flood debris 

Debris Collection & Removal

Community Debris Removal

As most flood debris has been collected, Boulder County’s community roadside debris removal project is now over. Debris haulers are still making their final passes in certain areas, but residents of unincorporated areas are now responsible for their own debris removal.  Debris can be hauled to Front Range or Foothills landfill

Limited Spring 2014 Debris Removal

While most of our roadside debris pick-up is ending, we will continue to remove debris in select hard-hit areas.  These areas include:
  • Longmont Dam Rd
  • Apple Valley Rd
  • Wagon Wheel Gap Rd
  • Old St Vrain Rd, CR 69 & lower portion of Red Gulch
  • N 83rd St & North County Line Rd near Little Thompson
  • N 75th St between Hygiene and St Vrain Rd
  • Raymond, Riverside, CR 103N
  • Jamestown
  • James Canyon Dr
  • Lefthand Canyon up to Lickskillet
  • All of Gold Run Rd
  • All of Fourmile Canyon Dr, up to Sunset
  • N 41st & Oxford near Lefthand Creek
  • N 49th St between Oxford and Niwot Rd
  • N 63rd St between Oxford and Niwot, Brigadoon Glen and Oriole Estates
  • N 73rd St & Nimbus, near Lefthand Creek
  • N 81st St at Lefthand Creek
Please see the map of these areas.

If you live in one of these areas, we will continue road-side debris pick-up throughout Spring 2014.  We do not have a set end-date for debris pick-up in these areas, as the duration of this program will depend on the weather, how much debris residents continue to bring to the road and how fast the debris-removal crews can work.  However, residents are encouraged to bring debris to the road as soon as possible.

If you live outside these areas, we ask that you not bring any more debris to the road as we are completing our final passes now, and debris set out after our final pass will not be collected.  Residents outside of the areas listed are now responsible for their own debris disposal.
  • Debris piles should be 3ft from the side of the roadway to allow for any snow removal operations
  • Do not block the roadway, waterways or any culverts with debris
  • Debris removal vehicles will only be able to access existing, county maintained, accessible roads at this time; unmaintained Jeep roads will not be serviced
  • To report your debris pile, fill out the form below.

Separate Debris into Four Piles

  1. General household debris including furniture, mattresses, drywall, insulation, tile, wood, and other construction materials damaged by the flood. 
  2. Electronics and appliances
  3. Woody debris (vegetation)
  4. Mud, silt, sand and rock

Open Burning of Flood Debris

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is asking residents to use caution before burning vegetative flood debris. Please consider the ongoing flood recovery efforts and understand the limitations of public safety and access. Many roads continue to not be easily accessible by fire and rescue vehicles and the response time and consequential potential fire growth in the event of an escape could be disastrous. We encourage private landowners to seek alternatives to open burning.

Burning of flood debris is also a public health concern due to the smoke created when burning and its impacts to air quality. Much of the flood debris is illegal to burn with or without a permit. As an example, it is illegal to burn material that is wet or full of soil, construction debris, and/or trash. A permit is required for burning clean, dry, tree branches that are less than 6” in diameter. To apply for a burn permit and to see additional restrictions, visit http://bit.ly/openburning.

Hazardous Material

  • Do not place any hazardous materials such as paints, oils, gas cans etc. at curbside.
  • All hazardous materials must be hauled directly to the Hazardous Materials Management Facility at 1901 63rd Street in Boulder.
For more information, contact Resource Conservation at 720-564-2222 or email us at debrisresponseteam@bouldercounty.org.


State Highway Debris Removal

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has contracted with Phillips and Jordan, Inc. to collect debris from flood-impacted state highways. Residents who live on the flooded highways are urged to bring their flood-related debris to just off the pavement next to the highway, where it will be picked up over the next few weeks. Debris crews are working Monday through Saturday from sun up to sun down.

Coal Creek Canyon/ State Highway (SH) 72:

  • Final pass will be on Monday, February 17.
  • Flood-related vegetative debris may be brought to MP 14.46 at the pullout on the north side of the road.
  • Flood-related construction and demolition waste may be brought to MP 15.2 at the pullout on the north side of the road.
Boulder Canyon/ State Highway (SH) 119: 
  • Final pass will be on Thursday, February 20.
  • All types of flood-related debris can be brought to MP 38.6 on the side of the road across from 4-Mile Canyon Road.
South St Vrain Dr/ State Highway (SH) 7:
  • Final pass will be on Monday, February 22.
  • All types of flood-related debris can be brought to MP 21.7, MP 28.3, and MP 31.8 at the pullouts on the side of the road.
North St Vrain Dr/ US 36 / SH 66:
  • Final pass will be on Monday, February 24.
  • Flood-related vegetative debris may be brought to MP 16 through MP 21.
  • Flood-related construction and demolition waste may be brought to MP 18.7 at the pullout on the side of the road.

Materials to Be Picked Up

  • Household hazardous waste: Paints, cleaners, solvents, propane tanks, petroleum products, etc.
  • White waste: Appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washers & dryers, hot water heaters, dishwashers and microwave ovens
  • Electronic waste: Computers, televisions, DVD players and telephones
  • Vegetation waste: Branches, plants, trees and grass
    • CDOT requests that vegetative materials be separated from other materials in piles of six feet in length or less for easier pickup.
  • Construction & demolition waste: Wood framing from houses, furniture, carpet. clothes, concrete, etc.
  • Car waste: Car parts including batteries

Items That Will Not Be Picked Up

  • Regular household garbage. This should be disposed of in your dumpsters and removed by your waste management provider.

For questions about the debris removal process, please visit the CDOT flood information website. Members of the public can also email dot_flood@state.co.us, or speak to someone directly at 720-263-1589. For toll-free call 1-800-999-4997.

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