in the school on this day, or with the Terracycle program in general, please contact Thomas Harris below.

We are currently collecting specific waste materials for Up-Cycling as a fundraiser for Grand County Schools. For more information, or to get involved, contact:

Thomas Harris, Director (970-531-6054)

Volunteer Recycling at Country ACE Hardware:

Help us keep recycling alive and well in Grand County! We are collaborating with Valley Recycling and Disposal and Curbside Recycling to offer volunteer-based recycling at Country ACE Hardware every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Bring your recycling and hang out with us for a couple of hours to help direct people to the proper bins. It’s easy, fun and a great way to meet progressive thinkers in the community!

To become involved with our recycling day, or to learn more about Infinite West’s recycling efforts, contact:

Thomas Harris, Director at 970-531-6054

Recycling Volunteers from left to right: Michelle Murray-Hedlund, Tim Hodsdon, Cindy Kleh, Guy Larson & Carolyn Caskey

Recycling in Grand County:

Did you know that Grand County, Colorado has its own non-profit dedicated to increasing recycling opportunities in our area? The Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition (GRRC) grew out of a 2009 Summit hosted by Infinite West at Snow Mountain Ranch.

You can visit the GRRC website here: The Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition (GRRC)

Additional Local Recycling Resources:

Rocky Mountain Re-Source and Re-Use Center

Curbside Recycling Grand County

Valley Recycling & Disposal

Green Thum Oil Recycling

Grand E Cycle

General Recycling Resources:

What Can You Recycle at Country Ace Hardware?

  • Glass Bottles & Jars – All Colors (please no windows, plate glass, or any other non-container glass!)*
  • Plastic Containers 1-7 (Please remove lids!)
  • Plastic Bags
  • Clean Aluminum Cans &  Aluminum Foil (please separate from tin cans)
  • Tin Cans
  • Scrap Metal
  • Cardboard – Including: Corrugated, Paper Board, Cereal Boxes and Egg Cartons please no toilet paper or paper towel rolls *
  • Mixed Paper – Including: Paper Bags, Newspaper, Magazines and (please no Wrapping Paper! the Coating will not allow us to recycle it locally)
  • You can recycle Plastic Air Pillows! (those packaging pillows for shipping) You can either pre-pop them (fun for the whole family) or pop them on-site with the help of a friendly volunteer. Last Saturday we did a snow dance while deflating.

Recycling Facts and Figures

  • Any paper product that has had food or grease on it can ruin a batch of paper being recycled due to the fact that oils from the food form at the top of the slurry (paper and water mixture) and do not allow the paper fibers to separate. Industry-wide, some estimates of the costs of irresponsible contamination come in the neighborhood of $700 million a year.
  • High-grade computer paper can be recycled five to seven times before it is no longer reusable.
  • If the U.S. reduced its paper consumption by 10% annually, we could save enough energy to power 228,000 homes; the carbon emissions equivalent to removing 279,000 cars from the road and saving 11 billion gallons of water.
  • The Sierra Club estimates that about 900 million trees are cut down annually for the production of paper worldwide.
  • Recycle holiday cards by using the front covers as postcards.
  • Each year 19 billion catalogs are mailed to American consumers! Those catalogs used 53 million trees, 38 billion BTUs of energy, 53 billion gallons of water and created 5.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Please opt out of mailing lists at and/or pass on your catalogs to friends and family.
  • Magazines do not contaminate paper recycling and save 60 percent of the energy needed to make new paper. Once recycled, magazines cannot be used to make new magazines, but they do help make newspaper, tissue, writing paper and paperboard. Unfortunately, only 20 percent of magazines are recycled from the home, according to Magazine Publishers of America.
  • Recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil and takes only 75% of the energy needed to make new cardboard.
  • In 2007, 275.1 million pounds of post-consumer carpet was diverted from landfills and recycled; which is the equivalent of not using 2.5 million barrels of oil.
  • Americans buy an estimated 29.8 billion plastic bottles every year! Although recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for up to 6 hours, takes 2/3 less energy than required to make products from raw materials, and accounts for 4 percent of the energy consumption in the U.S., and less than 1 percent of all plastics is recycled!
  • Each year, Americans throw away 180,000 tons of batteries, which include nickel cadmium, alkaline, mercury, nickel metal hydride and lead acid? All of these metals can be toxic to the environment and are completely recyclable.
  • In some cases, composting completely eliminates wood preservatives, pesticides, and both chlorinated and non-chlorinated hydrocarbons in contaminated soil.
  • The energy saved by recycling one glass bottle is enough to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours. Plus, recycled glass (cullet) requires 40% less energy to re-produce and can go from a recycling bin to the supermarket shelf in 30 days.
  • 90 percent of the material in mattresses is recyclable. Unfortunately, up to 300 mattresses are tossed out DAILY, accounting for an average of 23 cubic feet of landfill space.

Reduce and Re-Use

  • Make food and product choices with the goal of less packaging.
  • Corrugated Cardboard should always be recycled—unless it is soiled with oils or food debris.
  • Plastic bags are a major environmental no-no. Keep a stash of reusable fabric bags near the door so you won’t forget to take them along when you go shopping.
  • Always buy trash bags made from recycled plastic. They are readily available and are just as sturdy as regular bags.
  • The average useful life of a plastic fork is 4 minutes! Each year Americans throw away enough plastic forks to circle the globe 300 times!
  • Use cold water when pouring kitchen grease down the drain, that way it solidifies and is less likely to stick to the pipes.
  • Always buy recycled toilet paper. You only use it once before disposing of it, so it doesn’t have to be the very best quality.
  • When it comes to buying things, choose built-to-last items rather than buying for short-term use.
  • Bamboo is a great green choice for household items because it grows fast, is sustainable and grows without the use of pesticides or fertilizers.
  • One gallon of motor oil has the potential to contaminate one million gallons of water.
  • Cell phones in working condition can be donated to people with disabilities or shelters for battered women, since any phone is capable of dialing 911 regardless of its service.
  • Non-organic cotton is the most pesticide-dependent crop in the world! It actually takes one-third of a pound of pesticides to make one t-shirt.

* Why Can’t We Recycle…

1. …Glass other than containers? Our glass containers go to Coors for recycling. This is great, because the environmental footprint (energy used to get it there) is fairly low. Coors will not allow anything other than containers, however. This is because they recycle the glass directly into new bottles, and only bottle glass can be used for that. If the glass bin is contaminated, they will send the whole batch back, and it will go in the landfill.

2. …Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls? At this time, the cardboard recycling company demands that all toilet paper and paper towel rolls be separated into their own bales. The recycling process is different for these cardboards than for cereal boxes, corrugated cardboard and paperboard. Contamination of the bins means that the whole bin gets rejected and goes in the landfill.

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