Spring cleanup: Glenwood’s free, annual trash and debris collection service slated to begin April 15
Since 1984, the city of Glenwood Springs has provided a free trash and brush collection service to residents, known as spring cleanup. This year’s installment will begin on April 15 and finish on May 17.
Spring cleanup breaks the city up into five zones, allowing one week of collection time for each zone, respectively.
Those residing in Zone 1, located east of Grand Avenue between 13th Street and the south end of Glenwood, may place debris on the curbside beginning April 13, Glenwood Springs Public Works Director Matthew Langhorst said.
“Each zone thereafter has a weekend planned for people to place items at the curb. …Crews will [then] collect that trash and brush the following week,” Langhorst explained. “Residents are not allowed to put out trash and brush prior to their two-day placement period.”
While spring cleanup crews pick up numerous forms of trash and debris, they will not accept certain items.
Those prohibited items include: paint, batteries, refrigerators without Freon free stickers, oil, gas, TV’s, computers, and other electronics.
According to Langhorst, the city will not collect trash and debris from private roads or within apartment, condominium or townhome complexes.
“The city does not want to be liable for any damage to private facilities with the large equipment that we are utilizing to complete our work,” Langhorst said.
“Also, the main way that we control what is placed into the curbside piles is being able to have a pile directly in front of a home so that if there is an issue, code enforcement has the ability to work with a homeowner directly.”
The city will offer residents of apartment, condo or townhome complexes a “free load” voucher so that they can bring their trash and debris to the South Canyon Landfill. Vouchers can be requested either by mail, or in person from the city’s administrative offices located inside City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.
Langhorst said the city would soon make available a copy of each of the five zones and their coinciding collection periods on the city’s website http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/ within the coming days.
The spring cleanup program was nearly ended a few years ago, when city crews had a hard time policing the program and debris was sitting at the curb for weeks on end until crews could make their way around town. Instead of doing away with it, though, the city agreed to move to the zoned approach.
“When [spring cleanup] was started in the early ’80s, it was just after the city had stopped being the trash provider in town,” Langhorst said.
At the time, Langhorst said there were approximately 4,600 people residing in the city compared to today’s estimated population of over 10,000.
Historically speaking, Langhorst mentioned that spring cleanup was always intended as a way for the city to give back.
“We want to make this a successful event for the city, even with the small changes,” Langhorst said.
According to spring cleanup crews from years back, city workers during the collection period had come across items in trash and debris piles such as a 4-foot-tall Scooby Doo, a ‘50s era barber chair, and even a complete United States Air Force medical kit from the Korean War.
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