Mark your calendars: Community Cleanup starts next week
By Trudy Balcom
RAWLINS — It’s the time of year when people wash windows, rake their lawns and pick up the bits of trash the Wyoming winter winds have deposited in their yards.
In short, it’s time for spring cleaning.
The City of Rawlins wants to help residents get rid of stuff that may be cluttering up basements, garages, sheds and backyards.
Next week, city crews will be conducting free curbside pick-ups of many different waste items throughout the city and hauling them away for free.
“The big thing I want people to know is that they must have their items to the curb by 9 a.m., (on the specified pick-up day) or they might be missed,” said Danielle Gross, administrative assistant for the Public Works Department.
Gross said city crews would not backtrack to pick up items that were not at the curb on time.
Gross said that the annual cleanup has been offered by the city for at least the last 37 years, but this is just the second year the city has offered curbside pick-up to help residents tidy up.
Items such as tree limbs and branches, construction waste such as scrap lumber or drywall, roofing shingles and the like, as well as defunct appliances (except refrigerators) will be picked up according to a schedule in different neighborhoods from May 16-26.
Items that are accepted for free curbside pick-up are also accepted for free at the city landfill.
Regular household trash is not included in the city cleanup; it will not be collected at the curbside by city staff and regular landfill fees will be charged at the landfill for household trash.
“Last year we got a lot of positive feedback that people liked it. Maybe they work full-time and it’s hard for them to get to the landfill. That’s why we’re doing it again,” Gross said.
Volunteer Cleanup & Recycling Fun Day
Once residents have their own homes spruced up, they can show their community spirit and pride by volunteering to help cleanup parks, neighborhoods and open areas across the city on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Volunteers meet at Depot Park downtown at 9 a.m. The city will provide work gloves, safety vests and trash bags for volunteers to use. Families, individuals, school groups and community non-profits are welcome to participate in the cleanup.
Gross said that community non-profit groups were welcome to pre-register or notify her so that the city can provide adequate supplies, although pre-registration is not required.
If there is a specific area or location people are interested in cleaning up, they should notify the city. Gross said that if a group wanted to participate in cleaning up but could not make the May 21event, they could still get cleanup supplies from the city for their own cleanup on a different day.
Gross said city staff has mapped out a few areas for volunteers to focus on for the cleanup.
“We try to hit our entryways, and the area by City Market. We kind of have our regular areas,” she said.
Volunteers can also enjoy a free lunch back at Depot Park after the cleanup. All volunteers will automatically be entered in a drawing for prizes, which includes gift cards and baskets provided by local merchants.
Recycling Fun Day events will also be held at Depot Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to bring their recycling down to the park on Saturday instead of the Recycling Center. City staff will accept recyclables and there will also be a bouncy house and kids games.
“We’re going to relate all the games to recycling,” Gross said, and “they’ll be able to win free ice cream cones.”
Pick up dates
May 16 - Trees, limbs and branches
May 19 - Construction and demolition waste
May 24 - Large appliances and metal
May 17 - Trees, limbs and branches
May 20 - Construction and demolition waste
May 25 - Large appliances and metal
May 18 - Trees, limbs and branches
May 23 - Construction and demolition waste
May 26 - Large appliances and metal
All waste must be at the curb by 9 a.m.