Category Archives: Recycling

Recycle with Care Tip: Where Should Diapers and Needles Go?

Diapers and needles should always go in the trash—never in the recycling bins. When dirty, they are a biohazard, and when clean, they do not contain the right kind of plastic for recycling.

Lake County has found these items in its recycling bins before, and so have other communities. Please help us spread the word that diapers and needles should always be put in the trash. Remember, keep it pure!

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!

What Goes in the “Paper” Recycling Bin?

Paper is a fairly broad category. Here are some paper types you can put in that bin:

  • Office paper = Yes
  • Junk mail (without plastic attached) = Yes
  • Magazines = Yes
  • Newspapers = Yes
  • Paper with staples = Yes
  • Colored paper = Yes

Here are some things that should not go in Mixed Paper:

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes) = No (these go with cardboard)
  • Paper covered in wax or plastic (Milk cartons, soup boxes, etc.) = No
  • Plastic magazine wrappers, plastic pieces in junk mail, etc. = No
  • Stickers = No
  • Wrapping paper (it has a special coating) = No

Good rules of thumb to help you decide are “Keep it pure!” and “When in doubt, keep it out!” For more information, please see 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 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!