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Sustainability Program 
The Sustainability Division provides analysis, coordination, and management of programs and events designed to enhance the City’s energy efficiency and waste reduction efforts, and serves as point of contact for the community on the City's recycling program and sustainability initiatives. The Division organizes the biannual household hazardous waste collection event and other community sustainability events and activities in addition to providing technical assistance to the Recycling and Solid Waste Programs.

Leading by Example
The City serves as a community leader by conducting its operations in a manner that promotes economic vitality, social equality, and environmental stewardship to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of our community for present and future generations. In 2017 the City of Durango became a STAR Certified Community and over the next year we will be working with local people and organizations to celebrate what we have achieved as well as identify priority action areas and work towards improving our designation.

Recycling and Waste Reduction
Pumpkin Drop-off

Feed pigs not bears (or landfill!) The Sustainability Division is partnering with Bear Smart Durango and the CSU Extension Office as well as local farmers and ranchers to offer free pumpkin drop-off on the Friday and Saturday after Halloween.

Donating pumpkins as animal feed is a more sustainable option than leaving them on your porch or tossing them in the trash. Rotting pumpkins act as a bear attractant, and, as we all know by now, that is bad news for them and for us. What's more, pumpkins that are not intercepted by bears typically end up in landfill where they break down slowly, releasing greenhouse gas emissions.

Please make sure pumpkins are free of candles and other decorations.

No Bears No Landfill

Did you know that every person in the United States generates almost five pounds of solid waste every day? Do your part to keep waste out of the landfill by reducing your waste by recycling and being conscious of your purchasing. 

Recycling is a great way to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill. Consider signing up for the City’s Residential Curbside Recycling Program.

Not a City resident? Drop-off your recyclable items at the City’s Recycling Center.

Contact Info

Amber Blake
Director of Transportation & Sustainability

Transit Center
250 W. 8th St. 
Durango, CO 81301

(970) 375-5061

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