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Sept. 24, 2013 - City Begins Curbside Cleanup for Residential Flood Debris

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

City to begin curbside cleanup for residential flood debris on Thursday, Sept. 26

The City of Boulder will begin curbside cleanup of flood debris on Thursday, Sept. 26. The cleanup, contracted to Denver-based Swingle Inc., will occur for a period of three weeks. Residents are asked to place flood debris, such as carpet, flooring, drywall, insulation, appliances, furnishing, trees, and branches on the curbside for collection. Debris piles should not block drainage, sidewalks, bike lanes or fire hydrants. 

Curbside cleanup routes and schedules are available at Swingle has divided the city into four zones for curbside cleanup and will pick up debris in each zone at least twice, starting on Thursday, Sept. 26, and concluding on Friday, Oct. 18. Here is the schedule for week one:

  • Zone 1: North of Iris, West of Foothills Parkway – start day Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Zone 2: South of Baseline, West of Foothills Parkway – start day Saturday, Sept. 28
  • Zone 3: South of Iris, North of Baseline, West of Foothills Parkway – start day Tuesday, Oct. 1
  • Zone 4: East of Foothills Parkway in city limits – start day Thursday, Oct. 3

“Our community has sustained significant damage from the unprecedented rains and flooding of the past week, and many of our residents need to dispose of large amounts of debris,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “Many of these impacted community members do not have the ability or the equipment to haul items such as carpet to a collection point, and the service needs to be more accessible to all residents. To assist with recovery efforts, City Council approved curbside cleanup of flood debris, which will begin this Thursday.”

In order for the city to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance for the cost of debris removal, curbside pickup is limited to debris created by the storm. FEMA requirements include:

  • storm-related debris only;
  • debris should NOT be placed in plastic trash bags;
  • if debris is already in plastic bags, the bags must be opened to allow those picking up the trash to verify they contain only storm debris; and
  • do not place household trash with flood debris;

To facilitate prompt curbside collection, residents should place appliances at the curb separate from other flood debris. Electronics and mud 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. Visit or for more information.

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.

The city is identifying potential mud disposal contractors for residential use and contact information will be available at Mud disposal is the obligation of the property owner, and residents should contract directly with mud disposal companies or follow guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, also posted at the website above.

The service is for residential use only, and does not include apartment and condominium multi-family housing complexes that have centralized trash collection. Commercial sites are not included in the flood debris curbside service, and should contact their regular hauler for information and debris removal options.

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

The curbside cleanup is expected to take several weeks to complete with flood debris remaining in neighborhoods throughout the cleanup process. It is important that residents continue to use proper waste disposal containers for food-related garbage to minimize attracting wildlife. Food waste cannot be placed with flood debris for curbside clean up; it must be stored in a secured manner and placed out for regular household trash service on your scheduled day for pickup.

For more information on curbside cleanup or route schedules, please contact the city information line at 720-564-2196, available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit for more information about Boulder’s recovery efforts.

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