Clean Valley Recycling Installs New Baler + Fundraising 50k


Description: The new baler waiting to be moved and set up at the Clean Valley Recycling location at the Holly Sugar Plant in Swink. Find out about Clean Valley Recycling, their programs, and how you can support their efforts in this article.


Published: 01/19/2022
Byline: Hart

Clean Valley Recycling installs New Baler

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the used plastic bottles and aluminum cans that go to the recycling center in Swink every year? They are sorted, packaged into bales, and shipped to other businesses that remake them into new products. Thirty-four semi-truck loads of reclaimed waste materials passed through Clean Valley and their baler in 2021!

If you are not familiar, a baler compresses and packages materials into a tight block for easier handling, like a bale of hay.

Clean Valley Recycling The current baler at Clean Valley Recycling is a refurbished 2006 machine, purchased in 2013. It has structural issues from metal fatigue caused by sixteen years of steady use. Complete failure of the compression chamber is likely in the near future. If the baler breaks, the recycling program will come to a full stop, so they are replacing it now to ensure recycling can continue.

Clean Valley Recycling Baler

Clean Valley Recycling’s new baler arrived from St. Charles, MN on January 19, 2022. The installation company dismantled the old baler and installed the new baler and conveyer. The price tag for all of this is a hefty $116,000. Clean Valley Recycling has already raised over $66,000, but they need $50,000 more.

Please support recycling in Southeast Colorado by giving to their baler fundraiser today. Recycling is a gift to your children and grandchildren. It protects our land, air, and water by keeping reusable materials out of landfills. It prevents litter and pollution while reducing the amount of new raw materials that have to be extracted, transported, and manufactured. Your support will help Clean Valley Recycling continue to provide dependable and affordable recycling services to communities in Southeast Colorado.

Clean Valley Recycling is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to help our communities in Southeast Colorado recycle. In the ten years since they opened their doors, they’ve become a thriving full-service recycling center accepting plastics, cardboard, electronics, paint, glass, paper, metals, and reclaimed building materials. Clean Valley collects and receives recyclables from Southeastern Colorado residents and businesses from Lamar, Las Animas, La Junta, Cheraw, Swink, Rocky Ford, Ordway, Fowler, Trinidad, Walsenburg, and others! The amount of waste diverted from landfills by Clean Valley Recycling has more than tripled in the past eight years from 220 tons in 2013 to 710 tons of materials reclaimed in 2021.

The generous support of volunteers, donors, staff, and recyclers makes all of this possible. If you’re not familiar with Clean Valley Recycling, come down to visit their main center in the old Holly Sugar building in Swink and see the new baler in action. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. While you are there, drop off your recyclables and shop for reclaimed building materials, books, furniture, and paint.

To help Clean Valley pay for the baler, go to www.cleanvalleyrecycling.org and click the “GIVE” tab in the menu at the top of the page. You may also give by check to Clean Valley Recycling, PO Box 1053, La Junta, CO. All contributions are welcome, from businesses or individuals, we appreciate your help. For details contact the manager Dee Hostetler at (719) 468-0254 or cleanvalleyrecycling@gmail.com.