Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments
3224-A Independence Rd. Cañon City, CO. 81212
(719) 275-8350 Fax: (719) 275-2907
After much deliberation, the Board of Directors of the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments (UAACOG) has decided to terminate the Upper Arkansas Recycling Program as of October 7, 2020. UAACOG has partnered with Fremont & Custer Counties, as well as the Cities of Cañon City and Florence and the Towns of Westcliffe & Silver Cliff for many years on the recycling program, but as a result of continuing negative economics including COVID-19, contamination problems, and operational hardships, the UAACOG program will be ending.
For decades, the U.S. had been sending the bulk of recycling materials to China, much of it made into shoes, bags, fiberglass, and plastic products. In 2013, China enacted Operation Green Fence as an effort to impose environmental regulations on secondary commodities. In July 2017, China announced it would not take most post-consumer plastics, mixed paper, textiles, select trace metals, and more. These regulations continue to become stricter & stricter for U.S. recycling programs.
As with all programs at UAACOG, the recycling program needs to operate in a cost-effective, efficient, and sustainable manner. The current economics have affected the recycling business nationwide. The sustainability of a successful recycling program in rural Colorado has been even more challenging.
We continue to believe recycling is environmentally important for the future of the U.S., however, UAACOG as a non-profit entity cannot afford to continue the program. Private trash/recycling companies are available in Fremont & Custer Counties providing community members a fee for service option to dispose of their recyclables. Please contact your local trash/recycling company for further information.
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