May 11, 2023

City and county support continued exploration of a county-wide recycling drop site

Kit Geary, Steamboat Pilot & Today

CAP Waste Sector Climate Win – The Routt County Climate Action Plan (CAP) identifies emissions reduction targets for the waste sector of 46% diverted by 2030 and 85% by 2050. The City and County took a big step toward reaching that goal by supporting a major finding out of the recently released Recycling Drop Site Feasibility study that recommends a county-wide Recycling Center. The recommendation is also in direct alignment with a forthcoming CAP Waste Working Group Recommendation.

Routt County Commissioners and Steamboat Springs City Council moved to support the continued exploration of a county-wide, multi-material recycle drop site facility.

Scott Cowman, director of environmental health for the county, alongside partners LBA Associates Inc. and Kessler Consulting Inc., presented the findings of the drop site feasibility study to Routt County Commissioners at their Tuesday, May 9, meeting. This study was a partnership between the county and the city, which heard the same presentation that night at the Steamboat City Council work session.

After being presented the findings for a study that analyzed a city-wide approach and a county-wide approach, both groups showed more interest in the county-wide approach.