Opportunity to make recycling economically comparable to waste disposal presented to Commissioners

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Information that will help Pueblo County and trash haulers make business decisions about how to offer more recycling options was presented to the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners on Monday, February 5, 2018.
Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) presented the information, which was part of a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) analysis that was commissioned by Pueblo County and the Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG). 
The MRF study provides actionable steps to help the county achieve its recycling potential. It also includes valuable information on the costs surrounding potential recovery from the solid waste stream to help the waste disposal industry make business decisions.
“The results of this study give haulers the information they need to make business decisions about offering recycling to customers. The data shows Puebloans want to recycle. The market is there and profits are up for grabs,” Pueblo County Economic Development and GIS Director Chris Markuson said.
The MRF study was preceded by a Waste Characterization Study that included a recycling survey, gap analysis and environmental impact study. According to the two surveys, 90 percent of Puebloans reported that they would support more recycling options. Likewise, 88 percent of respondents agreed that increasing recycling should be a priority for Pueblo County.
The results of the MRF study will also be shared with the City of Pueblo.
Trash haulers, or those that are interested in learning more about recycling business opportunities in Pueblo County, can contact the Pueblo County Economic Development and Geographic Information Systems Department by calling 719-583-6240 or by emailing Chris Markuson, Pueblo County Economic Development and Geographic Information Systems Director at edgis@pueblocounty.us.
Media requesting additional information are asked to please contact Paris Elliott, Pueblo County Community Information Manager, at elliottp@pueblocounty.us or 719-252-8550.
ABOUT PACOG: The Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG) is an intergovernmental organization consisting of The City of Pueblo, Pueblo County, Board of Water Works, School Districts No. 60 and No. 70, Pueblo West Metro District, Colorado City Metro District, Salt Creek Sanitation District, and the Town of Boone. The full Waste Characterization Study is available on PACOG’s website (www.pacog.net)
ABOUT RRS: Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, RRS is a sustainability and recycling consulting firm that strives to create a world where resources are managed to maximize economic and social benefit while minimizing environmental harm. RRS serves both the public and private sectors to manage change in a resource-constrained world www.recycle.com. RRS contact: Contact: Melissa Radiwon, 248.444.3456, mradiwon@recycle.com.