Steamboat Springs seeks recycling ambassadors

Steamboat Springs city officials are looking for several community members to serve as recycling ambassadors who will help educate and encourage recycling in multifamily housing complexes.

“The city has a goal to divert 85% of our waste stream through composting and recycling by 2050, with an interim goal of 46% by 2030,” Community Recycling Coordinator Alicia Archibald said in a news release. “By engaging passionate volunteers in their own neighborhoods, we will educate residents on recycling best practices to increase recycling collection rates and decrease contamination within our multifamily housing complexes.”

According to the city, with the first recycling ambassadors already working in a few complexes, Steamboat Springs needs additional volunteers to help spur change in recycling and waste reduction.

As an ambassador, volunteers will be asked to lead by example in their multifamily housing complexes, while educating neighbors about recycling and other waste reduction strategies.

Recycling Ambassadors assist with the following education and outreach in their complex:

  • Educate neighbors on proper recycling habits and general waste reduction
  • Engage fellow residents through education and recycling initiatives within each complex
  • Provide information about the recycled materials accepted by local waste-collection services

The next training session for new ambassadors will be 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to sign up in advance on the city’s website.

Additionally, city officials are also promoting expanding residents’ efforts to include composting, and people may pick up a free kitchen compost pail to go along with signing up for composting services from the city’s local community partner, Cowgirl Compost CO. For more, go to

Routt County Department of Environmental Health also will host a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off event 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 7 at the Steamboat Springs Middle School parking lot. For more, go to the county’s website.

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