Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ned Clean-Up Day – Now on Ridge Road

Location: 286 Ridge Road, Nederland, CO 80466, USA
Ned Clean-Up Day 2013 collected 22,750lbs of material.
I'm not exactly sure why, but Ned Clean-Up Day is one of my favorite days of the year. Typically the first Saturday after Memorial Day. In my opinion, it should be a local holiday.

In 2013, Ned Clean-Up Day diverted 22,750 pounds of material away from the landfill. (see details at the bottom of this article)

Here's how it works:

When: Saturday, June 6, 2015 – Starts at 8:00am and ends when the dumpsters are full.

Where: Boulder County Transportation Yard located on Ridge Road.

Who: Boulder County Residents only.
This service is NOT for commercial enterprises. (Proof of Boulder County physical residency will be required. Acceptable documents for proof of residency include an Xcel energy bill, a Town of Nederland utility bill, and a Boulder County property lease. A driver's license will not count as proof of residency.)

To offset the costs of the eight landfill waste dumpsters, the Town will be charging a flat $10 fee for any vehicles disposing of landfill waste. You can however, request a $10 voucher at the Nederland Community Center check-in desk (303-258-9721) during business hours June 4th & 5th on a first come, first serve basis. The only requirement for receiving vouchers is proof of Boulder County residency.

In addition to the eight landfill waste dumpsters funded by the Town, the County will be funding dumpsters for tire recycling, couch and mattress recycling, and electronics recycling. The Town will also provide scrap metal recycling and bicycle recycling at the event.

Traditional recycling and appliance recycling will be available free of charge at the Nederland Transfer Station the day of the event; composting will be available for a small fee. Furthermore, there will be no charge to community members disposing of yard and wood waste at the Nederland Sort Yard the day of the event. The $10 flat fee will only apply to those disposing of landfill waste.

Questions? Willing to volunteer for Ned Clean-Up Day? Please call Town Hall at (303) 258-3266.

If you want to be really smart about Ned Clean-Up Day, here is a link to the Firewise Homeowner Tip Sheet, which explains how to protect your home from fire danger, and prepare for Ned Clean-Up Day.

The 2013 Ned Clean-Up Day diverted 22,750 pounds of material away from the landfill.

We collected 17,000 lbs of scrap metal, 2,000 lbs of slash, and 2,000 lbs of e-waste (old computer equipment), and 960 lbs of household hazardous materials. Plus, 600 lbs of material that was re-used within Ned, and the ReSource yard took another 200 lbs of building material for re-use.

According to statistics gathered by the University of Utah's School of Architecture and Planning, this blend of material diversion and recycling, would save 23,000 kWh of electricity, or 2,750 gallons of oil, or about 400 million BTU's of energy.

Also, from the University of Utah:
In a lifetime, the average American will personally throw away 600 times his or her body weight, which for an average adult would leave a legacy of 90,000 pounds of trash at the end of their lifetime.
Of the garbage Americans throw out, half could be recycled, which is enough to fill a football stadium from top to bottom everyday.
Of these recyclables, Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire commercial air fleet every three months, enough steel to reconstruct Manhattan, and enough wood to heat 5 million homes for 200 years.
I hope the average Nedhead isn't in the same category as the average American, but maybe that's why I feel so good about Ned Clean-Up Day.

This is item 4Z-08 in the #NedZero Action Plan, under Z. Zero-Waste.

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