Summit County towns host annual Clean Up Day
Every year for the last two decades, hundreds of Summit County residents have gathered to find what’s left behind after all the snow has gone.
At last year’s Town Clean Up Day in Silverthorne, local residents collected and disposed of 1,520 pounds of trash. They found some unusual items, said town recreation coordinator Nancy Bomgardner, including a ski pass, snow pants, a hubcap and a full can of beer.
Past trash finds in Frisco have included a $100 bill and rubber split-crotch panties.
The towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne have again coordinated to host the rite of spring, the countywide Town Clean Up Day, on Saturday, May 16.
Through plentiful volunteer help, town officials said they hope to clean up neighborhoods, parks, open spaces, business areas and trails.
“We’re encouraging everyone to come out and help spruce up Frisco,” said Nora Gilberston, Frisco’s events manager. “The snow in town melted quickly this year, leaving a lot of trash out there that needs picked up. It’s really a community effort to clean up town and get it looking good for summer.”
Volunteer check-in will be at 9 a.m. in each town. In Breckenridge, volunteers are asked to meet at the Riverwalk Center; Frisco volunteers meet at the Historic Park on Main Street. In Dillon, Town Hall is the volunteer check-in location; and in Silverthorne the day begins at Rainbow Park’s large pavilion.
During check-in, volunteers will receive bags, coffee and morning treats. Volunteers can clean up assigned areas or areas of their choice, even those outside town limits.
After a morning of sprucing up, volunteers are invited to return to each town’s check-in area for a “thank you” picnic at noon.
In Frisco, a volunteer appreciation barbecue will be cooked by the town council members with food provided by Safeway and beer provided by Backcountry Brewery.
The lunch will include door prizes from appreciative local merchants, and Peak One Neighborhood will provide awards for the most valuable, most unique and the grossest finds of the day.
The Phil Jensen Band will provide entertainment, and High Country Conservation Center will assist with zero-waste efforts as well as provide education on energy efficiency and recycling programs in the county.
In Silverthorne, Bomgardner said, participants should know fencing around the Rainbow Park is in place to protect people from ongoing construction of a new outdoor basketball court and resurfacing of the tennis courts.
For more town-specific information, contact Heather Pease (Breckenridge) at 970-453-3187 ext.3 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Matt Miano (Dillon) at 970-262-3439 or MMiano@townofdillon.com, Nora Gilbertson (Frisco) at 970-668-9132 or email@example.com, or Nancy Bomgardner (Silverthorne) at 970-262-7377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drop off household hazardous waste at inaugural collection
Some items won’t be collected by Summit County’s towns during Clean Up Day but will be accepted Saturday at the county’s inaugural household hazardous waste collection event.
People wishing to dispose of electronics, pharmaceuticals and household hazardous wastes (paints, cleaners, solvents, pesticides and other products that are poisonous, flammable or corrosive) can take those items to the Summit Stage Bus Barn on Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The bus barn is at 222 County Shops Road, next to the County Commons in Frisco.
When household hazardous waste is dumped down drains or storm sewers or otherwise improperly disposed of, it can seriously damage water quality and aquatic habitats.
“Cleanup Day has always been a great event in Summit County, with hundreds of people rolling up their sleeves to ensure that our community sparkles after the long winter season,” Summit County Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said. “We’re excited to take that community pride to the next level, by offering a free opportunity to keep our local waterways clean as well.”
The event is part of a new series of special-waste collection events funded through the Summit County Safety First Fund, a property tax increase approved by voters in November.
During the first two events, held in January and March, Summit County collected old electronics and unused pharmaceuticals. The vehicle count for both events totaled 1,045; residents and property owners dropped off 70 tons of electronics and 195 pounds of medications.
The Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP) is also now accepting household hazardous waste and electronics for free onsite drop-off during regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Beginning June 6, the SCRAP will extend its regular business hours to include Saturday mornings, 7 a.m. to noon. The added services and hours are also funded through the Safety First Fund.
Household hazardous waste items not accepted at the Saturday collection, but accepted onsite at the SCRAP, include antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, kerosene, batteries and motor oil. Items not accepted at the SCRAP or the event include explosives, ammunition, infectious waste, propane tanks and radioactive materials.
Electronics items accepted 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.
Non-narcotic pharmaceuticals may be disposed of year-round at drop-off bins at City Market stores in Breckenridge and Dillon. Narcotics are accepted year-round at the new drop-off bin at the Summit County Justice Center in Breckenridge.
For a list of accepted items and for additional information, go to http://www.co.summit.co.us or call (970) 468-9263.
For more information about Summit County’s collection, disposal and recycling of special waste, or to volunteer Saturday, contact the High Country Conservation Center at 970-668-5703 or visit http://www.highcountryconservation.org.
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