Spring cleanup? Remember to recycle
We’re nearing that time of year when visitors to our fair city wonder about residents who pile up mounds of trash out by the street.
Locals know that debris-lined streets are just one of the signs of spring in the Grand Valley, thanks to the City of Grand Junction’s spring clean-up program that starts April 25.
Under the program, city sanitation crews will haul away up to one dump truck load of junk per residence. That gives residents plenty of opportunity to get rid of old toilets, old carpet, old cabinets, old windows or anything else that may have been replaced during winter home renovation.
Savvy scrap haulers troll the city streets in the months of April and May, looking for homeowners who have included metal objects that can be recycled for cash.
During that time, “our business is probably close to double,” said Holly Evans-Ramsey with Van Gundy’s AMPCO Inc., a local metals recycler at 645 4th Ave.
Remember that faucets, hub caps, wire, sprinklers, pipe, pots and pans and hundreds of other items that get tossed in the trash can get recycled at Van Gundy’s. Plus, many items that the city won’t pick up, like air conditioners or dead cars, can be turned into cash at Van Gundy’s. Right now, a scrap vehicle may be worth a couple hundred bucks.
According to Randy Van Gundy, the company recycles more than 3,000 tons of material per month.