For Immediate Release
For more information, media representatives should contact:
Karen Scopel, Natural Resources Manager
Subject: Downtown Recycling Center to close
The Downtown Recycling Center located at 3rd Street and 11th Avenue will be closing January 12th. According to Gallegos Sanitation, which owns the equipment and operates the facility, the costs of providing the service at the facility have exceeded revenue from the materials, making it financially unfeasible to continue operating the site.
Recycling services at this location have been provided by private companies since its opening in April 2009. The original operator, National Recycling, leased the site from the Greeley Urban Renewal Authority. That company went out of business in late 2011. Gallegos Sanitation purchased the equipment and entered into an agreement with the City of Greeley in early 2012 to provide the recycling services. The City has provided some financial support that covers labor costs associated with opening and closing the site daily, electric service for the compactors, and landscape maintenance. Gallegos Sanitation provided the equipment and the hauling and processing of the collected materials. According to Sid Doering, local program manager for Gallegos Sanitation, the value of the recycling materials has not been enough to cover the costs of operating the program. “While the company would love to provide this service to the community, the operational losses are too much to absorb and continue running a successful business.”
According to Karen Scopel, Natural Resources Manager with the City of Greeley, the City is not currently budgeted to pick up additional costs to subsidize this recycling program. Current estimates are that it would cost between $45,000 and $55,000 per year to fund the program. In addition to the normal costs, a significant problem at the facility was illegal disposal of materials, including household garbage, electronics and other materials. “This misuse of the site caused increased costs, as well as loss of value of the materials that were intended to be recycled due to contamination,” Scopel stated.
Local residents who would like to recycle have several options including adding recycling to their curbside trash collection for a fee. Check with your trash company for details. Northern Colorado Disposal has a free drop-off service at their facility located at 14902 WCR 64 which is on the southwest corner of 59th Avenue and O Street, north of Greeley. Their hours are Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. There is a “newspaper only” collection bin at the Westlake Shopping Center, 20th Street and 35th Avenue, behind the King Soopers store. The Greeley Organic Waste (GROW) facility on East 8th Street remains open. The GROW site is available for disposal of organic wastes such as wood from trees and shrubs, leaves, grass clippings, etc. Fees are charged based on the volume and type of material. Winter hours at this facility are Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The GROW site direct phone number is 673-2042.
The City encourages residents to reduce the amount of waste they generate by buying products with less packaging, finding ways to reuse and repurpose materials, donating usable items to local organizations who resell them, and to compost organics at home or take them to the GROW facility.