by Carin Kirkegaard
Douglas County’s slash and mulch program is typically held each Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program is part of the County’s wildfire mitigation and recycling efforts.
There are two goals to this program: First, to provide a drop-off location for residents to reduce, reuse and recycle slash and mulch materials lessening the fire hazards within the county; second, to provide free mulch to residents at the end of the season. Currently, there is a small pile of mulch that can be picked up for springtime use.
The drop-off is located at Plum Creek Wastewater Authority, 1400 Caprice Drive in Castle Rock.
Acceptable materials include tree branches and shrubbery with a maximum length of six feet and a maximum diameter of 12 inches. All loads must be covered and tied.
Unacceptable materials include stumps, roots, lumber, ties, grass, dirt, weeds, household trash or appliances.
Free mulch will be available for all residents at the end of the program, but a specific date has not been determined. When the date and pick-up location are official, they will be published on the CPN website at www.cpnhoa.org.
The program is a cooperative effort sponsored by Douglas County Government, Plum Creek Wastewater Authority, and the Town of Castle Rock.