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Montrose County and the City of Montrose are helping residents clean out their homes and dispose of waste — for free.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Waste Management and Montrose County have partnered to bring spring clean up day at the east-end landfill, 67999 Landfill Road, Montrose. Residents may bring household waste only. Cars, pickups (bed and cab level) and trailers will be allowed.

Items that can be brought in for free are: household municipal waste, household construction waste, yard waste, mattresses and appliances. The latter includes: washers, dryers, water heaters and stoves. If you would like to dispose of a refrigerated appliance, you must have the certificate of freon removal from a qualified company.

Items that can be accepted for a fee include: untarped loads are the normal rate plus the untarped fee; electronic waste (computers, printers, computer peripherals/ cords, fax machines, keyboards, copies, TVs, etc.) are 45 cents per pound; tires are $4.64 per passenger size tire and $9.31 per industrial size tires; and commercial waste which is $51.91 per ton.

Items that are not accepted: out of county waste; hazardous waste which includes oils, liquid paints, fluorescent blubs, cleaning solvents, etc.; special waste which includes asbestos or non-friable asbestos shingles, siding or tiles; batteries; and refrigerated appliances without the certificate of freon removal.

For more information, call 970-249-8078.

Next week, as part of its Earth Week celebrations, the City of Montrose will once again offer spring cleanup,providing disposal and recycling services at one location.

Residents can bring items they would like to be rid of from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20,at the drop-off site located off the San Juan bypass across from the Sunshine Peak apartment complex.

This year, Habitat for Humanity will also be on hand Saturday accepting donations of slightly used, unwanted items. Habitat for Humanity will also be accepting donations Friday at its facility, 1620 N. Townsend Ave., Montrose.

Items accepted for free include: landscaping waste, scrap material and unwanted appliances. There is a $20 fee for appliances containing freon.

Items not accepted include: routine household trash, hazardous material, paint, tires and electronics with screens.

The city will also offer a special collection service for trash customers. Fees start at $15 plus equipment and labor costs. This type of collection must be scheduled and can be done by calling 970-240-1480.

Last year, the city disposed of 178 tons of trash; more than 20 cubic yards of green waste were collected and 23,440 pounds of recycled steel was taken to Recla-Metals. The two-day event included 300 hours of city employee labor.

The theme for Earth Week is Reconnect. The city sponsors and coordinates activities, this year around getting outdoors and reconnecting with nature.

For more information on Earth Week events, visit CityofMontrose.org/EarthWeek, call 970-240-1420, or email events@visitmontrose.com.

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