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Ask Eartha: Let’s talk about producer responsibility

Dear Eartha, I have recently heard of extended producer responsibility in the world of recycling. What exactly does this mean? For the state of Colorado, extended producer responsibility is happening thanks to HB22-1355, a bill that requires companies selling packaging and printed paper into the state to fund and manage a coordinated statewide recycling system […]

Ask Eartha: Say goodbye to the scrap metal bins

Dear Eartha, I saw signs at the recycling center that the scrap metal bins are being removed in a couple months — what’s the deal? What you saw was not a figment of your wintry imagination. Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, changes are coming to the recycling drop-off centers in Frisco, Breckenridge and Silverthorne. The large […]

Ask Eartha: Water assessments are worth it

Dear Eartha, My neighbor had an irrigation assessment this summer and now he’s scheduling more work to improve his system in spring. Is the expense worth it? Is this really something I need to worry about in October? No matter if it’s over your yard or a nagging pain in your ankle, worrying can get […]

Ask Eartha: What you need to know about the universal recycling ordinance

Dear Eartha, I own a business in Frisco and recently learned about the universal recycling ordinance.  I’m not sure how it applies to my business. What do I need to know? According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans only recycle 32% of our waste. In Colorado, our statewide recycling rate is only 16%. Here Summit County, the recycling […]

Ask Eartha: How to repair instead of replace

Dear Eartha, Now that I understand the limited options for recycling clothing and gear, I’ve been wondering – are there any good repair options in Summit County? I love the way you think! First, let’s reflect on why it is important to prolong the life of our items instead of opting to trash them and […]

Ask Eartha: Talking about sustainable camping

Dear Eartha, I am ready to roast some marshmallows without toasting the planet. How can I embark on an eco-friendly camping adventure?   I recently returned from camping with pockets full of snack wrappers. How is it that I generated more trash while “roughing it” than I do on the daily?!  While camping is an excellent […]

Ask Eartha: Top 4 recycling mistakes

Here in Summit County, the High Country Conservation Center helps residents improve their recycling with on-the-ground education. Maybe you saw Christy Turner, the center’s recycling specialist, at one of the recycling centers, explaining what can and can’t be recycled in those massive containers. Or, maybe you received an “oops tag” on your recycling bin, identifying […]

Ask Eartha: Why is recycling so different in Summit?

Dear Eartha, On a recent vacation to Summit County, I noticed that the items accepted in my condo recycling bin were much more limited than what we can recycle at home. Why is recycling so different from place to place? I can relate to your frustration. For example, my friends in Ohio can recycle plastic […]