5. Recycling: Reduce the amount of waste produced in the Aspen Area.
a. Increase the amount of recycling and effectiveness of recycling, including diverting most construction and organic waste from the landfill.
b. Implement programs to significantly increase recycling and reduce waste. Aspen’s recycling rate should meet or exceed the national average because all businesses and residents will recycle whenever possible. All residents and businesses should have recycling pick up of at least the 4 basic commodities (office paper, comingled, magazines/newspaper, and cardboard) and use this service.
c. Ensure adequate facilities exist in the City and County to accommodate increased recycling.
d. The City and County should collaborate to develop system for food waste pick up and a permanent food waste compost operation at the landfill.
e. All events in the Aspen Area should meet the zero waste and low impact requirements established by the ZGreen Program.