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Storm Cleanup Means Big Piles Of Broken Branches

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DENVER (CBS4)- People living in Denver can drop off their broken branches at one of three free drop-off locations. All branches will be recycled into mulch.

Only branches are being accepted at the sites. All sites will be open Friday, Oct. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 30. Proof of Denver residency is required.

Broken Branch Free Drop-Off Sites:
• Havana Nursery: 10450 Smith Road – enter off Havana Street
• Barnum Park North: 3144 W. 6th Ave –east side parking lot – access via 8th and Federal
• Kennedy Softball Complex: 3398 S. Kenton Street – NW parking lot of the Complex off of West Dartmouth and South Kenton

Please remember:
• No tree stumps will be accepted
• No commercial contractors
• No professional landscapers
• No private haulers

Disposal of tree branches as part of regular trash collection:
• Branches must be no larger than 4 inches in diameter, and they must be cut into lengths of 4 feet or less, bundled and tied, and weigh no more than 50 pounds.
• Bundled branches can be set out with regular trash on your scheduled trash collection day. For more information about branch disposal visit Denvergov.org/Trash
• Branches set out with regular trash collection will not be recycled.

Free Tree Program

As the cleanup of fallen trees and branches begins across the City, Denver Parks and Recreation and The Mile High Million Tree Initiative want to remind Denver residents of a FREE tree program available through the Trees For Energy Savings Program.

• Free tree with free planting: Funded as part of a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to improve community energy efficiency, the Trees for Energy Savings program will strategically plant 4,600 trees to shade homes and other structures to reduce energy usage and lower energy bills for residents. The Mile High Million program teamed up with Mile High Youth Corps to plant trees in neighborhoods across Denver, providing job training for many local youth.
• Target neighborhoods for the Trees for Energy Savings program are Denver neighborhoods that fall below the City’s 18 percent canopy coverage goal and neighborhoods not already serviced by The Park People’s Denver Digs Trees program that all ready provides free trees to residents.
• To find more information or to check eligibility for the free tree program, visit milehighmillion.org and click on “Energy Savings Trees”.

Loveland residents can drop off broken branches at 400 N. Wilson Ave. Copter4 flew over the city’s recycling center Thursday afternoon where people were lined up to dump broken branches and limbs.

Loveland will open two additional sites Oct. 28 for drop-off of broken tree limbs and branches from to the recent snowstorm. The new sites will be in addition to the Loveland Recycling Center.

The new sites will be at the former Agilent property and Centennial Park. The Recycling Center and the two new sites will operate 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day.

Access for drop-off at the Agilent property will be through the west entrance of the property, using Barboura Dr. from S. Roosevelt Avenue. Access into Centennial Park will be from First Street. Signage at the properties will guide motorists to the drop-off locations.

Limb disposal at all sites will be free to Loveland residents with a valid 2011 yard debris permit. Anyone without a permit is asked to dispose of their branches at the Recycling Center where a $2.50 per cubic yard fee will be collected.

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