Community Recycling Drop-Off Day is Saturday in Steamboat Springs |

Community Recycling Drop-Off Day is Saturday in Steamboat Springs

Javier Loya

— It’s time to strap on the face mask and venture into the frightening unknown that is the space underneath your teenager’s bed. You’ll be looking for any old, forgotten or hazardous items that might qualify as recyclable.

On Saturday, Howelsen Hill will be the site of the fifth annual Community Recycling Drop-Off Day from 9 a.m. to noon. The Yampa Valley Recycles group works under the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s umbrella to partner with a dozen sponsors to put on this event.

The recycling day is meant to provide a single place to drop off hard-to-recycle items, such as household hazardous materials and electronic waste.

Yampa Valley Recycles administrator Emilie Rogers said the first drop-off initially was planned as a one-day experiment to gauge the need for such an event in the Yampa Valley.

“Now, over 400 cars come within the three-hour period,” Rogers said.

Everyone is encouraged to keep within the one-carload, one-visit limit. This year, anyone coming with a second drop-off load will be fined in order to allow as many people as possible to participate.

The drop-off will be held to a strict three-hour time frame, and volunteers still are needed. Anyone who would like to volunteer should email Rogers at

“Without the great volunteers and sponsors we have every year, this event would not be possible,” Rogers said.

She added that monetary donations are greatly appreciated. The money donated goes toward funding other Yampa Valley Recycles programs, events and activities.

No trash, mattresses, furniture, couches, particle board, painted or stained rotten lumber or commercial materials will be accepted.

A comprehensive list of items allowed and fees that will be charged for electronics, paint, appliances and other hard-to-recycle items can be found at the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s website at

Accepted materials

Free to recycle:

Appliances, working

Bikes, bike tires and tubes

Building materials

Car batteries, no alkaline

Clothing and fabric not suitable for reuse, must be at least 1 square foot in size

Compact fluorescent light bulbs

Fluorescent tube light bulbs, no tubes longer than 6 feet


Oxygen tanks

Phone books


Plastic bags

Printer cartridges

Scrap metal

Shoes, gently used

Single-stream recyclables


Wine corks, natural only

Wrappers for candy bars, chip bags, energy bars, cookies, juice pouches, coffee bags

Yard waste including grass, sticks, leaves, garden cuttings and branches up to 6 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter

Ziploc brand bags and plastic containers

Fee to recycle:

$75: Freon removal from non-working appliances

$45: TVs, console or projection

$20: TVs, tabletop

$10: Electronics, including VCR and DVD players, stereos, alarm clocks, desktop fax machines, scanners, printers, desktop computers, mice and keyboards

$15: Computer monitors

$2: propane tanks and fire extinguishers

$3 per gallon: oil-based paint and stains

$2 per gallon: latex paint

$1 per gallon: motor oil

Madison Ruppel, a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a fall intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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