Wide range of drop-offs at 9th Dump & Donate

       Continuing its popularity into its ninth year, the annual Dump & Donate attracted 87 vehicles to the Coronado High School parking lot June 8.

Dump & Donate, June 8... Recycling business owner Tim Keenan (left) accepts a large TV while Gail Hawkins of Harris Group Realty talks with the person dropping it off.
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       People dropped off an assortment of recyclables, including paint, chemicals, batteries, oil, tires, mattresses and computer equipment.
       In addition, during the three-hour event, “we filled up two 30 yard dumpsters [with trash], the firefighters filled a truck with chipped branches, and Catholic Charities almost filled up their truck [with clothing donations] as well,” Barbara Harris said afterwards.
       Her business, Harris Group Realty, founded Dump & Donate and continues to run it (with help the last two years from Organization of Westside Neighbors volunteers).
       The day was personally significant for Gail Hawkins, a real estate agent on the “Harris Team” for 14 years who has been the lead organizer since the event started, because she was retiring right after it.
       She and Barbara had decided to start the event after hearing about the idea at a training seminar and deciding that “nobody else was doing it,” Hawkins recalled.
       The event is typically the only time each year that Westsiders can access so many types of recyclable collectors in one place. El Paso County Hazardous Waste, which operates a large facility for that purpose on Marksheffel Road, took drop-offs at Dump & Donate for the third straight year.
       Colorado Mattress Reycling was in its second year with the event. Owner Tim Keenan, whose company also accepted computer items and plug-in appliances, said he believed this year went more smoothly than last. Company information afterward showed 4,600 pounds in all that were “diverted from landfills.”
       Here are some of the reported Dump & Donate numbers:

Dump & Donate, June 8... Cars form long lines waiting to leave items with El Paso County Hazardous Waste technicians.
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       1,326 gallons of latex paint, 127 aerosol cans, 66 gallons of flammable liquids, 17 lead-acid batteries and 195 pounds dry-cell, 72 gallons of oil, 28 gallons of antifreeze, 76 tires, 12 one-pound propane tanks and seven 20-pound, 23 TVs, 12 mattresses and 10 CRTs.

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