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Vail’s annual spring cleaning activities are returning this year with multiple events in April and May. The annual Eagle River Watershed Council Highway Cleanup will occur on Saturday, April 27. Volunteers are encouraged to join the Town of Vail team to assist in cleaning sections of I-70 and the Frontage Road in Vail. In May, dumpsters will be placed in Ford Park and the North Trail parking area at 2515 North Frontage Road in West Vail beginning on Tuesday, May 14 and will be available for residential use; large residential pickup will be offered by appointment beginning Thursday, May 16. The spring cleaning blitz continues on Friday, May 17 with free one-day-only recycling opportunities for paper shredding, e-waste and household hazardous waste. Watch the Town of Vail Facebook page for additional cleanup, habitat restoration and trail maintenance volunteer opportunities in the coming months.
Eagle River Watershed Council Community Pride Highway Cleanup – Saturday, April 27
More than 950 volunteers will be taking part in this 19th annual rite of spring to pick up litter from 138 miles of Eagle County highways. Local businesses, organizations, families and friends form teams, each responsible for cleaning up a stretch of road. Vail’s team will be headed by Pete Wadden, the town’s watershed education coordinator. Vail team members will gather at the Municipal Building parking lot at 75 South Frontage Road at 9 a.m. Volunteers will pick up trash until about 11:30 a.m. when, after a morning of hard work, participants are invited to gather for a free party with great food, local beer, live music and a raffle at the Broken Arrow Restaurant in Arrowhead. To join a team, please contact Wadden at email@example.com or 970-479-2144.
Free Dumpsters – Tuesday, May 14
Free dumpsters will be available for residential use on the North Frontage Road in West Vail and in Ford Park from Tuesday, May 14 through Sunday, May 19. Eligible items include anything that does not contain hazardous materials and is not recyclable or compostable and should be destined for the landfill. Ineligible items include recyclable materials, tires, refrigerators/freezers, paint, hazardous waste, batteries and electronics.
Large Item Residential Pickup – Thursday, May 16
On Thursday, May 16 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 tables, shelves, chairs or other items too bulky for regular trash collection. Ineligible items include couches, mattresses, refrigerators/freezers, tires and hazardous waste. As a reminder, Eagle County residents may dispose of up to 1,600 pounds annually for free at the Wolcott landfill. 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 – Friday, May 17
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 17 at the Ford Park parking lot. This event includes the collection of electronic waste (computers, TVs, phones, screens, printers, etc.), household hazardous waste (cleaners, paints, fuels, chemicals, etc.) and paper shredding (documents needing secure destruction). 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 970-479-2144.
Event organizer Kristen Bertuglia, the town’s environmental sustainability manager, says the cleanup programs this spring are a great opportunity to get a jump start on spring cleaning and to encourage community members to join the town in keeping Vail clean and eco-friendly. Funding for these events comes from fees generated through Vail’s “Kick the Bag Habit” program. To learn more or if you have questions about items not listed, visit lovevail.org or contact Bertuglia at 970-477-3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.