We are all looking for ways to make the world a better place. By recycling and reusing as many things as possible right here in Breckenridge, we are not only making a difference in the community we love, but also supporting our local businesses. I’ve put together a great list of creative ideas on how you can make your life a little greener and feel good knowing you are doing the right thing.

Plastic Grocery Bags

Recycle children's toys? Yes please at Summit Thrift & Treasure in Breckenridge.

Recycle children’s toys? Yes please at Summit Thrift & Treasure in Breckenridge.

If you’ve got extra plastic grocery bags or smaller reusable bags hanging around the house, Father Dyer Church gladly accepts those. Their food pantry is open to the community several times each week and they would put them to good use as they distribute food to those in need. Another item they are always on the lookout for are manual can openers to assist those living in their cars or in the woods. Located at 310 Wellington Road.

Electronics

Have old electronics gathering dust? Summit PC Recycling will accept anything from computers to printers while also providing secure data destruction. Learn more and request a pick up here.

Household Stuff

Help support homeless pets in need by donating your gently used clothing, housewares, linens, books and art to For Pet’s Sake Thrift Shop. Make sure to stop in as you are sure to enjoy this boutique-style shopping experience conveniently located at 203 N. Main Street. Call (970) 453-4339.

Not only are local thrift shops a great place to donate unused items, they are a wonderful place to shop!

Capri Sun Pouches, Corks

Breckenridge Elementary School has a basket in the foyer of the school where you can donate wine corks, empty capri sun pouches, box tops and labels for education. While using many of these items to support their students, they also continue the recycle process by donating the capri sun pouches to a company that creates new items like bags out of them. Last year the school was able to donate thousands of corks to a lady with MS who uses them to create arts and crafts which helps keep her hands functioning. Located at 312 S. Harris Street.

Packing Paper, Used Summit Soaps

Have brown kraft packing paper lying around from previous shipments you’ve received? Summit Soap Company will give it a second life by using it to fill extra space in the boxes they pack and ship from their shop. They also accept Summit Soap 1 oz. soaps and shampoo bars that have been used in hospitality stays which they will refine and re-batch into new products. Bring these items by the gift shop located at 76 Huron Road. Call (970) 692-8966.

Upcycle the household items in your life you no longer use by donating them to a local nonprofit like Summit Thrift & Treasure in Breckenridge.

Upcycle the household items in your life you no longer use by donating them to a local nonprofit like Summit Thrift & Treasure in Breckenridge.

Kitchen Stuff, Clothes, Books and Toys

When it’s time to pass on clothes, kitchen supplies, small electronics, books and toys that you are no longer using, take these donations over to Summit Thrift and Treasure in Breckenridge. By donating and shopping at FIRC you are supporting many great programs that benefit our community. Located at 1745 Airport Road. Call (970) 423-6444.

Upper Blue Elementary School also gladly accepts donations of empty capri sun pouches, box tops and labels for education. Even if you don’t have a kiddo at school you can help make a difference by collecting those items and turning them into the front office located at 1200 Airport Road.

Last but not least, don’t forget the Breckenridge Recycling Drop-Off Center on County Road 450 (at the corner of 7-Eleven on the north side of town). The center accepts sorted materials – glass, paper, cardboard, plastic and metals.

The High Country Conservation Center is a great local resource for local drop-off recycling sites, composting and much more. Working together we can make our world in Breckenridge a better place to be!

Leave a comment below if you know of more creative ways you can recycle around town!

 

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