Cleanup crews hit the road


If you go

What: Second annual Highway Clean-Up Day

Where: Register Saturday between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at the Routt County Courthouse

When: Clean up 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday in designated areas

Other: Pre-register as an individual or a group by contacting the Routt County Department of Environmental Health at 879-0185 or by e-mail at hsalvalox@co.rout...

— Volunteers are needed to pick up litter in Routt County during Saturday's second annual Highway Clean-Up Day sponsored by the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

In addition to dispatching crews to clean up U.S. Highway 40, volunteers also will comb areas on Routt County Road 129 and Colorado Highway 131, Routt County Environmental Health's Jason Striker said.

"It's looking like we're going to have some really good weather for this event," Striker said. "It's a really fun event for people to get out and help the community."

At last year's inaugural Highway Clean-Up Day, 50 volunteers collected four truck loads full of trash, Striker said.

Litter in the area primarily consists of discarded alcohol containers, fast food trash and construction debris, said Routt County Road and Bridge Director Paul Draper.

Volunteers can register on the spot Saturday at the Routt County Courthouse, where shuttles will depart to drop people off along clean-up routes. In addition to transportation, trash bags and safety vests will be provided, Striker said.

Striker reminded volunteers to wear sturdy shoes, pants and plenty of sunscreen.

In addition to providing shuttles, the Colorado Department of Transportation will handle waste disposal for the event.

"People just have to seal the bags and leave them on the side of the road; we'll take care of the rest," Striker said.


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