Waste Diversion and Recycling Campaign, Press Release #1

Waste Diversion & Recycling Campaign

Press Release
Immediate Release 04/19/18
Contact: John Stump, RREO Campaign Manager (719) 589-2917
SLVEC Office: (719) 589-1518


“You deserve it, we deserve it”

ALAMOSA --- The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC) is launching an outreach-education campaign to raise public awareness about waste diversion and recycling.

Outreach-education materials to be made available at least through June
Campaign information delivered via a variety of media between now and June 30 will provide opportunities to better understand waste diversion; brush up on basic knowledge about recycling and its benefits; easily locate major recycling facilities throughout the Valley; learn how other communities in the State of Colorado have implemented a successful recycling program; and determine strategies to control and prevent illegal dumping.
A review of the successful operations in other parts of Colorado will also be tailored for use by public officials and community leaders who could eventually determine an appropriate model for funding and governance that will work here.

The relevance of the campaign to the SLVEC Study and Ten-Year Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan
The campaign caps the completion of the SLVEC’s San Luis Valley Waste Diversion and Recycling Study, including its ten-year plan. Painstakingly compiled and then completed in November 2017, the SLV Ten-Year Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan (2017–2027) calls for the creation of a network of drop-sites to serve residents who are currently without an easily accessible place to deposit their trash and recyclables. The Plan also calls for improvements to whichever existing systems have a capacity to handle an increasing demand for recycling over the next ten years.
This implementation could involve the expansion of Alamosa’s Rickey Recycling Center acting as a hub for baling and storing recyclables transported from collection points, and then preparing material for the next stage in the cycle—known as “end markets”—whereby cardboard, plastics, paper, and metal are processed or re-formed into usable products.

How this outreach effort builds upon one with Conejos Clean Water (CCW) in 2010–2012
This present outreach-education campaign can trace its evolution to an EPA Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) 2010–2012 environmental health outreach effort that the SLV Ecosystem Council hosted within the San Luis Valley, with the support of Conejos Clean Water (CCW). Participating communities informed the SLVEC that protecting water, protecting air quality, and
eliminating illegal dumping was a priority for Valley residents. This SLVEC/CCW outreach effort led to the clean-up of more than a dozen illegal dump site and the quantification (in dollars) of the costs to taxpayers for such clean-ups.

Why it’s time for comprehensive recycling infrastructure in the San Luis Valley
Living in such a place as the San Luis Valley with thousands of acres of land preserved in their natural state, and most of its history and traditions still preserved, the SLVEC and its campaign managers believe the Valley and its residents deserve the respect of the rest of Colorado, and the right to recycling services for all. It is within our grasp to capitalize upon 21st-century options for waste-diversion.
Hence the overriding message of the campaign -- “You deserve it, we deserve it.”

How the outreach-education campaign relates to economic development
The public support tools are being made possible by a Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) grant funded by the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE). The RREO grant program funds implementation projects that promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials that would otherwise be treated as discards.

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