City helps residents with spring cleaning |

City helps residents with spring cleaning

Homeowners encouraged to call Waste Management for extra pickups

— The quick snowmelt has many getting a head start on spring cleaning.

Waste Management and the city of Steamboat Springs are willing to help residents with the process, but people are reminded they need to follow certain rules when it comes to disposing of lawn waste, branches and unwanted scoria.

Waste Management is a subscription-based company, so people need to be a current customer to receive extra pickup of such things as large branches or other lawn waste. Calls need to be placed to 879-2400, but the local call will direct the caller to a Denver center where pickup appointments can be made.

Waste Management has certain requirements for extra pickups, but those requirements vary by county and state. Much of the requirements have to do with weight and the ability of the waste to fit in the truck, but people are encourage to contact the customer service office with questions.

A spokesperson for the office said Waste Management handles extra pickups, which do come at an extra charge, on a case-by-base basis.

Doug Marsh, the city’s street fleet superintendent said the city is happy to clean up what it put down with residents’ help.

“Since we throw the scoria down, this is like a spring clean up,” he said. “If you rake it out to the shoulder, we will sweep it up or pick it up.”

Marsh reminded residents that the city is only spring cleaning during April. Once May starts, the city has to move to other projects. Homeowners who rake their lawn and have small debris such as leaves or dead grass also can have the city pick it up, but the city does not haul away appliances, furniture or couches.

“Give us a call, we will try to pick it up sooner rather than later,” Marsh said. For a city pickup, contact 879-1807.

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