All Things Recycling: A community conversation about waste diversion in Golden

What’s going on in the world of recycling these days? Where is my recycling going and what’s the deal with China no longer accepting materials? Is Styrofoam recyclable? What about coffee cups?

The City of Golden Community Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB) invites community members to “All Things Recycling: A Community Conversation About Waste Diversion in Golden” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave… Read more…

Dr. John Whitney, Itronics President, To Speak at Colorado School of Mines on Recycling Metals from Industrial Waste

RENO, NV and GOLDEN, CO–(Marketwired – June 20, 2017) – Itronics Inc. (OTC PINK: ITRO) is pleased to announce that its Founder and President, Dr. John Whitney, will present on “Silver, GOLD’n GRO Zinc Fertilizers and Related Technologies” at a conference on June 27 sponsored by the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado…  Read more…

Golden Gate Recycling Center Closed Due to Misuse

The recycling drop-off yard northwest of Hwy 93 and Golden Gate Canyon Drive is closed as of Friday, August 5. The drop-off site, a partnership between the City of Golden, Miller Coors, and Ball Container Corp., has been subject to increasingly frequent illicit dumping of household waste, construction debris, and even hazardous materials. Daily pickups of the recyclables from the site have not prevented the site from becoming a nuisance and dumping ground…  Read more…

Packaging Overload?

Many of us find ourselves with an abundance of packaging after holidays–empty boxes, torn wrapping paper, and STYROFOAMTM.  Those of us who are on the city’s recycling program have some good news:  we can now recycle Styrofoam!  In fact, here’s the official list of all the things we can and cannot recycle:

For those who are on programs that do not accept it, here’s some helpful news from Jim Smith at Golden Real Estate.

No doubt many Goldenites received electronic and other gifts that were packaged in block polystyrene, aka Styrofoam (a brand name).  Homeowners served by Alpine Waste & Recycling have an advantage in that Alpine now accepts all forms of polystyrene (including Styrofoam cups, plates and food containers, but not peanuts).  Homeowners can put their Styrofoam in the Alpine recycling bins along with other materials.  No other trash hauler accepts Styrofoam.  Homeowners not served by Alpine can bring their Styrofoam/polystyrene (bagged, please) to the Styrofoam Corral behind the office of Golden Real Estate on South Golden Road.  That material is delivered to Alpine’s Altogether Recycling plant periodically by Golden Real Estate.  Please clean your Styrofoam of non-Styrofoam materials such as cardboard, bubble or other wraps, and that spongy material that looks like Styrofoam but isn’t.  If you don’t clean it, the agents of Golden Real Estate have to do it before delivering the material to the processing plant – a hard, time-consuming process!  Note: packing peanuts mess up the single-stream recycling system, so peanuts should be bagged and put in your trash bins if you can’t get the UPS Store or Fedex Office or someone else to accept them for reuse.

City Council: Budget, Solid Waste, Closing Arapahoe St., New Senior Housing

City Council meets tonight at 6:30 in City Council Chambers.  They will hold a public hearing on the 2015/16 operating budget and capital improvements plan.  They will vote on a new ordinance, which will expand the current pay-as-you-throw solid waste and recycling plan.   They will consider a request by Calvary Church to vacate Arapahoe Street between 13th and 14th, so the church can build another building there.  They will hold a public hearing on the question of granting a senior housing exemption for a proposed new senior living facility to be built at Golden Gate Canyon Road and Highway 93.

If you have opinions about any of those issues, attend the council meeting and plan to speak, or email them prior to the meeting at  As always, you can watch the meeting live on cable channel 8 or on the city website.  Prior meetings are also available for viewing from that page.


The Sustainability Board will meet tonight at 6:30 in city council chambers.  They will review the language for a proposed ordinance that will make “pay as you throw” trash collection city-wide.  (Some entities–such as HOAs and apartment complexes–with previously existing contracts for trash collection were exempt when this ordinance was first enacted.)

City Council will meet tomorrow night at 6:30.  Their agenda includes a public hearing on further restricting public use of tobacco in Golden.  They will discuss an upcoming project to install new culverts for Kinney’s Run between 23rd and 24th Streets.  What has been a weed-filled ditched will become a nice little stream with landscaping.  More importantly, the change will significantly reduce the size of the 100 year flood plain in the valley from the high school down past Safeway.  Council will also approve a new contract for the bus shelters and their advertising.  A study session after the business meeting will discuss proposed work to be done on the Astor House.


If you’re feeling overwhelmed with “stuff,” post-holidays, you might find the City’s list of recycling and disposal centers useful.  They tell you what to do with aluminum cans, old appliances, automotive waste, batteries, building materials, and much more.

Green Celebration

Golden hosts a lot of big public events, and this weekend’s USA Pro Cycling Challenge may be the biggest one yet.

It’s really good news, then, that we’re using this as an opportunity to showcase sustainable living practices.  We’re going to have special waste stations set up downtown where people can not only recycle but also send appropriate things to be composted.  In a few months, we’ll be using that compost in the city’s gardens.

In addition, our food vendors will be using compostable cups and we’ll have popcorn cooked with solar energy!  The expo in Parfet Park will include recycled artwork and alternative energy demonstrations.

Theresa Worsham, the City’s Sustainability Coordinator, gave a great radio interview about all of our sustainability efforts..