Want to recycle paper on the Westside? Go to Red Rock Canyon

       For years, the Westside has had at least one full-sized location - and often more than one - to recycle newspapers and magazines.

A close-up of the insert slot for recyclables on one of the eight bins at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Not anymore.
       Because of reported trash issues, the Waste Manage-ment company recently removed its recycling bins from the Uintah Gardens shopping center at 19th and Uintah streets.
       It had been the last full-sized paper-accepting location known to the Westside Pioneer on this side of town. Others removed in recent years have been Bestway's bins in the Red Rock shopping center lot on Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street, as well as ones outside the Shrine Club on 33rd Street and West Middle School.
       Reycling bins that allow a few papers or magazines to be inserted at one time do exist in Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Five are at the main parking lot, located off Ridge Road and Highway 24, and three more at the lot beyond it, beside the trail that goes up to the open space's pavilion and pond.

The former paper recycling bin outside the Colorado Springs Shrine Club. The Shriners removed it in 2013 because the company that sponsored it wasn't making enough money, Shriners explained.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Waste Management spokesperson Lara Rezzar-day said the Uintah Gardens bins were taken out at the request of the center's King Soopers grocery store. “People were putting too much trash in it and not utilizing it as a recycle drop off,” Rezzarday said, in summarizing King Soopers' reasons.
       The Pioneer contacted Waste Management after a reader e-mailed to report the Uintah Garden bins were gone. The reader said the bins had been a benefit initially, but “after a period of time they were so full that nothing more could be added. I called King Soopers because items were being left outside the dumpsters, and one day there was junk thrown everywhere. The manager I spoke with said that people were using these containers for everything but recycling (not surprising) and that the night before a woman had been dumpster-diving and had thrown everything out. Two days later the containers were gone and nothing replaced them.”
       Regarding all types of recycling, here are the Westside drop-off locations that the Pioneer is aware of:
       - Wal-Mart parking lot, off South Eighth Street - Goodwill takes old computer equipment and some second-hand materials at an attended trailer.
       - Humane Society (on Abbott Street, across from Wal-Mart) - a bin for aluminum cans.
       - Goodwill dock, in the alley behind 2307 W. Colorado Ave. - an attended center that takes second-hand materials.
       - Red Rock Center - A company called Recycle That provides two bins, asking for second-hand goods for the Ronald McDonald House charity.
       - Red Rock Canyon - The eight limited-opening bins noted in the article above accept many types of recyclables. Among these are regular paper, newspapers, junk mail, magazines, paper bags and cardboard. Other types are glass bottles and jars, metal cans and plastic bottles.
       - Coronado High - A Recycle That bin in the parking lot takes second-hand clothes, accessories, books and CDs/ DVDs, with the company paying School District 11's foundation at the rate of 4 cents a pound for what's collected.
If readers know of other recycling drop-offs on the Westside, please contact us so that we can publish them.

Westside Pioneer article