Here's something you could do instead of complaining.


  • El Paso County

Last year, I wrote a cover story about trash.

Actually, there's more there than you might think, but here's the upshot: It's really tough to get people to stop dumping their crap all over our city. The best solution is probably just to pick it up. And that's exactly what people will be doing on April 25, the county's Tackle the Trash Day.

As you can tell from the expressions on the boys' faces in the picture above (taken at last year's Tackle the Trash event), there is nothing more pleasurable than cleaning up someone else's mess. Trust me on this, I'm married.  

Also, this is something you can do to make your hometown look a little better. You're not going to patch the potholes. (Unless you are, and in that case, god bless you.) You're not going to revitalize the downtown. You're not going to duct tape the mouths of our most obnoxious politicians. You're probably not even going to mow down the weeds in your neighbor's yard.

But you sure can pick up some trash. Here's how:

County-Wide Spring Cleaning Day Set for April 25

Volunteers Invited to Tackle the Trash

El Paso County, CO, March 12, 2015 – El Paso County is hosting the third annual Tackle the Trash, a County-wide “spring cleaning” event on Saturday, April 25, 2015, and encourages civic organizations, churches, scout groups, schools, families and individuals to participate.

Volunteers will pick up trash in seven specific areas around County parks, trails, town centers, public areas, creeks and roadways. This year a new pick-up area in Manitou Springs has been added to the list. County Commissioners will greet volunteers and assist with cleaning chores at various check-in sites beginning at 9 a.m. The County provides trash bags and safety vests. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gloves, bottled water and sunscreen.

“El Paso County residents are proud of this beautiful place we call home,” Commissioner Chair Dennis Hisey said. “Tackle the Trash is a great opportunity for all of us working together to spruce up the community.”

Last year, more than 500 volunteers tackled the trash. For additional information including map locations of the Check-In sites and to register for the event you can go to or call 520-7871. You can also send an email to: Participants younger than 16 must be supervised by an adult.

Tackle the Trash Check-In Sites (all open at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015):

· Manitou Springs / Manitou Springs Parks

Check-in at Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs

· Monument Area / New Santa Fe Regional Trail

Check-in at 3rd Street Trailhead, between Adams Street and Beacon Lite Road, Monument

· Fountain Area / Fountain Creek Regional Park

Check-in at the park, 2010 Duckwood, Fountain

· Falcon Area / Rock Island Regional Trail

Check-in at Falcon Trailhead, Falcon

· Bear Creek Regional Park / Surrounding Areas

Check-in at the park headquarters, 2002 Creek Crossing, Colorado Springs

· Calhan Area/ El Paso County Fairgrounds

Check-in at the fairgrounds, 10th Street, Calhan

· Downtown Colorado Springs

Check-in at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs

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