RECYCLE, RE-USE, COMPOST, EDUCATE, ROCK ON!

Environmental Education and Infrastructure in the Schools.  We work in Lake County schools to deliver environmental eduction workshops and support green teams.  As part of this program, 11th grade High Mountain Institute students become instructors and Waste Warriors, teaching environmental education workshops in classrooms.

We work with teachers, students and administration to improve school infrastructure.  In the past year we have given our $2000 in mini-grants to schools for recycling infrastructure.  With our help in 203-2014, schools recycled over 25,000 pounds, an increase of approximately 20,000 pounds over the previous year.

Lake County Recycling and Waste Diversion Infrastructure.  We work with Lake County staff and elected officials to improve local waste diversion infrastructure.  This year we worked with the County to receive $200,000 in funding for new recycling infrastructure, including 2 new recycling drop-sites, processing and storage equipment for the County.

In 2014, we received a grant from the USDA in order to work with Lake County to create the first ever Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Round-up.  This event was a monumental success, with over 50,000 pounds of toxic material collected and kept out of our landfill, soil and aquatic systems.

Zero Waste Events and Event Recycling.  We manage and help other people manage zero waste events and event recycling.  In 2014 we have helped to recycle and compost 37,000 pounds of material.  YEs, we have a compost drop-site for small zero waste events.

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