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Garbage Garage Education Center Wins Award

The Garbage Garage, Larimer County's waste and recycling education center, was honored as an "Outstanding Colorado Recycling/Diversion Program" by the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR). CAFR is a non-profit organization formed as the independent voice of public, private and citizen recyclers in Colorado and is an affiliate of the National Recycling Coalition.

The Garbage Garage opened in 2003 and has been a great success. Last year, more than 2,100 visitors of all ages toured the education center, coming from as far as Nebraska and Washington. The center has displays and interactive activities relating to the 3 Rs-reducing, reusing and recycling-landfills and household hazardous wastes.

"It's a pretty unique place," said Cheryl Kolus, the solid waste department's environmental educator. "Visitors are always impressed with what they see and learn here. Who knew learning about trash could be so fun?"

In 2003, the Garbage Garage was presented the "Best New Program Award" by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association for the creative educational opportunities the center provides.

The Garbage Garage is located at the Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins. It's open for drop-in visitors most Wednesdays and Thursdays this summer from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tours may also be scheduled in advance. In addition, summer activities for kids, such as paper making and a composting class, are being offered for the first time this year.

Larimer County continues to show its commitment to recycling with the formation of an internal recycling committee whose members are reviewing recycling procedures in county offices. The committee's goal is to increase the amount of material recycled by educating county employees and making recycling more convenient and accessible to offices and other employee sites. The purchase of recycled products, especially paper, will also be further encouraged. Committee members today presented to the Board of County Commissioners preliminary results of an internal recycling survey, which reveal the status of recycling in county offices and aspects of it that warrant improvement.

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