State grant will help city expand recycling service

The city of Grand Junction received a state grant that will nearly triple the capacity of its recycling program.

The Colorado Pollution Prevention Advisory Board awarded the $325,731 grant to Curbside Recycling Indefinitely. The grant will be matched by $38,000 in local funds and in-kind services.

The money will be used to buy a second baler and portable dock and complete the construction of a covered work and storage area. That will allow CRI to increase the amount of material it collects, processes, stores and ships from 3.5 million pounds to 9 million pounds annually.

“This will be a substantial increase in their capacity in being able to handle material,” said Kathy Portner, manager of the city’s Neighborhood Services Division, which oversees CRI.

CRI has lobbied for new equipment and a larger operating space to meet an increase in service demand from both commercial and residential customers.  The city also has stepped up its efforts to recycle.

Portner said CRI’s old baler occasionally broke down, leaving workers with a large backlog of materials to process. She also noted that the covered storage area will help shield materials from the weather, which can be important to the mills and markets that receive them.


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