Recycling Will Save Zapata Money


Recycle AS an Option for Trash

Our planet does not need more trash in the landfills or waterways. Recycling is a positive option for some of our trash.

The city of Alamosa has the closest recycling center, the Rickey Recycling Center. From Zapata, take Colorado 150 south (left out of the subdivision) to U.S. 160. Go west/right on 160. Follow 160 down Alamosa’s main street to State Avenue. Take a left onto State, crossing the railroad tracks, and go south to Twelfth Street. Turn left at Twelfth and continue on down to 1130 Old Airport Road (the 12th St. yard near the wastewater treatment plant).

The recycling center takes several products but it does not take glass or plastic bags. Recycling products Alamosa takes are tin (steel) cans, aluminum cans (including pet food cans), plastic milk jugs, plastic containers #1 and #2, plastic lids (deposit in the #2 plastic dumpster), magazines and newspapers (and junk mail), cardboard (including fiberboard such as toilet paper cores and cereal boxes) and white office paper. Shredded office paper needs to be bagged and tied securely.

The Alamosa recycling center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and holidays.

Another great recycling opportunity for aluminum cans, including aluminum pet food cans, is Habitat for Humanity. It has recycling sheds at Safeway, City Market and Villa Mall. The cans should be clean and bagged. Habitat also takes spent printer ink cartridges at its office and at Aspen Office Supply, but not at the aluminum can sites.

Saguache County landfill takes all of the above plus glass and car batteries. They also take leftover paint at a swap place in the Saguache County landfill. The Rio Grande County landfill is near Del Norte on U.S. 160 and also takes a number of products.

There are recycling places in Denver that take even more recyclable products than Alamosa. In addition to what Alamosa takes, Denver takes glass and other aluminum items such as pie tins. We have a Zapata member who is willing to take recyclable glass back to Denver from time to time. If you have any questions or are interested in recycling your glass, please contact the Zapata administrator.

Safeway, City Market and Walmart take plastic bags, with Walmart noting that it takes the plastic wrap from packaging and virtually all plastic wrappings.

Since most Zapata residents go into Alamosa, there really is little excuse not to recycle.