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By Mary Wolbach Lopert

The sign says it all


December 30, 2016

Photo by Karen Copperberg There are several ways to properly dispose of the usual extra recyclables and other trash this holiday season, but dumping is not one of them. Cardboard boxes must be flattened and placed in bins at the site on North 79th Street.

Don’t leave your holiday waste for others to clean up. While some of the material pictured is recyclable, the corrugated boxes need to be broken down and placed in the bins. These bins are for single-stream processing.

According to the Boulder County recycling website, single-stream recycling “means all recyclable containers and recyclable paper materials are combined in one bin.”

For hard to recycle items, CHaRM (Center for Hard or Recycle Materials) accepts electronics, scrap metal, mattresses, paint, small plastic appliances, plastics and miscellaneous items such as bicycles and parts, books, cooking oil, fire extinguishers, porcelain toilets and sinks, reusable shoes and textiles and yoga mats. Fees may apply.

Other items such as labels, stickers, pet food/charcoal/fertilizer bags, frozen food container boxes, ceramics, vases, dishes, drinking glasses and mirrors should be thrown away. Wrapping and tissue paper, facial tissue, napkins, waxed paper, paper towels/plates and cups should be thrown away.

A reminder about plastic grocery bags: While the bags can be thrown away, if bags are clean, dry, and empty they can be recycled at most grocery stores or at CHaRM.

CHaRM is located at 6400 Arapahoe Rd. Boulder. Call 303-444-6634 for more information. For a complete listing of recyclable items, hard to recycle items and non-recyclables go to Bouldercounty.org and click on recycling.


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