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Summit County towns host 20th annual summer cleanup Saturday


What: Countywide Town Clean Up Day

When: Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m.

Where: Breckenridge: the Riverwalk Center; Frisco: the Historic Park. Dillon: Town Hall; Silverthorne: Rainbow Park

The Summit County towns of Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne are participating in the Countywide Town Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 17.

All four towns invite volunteers to the annual event, which has been going on for about 20 years, to clean up neighborhoods, parks, open spaces, business areas and trails.

The grossest thing ever found, said Nora Gilbertson, Frisco events manager, was a pair of "rubber split-crotch panties."

The most valuable: a $100 bill.

Volunteer check-in will be at 9 a.m. in each town, and volunteers will receive bags, area assignments, coffee and morning treats. Vanessa Agee, Frisco's marketing and communications director, said volunteers are welcome to clean areas of their choice, even if they are outside of town limits.

"We definitely encourage people to go to their favorite areas to clean," she said.

After a morning of picking up trash, volunteers can return to their check-in spots at noon for a free lunch. High Country Conservation Center will provide zero-waste stations at every lunch so people can recycle their dishes and compost their food.

In Frisco, the lunch will be barbecue cooked by the Frisco Town Council and provided by Whole Foods, O'Bryan Partnership and Backcountry Brewery. The lunch will include door prizes, entertainment provided by UFO and awards for the most valuable, most unique and the grossest finds of the day.

High Country Conservation Center will also give away free compost to raise awareness about the nutrient-rich dirt available for sale and produced with local food scraps at the county facility. Volunteers are encouraged to bring 5-gallon buckets for transporting the compost home.

"They really have a lot of compost," Agee said, "and not a lot of people have taken advantage of it yet."

Household wastes are not accepted during Clean Up Day. Residents who wish to clean up their homes can visit the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP) Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. to dispose of appliances, composting materials, common household chemicals, oil, antifreeze, vehicle batteries and more.