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Recycling Refresh

From time to time, it’s smart to examine our habits (even the well-intentioned ones) so let’s look at our recycling practices to help ensure we’re making sound and impactful choices. 

Keep these points in mind as you think about your recycling efforts and make choices accordingly: 

  • Packaging – Should be minimal, recyclable, and preferably made from recycled materials 
  • Replacing items – Consider if it can be repaired, reused, repurposed or donated rather than thrown away. Remember the flip side too, purchase recycled items instead of new. 
  • In the bin or not? – Review your community’s guidelines to ensure that what you’re sending to the recycling center can indeed be recycled. Here’s a list of things you may not know can be recycled and how. 
  • Reusable for the win – Since the goal of recycling is to keep non-biodegradables out of landfills, the most effective way to attain that goal is to avoid the use of single-use items in the first place. 


For more information about Alpine Bank’s sustainability and conservation efforts, please visit our Green Initiatives webpage. 

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Pete Yang

Pete Yang is a senior vice president for Alpine Bank and the co-chair of Alpine's "Green Team." He's based in Aspen, where he handles commercial and consumer loans, with a particular focus on resort financing. He has a keen interest in protecting Colorado's unmatched mountain environment.

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