By John Colson
Sopris Sun correspondent
Saturday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is Carbondale’s annual Spring Clean-Up and Waste Diversion Day, when the town accepts a variety of trash, recyclables and electronic waste for free or very low charges.
The day-long event is sponsored by the town’s public works department and the Environmental Board, known as the E-Board, (made up of volunteers Richard Scott Mills, Matt Gwost, Jeff Lauckhart, Jason White, Christopher Paul Ellis, Patrick Hunter, Julia Farwell and Sasha Williams).
According to the town website (www.carbondalegov.org) the funding that makes the cleanup day possible comes from revenues generated by the town’s disposable bag fee.
The receiving site is the vacant lot at the northeast corner of 4th Street and Colorado Avenue, and Carbondale residents get the best deal for disposal, with non-residents paying slightly higher amounts.
In addition to the waste receiving sites and arrangements, the lot will feature educational booths from the E-Board, the Community Office of Resource Efficiency and EverGreen Events regarding how citizens can reduce and divert their waste year round.
Giveaways, according to the town website, will include reusable shopping bags and finished compost (please bring your own bag or container) while supplies last.
For general household waste (including appliances, though refrigerators must be certified Freon-free) the cost to town residents is $10 per regular pickup load, or $20 for large pickup loads. For nonresidents, the fee is $25 and $35 respectively.
Certain kinds of e-waste can be disposed of for free by town residents, including up to three “large items” such as televisions, CRT monitors and copy machines, and such smaller items as laptops, CPUs, phones, computer accessories, stereo equipment, DVD and VHS players, and cables.
Additional “large items” can be disposed of by residents for a fee of 25-cents per pound.
For non-residents, the charge for disposing of e-waste in general is 25-cents per pound.
For tire disposal, the first 100 tires up to 18-inches without rims brought in by Carbondale residents will be accepted for free.
Beyond that, there are fees for disposal of different sizes and types of tires, all of which is available on the town website, along with a variety of other information concerning what is being accepted and what it will cost.
For example, no liquid hazardous wastes will be accepted, the website states.