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Forest Service employees cleaning up illegal dumps

Forest Service employees cleaning up illegal dumps

DURANGO — Rangers at Colorado’s national forests say they are spending a lot of time cleaning up illegal dumps on public lands, and racking up a hefty bill for landfill fees.

Columbine district ranger Matt Janowiak said his district spends about $2,000 a year in landfill fees alone, and the cost of labor and transportation isn’t included.

Castoffs include old vehicles, refrigerators, water heaters, couches and electronics.

“There are people who take an old television into the woods for target practice,” Janowiak said.

He said one of the most memorable items recovered was a huge commercial refrigerating beer case discovered about three years ago in the HD Mountains near Bayfield — with the beer still in it. Unfortunately, it was not drinkable.

“If crews find something in the normal course of their work that can be removed, they do it,” Janowiak said. “If they can’t, they report it, and we send someone.”

— The Associated Press

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