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Clean Valley Recycling puts grant funds to use

Christian Burney
cburney@ljtdmail.com
Last year, Clean Valley Recycling diverted 642 tons, or the equivalent of 30 semis, from the county landfill.

Dee Hostetler of Clean Valley Recycling attended the Otero Board of County Commissioners meeting Monday to give commissioners an update on how recycling services are going. The local recycling organization headquartered in Swink, Colo., is offering new agricultural products including bailing twine, and has started a new recycling program that accepts PVC pipe.

"I have good news," Hostetler said to the board of commissioners Monday. "Last March I wrote a grant for CDPHE Colorado Parks to increase and improve our recycling here in the valley. We were asking for funds for a new truck. More cardboard bins for, specifically, cardboard, and recycle bags for curbside."

Clean Valley Recycling's grant request was accepted. The organization was awarded $51,454, much of which will be used for the purchase of a new truck, Hostetler said.

"$51,000. A lot of that will be for the truck. It's a shared fund for the truck; and hardware bags and some advertising," said Hostetler.

"Colorado's recycling rate is about 18%. The national average is 35%. ... Anything we can do to get materials out of the landfill ... decrease that. Also, we create jobs. We have the equivalent of four full-time employees and lots of volunteers," she added.

Last year, Clean Valley Recycling diverted 642 tons, or the equivalent of 30 semis, from the county landfill.

In a news release about the grant award, Hostetler said, “The funds we receive through our RREO grant will help us expand and improve our recycling programs. As an RREO grant recipient, Clean Valley Recycling will receive help in purchasing a new truck (the old truck has frequent mechanical issues) as well as bins for cardboard recycling and bags for curbside recycling. These purchases will help CVR continue to provide convenient and comprehensive recycling services at affordable prices.

“Last year CVR recycled 642 tons of materials and hopes to increase this by 10% over the next year. CVR also has a Reclaimed Building Materials section where folks can purchase paint and other used building materials very inexpensively. This is all part of our mission to help our community Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! CVR is a nonprofit organization and has four full-time equivalent (FTE) employees and many volunteers who keep the operations running.”

Tribune-Democrat reporter Christian Burney can be reached by email at cburney@ljtdmail.com. Help support local journalism by subscribing to the La Junta Tribune-Democrat at lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/subscribenow.

Clean Valley Recycling is a local recycling service headquartered in Swink, Colo., with a Saturday recycling dropzone in La Junta as well.