A new recycling center in Loveland is hoping to attract customers to its downtown locations and help the city’s economy by reducing the need for paper and other recyclables.
The Loveland Waste and Recycling Center opened in January and is now accepting deposits on new, recycled items.
The new center has more than 80 recycling bins, a composting facility and two outdoor toilets, with the goal of reducing the use of paper, plastic, glass, wood and metals by more than 70 per cent by 2025.
The center was launched in the wake of a $1.8 million city initiative in 2013 to help attract more customers to the city.
“We’re looking to bring people into our community and help them make their home recycling,” said Sarah Cairns, director of marketing and community engagement for the center.
“The recycling bins are perfect for the city, the downtown, the North Highlands and beyond, so it’s a great way to get some recycling in downtown Loveland.”
Lone Star Recyclables is one of several new recycling facilities opening in Loveless, a community near Denver.
“It’s a wonderful way to increase the amount of recycling in the area,” said co-owner and director of operations Jim Johnson.
LoneStar Recycles is located at 2955 South Westridge Blvd, Loveland, CO 80515, and accepts a deposit of up to $1,000.
The other new recycling centers are at the intersection of South Broadway and North Broadway in North Denver, at the corner of South Boulevard and East Broadway in Denver, and at the north side of North Broadway.
The North Highlands Recycle Center in Boulder is accepting deposits for recycled items, and is working on a second recycling facility at the south end of the city near the intersection with North Broadway and West Broadway.
A total of 12,000 recycled items have been recovered so far, and the center is hoping its new facility will be able to hold on to that inventory for the long term.
“Our goal is to get that to 15,000 items a year,” said spokeswoman Ashley Jones.
“We’re in the process of filling out the site and the inventory and we’ll be open to donations until the end of December.”
The city’s recycling initiatives include the North Shore Recycler Project, which offers free recycling in designated locations throughout the city and has a partnership with the North County Fair.
In 2017, the city opened a $5.5 million recycling facility in downtown Boulder and has since expanded it to include several new locations in North Boulder, including the Boulder Recycled Food Co-op.
“That program really has helped Boulder grow,” said Jim Miller, director for the Boulder city treasurer.
The city has also launched its Waste and Reuse Pilot program in Boulder, which aims to help cut the waste generated in the city through a variety of initiatives.