Waste Diversion

Implementing sustainable materials management practices to achieve a circular economy in the Yampa Valley.

In 2017, the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission approved the state’s first-ever waste diversion goals, aiming to increase recycling and composting over the next 20 years. Colorado’s current municipal waste diversion rate is only 15%, far below the national average of 35%. The new goal for Colorado is 45% recovery by 2036. Rural areas like Routt County are currently diverting 12% of waste.

Routt County and other rural communities all over Colorado face unique barriers to high rates of waste diversion due to our distance from recycling processors and the cost of hauling over mountain passes. In response to both the state goals and strong community support to improve recycling and organics management, YVSC works with community members and partners to increase waste diversion and continue to scale successes via Recycling; Organics Recovery/Composting; Construction and Deconstruction; Materials Management Assistance; and Community Education and Outreach.

Click the links below to learn more about the work YVSC is doing in each of these sectors.

Waste Diversion Strategic Plan
Waste Diversion Strategic Plan Six-Month Progress Report
YVSC’s Recycling Guide

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Recycling in rural areas of Colorado poses many challenges, however, this motivates communities like ours to think creatively. YVSC is the hub of information and knowledge about local recycling and works with partners to improve local recycling successes. Activities include our Yampa Valley Recycles online resource and app, events like the Community Recycling Drop-Off, and planning through Routt County’s Waste Diversion Strategic Plan. YVSC’s programs help our community recycle right, decrease recyclables contamination and strive to improve recycling infrastructure in the Yampa Valley.

Organics Recycling/Composting

YVSC provides technical expertise, education, and guidance to residents and businesses on ways to recycle organics, including food waste, in the Yampa Valley. This program manages three Earth Cube, in-vessel composting systems, which are utilized in the community. YVSC facilitates connections between local, regional and national organizations to increase organics recycling, like composting, and helps to develop end-markets and applications for products produced from organics processing in the Valley.

Construction and Deconstruction

Construction materials continue to be a top material going to landfills throughout Colorado, and the Yampa Valley is no exception. This program focuses on increasing opportunities for construction projects to recycle and find better uses for materials from job sites. Through regional and state collaboration, this program builds avenues for more recycling and reuse of building materials from our area.

Materials Management Services

YVSC can provide your business, corporation or institution with a range of services that potentially improve your bottom line while improving your environmental performance. YVSC provides life-cycle analyses of materials; evaluates processes to find improvements that reduce waste; assists with policy development; facilitates stakeholder engagement; and performs feasibility studies. Make improved materials management and environmental stewardship part of your operations.

Email or call our YVSC Waste Diversion Director to learn more.

Education and Community Outreach

A key part of increasing the success of sustainable materials management is education. We do this by providing our community partners and members the tools, resources, and opportunities to stay engaged. Join us in our efforts to get our community involved in reducing waste, creating a local circular economy and motivating one another to reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse.
Email or call our YVSC Waste Diversion Director to learn more.

get our app

Search hundreds of items and find out where to recycle them in Routt County. Available in your phone’s app store or at yampavalleyrecycles.org.

get our app

Search hundreds of items and find out where to recycle them in Routt County. Available in your phone’s app store or at yampavalleyrecycles.org.

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