Council backs recycling plan

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With surrounding communities actively involved in recycling, Craig Mayor Dave DeRose thought it was time for Craig to provide the same options for environmentally minded residents.

And he's found that it might not be as difficult -- or costly -- as once thought.

The Craig City Council gave its enthusiastic backing Tuesday night for DeRose to continue his research into options.

"We all say we want to be responsible to the concept of recycling, but you can't force people to recycle if they have nowhere to do it," DeRose said.

DeRose has contacted Waste Management, which collects recyclables in Hayden and Steamboat Springs and has been told the trash collection company is willing to take Craig's useful leftovers.

The question is cost. The city needs to evaluate whether it will be less expensive to haul recyclable items to Steamboat or to contract with Waste Management.

Other costs would include the purchase of recycling bins, which DeRose suggested be placed at the water loading station located on North Yampa Avenue and at the station which will be constructed on First Street.

"If we, as a responsible part of the Yampa Valley community, are not ever going to have any recycling, then we're wrong," DeRose said.

Moffat County Commissioner Darryl Steele has said the county would be willing to discuss a partnership.

"Someday it would relieve some landfill pressure," DeRose said. "We're going to have to be the ones that offer it. Nobody else is."

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