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Local recyclers honored

Zach Fridell

Sean Derning, the building maintenance technician for TIC, dumps paper into a Dumpster used for recycling behind the TIC corporate headquarters on Elk River Road. Yampa Valley Recycles recognized TIC, the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and the Steamboat Springs School District Food Services Department as outstanding recyclers for their efforts in the past year.

— With bottles, cans, paper, batteries, light bulbs and hard drives, companies in Steamboat Springs have made an effort to recycle corporate detritus, ensuring tons of materials do not end up in a landfill.

Yampa Valley Recycles will honor three companies next week as Outstanding Recyclers of the Year, a title based on variety of methods used to reduce their waste, YVR chairman Craig Schifter said. The awards are given in recognition of America Recycles Day, held today, but celebrated throughout November.

TIC, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and the Steamboat Springs School District Food Services Department have increased their recycling by creating green teams and initiating recycling programs.

Kathleen Titus, manager of administrative services for TIC, said the effort grew out of employee interest.

“This was decided because we have a lot of employees who were asking us what we were doing for sustainability in our own offices,” she said.

During the final quarter of 2007, TIC recycled 65 tons of waste paper, plastic and glass bottles and aluminum and metal cans, in addition to 6.5 tons of cardboard and dozens of light bulbs, batteries and phone books. The program will expand, beginning Monday, to include desk-side recycling.

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Ski Corp. has made an effort to recycle many of the same items and has incorporated sustainable food into its programs. The company also created staff uniforms from 50 percent recycled material.

In the school district, the nutritional services department, led by Max Huppert, now uses reusable plastic trays and “green” cleaning solutions and recycles its food waste.

The three companies will be honored Monday at the Routt County Board of Commissioners meeting and Tuesday at the Steamboat Springs City Council meeting.