Trucks will be removing flood-related household debris, trees and other vegetation, and mud and silt the September floods left behind on properties outside city and town limits, in areas along county-maintained roads east of U.S. Highway 36 and Colo. Highway 93. There won't be any pickups along highways maintained by the Colorado Department of Transportation.
County officials advise that debris piles should be 3 feet from the side of the county road, to allow for snow removal operations. The piles should not block the roadway, waterways or any culverts.
To follow Colorado laws and to allow for composting, debris should be separated into four piles: general household debris; electronics, appliances and household hazardous waste; woody debris and vegetation; and mud, silt, sand and rock.
Debris hauling trucks have a potential reach of about 8 feet from the edge of the road lane, so debris piles should be as close to the 3-foot boundary alongside the road as possible so it can be reached and collected.
If time and weather permit, debris collection trucks may make multiple trips uip and down county roads, but officials are encouraging residents to move the flood debris to the roadside as soon as possible. They said there's no harm in leaving a debris pile near the roadway for a week or more before a truck makes it to the area.
Officials also advise motorists to be cautious while the large debris haulers are on the road. There will be signs and flaggers warning of the presence of the trucks, but slower speeds and heightened awareness will reduce problems on tight curves.
For any questions about the debris collections on Boulder County's plains, contact the Resources Conservation Division at 720-564-2222 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.