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Posted on: April 12, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Trash and Recycling Customers Encouraged to Prepare for Springtime Winds

Montrose, CO — During the spring months when strong winds are forecast to blow through the Uncompahgre Valley, the City of Montrose Public Works Department advises city trash and recycling customers to take some simple precautions to avoid losing track of their collection cans. 

By marking collections cans with either marker pens or stickers or taking note of the ID number stamped on the side of their containers customers can keep better track of their cans in the event that the wind relocates them. 

“Each year during this time we get calls from customers asking Public Works employees to go find their missing cans due to the wind,” said Abel Velarde, trash and recycling superintendent. “We would like the public to know it is not our responsibility to keep track of collection cans.”

Although city collection cans are the property of the City of Montrose, trash and recycling customers are allowed to mark their cans for tracking/identification purposes. 

Velarde also added Public Works would like to remind customers to pull their cans back onto their property, preferably close to their homes or garages, immediately after collection to prevent the cans from blowing away. 

City trash and recycling customers are also reminded that prohibited items in the city’s collection include: toxic, explosive, hazardous, or extremely flammable materials, materials contaminated with contagious diseases, electronics, and dead animals.

Residential trash is collected on a fixed, once-a-week schedule. All trash containers must be at the designated collection location no later than 6 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. 

For more information about city trash collection services, including a map of collection routes, visit

The City of Montrose views recycling as an important part of being responsible stewards of the environment. Recycling is also compatible with the city's efforts to maintain low-cost sanitation services.

For more information about city recycling collection services, including a list of acceptable recycling materials, visit:

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