Waste piles up during Craig Clean-Up Days
May 24, 2011
By the numbers:
During Craig Clean-Up Days on Saturday and Sunday, the City of Craig collected the following from local residents:
• 11 40-yard roll-off Dumpsters full of tires
• Three 20-yard roll-offs full of various metal materials
• 107 refrigerators
— Metal objects are recycled by Axis Steel, while old tires are distributed in the tire pile at the Moffat County Landfill.
Children's swing sets, lawnmowers, air conditioners and other junk and refuse materials lined the bottoms of trash containers Saturday and Sunday at the north end of Crag City Park.
The City of Craig's Solid Waste Department collected one Dumpster after another of used tires, appliances and other metal objects during the weekend's Craig Clean-Up Days.
The department's crew filled 11 40-yard roll-off dumpsters with tires and three 20-yard roll-offs with all sorts of large, metal items from dishwashers to swamp coolers.
Additionally, the group accepted 107 old refrigerators.
"We had a few more refrigerators than last year, but that's approximately what we get every year," crew supervisor Rod Durham said. "The people came out even though the weather was bad on Saturday and we had a pretty good turnout."
Durham said that when taking the refrigerators, he and his workers are responsible for safely draining the Freon within before taking them, along with all other metal materials, to Axis Steel.
"Pretty much any of the miscellaneous metal stuff's recycled," he said. "And then, the tires are hauled off to the tire pile at the landfill and then they grind them up."
Durham said the point of Craig Clean-Up Days is to encourage residents to safely dispose of large clutter.
"Some people are just catching up and cleaning up stuff that's been around them for years," he said. "Some of them save it up all year to bring it in on Clean-Up Day. I think people are getting more conscious about recycling, too."
Durham said the spirit of spring cleaning is a little different compared to previous years.
"It used to be called Clean-Up Week with the landfill and everything," he said. "Now the county is giving out vouchers to people where they can use it at the landfill for one day any time during the year. That kind of changes it so it isn't just one weekend where everybody's hauling stuff."
Vouchers are available in the Moffat County Treasurer's Office inside the Moffat County Courthouse, 221 W. Victory Way. Call 824-9111 for more information.