Category Archives: Waste Reduction

Can I Recycle Plastic Bags and Plastic Film?

Plastic bags and plastic film can cause some confusion at the recycling bin. They may have a recycling symbol and #4 printed on them, but Lake County does not recycle them.

You can take plastic bags to the Leadville Safeway, which has a bin for recycling soft plastic bags.

Why is this? Markets for all recyclables vary, and our small community does not gather enough plastic bags and film to make recycling them cost-effective. And when they are mixed in with the plastic containers, they can damage the processing machinery by gumming up the belts. The local Safeway joins with other stores to collect a larger amount of plastic bags, which they can then sell to a recycler in bulk.

For more information, please explore the recycling tips on C4Leadville.org, or ask a member of the Recycling Center team at the Lake County Landfill. Thank you for recycling with care!

Can I Recycle Styrofoam?

While there may be a recycling symbol embossed on the bottom of your Styrofoam container, Lake County does not have a way to recycle Styrofoam. Please throw all Styrofoam in the trash instead.

You can also consider bringing your own take-home containers to a restaurant for leftovers or take-out orders to reduce the amount of Styrofoam that goes into the landfill.

For more information, please explore the recycling tips on C4Leadville.org, or ask a member of the Recycling Center team at the Lake County Landfill. Thank you for recycling with care!

Can Milk Cartons and Soup Boxes Be Recycled?

Sadly, no. You cannot recycle milk cartons, soup boxes, juice boxes, and similar containers made of cardboard covered with waxed paper or plastic in Lake County. Recycling processes are developed specifically for a particular kind of material—like paper or plastic. These containers are made of two or more types of material, so they cannot be recycled using either process. Keep it pure!

For more information, please see the recycling tips on C4Leadville.org, or ask a member of the Recycling Center team at the Lake County Landfill. Thank you for recycling with care!