How 1A Makes a Difference
In Summit County, we recycle and compost only 23% of our waste. This is below the state average and far belowthe national average. We NEED to do better!
If 1A passes, roughly $1.7 million will be dedicated to recycling annually.
Our community recycling programs are operating at an average deficit of $500,000 annually.
Funding for our recycling program is generated from trash tipping fees, which are paid every time trash is put into the landfill…as we recycle more, less trash will result in decreased recycling funding
The program badly needs a new funding source to be financially sustainable
why 1a includes recycling
Waste diversion is a vital strategy by which we must protect such natural resources, conserve energy, and reduce our reliance on raw materials.
the difference with breck’s save-as-you-recycle
SAYR focuses on changing residents’ and businesses’ behavior to increase recycling
1A creates new county-wide recycling services/infrastructure and a sustainable source of recycling funding
what 1a provides for recycling
Ability to accept more materials for recycling including cartons at recycling centers, and mattress recycling at a convenient location
Construction of a full-scale recycling center in Silverthorne/Dillon area
Addition of community “glass depots” to allow residents to recycle glass in convenient locations
Building a new compost pad at SCRAP to accept food waste from residents and businesses
Addition of zero-waste stations (recycling and composting) at all town and County buildings
With tipping fees heading lower with more recycling, this program will help with both waste diversion and long-term sustainability of Summit County’s landfill. With the right programs in place, Summit County can begin to compost and recycle more.
Read the 1A Fact Sheet
Get more information on this ballot initiative, what it costs, and where the funds go.