Steamboat Springs Organizers of the sixth annual Routt County Highway Cleanup Day are urging volunteers to sign up early for the event that takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 19.
Heather Savalox, senior Routt County environmental health specialist, said people who sign up early have the option of picking up their trash bags and high-visibility vests in advance and leaving from home for their assignment on the morning of the cleanup.
“We had a great turnout in spite of the horrible weather last year,” Savalox said.
The snowbanks have long since retreated from the sides of major traffic arteries in Routt County, such as U.S. Highway 40 and Routt County Road 129, and the detritus of winter is evident. On C.R. 14, aluminum energy drink cans and liquor bottles in plastic bags are among the most common pieces of trash.
Savalox said the effort this year will be focused on U.S. 40 from the base of Rabbit Ears Pass to Milner; Colorado Highway 131 from U.S. 40 to C.R. 14; and C.R. 129. However, neighborhood groups that have an interest in another stretch of public road are welcome to sign up in advance and take part.
“I can always arrange for county Road and Bridge or CDOT to pick up bags from the roadside,” Savalox said.
“The Sheriff’s Office has been a great source of support in this effort, not only for Cleanup Day but in general as they commit to keeping our roads litter free,” she added.
Volunteers who show up to register at 8 a.m. May 19 at the Routt County Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Ave., will be treated to coffee and donuts, and all volunteers are invited to a barbecue lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the beach at Howelsen Hill.
It almost goes without saying that Routt County Highway Cleanup Day is planned to be a zero-waste event.
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