Boulder opening curbside pickup, drop-off centers for flood debris

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BOULDER, Colo. — The city of Boulder has teamed up with the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials to offer an expanded drop-off site for electronic waste.

The site will be at 5030 “Old” Pearl Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and starts Saturday Sept. 28. It will be open through Oct. 5.

All processing fees for flood-damaged materials from Boulder residents will be waived. Saturday volumes are expected to be high, so organizers recommend that residents plan to come on weekdays, if possible, said city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley.

“We are streamlining our system as much as we can to get people in and out,” said Dan Matsch, manager of Eco-Cycle and CHaRM, in a statement. “Our top priority is to provide the community with a way to easily and properly dispose of flood-damaged items that should not go in the landfill or could be recycled, such as electronics, appliances with Freon and scrap metal.”

CHaRM specializes in the recycling of “hard-to-recycle” materials such as:

  • electronics, including small appliances
  • appliances containing Freon, such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners
  • scrap metal
  • large durable plastics
  • white block Styrofoam

Curbside pickup of flood debris starts Thursday

Curbside pickup for flood debris across the city will start Thursday.

The city has contacted with Swingle Inc. to operate trucks for the next three weeks.  The service is for residential use only, and does not include apartment and condominium multi-family housing complexes.

Curbside cleanup routes and schedules are available at Swingle has divided the city into four zones for curbside cleanup and will pick up debris in each zone at least twice, starting on Thursday, Sept. 26, and concluding on Friday, Oct. 18.

  • Zone 1: North of Iris, West of Foothills Parkway – start day Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Zone 2: South of Baseline, West of Foothills Parkway – start day Saturday, Sept. 28
  • Zone 3: South of Iris, North of Baseline, West of Foothills Parkway – start day Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Zone 4: East of Foothills Parkway in city limits – start day Thursday, Oct. 3

“Our community has sustained significant damage from the unprecedented rains and flooding of the past week, and many of our residents need to dispose of large amounts of debris,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Many of these impacted community members do not have the ability or the equipment to haul items such as carpet to a collection point, and the service needs to be more accessible to all residents. To assist with recovery efforts, City Council approved curbside cleanup of flood debris, which will begin this Thursday.”

In order for the city to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance for the cost of debris removal, curbside pickup is limited to debris created by the storm. FEMA requirements include:

  •  Storm-related debris only
  • Debris should NOT be placed in plastic trash bags
  • Debris already in plastic bags must be opened to allow FEMA verification of storm debris
  • Do not place household trash with flood debris

Electronics and mud will not be collected. The city is identifying potential mud disposal contractors for residential use and contact information will be available at Mud disposal is the obligation of the property owner, and residents should contract directly with mud disposal companies or follow guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides and chemicals must be taken to the Hazardous Materials Management Facility at 1901 63rd St.  It is located behind the Boulder County Recycling Facility.

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