February 16, 2023

Steamboat’s recycling ordinance passes again, despite trash hauler concerns

From Dylan Anderson, Steamboat Pilot and Today

CAP Waste Sector Climate Win – The City of Steamboat Springs commercial recycling ordinance has incremental goals for haulers to offer recycling services for commercial businesses and multi-family residences over an 18-month period. With no prior recycling regulations in place for commercial businesses, this should have a significant positive impact on City recycling rates.

Steamboat Springs City Council approved the second reading of a mandatory commercial recycling ordinance on Tuesday, Feb. 14, despite trash hauler Twin Enviro expressing concerns about the new ordinance.

The second reading passed with the same 5-2 vote as the first reading on Feb. 7, with council members Heather Sloop and Michael Buccino opposing.

Despite concerns from five Twin Enviro employees, including owner Les Liman, that the process hasn’t included enough outreach and education, council members in support of the ordinance said they felt the 18-month rollout would act like a pilot program and allow problems to be addressed in the future if they arise.

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