City hosts first cleanup day with Arc

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Lakewood is teaming up with arc Thrift Stores to give residents a chance to clear their homes of unwanted and unused items.

The city’s free cleanup days will be on Saturday, Oct. 12, for residents living north of West Alameda Ave. and Saturday, Oct. 19, for residents living south of West Alameda Ave.

The drop-off site will be at 1655 Owens St. in front of the former Target store on West Colfax Ave.

Proof of Lakewood residency is required.

On those two Saturdays Lakewood residents can bring furniture, appliances, computers, even engines and car parts to the cleanup. Yard and chemical waste, as well as household trash will not be accepted.

“This is something we’ve been working on for a while,” said Allison Scheck, marketing and community relations administrator with Lakewood. “During the annual city council retreat the idea came up as an important matter. Councilmembers wanted to find a way to offer a free clean up day to residents.”

Scheck said the city started working with arc once they realized the company was headquartered in Lakewood, and had been doing similar projects around the state.

“arc provided a channel for the city to do this cleanup, and really help divert people from landfills,” she said.

Any funds generated will go to support of Arc chapters around the state.

Maggie Scivicque, who does marketing for arc Thrift Stores, said that the organization brought together the third party groups that are helping make the day possible. One of those groups is Western Scrap, which will handle all of the televisions and monitors, in addition to any other metal scrapping.

“At arc every day is Earth Day, and we find a way to sell everything,” Scivicque said. “Nothing goes to waste once it comes to us.”

Scivicque said that arc volunteers will be on site both Saturdays to help facilitate the process, and lend a hand to people who need it.

Both Scivicque and Scheck said they hope the event becomes an annual one, but it will all depend on how this first go round turns out.

“This partnership with Lakewood is perfect for us,” Scivicque said. “We’ve worked with Colorado Springs and Broomfield to help people with stuff they normally wouldn’t know how to dispose of.”

Scheck said the cleanup is a great day to get rid of things that people may have unnecessarily held on to.

“We’re really trying to focus on things that people normally wouldn’t have picked up,” she said. “The whole idea is to make this a really sustainable event.”

For more information, including a list of what can and cannot be dropped off, visit www.lakewood.org/cleanup.

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