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County’s Slash-mulch site to open on April 1

Wildfire preparedness begins at home, dispose of branches properly

Douglas County's slash-mulch site in Castle Rock will open on April 1.
Douglas County’s slash-mulch site in Castle Rock will open on April 1.

Are you keeping busy with yard work this spring? Did you know that disposing of branches and shrubbery properly not only helps to mitigate properties for wildland fire prevention, but also is good for the environment?

Douglas County’s slash-mulch site, at 1400 Caprice Drive in Castle Rock, opens April 1 and will remain open on Saturdays-only from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through  October 28.  The perfect place to dispose of branches and shrubbery, the site also gives residents the opportunity to go home with fresh mulch.

Douglas County’s other slash-mulch site, at 7828 S. Colo. 67 (2.5 miles north of Deckers), is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. year-round.

Acceptable items at both sites include tree branches and shrubbery with a maximum length of 6 ft. and maximum diameter of 12 inches.

There will be a separate pile on site designated for the disposal of loose pine needles. Needles can be unloaded only in this area and must not contain limbs, branches, pinecones, weeds, grass, or trash. Needles in garbage bags must be emptied into the pile and residents are required to take empty bags with them from the site.

Items that will not be accepted at either site include appliances, dirt, grass, household trash, loose pine needles, lumber, railroad ties, roots, stumps and weeds.

In the event of inclement weather, please call 303-663-6274 to ensure that the site will be open as scheduled.

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