Our view: Spring cleaning time in the Yampa Valley | SteamboatToday.com

Our view: Spring cleaning time in the Yampa Valley

At issue: Steamboat Springs and Routt County offer a myriad of volunteer opportunities to help keep the area clean. Our view: It’s up to each of us to do our part to keep our beautiful corner of the state litter-free.

It’s springtime in Routt County, and residents of the Yampa Valley appear to be focused on leveraging the start of the season to spur cleanup efforts across our communities.

Over the past week, the Steamboat Pilot & Today has published several letters to the editor encouraging readers to get involved in making sure Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas, including hiking trails and off-leash dog areas, are litter-free following the snowmelt. We support that sentiment and hope every resident joins the effort whether individually or as part of an organized cleanup effort.

On Saturday, the Steamboat Digs Dog group hosted a “poop clean-up” with wide participation from local dog lovers, who spent the day cleaning up area trails including Blackmer, Butcherknife and Spring Creek, which are favorite dog-walking spots.

In our opinion, there’s nothing worse then getting out on the beautiful trails that surround Steamboat Springs and stepping in a decomposing pile of dog poop, so we appreciate that dog advocates are working hard to ensure area trails, especially those frequented by canines, are poop-free. This will take diligence and a concerted effort by responsible pet owners to continue to reduce the amount of pet waste on our trails and in our neighborhoods.

This Saturday, area residents have the opportunity to responsibly rid their homes of electronics and other hard-to-recycle items at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s annual recycling drop-off day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Knoll and Meadows parking lots near the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

A full list of items being accepted along with detailed information about the companies that will be recycling the items can be found at yvsc.org/community-recycling-day. YVSC is also offering this recycling opportunity for businesses from 2 to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only.

In years past, the recycling day has resulted in huge amounts of items being kept out of landfills, and we hope to see equal or increased participation by local residents and businesses this year to make the event a success. It’s a great opportunity to get rid of those computers that are serving as doorstops.

We also encourage our readers to consider participating in the official Routt County Clean-Up Day on Saturday, May 19, which focuses on area highways and rural county roads. Last year’s event was snowed out so organizers are hoping for a good turnout this year.

Volunteers gather at Howelsen Hill’s Olympian Hall from 8 to 8:30 a.m. to receive assignments with actual cleanup occurring from 8:30 to noon. The morning culminates with a barbecue lunch and prize drawings from noon to 1 p.m.

Area organizations, groups and individuals are asked to sign-up in advance by calling Heather Savalox, Routt County’s environmental health specialist, at 970-870-5599 or emailing sweekly@steamboatsprings.net.

And for those who want to help ensure our downtown area stays trash free, there are opportunities to volunteer for regular trash pick-up sessions through the Main Street Steamboat Springs organization. Starting June 7, volunteers will meet at 7 a.m. every other Thursday at the corner of Ninth and Oak streets to pick up trash as a group.

There are also opportunities to adopt a city street, county road, section of the Yampa Valley Core Trail or stretch of highway. We live in a gorgeous place, and it’s up to all of us to work together to keep it clean and litter-free.

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