GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - One man's trash is another man's treasure - and that's going to be true on America Recycles Day, which is Wednesday, November 15. One man will be outside of the old courthouse letting the public go through his trash, in order to try and teach people what is and what is not recyclable.
Barrett Jensen, the solid waste director for the Mesa County Landfill, will be bringing some trash to the old courthouse from 11 A.M. to 12 P.M., and the public is welcome to attend and learn how to sort their recyclables. Jensen hopes this session will show people how to cut down on their total waste, and how they can actually save money on recycling.
Jensen said Colorado has one of the lowest recycling rates in the country, but that here on the Western Slope, we can extend the life of our landfill by recycling. The current lifespan of the landfill is around 25 years. "We care, and we're trying to be innovative, and we're trying to make this work," said Jensen.
There will be some local waste and recycling companies at the session, so any questions about the process can be answered there. They are also handing out recycling swag and free bags of compost.
Once again, the session is from 11 A.M. to 12 P.M. outside of the old courthouse at 544 Rood Avenue on Wednesday, November 15.