Holiday recycle services abound in Golden

Posted 1/6/14

With the holidays over, it is time to pack up the decorations and maybe make room for some larger Christmas gifts received last year.

There are dozens of recycling facilities located throughout Golden and nearby Wheat Ridge that can help with the …

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Holiday recycle services abound in Golden

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With the holidays over, it is time to pack up the decorations and maybe make room for some larger Christmas gifts received last year.

There are dozens of recycling facilities located throughout Golden and nearby Wheat Ridge that can help with the holiday cleanup including the annual Christmas recycle provided by the City of Golden Forestry office, and the Habitat Home Improvement Outlet or ReStore which is always accepting household items for either their retail store or for recycling.

“We take donations every day,” said Ryan H. Smith, chief retail officer for Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver. “We do over 200 pickups a week to homes and businesses.”

Drop-offs are accepted as well, and Habitat collects anything from cabinetry, furniture, appliances and even takes and recycles metal. Smith reported that eight tons of metal a week is recycled and after 10 years in operation, ReStores located in three locations throughout Denver have contributed to over $20 million in sales with profits going to help build homes for families in need.

David High, city forester for city of Golden, heads the Christmas recycling drive each year and estimates that 500 to 600 trees are dropped off at the Golden Recycle site. The trees are placed in a chipper resulting in mulch that is dumped at the city’s pickup location on 11th St. and west of the Clear Creek History Park. It is a two team effort to process the trees but an annual service beneficial to residents.

“It seems like a lot while you’re doing it,” High said. In the end, “it’s pretty win, win for everybody.”

Waste Management also has a drop off location for recycled cardboard and gift wrap for residents who may be unable to pay the additional cost for the recycled service. Waste Management has a free single-stream recycling drop off at 410 Orchard St., Golden, CO 80401.

For more information about Waste Management services including rates call 303-278-8600.

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