Vail spring cleaning blitz begins May 11 |

Vail spring cleaning blitz begins May 11

VAIL — Vail’s annual spring cleaning activities are returning this year with free one-day-only recycling opportunities on Friday, May 12 for paper shredding, e-waste and household hazardous waste as well as clothing and shoe recycling.

New this year, the town will be collecting bike tubes, tents, wetsuits (no booties) and old climbing ropes to be recycled. The 2017 collection event has been moved to the Ford Park parking lot to accommodate increased participation by the community.

Activities will culminate Saturday, May 13 with the annual town-wide cleanup event. Dumpsters, courtesy of Vail Honeywagon, will be available for residential items in West Vail along the North Frontage Road just past the West Vail Fire Station and at the East Vail Park and Ride during the three-day event. Vail’s cleanup blitz includes the following:

Large Item Residential Pickup: May 11

On Thursday, May 11 the town will offer the free collection, by appointment, of large items in Vail’s residential neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This includes tables, shelves, chairs or other items too bulky for regular trash collection. Ineligible items include couches, mattresses, tires, refrigerators/freezers and hazardous waste. Those materials should be taken to the Eagle County landfill or brought to the May 12 collection event for proper disposal. To make an appointment or to inquire about acceptable pickup items, call the Public Works Department at 970-479-2158 no later than noon on pickup day.

Hard to Recycle Items: May 12

For hard to recycle items, the town is offering a free collection event for residents, property owners and those employed within Vail from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at the Ford Park Parking lot. Items to be collected include household hazardous waste, e-waste, papers for shredding, as well as clothing and shoes. New this year, the town will also be accepting bike tubes (no slime or thorn resistant tubes), climbing ropes, wetsuits (no booties), banners and tents. Ineligible items include smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, ammunition, explosives, biomedical waste, sharps, tires and biohazards. Participants must bring proof of Vail residency or employment within Vail to qualify for the service. Charges may apply for excessive amounts of materials. For questions, call the town’s environmental sustainability office at 970-479-2333.

Annual Cleanup Day: May 13

The town’s annual cleanup day takes place on Saturday, May 13 with check-in beginning at 9 a.m. at Donovan Park. The effort includes a free barbeque after the event at Donovan Pavilion. As in the past, the first 100 participants will be awarded $25 to be distributed to one of many area non-profits approved by the Vail Town Council. Individual participants and groups are asked to contact the town in advance to make arrangements to participate.

To pre-register, email or call 970-479-2333 and indicate how many volunteers will be participating, the non-profit recipient and any dietary considerations.

Event organizer Mark Hoblitzell, the town’s environmental sustainability coordinator, says the cleanup programs this spring are a great opportunity to get a jump-start on spring cleaning and to encourage community members to join the town in keeping Vail clean and eco-friendly. Funding for this event comes from fees generated through Vail’s “Kick the Bag Habit” program.

To learn more, go to or call Hoblitzell, 970-479-2333.

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