Several dozen Lyons residents, and just as many employees from various state and federal agencies were on hand Monday morning in Bohn Park. Governor John Hickenlooper and U.S. Senator Michael Bennet were among the distinguished guests who were in Lyons to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the 2013 September


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.


 By Joseph Lekarczyk

Two executive sessions, one scheduled for the pre-meeting workshop, and the second one added to the end of the regular meeting's agenda, bookended Tuesday night's (Monday was Labor Day) Board of Trustees (BOT) meeting. Both executive session concerned strategies and legal advice having to do with the cost savings contract with Honeywell International for the performance of the wastewater treatment plant. In between the two executive sessions, Utilities, both rate increases and appeals, were the


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



Town Of Lyons
Special Board Of Trustees Meeting

5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2016
Shirley F. Johnson Council Chamber
Lyons Town Hall, 432 5th Avenue, Lyons, Colorado


Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance

A Reflective Moment of Silence

Approve Agenda

Executive Session pursuant to pursuant to C.R.S. Sections 24-6-402(4)(e) and 24-6-402(4)(b) for the purpose of determining negotiating positions and strategies regarding the Town’s Energy Cost-Savings Contract with Honeywell International, Inc. for the new wastewater treatment plant, and obtaining advice as needed from legal counsel on related legal issues.


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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



Going for Green in Lyons

By Kathleen Thurmes

While the connections between Zero Waste and social justice issues may not be immediately apparent, it’s important to recognize that every step in the “stuff” life-cycle creates and reinforces a system of winners and losers. Not only do our economic system and modern lifestyles create massive amounts of waste, but they also produce grave social inequalities. From the process of extracting and harvesting raw materials, to the energy (mostly fossil fuels) used to make and transport products, to the landfills and incinerators where waste ends up, we can find workers exploited, communities polluted, and ecosystems damaged.

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