GRANBY — Infinite West and Rocky Mountain Re-Source and Re-Use Center announce two new programs to Grand County that upcycle and recycle what some people might consider to be trash. Both programs will operate at the Rocky Mountain Re-Source Center at its location at 55 North First Street in Granby. The upcycle/terracycle program will consist of a drop-off point in front that is self-serve and will operate 24 hours a day.
Tins for Tots, the other program, is an aluminum can collection program that allows one to recycle aluminum for cash and put the proceeds towards the schools. This program operates during business hours.
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Upcycling is the second component of the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” waste hierarchy.
Recycling is a process to change materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials. It reduces the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduces energy usage, reduces air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from land-filling) by reducing the need for “conventional” waste disposal, and it lowers greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production.
Rocky Mountain Re-Source and Re-Use Center will have three new bins in place out front at all times to accept new classes of upcyclable materials. Each bin will hold one type of product. The first bin will collect Colgate oral care products such as toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes and floss containers. Another bin will be for tub containers, such as cream cheese tubs, margarine tubs, yogurt tubs or any sort of tub type containers including lids. A third bin will be for paired-only shoes that are actually reused instead of upcycled into new products. These shoes must be in pairs and have no holes please.
“These items will be shipped to a company called Terracycle, which upcycles the materials into a product it can sell,” said Thomas Harris, upcycle committee chair and vice president of the board for Infinite West. “Terracycle pays us for the product and we in turn use that money to help teachers with critical supplies that are needed in our schools.” Infinite West plans to administer and distribute the funds gained from this upcycling project. Anyone can see and purchase these products via www.dwellsmart.com.
“We encourage anyone in the community to drop off these specific sorts of recyclable products at these drop points in Granby,” Harris said. “This is a great way to make Grand County green and sustainable while helping our local schools at the same time.” Infinite West started collecting products at East Grand Middle School last year and is now expanding to this new effort.
“ Ultimately, the nonprofit hopes to have drop-off points for its products in each community in Grand County,” Harris said.
Terracycle has diverted billions of units of waste and used them to create more than 1,500 products available at major retailers, ranging from Walmart to Whole Foods Market. In addition, The Rocky Mountain Re-Source Center and Infinite West have also teamed up to start an aluminum-cans-for-schools program called Tins-for-Tots. Collect your cans and take them to the Re-Source Center and let Mike know that you want to donate your recycling proceeds to East Grand School District instead of cashing out. Mike Wyatt, owner of the Center, also takes scrap metal of all sorts for market value, anything with a cord, and any re-sellable construction items. The Center also accepts whole cars to be donated for scrap with proceeds going to schools. For more information about this new worthwhile program, call Thomas Harris at 970-531-6054 or Mike Wyatt at 970-531-7932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infinite West is a nonprofit in Grand County dedicated to responsible and inventive renewal of our natural, economic, and cultural resources. The organization encourages education and practice of the 3R’s toward an environmentally, economically sustainable community in Grand County.