Firestone Cleans Up After 1,208 Loads Dumped During Annual Cleanup Day
A total of 1,208 loads were disposed of during the Town of Firestone’s 11th Annual Cleanup Day and Food Drive on April 28, 2012. Open to Firestone residents, this cleanup allows people to bring all unwanted household debris to be disposed of through a community-wide effort.
The closest place for residents to dispose of their unwanted items is the Denver Regional Landfill in Erie, which costs an average of $56 a load for residents to utilize. With that said, the Town’s Cleanup Day saved Firestone residents more than $67,000.
“Any time we have an event that can benefit our citizens, it’s a great community-wide effort to come together,” said Firestone Trustee George Heath. “Cleanup Day saved our citizens approximately $67,000 in fees they would have had to pay out of pocket, which is fantastic.”
With a steady stream of traffic throughout the day, after the dust settled large piles were left of electronics, tree limbs, metal, tires, paint, furniture and many other items. Approximately 1,100 gallons of paint were abandoned during the event. Firestone Public Works spent several days after the event hauling away the unwanted items.
Town Manager Wesley LaVanchy personally thanked the Town’s staff, elected officials and volunteers for their time in taking unwanted items off residents’ hands and giving them a meal in the process. “The Firestone Cleanup Day is a wonderful way to connect with the community and keep it clean,” he said.
In addition to the cleanup, the Town of Firestone also welcomed residents to donate non-perishable food items as part of a food drive to benefit local food banks. A total of 44 boxes of food and $55 were donated to the Tri Town Food Bank. Residents also joined Town staff and elected officials for a free pancake breakfast and a hot dog or hamburger lunch.
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