GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Colorado has made a lot of changes when it comes to keeping trash out of landfills and recycling more to help fight the war on waste.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has awarded more than $21,000 to a Grand Junction recycling company to reach more people and offer more jobs.
Curbside Recycling Indefinitely has been awarded the grant to help expand their program.
For Grand Junction resident Richard Specht, he’s big on recycling and says the choice to put the environment first is an easy one.
"There's just so much garbage you've got to put it in the right place,” said Richard Specht.
Especially when it’s on your doorstep.
"It is once a month service for $1.75,” said Jonathan Hontz, Administrative Assistant for Curbside Recycling Indefinitely.
"Servicing a couple hundred customers, upwards of 250, a day and it's all throughout the City of Grand Junction so there are very few areas that we don't touch,” said Hontz.
It's not only adding new jobs but also adding about 100 more homes to their monthly pick-up.
"They get to take something again that would have gone into a landfill, that is rapidly filling up, and they get to reuse it and make it into new cans or new furniture,” said Hontz.
The grant also paid for their new pickup truck.
"With China cracking down, and the import of recyclables, that has been something that has saved this organization a lot of hardship. So here in Grand Junction, we still have reliable markets for our materials. Everything that we collect gets sold and gets sold domestically,” said Hontz.
You can drop off six days a week at their facility at 333 West Avenue, Building G.
"Well we got glass and plastic and newspapers,” said Specht.
Crews from Curbside Recycling Indefinitely say they have a partnership with Palisade, placing a containment unit to collect items.
For more information give them a call at (970) 242-1036.