Recycling Education

 


FREE MEDICATION DISPOSAL

  • Walgreens, 2900 Northern Avenue, 561-9728
  • Unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications
  • Look for the kiosk located near the pharmacy, inside the store

FREE PAPER RECYCLING BINS:  PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN Midtown office–in back lot, near 8th and Blake Streets

  • A public service of The Chieftain with a private contractor
  • UPDATED JANUARY 2016: Accepts PAPER ONLY; newspaper, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, office paper and phonebooks
  • NO cardboard, NO plastic containers, NO metal cans; NO plastic bags, NO glass, NO foam
  • Do NOT leave recyclables on the pavement or on bin lids
  • Loose shredded paper is NOT good!  It creates litter in the wind.  Contain shred in a stapled, paper sack
  • Report overflow and illegal dumping to the Chieftain front desk

FREE RECYCLING TRANSFER STATION:  Owned and Managed by C&C Disposal and Recycling   (719) 924-1884

  • 1401 Quartz Road (off I-25 Exit #104 Eden) Take I-25 frontage road north of Love’s Travel Stop
  • Accepts newspaper, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, office paper, plastic containers #1-7, metal cans, flattened cardboard, paperboard 
  • Accepts glass bottles and jars in a separate dumpster---sort by color
  • Hours:  Monday-Friday 7am-5pm; Saturday 7am-2pm

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

APRIL 22
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Colorado State Fairgrounds Midway Lot
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
 
MAY 6
Bessemer Neighborhood Clean-Up
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tickets go on sale April 10
 
MAY 20
Eastside, Eastwood Heights, Arlington Heights Clean-Up             
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tickets go on sale May 1
 
JUNE 3
Blende, Salt Creek Community Clean-Up
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Ticket go on sale May 8
 
JUNE 10
Hyde Park, Westside Neighborhood Clean-Up
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Tickets go on sale May 22
 
SEPTEMBER 9
Avondale Clean-Up
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Tickets go on sale August 15
 
SEPTEMBER 23
Pueblo West Clean-Up
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Tickets go on sale September 5

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION DAY

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Colorado State Fairgrounds Midway Lot
Open to Pueblo city and county residents

Some examples of household hazardous waste (HHW) items are paints and stains, cleaners, poisons, fertilizers, pesticides, beauty products and acids.  It is not safe or legal to dump toxins down the drain, on the ground or straight into the trash.  Residents want to do the right thing with their old, leftover HHW, but disposal and recycling options are limited in Pueblo.
What to do?  Try these steps:
  1. Buy only what you need for any home project. Choose the ‘environmentally-friendly’ version of the item, if available. Use it up until empty!
  2. Give leftover item to a family member, neighbor or friend to use.
  3. Look for any disposal instructions or an information phone number on the item label. The product manufacturer may be able to provide disposal advice or service.
  4. Determine if the hazardous item is dried up or in solid form.  It is legal for households to dispose of hazardous solids/powders/granules in their weekly trash service (double bag and tie or tape closed).
  5. If the item is a liquid, make it a solid (stabilize): Open the container in a well-ventilated area and carefully pour in fresh cat litter (clay absorbent), then replace container lid and gently mix. Double bag item, then tie or tape bag closed, and place in trash bin.  This process reduces the chance of spills in the trash truck or leakage at the waste transfer station or landfill.
Click on the following link for the Water Education Federation information sheet Household Hazardous Waste Disposal.

LITTER PREVENTION PROGRAM

 

Picture of a bee and trash can. Caption: Bee the one...Keep colorado clean!Picture of billboard with message: We Can Do It. Keep Pueblo Clean! Dont Litter!

The “LitterBee” is available to travel to Pueblo city and county schools, daycare centers and youth groups to spread the anti-litter message and good earth practices. 

This 1-hour program is designed for preschool-2nd grade level.  Call the Environmental Coordinator at 583-4309 to schedule.                                        


WATERSHED POLLUTION PREVENTION  PROGRAM

All citizens, schools and businesses can protect our waterways by taking some simple actions.  

What is a Watershed?

What is Stormwater? 

The Pueblo City-County Health Department's Environmental Coordinator (EC) assists the city stormwater utility to educate the general public in pollution prevention on land and in waterways. Presentations are made to school children at the annual Discovering Water in Pueblo Festival, and the anti-littering message is shared at many local preschools. The EC manages the community-wide Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in the spring, promotes waste diversion, and coordinates the annual Fountain Creek Week cleanup in September.  For information on these and other activities, call (719) 583-4309 or send an email

The EC serves on  Southern Colorado Stormwater Committee with other professional staff from the City of Pueblo, City of Canon City, Pueblo County, Pueblo West  Public Works. The Committee coordinates the annual Stormwater Regional Educational Seminar, held in February.  This one day event offers industry guest speakers who share Best Management Practices, Engineering Design and details, and lead discussions on issues affecting the stormwater community.  It’s aim is to provide continuing education to engineers, utility companies and installers, contractors and builders within the Fountain Creek Watershed and Arkansas Valley River Basin.  For more information on the seminar, call the Pueblo Stormwater Inspector at (719) 553-2291 or send an email

For more information visit City of Pueblo Stormwater Utility


“Creek Week”

Cleanup aims to bring the Fountain Creek Watershed communities together to foster the health of our local waterways for its citizens and wildlife alike.  This is a 9-day effort held each fall since 2014.  In Pueblo,  groups of all ages, families, schools and individuals do litter patrol and debris clean-up along the Fountain Creek bike trail, in parks and around Runyon Lake.  Pueblo had over 250 volunteers involved who removed 3 tons of trash in 2016.  Reserve September 30-October 7, 2017 on the calendar, and get involved! Supplies and equipment are provided, free registration begins in late August.  For more information, go to www.fountaincreekweek.com or http://fountain-crk.org/

Recycle Hotline: Call 719-583-4924