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Award Winning Programs

Household Hazardous Waste Program

Program Excellence Honorable Mention, awarded in November 1999 by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) for our program's efficiency, cost-effectiveness and broad scope of operations.

The Strange Occurrence Award, also awarded in November 1999 by NAHMMA for "Grandpa's Hot Boxes." These "hot boxes" were radioactive materials that were temporarily housed at our HHW Collection Facility, brought to us by a Fort Collins resident whose recently deceased grandfather had been storing them at his California home. The Fort Collins resident unknowingly transported the radioactive materials home along with other memorabilia from his grandfather's house. Once he realized they were radioactive, he contacted our HHW facility. While we do not normally accept radioactive materials, we did this time, working closely with the Environmental Protection Agency and Colorado's Radiation Division to ensure that the materials were stored properly until the EPA could take them from us.

Larimer County Recycling Center

Colorado's Top Recycling Center. In April 2000, the Colorado General Assembly recognized the Larimer County Recycling Center as Colorado's top recycling center and presented the county with a certificate of commendation.

1999 Recycler of the Year, Public Sector Division, awarded to the recycling center by Colorado Recycles, a statewide consortium of recyclers.

Garbage Garage Education Center

Best New Program Award, awarded in 2003 by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association for the creative educational opportunities the Garbage Garage provides.

Outstanding Colorado Recycling/Diversion Program, awarded in 2005 by the Colorado Association for Recycling for the center's "excellence in recycling/diversion, and for being a trendsetting program in Colorado."

The 2007 Environmental Education Award for Excellence (Government category), given by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. The Garbage Garage was one of 10 programs from across the state to be honored for "leadership in developing effective, cooperative, cross-sector environmental education programs."

The 2007 Environmental Achievement Award, given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Region 8 Office. The award recognized the Garbage Garage for its "exceptional contribution of a unique education center aimed at encouraging the reducing, reusing and recycling of materials..."

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