Beaver Creek is committed to recycling and conservation programs. In keeping with our core values, all of our staff is expected to adhere to our Recycling Guidelines. Employees are provided with free reusable water bottles to encourage them not to use plastic water bottles and reusable coffee mugs to eliminate the use of paper coffee cups. Beaver Creek has also given out over 1,000 reusable shopping bags to our employees and guests. In 2006, Beaver Creek recycled over 1,450,000 lbs. of material. Beaver Creek’s goal is to increase total recycle volume, thus decreasing landfill waste by 5% each year. Due to our recycling program, Beaver Creek has achieved a 44% diversion rate, which is over three times the recycling rate of Colorado’s 12.5% recycling rate and exceeds the National Average of 32% recycling rate by 12%.
Beaver Creek recycles materials including wood, glass, plastics, cardboard, scrap metal, asphalt, newspapers, office paper, magazines, computers and skis. Beaver Creek operates a comprehensive recycling program that provides service to employees and guests at all Beaver Creek owned or managed operations. This includes condominiums, restaurants, offices, and businesses operating both on and off the mountain. The Beaver Creek Environmental Department purchased a new heavy-duty diesel truck that enables us to choose the destination for our recycling material. This enabled us to increase the types of material we collect and recycle. To complete the full cycle of recycling, all paper purchased for Beaver Creek has a minimum of 30% post consumer recycled content.
Beaver Creek Mountain dining management is dedicated to reducing trash that goes to our landfills. In our fine dining restaurants, Beaver Creek uses only washable napkins and washable, reusable, rather than non-reusable paper products to reduce waste. All dinnerware used in our fine dining is washable and reusable, rather than non-reusable paper products.
Non-bleached napkins made from recycled paper are used in all Beaver Creek Mountain fast casual dining facilities. This represents over 600,000 recycled products purchased. Spruce Saddle Lodge, Beaver Creek's flagship restaurant and certified Green restaurant, purchases outdoor furniture that is made from recycled material. The shingles on the roof of the restaurant are also made of recycled material.
For the summer of 2005, Beaver Creek established a waste and recycling area made up of over 400 square feet of fenced in property. Many items that got placed in this area ended up being re-used (i.e., 5 gallon buckets, paints, wood, shelving, desks, etc.) In 2006, the BC Environmental Department purchased a 20-foot by 8-foot storage container for the recently completed “miniature” Material Recovery Facility located in one of our employee parking lots. This storage container is dedicated to storing Universal Waste such as light bulbs, electronic equipment and batteries until these items can be recycled. By dedicating a location to Universal Waste collection, we are able to achieve an increased quantity of waste for recycling.
Beaver Creek has implemented an extensive universal and hazardous waste collection program in an effort to exceed state and federal regulations. Our goal is to continually utilize the “best management practice,” whether or not the substance is regulated. To meet these goals the environmental department has developed extensive training and compliance programs, with upper management support. These guidelines can be found on our Intranet web site, available to all employees.
Our “miniature” MRF is used as a place to store items that are no longer needed by one group that maybe utilized by another group. It is also used for wood recycling, co-mingle recycling, office and news paper recycling, cardboard recycling, appliance recycling, aerosol can recycling, battery recycling, fluorescent light bulb recycling, scrap steal and metal recycling and storage for our special event recycling containers.
The following are the controlled wastes managed.
• Mercury Lamps
• Waste Paint
• Used Oil and Filters
• Aerosol Cans
• Waste Gas
• Hazardous Liquid Waste
• Waste Combustible Liquid
• Combustible Liquid Product
• Cleaning Compounds
Beaver Creek has also implemented a toner and printer cartridge collection and recycling program. This program ensures the spent cartridges do not enter our local landfills, and provides money for children’s education programs. Our "Cartridge for Kids" program raises approximately $75 a month for the Eagle County Charter Academy and prevents approximately sixty cartridges per month from entering local landfills.