TALKIN' TRASH IN THE VALLEY
Following the recent killing of a "problem bear" in Teller County (see the
recent PVPOA yahoo! group post) and a PV Clean Up Day in June with a very
full dumpster, many requests to dump and a LOT of trash by the roads this
spring and summer, we have prepared some tips that will help keep our Valley
clean and safe for the wildlife and people who share it. Please share this
list via email, mail or putting a copy in your PV home with everyone who
uses your home. When you meet someone new who is renting, visiting or just
bought their PV home, offer to share the list with them, too! It is also
posted on our site:
~ DO NOT feed the bears! Do not taunt the bears with delicious odors...
compost, hummingbird feeders, dog food...
~ Bring in your bird feeders and do not put seed out later in the day.
~ Burn your propane grill on high for 10 minutes after you are finished
cooking. It burns off the oil and grease that will smell yummy to a bear.
~ Don't store anything smelly (including compost, trash, pet food and bird
seed) outside. It will not only attract bears, but other wildlife, as well!
~ If you cannot keep your trash container inside, secure it so that a bear
can't get into it. Many large trash cans are labeled "bear proof," but it
appears from experience in this Valley that the bears did not get that
notice. And the damage a bear will do to get to your trash is not limited
to the lid of your trash can. One Valley resident reported that a bear
broke through the door of his shed to chow on the compost inside.
~ If you "pack it in," you must "pack it out." That includes things like
eating your picnic over a towel, bag, or blanket and then carefully rolling
it up so that you do not leave tasty crumbs for the critters. But it also
includes things like taking all of your trash and recycling with you when
you leave the Valley after your weekend visit or vacation. Unless you have
an account with Mountain View Waste [(303) 838-0560 - As of June 2006:
$28/month], trash you leave anywhere in the Valley will be destroyed by
wildlife before it is eventually cleared from the roads and woods by a
Valley resident. Placer Valley owners, renters and guests do not have
permission to use the dumpster at Alma Town Hall. If you do have
arrangement with Mountain View Waste, you must put ALL of your trash in your
bear proof trash can, do not put bags or piles of trash next to it on the
road! Besides putting it out the morning of pickup (Thursday), your can
should also be secured again before nightfall.
~ You may also pay to dump in Fairplay at the Waste Transfer Station (aka
the dump), which is just north of the Fire Station.
Recycling centers are in Breckenridge and Frisco. In Breckenridge, turn
East at the 7-11 on CO9 and left after the ambulance barn. In Frisco, turn
SouthWest off CO9 when you see the Fire Station (before Main Street). The
recycling center is just north of the Fire Station. You may recycle things
there like: soda and water bottles (empty, no cap or label), glass, milk
jugs (fully rinsed with no cap), steel and tin cans (rinsed with no label
and crushed, if possible), cardboard and paperboard (flattened), alkaline
and non-alkaline batteries, newspaper and office paper. Please do not leave
any trash, including shopping bags (which you may recycle at WalMart in
Frisco) at the recycling center.
~ If all of us, all of our guests and our renters follow these basic
guidelines, we can help keep our Valley clean for ourselves and for the true
residents, the animals!