Ike Reedy, left, of Hayden, and Nikki Granados, of Craig, dispose of used tires during the 2011 Craig Cleanup Days.City, county and business leaders are preparing for a bigger, better community cleanup in the spring, and volunteers are needed.

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Ike Reedy, left, of Hayden, and Nikki Granados, of Craig, dispose of used tires during the 2011 Craig Cleanup Days.City, county and business leaders are preparing for a bigger, better community cleanup in the spring, and volunteers are needed.

Help wanted: Craig, Moffat County seek 200 volunteers for biggest ever cleanup days

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— Craig and Moffat County are seeking 200 volunteers to help the long list of partners to hold one of the largest ever Craig cleanup events taking place in May.

“City Council and commissioners are working on this including donating money to the effort,” said Craig City Manager Mike Foreman. “I’ve never seen this kind of excitement from them, they are really excited about this.”

Volunteers will receive t-shirts provided by Chaos Ink and lunch partially provided by JW Snack's. Volunteers will help with trash removal and go door-to-door to help the elderly and those unable to clean up their own yards, Foreman said.

The county and city are also working on a “cleanup your back yard campaign” to improve city and county properties, Foreman said.

City staff will work on new signage, replacing flower beds, cleaning Whittle the Wood carvings and cleaning facilities through out the city and county to set an example for the community.

“Our city and county staff have been extremely involved in this and are taking pride in this. As you enter Craig we want you to understand they we are doing out part to create beautiful places,” Foreman said.

Clean up events at a glance

Now: The city and county are seeking 200 volunteers to help with this year’s Craig Cleanup Days. Drop by City Hall or call 970-826-2018 to sign-up.

Now: The city and county are seeking nominations for people who might benefit from help in cleaning their properties. To nominate someone drop by City Hall or call 970-826-2018 to nominate someone.

Electronics: Electronics waste will be accepted for recycling and disposal from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 to 19 at City Hall, 300 W. Fourth Street.

Free landfill: Moffat County will waive fees at the county landfill between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 to 21. The landfill is located at 1806 County Road 107.

Cleanup days: Trash and recyclables will be accepted by the city and county for disposal starting at 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 20 and 21 in locations around town.

• Take cardboard, paper, plastic, and cans for recycling at the recycling center north of town at 1775 Yampa Ave.

• Take trash, lawn and garden and other waste to the Safeway Parking lot.

• Take tires appliances and batteries to the north end of City Park.

While the effort will provide for the disposal of most items, hazardous materials, paint, oil and grease and chemical waste won’t be accepted.

“We ask people to recycle those products through normal process including through area retailers,” Foreman said.

Cleanup costs

“All the partners have been involved in committee meetings to make it as free as possible for the community and to make it as easy as possible to clean up Craig,” Foreman said.

In addition to the free services being provided some sponsors are offering added incentives.

Interstate Batteries is a sponsor and they are going donate $5 for every battery collected to Relay For Life,” Foreman said.

A small fee will be charged for electronic waste.

“We currently accept at City Hall and will continue doing that. We have to pay for that, so the cost will be $1 per diagonal inch for computer and TV screens,” he said.

Other sponsors helping to defray event costs include Memorial Regional Health, Moffat County Commissioner Don Cook, Downtown Business Association, Napa Auto Parts, The Copy Shop, JW Snack’s and Tunies & Such.

“This is all part of new effort to create Craig as a Main Street America Community. We have just been approved as a Main Street America affiliate and we are applying to become a Keep America Beautiful affiliate,” Foreman said. “We want to educate our community to reduce litter, encourage recycling, volunteerism and help cleanup Craig to make it one of the most beautiful cities in Colorado.”

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or snelson@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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