Vail’s annual spring cleaning activities are being expanded this year with free one-day-only recycling opportunities for shredding, e-waste and household hazardous waste collection, plus other hard to recycle items. The activities will culminate with an invitation for community members to take part in Vail’s traditional townwide cleanup event on Saturday, May 21. The spring cleaning blitz will be taking place the week of May 16 as follows:
Large Item Residential Pickup
On Thursday, May 19, the town will offer the free collection, by appointment, of large items in Vail’s residential neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This includes items such as tables, shelves, chairs or other items too bulky for regular trash collection. Ineligible items include couches, mattresses, refrigerators/freezers and hazardous waste. Those materials should be taken to the Eagle County landfill or brought to the next day’s collection event for proper disposal. To make an appointment or to inquire about acceptable pickup items, call the Public Works Department at 970-479-2158 no later than noon on pickup day.
Hard to Recycle Items
For hard to recycle items, the town is offering a free collection event for residents, property owners and those employed within Vail from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at the east end of the Lionshead parking structure. Items to be collected include household hazardous waste, e-waste, papers for shredding, yard waste, batteries and more. Trinity Recycling will also be on hand to collect metal, scrap metal and old appliances. Ineligible items include smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, ammunition, explosives, biomedical waste, sharps, tires and biohazards. Participants must bring proof of Vail residency or employment within Vail to qualify for the service. Charges may apply for excessive amounts of materials. For questions, call the town’s environmental sustainability office at 970-479-2333.
Annual Cleanup Day
The town’s annual cleanup day takes place on Saturday, May 21 with check-in beginning at 9 a.m. at Donovan Park. Community members are encouraged to take part which will include a free barbeque after the event at Donovan Pavilion. As in the past, the first 100 participants will be awarded $25 to be distributed to one of many area non-profits approved by the Vail Town Council. Individual participants and groups are asked to contact the town in advance to make arrangements to participate. To pre-register, email email@example.com or call 970-479-2333 and indicate how many volunteers will be participating, the non-profit recipient and any dietary considerations.
Event organizer Mark Hoblitzell, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator, says the expanded cleanup programs this spring are being offered to encourage community members to join the town in keeping Vail clean and eco-friendly. To learn more, visit www.lovevail.org or contact Hoblitzell at 970-479-2333.