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Volunteers needed for Routt County’s annual clean-up day May 19

If you go: What: Routt County Community Clean-Up Day When: Saturday, May 19 • 8 to 8:30 a.m. — Vest/bag pick-up and location assignments at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill, 845 Howelsen Pkwy. • 8:30 a.m. to noon — Clean up throughout Routt County • 12 to 1 p.m.: Barbecue lunch and prizes at Olympian Hall

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Beer cans, bottles, lots of golf balls and … underwear?

Yep, just a few of the things volunteers will be picking up May 19 as they hit the streets and county roads for the annual Routt County Community Clean-Up Day.

But every now and then …

“You can find great treasures along the way,” says Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs member Tara Weaver. “We’ve found a GoPro before.”

But don’t get your hopes up. It’s really all about doing the right thing, Weaver says.

“It’s important to be an environmental steward and keep Steamboat looking pretty and keeping the river clean,” she said.

Weaver said many Rotarians will bring their children along for the biggest clean-up day of the year for Routt County.

“Rotary is big about family, so it’s an opportunity to show kids how to give back to the community by doing service,” Weaver added.

In fact, volunteers end the day with a big barbecue lunch at Howelsen Hill, and Rotary is just one of the community groups that participate in the annual event.

While last year’s clean-up was snowed out, the mid-May date is chosen because that’s when Mother Nature usually unveils all the trash hidden under a season of snow. Pretty soon, spring winds start blowing the trash.

“There are different areas where trash gets trapped by the wind,” said Lisa Popovich, executive director of Main Street Steamboat Springs, a private entity tasked with promoting downtown.

Some of those areas can be found along scenic roads in the county where nobody walks, but visitors and residents drive by every day.

“You can sign up to pick up trash in certain areas, or Heather (Savalox) will assign you an area,” Popovich said.

Savalox is Routt County’s environmental health specialist who oversees the annual clean-up day.

“It’s a great event, and it’s great to participate in a one-day event, but there are other ways of getting our community cleaned up,” Savalox urged.

Savalox points to the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and the Emerald Mountain School as examples of groups who have gone beyond the one-day event, cleaning up trash at various times of the year.

Most volunteers call ahead to Savalox’s office to get their gear before the morning of the big day, but supplies and orange vests are also handed out early that morning from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Olympian Hall, 845 Howelsen Pkwy.

For details call Savalox at 970-870-5588 or email sweekly@steamboatsprings.net.

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