Vail’s annual spring cleaning activities are returning in 2018 with multiple events in April and May. The 2018 Town of Vail Cleanup Day has been moved to an earlier date and will take place on Sunday, April 29. Dumpsters will be placed in East Vail and West Vail neighborhoods beginning on Wednesday, April 25 and are available for residential use. Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance by e-mailing email@example.com. The spring cleaning blitz continues in May with free one-day-only recycling opportunities on Friday, May 11 for paper shredding, e-waste and household hazardous waste.
Annual Cleanup Day – Sunday, April 29
The town’s annual cleanup day takes place on Sunday, April 29 with check-in beginning at 9 a.m. at Donovan Park. Community members are encouraged to take part which will include a free barbecue 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-479-2333 and indicate how many volunteers will be participating, the non-profit recipient and any dietary considerations.
Large Item Residential Pickup – Friday, April 27
On Friday, April 27 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 lbs. 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 11
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 11 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 970-479-2333.
Event organizer Mark Hoblitzell, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator, 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 this event 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 Hoblitzell at 970-479-2333.