Steamboat Springs It's safe to say that Saturday's Routt County Highway Clean-Up Day was a success.
The third annual event sponsored by the Routt County Board of Commissioners set records for volunteer participation and trash collection, said Heather Savalox, a senior environmental health specialist with the county who organized the event.
Savalox said volunteer participation more than tripled from last year to about 175 "really dedicated people" who collected about 350 bags of trash along U.S. Highway 40 from Milner east to Colorado Highway 131 and on toward Stagecoach. Savalox said volunteers picked up about 87.5 cubic yards of waste that would require 10 dump trucks to haul it away.
"The response this year was huge," Savalox said.
Paul Draper, director of the county's Road and Bridge Department, said more advertising this year likely resulted in more volunteers for the event that began three years ago after a Steamboat Springs resident expressed concern with litter along the highway and on county roads.
Savalox said the success of this year's program would benefit it in the future.
"This year it just got dramatically bigger," she said. "We made leaps and bounds. I'm really excited and I think it's only going to get better in the coming years."