City of Durango officials, in a brief ceremony Friday, unveiled the new face of city-sponsored drop-off recycling.
"Instead of the 24 containers we had here before, we now have eight," Assistant City Manager Greg Caton, who directs
the Department of Sustainable Services, said at the drop-off center behind at East Second Avenue and east 32nd
Street. Caton said the center has 33 percent more capacity, but pickups will be cut by more than half.
So it was - three bins for cardboard and one each for plastic bottles, glass, brown glass, cans and paper. The city's
other two drop-off points - at Fort Lewis College and the recycling center on Tech Center Drive - are equipped with
the same capacity.
The ceremony also called attention to the city's sustainability efforts, particularly two Web sites that give the
public information about recycling.
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Even as the ceremony unfolded, members of the public stopped to deposit items in the corresponding bins. Vern Friesen
had a single container of plastic bottles, while Tess Jordan and Mimi Fountain moved from bin to bin to deposit
glass, plastic, newspaper and cans.
"It's cleaner," Jordan said.
"The bins are bigger and they look a lot nicer," Fountain said. "The bins used to have a lot of broken lids."
City councilors Michael Rendon and Christina Thompson did the honors in unveiling a sign bearing the Durango Recycles
Thompson then clambered into the driver's seat of a front-loader recycling truck and, under the eye of regular driver
Roy Smith, worked the levers that raised the brown-glass bin and dumped the contents into the truck.
A truck used to visit the East Second Avenue drop-off point 50 times a week, including once a day for brown glass, Caton said.
The bigger bins will reduce the frequency of brown-glass recovery to every other day, Caton said.
The 24 old bins could hold 42 cubic yards of waste. The eight new bins have a combined capacity of 56 cubic yards.
The front-loader truck was purchased with $105,000 from the city and $100,000 in State Energy Impact funds.
A $32,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment bought bins all drop-off centers.