It’s no secret that people struggle with recycling correctly. As responsible consumers, we find ourselves trying to do the right thing but sometimes, this leads to “wish-cycling.” Unfortunately, wish-cycling can contaminate entire recycling loads that are otherwise clean. It’s very important that you check local regulations any time you travel and wish to recycle or compost. Each town has a unique set of requirements and items that are accepted in certain waste streams. Here in Summit County and in many tourist destinations, recycling and composting loads become contaminated more easily. Think about it – you have people from all over the world with different waste diversion efforts and requirements coming to a place with a totally different set of rules. It’s extremely important to make sure our signage and other education efforts are up to date and locals are staying informed on changes. Recently, our list of accepted items in the single stream recycling has changed. You are no longer able to put cartons in the single stream.  

This does not mean egg cartons, but instead, juice and milk cartons. These items are made with paper but have a unique plastic lining inside. Some even contain a layer of aluminum. Because of these two linings, it raises unique challenges for traditional recycling. However, these are still recyclable! These cartons are collected separately at our recycling drop sites around the county. Be sure to look for the “Cartons” sign on the dumpster! They are then sold to businesses that are able to properly give them a new life. In fact, once these cartons are sold and pressed together in a machine similar to a large panini press, they become ceiling tiles or a drywall alternative. The High Country Conservation Center reports that 30 cartons can make a 2 foot square ceiling tile.  

When recycling cartons, it’s important to know exactly which types of cartons can be recycled. Cartons with slanted tops like milk, creamers or egg substitutes are recyclable. Also, cartons that have a flat top like broths, soups or wine are recyclable. These cartons typically have a straw or plastic cap. Cartons that are not recyclable are oatmeal containers, ice cream tubs or coffee cups. Before disposing of cartons into the proper dumpster, be sure to take off all caps and remove straws as these can get tangled in the recycling equipment. You should also be sure to rinse cartons before recycling.  

Should you have any questions on what is and is not accepted in the Single Stream at our properties or at the drop sites around the county, you can visit or shoot our team an email at 

The Breckenridge Grand Vacations (BGV) Sustainability Department hosts World Cleanup Day for owners, guests and employees to take part in beautifying Breckenridge by cleaning up trash around the town. This is the second clean-up day this year, following the annual spring clean-up hosted by the Town of Breckenridge.

World Cleanup Day is an international event celebrated annually in September that encourages community members to get out outside with their friends and families to help improve their communities. Many communities around the world host events such as this and even compete to see how many bags of trash they can pick up in an hour. At BGV, we host a friendly competition among our volunteers, awarding prizes for a variety of achievements, including recognition for the strangest item found. We hold a raffle at the end of the event for more fun zero waste themed prizes.

The 2021 event will be hosted on September 20th this year and will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Volunteers should meet at the Blue River Plaza by the Welcome Center in Breckenridge. Supplies will be handed out and coffee and light snacks will be served. From the Plaza, everyone will spread out and conquer different areas of town before slowly making your way to The Boot Saloon at Grand Timber Lodge (75 Snowflake Drive) for a post-event BBQ. BGV employees who participate in this event may use their paid volunteer time benefit. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there!

This is a great way to get involved in the community, enjoy some fresh air and even make new friends! Please be sure to RSVP to by September 17th at Noon with the number of participants in your group and include any food allergies. There is no age restriction. All clean-up supplies will be provided. All you need is a backpack for snacks, water and any layers you might want. And don’t forget…dress for the weather!

Spring has already tried to make its way through the snow a couple times here in Summit County, as is tradition, and summer is nearly upon us. This is the time of year we tend to start switching out our beloved snow gear for hikes and bikes. There is an added element to this year, […]

If you live in a part of the country with cold winters, you probably already know about the benefits a humidifier can provide for your skin and your respiratory health. But you may not be aware that using a humidifier can also help reduce your heating bills. The more moisture there is in the air, the warmer it will feel. When running a humidifier, you can reduce the heat from your furnace by a couple of degrees and maintain the same degree of comfort. And in winter, comfort is what it’s all about!

During the holiday season, it’s easy to put green efforts aside. With the abundance of wrapping paper, the large meals and individually packaged gifts, keeping sustainability in mind is tough. However, it’s not impossible! Here are four ways you can enjoy your holidays while also being conscious of your environmental impact and reducing your “holiday footprint.”

Have you ever heard of the Three R’s of Sustainability? They are Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. In the past couple of years, we added “Refuse” and “Rot” to the R’s. These are equally as important as the original three…but we can chat about those in later newsletters. This Green Tip will focus on the first R: […]