By Ken Singer
We bought the house on Apple Valley Road in Lyons in September 2012, did renovations and moved from New Jersey in July 2013. For the 10 weeks we were here before the flood, we enjoyed the house, the community, and the river. Prior to the flood, when we told people we lived on the river on Apple Valley Road, the typical response was

“Oh, you are so lucky.” For many months after the flood, the response is more likely to be “Oh, I'm so sorry.” I tell them that it wasn't their fault for the flood.
I went to bed around 10 p.m., that night. Around 2 a.m., Sandy, my wife who had been monitoring the river all day and into the night, woke me tensely saying, “The river is way high. Either you have to talk me down, or we need to get out of here.” I asked, “Did you hear the siren go off?”


Going for Green in Lyons

By Kathleen Thurmes
“I have always been so confused; if a plastic product has the recycling symbol on it, does that mean it can be recycled, or does it depend on where you live?” 

This is a question we hear all the time at Eco-Cycle, and no wonder. The recycling symbol, particularly on plastics, can be misleading since you’ll find it on almost all plastics. But not all plastics are recyclable. That’s why you should always trust your local recycling guidelines, not just the symbol.

Why can’t we recyclers just all agree as to what is or isn’t recyclable? The recyclability of a product is dependent upon a lot of variables—like the region and transportation costs of getting a material to a buyer, the recycler’s relationship with buyers, their sorting technology and their ability to sort to the buyer’s specifications, etc.


Going for Green in Lyons

By Kathleen Thurmes
Last week, Eco-Cycle, Environment Colorado, CoPIRG and concerned citizens gathered at Confluence Park in Denver to highlight the dangers associated single-use disposable plastics and to launch a new statewide effort to ban food-grade polystyrene foam containers, one of the worst offenders.

Plastic pollution poses a danger to our planet, our oceans, and our health. That’s why Eco-Cycle is partnering with


Two Lyons adventurers, Erica Ellingson and Sarah Catchpole (the “Blister Sisters”), are preparing for a challenging hike. They will be trekking over one hundred miles across the remote and rolling Yorkshire Dales and Moors in the north of England. Why? To raise

Go to top