Twin Enviro is the recycling leader in northwest Colorado featuring our new Materials Recovery Facility and The Revolution sorting system, the Milner Mall, and our Composting Operation. These three recycling operations divert reusable items from landfills and help sustain our environment. Twin is proud of our commitment to recycling and the investment in our communities. Twin offers tours of our Milner facility located between Steamboat Springs and Craig.
How many of you think recycling is a profitable operation? It might be in the large metropolitan markets, but not in small communities and certainly not in the mountains where recyclables have to be hauled over mountain passes to distant mills. Twin’s recycling operations are funded by Twin as beneficial community services and your support of Twin’s trash collection services helps keep these programs available to our communities.
Materials Recovery Facility: Twin brings your recyclables to this facility where it is sorted by commodity, compacted and then baled and stored until there is sufficient materials for transport to mills to produce new products. Twin’s sorting conveyor system, The Revolution, was the first turntable conveyor system used in the recycling industry and was conceived and developed by Dan Alsop of Ultimate Specialties in Denver.
Milner Mall: Local residents coined the name and it became so popular Twin adopted it as the official title of our architectural salvage recycling operations. Twin collects leftover construction materials, discarded furnishings from renovation projects, and items discarded by homeowners and businesses and features them in a flea market type facility for sale to the public. It’s a much appreciated service to the local community and buyers purchase quality materials at very affordable prices. People come from adjacent states just for the experience.
Composting: Twin combines biosolids from the waste water treatment plant, horse manure from ranchers, and organics from landscapers and homeowners into a recipe for compost to apply to your landscaping projects and as a soil amendment. This is a lengthy process requiring grinding the organics into small particles, mixing the ingredients into windrows, maintaining constant and specific temperatures for weeks, all on a specialty lined service. Twin provides free compost to its trash collection customers, subject to availability.
How can you support Twin’s recycling operations? Give Twin your trash collection requirements. Twin’s trash hauling and disposal operations fund our recycling endeavors, which frankly are financial losers. So sign up for Twin Enviro services and get in the game.
OH, and ask your neighbors to do the same. They will appreciate the good service and savings and feel good about their efforts to save the planet.
Complete list of recycling do’s and dont’s HERE
Twin is the recycling services leader in NW Colorado: Cardboard, paper, plastics, bottles, aluminum, metals, food waste, wood and other organics are all put to beneficial reuse by Twin. How many other trash and recycling haulers can say that? Our recycling services are offered at only $32 per month in the City of Steamboat Springs when combined with our trash collection services. Compare that to the other trash haulers.
Do you enjoy cooking? Making compost is very similar, although our ingredients are much less tasteful than the fresh ingredients you use in your recipes. Twin accepts food waste from customers, biosolids from the waste water treatment plant, horse manure from local horse enthusiasts, and wood debris from landscapers and residents. These ingredients are blended together according to a recipe and “cooked” in the environment for a determined amount of time.
Twin sends samples of the finished compost to ACZ Laboratories for analysis to ensure the finished product is free of pesticides and harmful bacteria.
So you see the fresh ingredients used in your recipes can be recycled into compost used to grow new plants which create new ingredients for your recipes. How cool is that?
Every year, hundreds of tons of otherwise useful building materials are sent to landfills because there is no mechanism to recycle these materials and make them available for reuse. This problem is especially prominent in the Yampa Valley, where the construction industry is one of the largest segments of the local economy. Frequent remodels, “scrape offs,” and new home construction projects are generating a tremendous volume of waste, much of it potentially reusable or recyclable.
The Milner Mall operates as a subsidiary of Twin Enviro’s Milner Landfill, and as a general rule, we encourage the public and businesses to de-construct buildings rather than demolish them. We offer a place for owners to donate salvaged materials so they can be reused, which keeps materials out of landfills and saves natural resources. Plus, you can save yourself the extensive disposal fees, win-win!
We then offer the salvaged materials for sale to the public at a discounted rate. The income from these sales is used to fund the organization.
Material Recovery Facility
What does a MRF do? The MRF will accept single stream recyclables into the facility, sort them into marketable categories, bale those categories into 20,000 lb bales, and store the bales until sufficient quantities are available to transport to market where the recyclables are turned into new products.
You can dispose of all of your recyclable materials in one bin with out “getting your hands dirty”, we do the sorting for you! These recyclables do not end up in the landfill and that’s good news for all of us.
How does a MRF benefit our community and the environment? It facilitates turning recyclables into new, reusable products; it reduces the hauling of recyclables to large MRF’s in Denver and Grand Junction, thereby reducing engine emissions into the environment; it reduces the amount of large trucks on the road and the accidents and congestion resulting therefrom; and it allows Twin to accept recyclables from communities across NW Colorado. These all have positive impacts on the environment.