Countywide Clean Up and Recycling Day on May 19th
Summit County will hold its free annual recycling event in concert with Countywide Cleanup Day and Colorado Public Lands Day, on Saturday, May 19. The Towns of Blue River, Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne are calling all volunteers to help Summit County prepare for summer with the Annual Countywide Town Clean Up Day, on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Once again this year the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP) and High Country Conservation Center (HC3) are also helping citizens dispose of hard to recycle or dispose of personal items. Summit County will be hosting a free drive-through drop off for electronics, textiles, pharmaceuticals and household hazardous wastes on Saturday, May 19.
Frisco Town Clean Up Details
UPDATE posted on Saturday, May 19, 2018
The snow stayed up high so we are all systems go for a 9:00am start. Please bring a rain jacket just in case the patches of blue sky we see now don’t hold up. Thank you for getting out there and giving the town a good cleaning.
General Frisco Clean Up Info
Volunteers may check in at the Frisco Historic Park starting at 9:00am. During the volunteer check in at 9:00am, there will be coffee provided by Starbucks and donuts from Safeway. At that time, volunteers will also receive gloves, orange trash bags and tickets for door prize drawings, lunch and free beers or lemonade. Volunteers may ask to be assigned to a clean up area or they may select an area in Frisco that they feel would benefit from their efforts.
Post clean up, volunteers are invited back to the Historic Park for a volunteer appreciation BBQ with burgers and hot dogs grilled up by Frisco Town Council. Safeway, 5th Avenue Grill, The Lost Cajun and The Butterhorn Bakery are providing the food for the BBQ and Outer Range Brewing Co. is donating the beer. The volunteer appreciation BBQ will also include volunteer door prizes and awards from appreciative local merchants for the most valuable, most unique and grossest finds of the day. Many local Frisco businesses have generously donated door prizes for Town Clean Up to show their appreciation.
Recycling & Disposal Event at the County Commons
The recycling event, free to all Summit County residents and property owners, is funded through the Summit County Safety First Fund, approved by voters in November 2014. Collection will take place from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Summit Stage Bus Barn, 0222 County Shops Road in Frisco, next to the County Commons. During last year’s event, Summit County collected 13 tons of electronics, 132 pounds of pharmaceuticals and 11 tons of household hazardous waste.
“We know the Summit community is passionate about protecting our natural resources, both locally and globally,” said Aaron Byrne, director of the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP). “They really wear that passion on their sleeves every May, when hundreds of people turn out to this collection event to make sure that their old computers and TVs are getting a new life, their worn-out clothes are put to good use and their old medications and household chemicals aren’t getting into our rivers and streams.”
The collection event is for household items only. Commercial loads are not accepted at the event, but businesses may bring electronics and hazardous waste directly to the SCRAP during regular business hours for recycling and/or safe disposal. Neither household nor commercial appliances are accepted at the event, but they are accepted at the SCRAP.
High Country Conservation Center is recruiting volunteers to assist with the May 19 collection event. To volunteer, contact the High Country Conservation Center at 970-668-5703, or visit highcountryconservation.org.
Accepted Items at the County Recycling & Disposal Event
Household Hazardous Waste
Accepted household hazardous waste items include paints, stains, pesticides, fertilizers, cleansers, solvents, adhesives and mercury thermometers and switches. Materials must be in their original containers and/or clearly labeled. Household hazardous waste items not accepted at this event, but accepted onsite at the SCRAP, include antifreeze, fluorescent bulbs, gasoline, kerosene, batteries and motor oil. Items not accepted at the SCRAP or at the event include explosives, ammunition, infectious waste, propane tanks and radioactive materials.
When household hazardous waste is improperly disposed of, or dumped down drains or storm sewers, it can seriously damage water quality and aquatic habitats. All household hazardous waste collected during the event will be reused or safely disposed of by Veolia and Green Sheen, with whom Summit County has contracted to ensure the highest standards of safety and pollution control.
Electronic items accepted at the event include computers, monitors, printers, phones, audio equipment, TVs, tablets and electronics accessories. Recycling electronics recovers valuable materials, thereby conserving natural resources, saving energy and reducing life-cycle emissions. Colorado law prohibits disposal of electronic devices in landfills. When these products do end up in the landfill, they can leach toxic pollutants.
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 personal data.
Accepted pharmaceutical items include prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, medication samples, vitamins, prescribed narcotics, medicated lotions and ointments, liquid medications in original leak-proof containers, unopened transdermal skin patches, needles and lancets, pet medications and unused injection cartridges (e.g., insulin pens). Items not accepted include illicit drugs, inhalers, thermometers, infectious waste, chemotherapy waste, personal care products, sunscreen, marijuana, business waste, empty containers and aerosol cans.
When pharmaceuticals are disposed of in landfills or flushed down toilets or drains, they can pollute water supplies and harm wildlife. Expired or unused medications that are left in medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse or abuse. Twenty-nine percent of Coloradans have used pain medication prescribed for someone else, according to the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office will arrange for safe destruction of all pharmaceuticals collected at the event.
“Safe disposal of unused medications is one of our top strategies for preventing misuse, abuse and addiction, safeguarding the health of our family and friends, and protecting our water quality,” Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said. “Prescription and over-the-counter medications are valuable tools in our health care, but they can also carry risks when improperly used, stored or disposed of.”
Accepted textiles include worn-out clothes, shoes, accessories (e.g., hats, handbags, belts), towels, bedding, drapes and linens, all of which will be collected by the Denver division of USAgain, which has been in the textile collection business for 18 years. The company resells all items collected to wholesale buyers, thrift store chains and textile recyclers. Carpet and pillows are not accepted. Residents are encouraged to bring items in good condition to local thrift stores, rather than to the recycling event.
Year Round Drop Off Options
For Summit residents and property owners who can’t make it to the event, the SCRAP also accepts household hazardous waste and electronics for free drop-off onsite during regular business hours, 7:00am to 4:oopm, Monday through Saturday, year-round. Proof of residency or property ownership is required. Since the inception of the free special-waste programs in 2015, Summit County residents and property owners have recycled or safely disposed of 555 tons of electronics and 166 tons of household hazardous waste.
Household medications may also be disposed of year-round in secure drop-off bins at the Summit County Justice Center in Breckenridge, Prescription Alternatives pharmacy in Frisco and Dillon Police Department. And Summit County Public Health provides a needle collection bin at the Justice Center. For more info on medication drop-off bins, visit SummitCountyCO.gov/takemedsback.