Lake County Recycles with Care


Recycle with Care Tip:  When in Doubt, Keep It Out

You may have heard the recycling advice “When in doubt, keep it out.” This little reminder is important—but why?

When a recycling bin is filled with a certain percentage of contaminated items, recycling companies are no longer able to use that load to make new items. Then the companies that buy these items for recycling reject the entire bin. The only thing left for Lake County to do is to dump that bin into the landfill.

Contamination doesn’t have to mean dirty items. It can also mean the wrong kind of items. Here are some examples of contamination:

  • Metal lids in the Glass container
  • Steel cans in with aluminum
  • Paperboard in the Mixed Paper bin
  • Plastic in the paper
  • Diapers, needles, Styrofoam in the Plastic bin
  • Pyrex or other non-container glass in the Glass bin
  • Leftover milk in milk jugs
  • Grease on pizza boxes

You get the point! Tossing in an item that you hope can be recycled is called aspirational recycling. While the intent is good, aspirational recycling can cause a large number of recyclables to be thrown away.

Please watch for information on how to recycle with care, or ask a member of the Recycling Team at the Lake County Landfill. And when in doubt, leave it out!

Recycling at the Community Field and on CR 10 are back!! Please help keep these clean of trash and contamination. If you see someone putting the wrong item in the bin consider educating them.

Thank you Lake County Public Works! And nice job on the new concrete pad!

There’s a new bin for tin cans too!

Gardening Workshops at the Cloud City Farm

Gardening Workshop Schedule

Introducing Cloud City Farm’s High Altitude Gardening Series! Join us at the Farm  Saturdays this summer at 10am for one-hour workshops on a variety of vegetable gardening topics. Led by our Farm Manager, Lani Meyer. Workshops are free for Farm Members or there is a suggested donation of $5. Email Lani to Sign up.

June 23: Intro to High Altitude Vegetable Gardening; site selection, soil preparation, planting.
July 21: Compost!; how to create and use compost in the garden
August 11th: Pest Management; prevention and intervention
September 8th: The Fall Garden; season extenders and prepping for Spring

Please register first. Then join us at the Farm, 440 McWethy, at 10am for one hour. Its recommended you bring sun protection, water to drink, and a camp chair if you like. If its raining, we will be inside the greenhouse.

Our mission is to inspire stewardship of our natural resources by creating educational opportunities and lasting community infrastructure in Leadville and Lake County, Colorado.