Three events to help with spring cleaning

Column by John Akal
Posted 5/12/21

Right off the bat I want to take a moment to congratulate this year’s class at the Colorado School of Mines. This weekend will be the commencement ceremonies and they will be held in person, not …

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Three events to help with spring cleaning


Right off the bat I want to take a moment to congratulate this year’s class at the Colorado School of Mines. This weekend will be the commencement ceremonies and they will be held in person, not virtually. You all chose a school that is extremely challenging under the best of conditions, but this past year has thrown so may obstacles in the way that just being able to graduate is an achievement that all students, faculty, administrators and staff should be extra proud of. Hats off to all of you.

Life’s messy, clean it up. (Yes, I know I stole that line.)

Winter creates a wonderland and we all love the beautiful scenes of our snow covered town, the tranquility of the snowflakes gently falling down and jeez, it’s May! I’m over it! Yeah, winter is lovely but it also makes quite a mess around here and once Spring hits, it’s time to clean it up and get rid of it.

But, that’s not so easy in this day and age. There’s a lot of stuff that you can’t just throw in the garbage can or chop up and burn in the street in front of your house or a back yard incinerator. Yes, for all of you under 40, that used to be a thing you could do around here.

Thankfully our city and county officials recognize this problem and is providing us with solutions to getting rid of some of that stuff. There will be three separate locations where you can drop off some of the things that are, otherwise, a little bit hard to dispose of. I’m talking about electronics, personal documents and tree limbs. They are all difficult things to safely dispose of for various reasons but there’s a solution at hand right here in Golden.

First of all, let’s tackle the electronics and e-waste issue. A lot of these things are made from toxic components that in mass, can seriously pollute the environment. There are plenty of documentaries out there that show just how much damage they can do. You don’t want to just toss this stuff in a landfill if you can avoid it. Also, there are a lot of really easily recyclable components in these products as well.

So, Golden Sustainability is going to be offering a free electronics recycling station for Golden residents on Saturday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Golden Public Works Building. That’s located at 1445 10th Street here in town. Just bring your I.D. so they can verify residency, be prepared to wear a mask, social distance and you are good to go.

The next stop on your Tour de Junk is the Denver Metro Crime Stoppers Jeffco Shred-a-thon. This is a yearly fundraiser for the organization to help fight crime in our communities. For a small donation you can bring up to three legal-sized boxes or kitchen sized garbage bags of unneeded personal documents like receipts, bills and old bank statements with your personal information on them and they will shred them on the spot. This will be happening from 7 a.m. to 12 noon at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office located at 200 Jefferson County Parkway here in Golden.

The third stop on this marathon disposal weekend can actually be stretched over two days as it’s happening both Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16. The City of Golden’s Forestry Department (yes, we actually have one of those) will be hosting a Tree Limb Drop-off for Golden residents from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days. The drop off location is just east of Hwy 93 off Golden Gate Canyon Rd.. Bring an I.D.

Now, keep in mind, this is for tree limbs only. Limbs, not stumps. Also, no grass clippings, leaves, yard waste or pre treated lumber as all of that stuff will damage the tub grinder. Tree limbs are my pet peeve as they are a total pain to get into bags without tearing them to shreds. Thanks to the City for hosting this, we really appreciate it.

John Akal is a well-known jazz artist/drummer and leader of the 20-piece Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra. He also is president of John Akal Imaging, professional commercial photography and multi-media production. He can be reached at


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