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Sept. 19, 2013 - City to Start Curbside Cleanup for Residential Flood Debris

Media Contacts:  
Patrick von Keyserling, Communication Director, 303-441-4959
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155

City to start curbside cleanup for residential flood debris

The City of Boulder today announced it plans to begin curbside cleanup of flood debris next week. City Council, on Tuesday night, authorized staff to hire a waste-removal company to collect flood debris, such as carpet, drywall, trees and branches from city residences. Requests for proposals from qualified vendors have been issued.

“Our community sustained significant damage from last week’s flood, and many of our residents need to dispose of large amounts of debris,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Many of our impacted community members do not have the ability or the equipment to haul items such as carpet to a central collection point. We are now in the process of selecting and hiring a waste-disposal contractor to provide curbside pickup for residential flood debris.”

Brautigam said debris collection sites will be available through Sunday. The city will consolidate the 10 collection sites on Friday to two locations away from residential neighborhoods due to overflow and public health concerns.  The consolidated sites will have increased trash container capacity and are located at:

  • East Boulder Community Park, 5660 Sioux Drive
  • Valmont City Park, 3160 Airport Road

Residents may also take flood debris to Western Disposal’s transfer station located at 5880 Butte Mill Road beginning Friday. It is open Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees will be waived for residential flood debris disposal at the transfer station.

Curbside clean up is scheduled to begin early next week and will run for approximately three weeks. The city will announce the start date after the contractor is hired. The service is for residential use only; commercial sites are not included in the flood debris curbside service.

In anticipation of the curbside collection process, please keep mud, electronics, household hazardous waste, large household appliances and equipment containing gasoline separate from other items. Mud should be taken to an approved landfill.

Please note that the state of Colorado prohibits the disposal of electronics in the landfill. For immediate disposal of electronics, they should be recycled at Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) or Western Disposal. These organizations are accepting electronics and other hazardous materials, such as paints, pesticides and household appliances that use Freon, at their locations. CHaRM, in particular, is asking individuals who are bringing items for recycling to wash any caked-on mud off of their items in advance. Some are remaining open for extended hours. Please contact these facilities for hours of operations. For more information about CHaRM, visit  For information about Western Disposal, visit

Curbside pickup will replace the large trash drop-off receptacles located around Boulder.  For more information, please visit the city’s website at

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