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Electronics recycling available in Yampa Valley to comply with landfill ban

Michael Schrantz
Waste Management employee Tony Nanio loads a television into a box while preparing a load of used electronic equipment to be shipped from Steamboat Springs to the Waste Management Recycle America center in Denver. The company regularly sends outdated and unused electronics
John F. Russell

Items banned from landfills



Computer monitors



Fax machines

Laptops, notebooks, ultra books, net books and tablets

DVD players and VCRs

Radios and stereos

Video game consoles

Video display devices with viewing screens greater than 4 inches diagonally.

Find more information from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment here.

Routt County recyclers

Waste Management: 2701 Downhill Drive, 970-879-2400

Twin Enviro Services: 20650 Routt County Road 205, 970-879-6985

G&S Mountain Recyclers: 2631 Uphill Circle, 970-736-2364

— Residents of the Yampa Valley likely are already accustomed to recycling e-waste, but a statewide ban on disposing of certain electronics in landfills goes into effect July 1 to drive home the point.

Now, if a TV is left on the curb, a sticker will be placed on it nicely reminding the owner that it can’t be accepted, said Lara Rezzarday, of Waste Management.

Waste Management offers e-waste recycling at its Steamboat Springs location, 2701 Downhill Drive. Twin Enviro Services in Milner and G&S Mountain Recyclers in Oak Creek also recycle electronics. G&S Mountain Recyclers does offer pickup services. All three companies charge fees for e-waste.

“Electronics are a very challenging item to recycle, so that’s why the fee is included in recycling,” said Emilie Rogers, of Yampa Valley Recycles.

E-waste also will be accepted at Yampa Valley Recycles’ fall community recycling day, but the fees still will apply, Rogers said.

Trish Nickerson, of Twin Enviro Services, said most electronic items are $15 to recycle and TVs are $5 per inch of the screen size.

Nickerson said items dropped off in Milner go to an electronics recycler in Denver to be processed. Electronics collected by Waste Management will be processed at its own facilities, which hold multiple environmental certifications, and the company has signed onto the Responsible Recycling Practices program, Rezzarday wrote in an email.

“These actions signify the company’s agreement to conduct their electronics recycling programs transparently and in accord with rigorous environmental and worker safety standards, and to adhere to measures that prevent the export of hazardous e-waste to developing countries,” she wrote.

Staples in Steamboat also recycles electronic devices other than TVs. It does not charge for the service.

Not included in the statewide ban are telephones. Any type of phone still can be disposed of in landfills, but Rezzarday said Waste Management encourages people to recycle cellphones.

Most car parts and nonhazardous industrial and commercial devices also still can be disposed of in landfills.

The law allows county commissioners to opt out if the recycling infrastructure isn’t available, but only Rio Blanco County won’t meet the July 1 deadline, according to The Denver Post.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is reminding people who are recycling computers and hard drives to take steps to ensure their private information is safe. Deleting files does not guarantee the information is gone, according to the department’s website. Special disk wiping software can be used or a nail can be hammered through the disk in multiple places.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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