Dump & Donate expands again in 8th year

       The Westside's annual Dump & Donate Day “has grown every year,” and June 9 was no exception, according to Gail Hawkins of the sponsoring business, Harris Group Realty.

Depending on what they'd brought, people coming to the Dump & Donate event June 9 could choose from four drop-off entities in the above area of the Coronado High School parking lot - Southern Colorado Recyclers, Paint Recyclers LLC, El Paso County Environmental Division and American Tire Exchange.
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       In the first year, 2005, the Westside real-estate company needed just one dumpster to handle the drop-offs in the Coronado High School parking lot. This year there were two dumpsters, and both were full with 45 minutes still to go in the planned three-hour event, she said.
       In addition, thanks to private recyclers and representation from El Paso County's Environmental Division, people dropped off paint, batteries, flammable liquids, flourescent lights, mattresses, tree limbs (a Fire Department chipper was on hand), scrap metal, tires, small appliances and electronics.
       “It was a great event, and did a lot for the community,” Hawkins said. Also, noting that the division's hazardous waste facility is on the other side of town, “people were happy we had it on the Westside.”
       Donations were accepted for used clothes and money. In the latter category, nearly $400 came in, which was in turn given to Catholic Charities to help tornado victims in eastern El Paso County, Hawkins said.
       Harris, a Westside real estate company, was aided this year by members of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside. “It's gotten so big we needed the extra manpower because we're a small office,” Hawkins said. “Each of the vendors brought their own staff, but the OWN volunteers were a huge help in keeping people moving in the right direction and handing out recycling information.”
       Here are some of the numbers: 1,296 gallons of latex paint, 127 aerosol cans, 65 gallons of flammable liquids, 29 auto batteries, 40 mattresses and box springs, 3,000 pounds of scrap metal and 3,821 pounds of small appliances and electronics.

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