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Oct. 16, 2013 - Trucks Continue to Pick Up All Flood Debris Reported to the City as of Oct. 14

Media Contacts:
Kara Mertz, Local Environmental Action Division, 303-441-3153
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

Trucks continue to pick up all flood debris reported to the city as of Oct. 14; could take until the end of the week for solid materials and longer for mud, silt and dirt

The City of Boulder is in the process of completing pickup of all flood debris that was reported to the city as of Monday, Oct. 14.

The curbside collection of damaged household items, carpet, drywall and all other materials except for dirt, mud and silt, is expected to be completed by Saturday, Oct. 19. Due to the logistics of hauling heavy organic material and collecting dirt, mud and silt from residential areas, parks and multi-use paths, trucks are expected to continue this limited scope of work for several more weeks.

Residents who did not contact the city by Monday, Oct. 14 may no longer take advantage of the curbside collection service and must dispose of flood debris on their own or with the help of a contractor. Residents may continue to dispose of debris at Western Disposal’s transfer station, but they will be required to pay the associated fees.

“We want residents to understand that while they will continue to see Swingle trucks in their neighborhoods fulfilling the orders that were placed before Monday’s deadline, these crews are no longer tasked with continuing to pick up unreported piles,” said Kara Mertz of the city’s Local Environmental Action Division. “The responsibility for unreported flood debris has shifted back to the private property owner.”

Denver-based collection contractor Swingle estimates that its crews have serviced more than 10,000 households since Sept. 26, when collection first began. As of Monday, Oct. 14, 4,463 tons of debris and sediment had been collected through the flood debris curbside pickup program. The city has received positive feedback about the limited-time emergency service.

“It was a relief to see the flood debris gone, though it was also a final goodbye for things we would have rather saved,” said resident Susan McLean in correspondence with the city. “Thank you for all you and others are doing to help speed the recovery.”

Residents who met the request deadline must comply with the same guidelines that have been in place since the pickups began. Specifically, they are asked to make sure their debris is on public streets or right of ways. Materials must be within 10 feet of the curb, avoiding sidewalks if possible, and should not be in bike lanes or in locations that may block storm drains.

In order for the city to receive FEMA assistance for the cost of debris removal, curbside pickup is limited to debris created by the storm event of Sept. 11 through Sept. 15. FEMA requirements include:

  • Storm-related debris only; tree branches that broke from wind this past week cannot be accepted as part of this collection
  • Debris should not be placed in plastic trash bags
  • If debris is already in plastic bags, these bags must be opened to allow for verification that they contain only storm debris
  • Do not place regular household trash with flood debris
  • Debris must be placed on public property. Collection trucks are not permitted to go onto private or commercial property, which includes driveways, areas inside fences, and private streets inside mobile home parks and large apartment complexes.

Electronics and household hazardous wastes are NOT included in curbside collection.

Electronics may be taken to Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) drop off site at 5030 Old Pearl St. or Western Disposal for recycling. For more information, visit or

Household hazardous waste such as paint, pesticides and chemicals must be taken to the Hazardous Materials Management Facility at 1901 63rd St.  It is located behind the Boulder County Recycling Facility.

Residents with questions or concerns may contact the city at 720-564-2196 or at 

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