Summit County hosts second electronics recycling day after gathering 45 tons in January |

Summit County hosts second electronics recycling day after gathering 45 tons in January

Summit County will hold another free electronics recycling and pharmaceuticals collection event on March 14 in response to an overwhelming turnout at the inaugural event in late January.

“This community really knocked it out of the park during the first event,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “We now realize how high the demand is for this service, so we’re excited to provide another opportunity for everyone to get rid of these items in an environmentally friendly way.”

Local residents and property owners dropped off 45 tons of old electronics and 100 pounds of pharmaceuticals during the Jan. 31 collection event, made possible by the Summit County Safety First Fund, approved by voters in November.

Diverting these items from the landfill and wastewater systems is a key water-quality-protection strategy for Summit County.

The March 14 event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Summit Stage Bus Barn (0222 County Shops Road in Frisco). Collection will take place in multiple bus bays in order to shorten lines and reduce the wait times experienced by some at last month’s event, when 620 vehicles arrived to drop off items.

Accepted electronics items include computers, monitors, printers, phones, audio equipment, TVs, tablets and electronics accessories. Accepted pharmaceutical items include prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, vitamins, prescribed narcotics, medicated lotions and ointments, inhalers, liquid medications in leak-proof containers and unopened transdermal skin patches.

Items not accepted include needles, lancets, thermometers, infectious waste, personal care products, medical marijuana, business waste and aerosol cans.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office will document and destroy all the pharmaceuticals. The electronics collection will be facilitated by Electronic Recyclers International, which will disassemble or shred all materials and recycle 100 percent of the constituent materials. The company will physically destroy all hard drives and data storage devices to protect against theft of sensitive personal data. ERI operates eight facilities across the United States, with the capability of recycling more than 500 million pounds of electronics waste per year.

The Summit County Safety First Fund provides about $630,000 for water quality protections annually. Of that, $300,000 is allocated to cleanup of local waterways impaired by historical mining activities.

Summit County is using the remaining funds to address modern-day water quality threats, including electronics waste, household hazardous waste and pharmaceuticals.

Summit County will host a third event in May, offering collection services for household hazardous waste (e.g., paints, stains, liquid fuels) in addition to pharmaceuticals and electronics.

Electronics are now also accepted for recycling at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park, near Keystone, during regular business hours (Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.). The service is free for Summit County residents and property owners.


The town of Breckenridge recently announced bidding for a landscaping project at Prospector Park.

The landscaping project will primarily consist of new irrigation infrastructure, along with landscaping across the in-town park. Irrigation work includes the design and construction of both spray and drip irrigation in the park. Landscaping work includes the planting of new trees, shrubs, perennials, sod and native grass, as well as the installation of stone pavers and wood mulch.

A full copy of the contract documents and an in-depth description can be obtained in person from the town of Breckenridge Engineering Department (1095 Airport Road in Breckenridge).

All questions about the project must be submitted in writing to the town by 5 p.m. on March 17. Questions shall be sent by fax or email to Christopher McGinnis at

Sealed proposals for the project can be sent to the Breckenridge town clerk at town hall until 10 a.m. on March 20. All bids will be opened publicly. The town reserves the right to reject any or all bids, and to waive any informalities and irregularities therein.


In February, fire marshal Dan Moroz of the Copper Mountain Fire Department successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of fire marshal.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing officially conferred the designation on Muroz. He is now one of only 88 fire marshals worldwide. Dan Moroz has been a member of the Copper Mountain Fire Department for three years and currently resides in Silverthorne, Colorado.

The CPC awards the fire marshal designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development and technical competencies, along with contributions to the profession and community involvement.

In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan. The fire marshal designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential.

The Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence, administers the fire marshal designation program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession.


If last weekend’s time change came and went with little more than a twist of your wristwatch, Summit County’s three fire departments remind residents to replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon-monoxide detectors.

“Smoke detectors are your first line of defense in case a fire occurs in your home,” Lake Dillon fire chief Dave Parmley said. “They have been proven time and again to save lives, and now is the time to ensure they are working properly. The biennial changing of the clocks is a great ‘string around your finger’ to replace the batteries.”

Red, White and Blue Fire chief Jim Keating noted that too often people die in fires where there were no working smoke detectors. The detectors are often disabled, or the batteries were dead. In other cases, detectors were never installed.

“Even hard-wired smoke detectors often have a battery backup, and that little $2 battery could save your life,” Keating said. “It’s absolutely worth it.”

Copper Mountain Fire chief Gary Curmode also reminds residents and rental-property owners to replace the batteries in carbon-monoxide detectors and ensure they are working properly.

Property owners should make sure that all external heating vents and exterior gas meters also are kept clear of snow to avoid problems.

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