After-holiday haul |

After-holiday haul

Workers busy taking away Christmas trash

Moffat County landfill worker Eric Angus was busy nonstop Monday. At times, he had people coming and going at the Moffat County landfill to drop off garbage, most of it trash generated by the Christmas holiday.

“It’s been dead for the last week and a half, but it’s been nonstop today,” he said.

Angus, like city workers who pick up trash for Craig residents, are well aware that the days after Christmas will generate the largest amount of trash of the year.

Filled and overflowing garbage cans could be seen across town Monday. Many were stuffed with cardboard boxes and wrapping paper.

As in years past, city sanitation workers will haul Christmas trees to the landfill. Workers have estimated picking up about 1,500 trees a year. Residents can leave them next to their trash cans.

Fire Chief Chris Nichols warned residents not to burn the trees in woodstoves.

“The trees produce an intense heat that could possibly get out of control and start a chimney fire,” he said.

Nichols said creosote buildup that a tree emits while burning could heighten the probability of a chimney fire.

“They burn hot,” Nichols said. “That’s our recommendation, to have them hauled away.”

Angus said the city probably would operate twice its typical number of trucks today to catch up with the weekend’s trash buildup.

He already has seen residents with pickups loaded with trees, boxes and other holiday leftovers.

Others are trying to get their unwanted items into the trash before the landfill’s rates increase Saturday. Prices will increase $1 for loads that weigh less than 1 ton or a minimum $6 a load. The per-ton rate is set to increase to $25, up from $22.50.

“When I came in this morning I knew it was going to be big,” Angus said as he helped customers. “Last Thursday, we had three people come in. It’s been steady all day today.”

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or

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