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Yard Wastes will be collected by a separate truck on your designated trash collection day and should be placed at or near where your trash is collected by 7 a.m. Material may be placed in reusable containers of your choice or in compostable bags available for purchase at Meyers Hardware, The Home Depot and other home improvement stores. Yard Waste for this collection is limited to grass clippings, pine needles, leaves, weeds, branches, sawdust, ground or chipped wood.
Guidelines do apply, so please visit read below carefully.
Yard Waste Collection Guidelines
- Branches must be less than 4 inches in diameter and bundled with natural fiber string, yarn or rope like cotton or sisal.
- Do not use wires, nylon, polyethylene, or other synthetic materials for bundling.
- Bundles must be 4 feet in length or less, and no more than 2 feet in diameter. Branches must be less than 4 inches in diameter and bundled with natural fiber string, yarn or rope like cotton or sisal.
- Yard waste will be limited to 3 cubic yards per resident which is equivalent to:
- an area that is approx. 4 feet x 4 feet x 4 feet.; or
- 21 compostable 30 gallon bags
- This yard waste is recycled! Do not contaminate this material with any of the following:
- NO plastics, dirt, cactus, tree stumps, branches greater than 4 inches in diameter, ashes, animal waste, treated lumber, logs, old garden hoses or broken flower pots.
- No Construction material is allowed for this service. Plastic bags are not allowed.
- Material that is not bundled, not in reusable containers or in non-compostable plastic bags will not be picked up.
- Look for this label on products that can be commercially composted!
A destructive insect pest that has killed many thousands of ash (Fraxinus) trees in the mid-section of the United States was discovered in Boulder in 2013. Since the initial infestation was found, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has spread further throughout Boulder County. The extent and spread of the beetle continues to be monitored closely by Boulder County, Colorado State Department of Agriculture, Colorado State Forest Service, CSU extension and surrounding front range communities. Although there are quarantines and restrictions in place for movement of ash wood out of Boulder County, it’s generally accepted that EAB will eventually make its way outside of Boulder County into all communities surrounding Boulder, Denver, and Golden.
It has become apparent that the Emerald Ash Borer now presents an increasing threat to Golden’s population of approximately 15,000 ash trees.
Although the insect has not been found in Golden as of yet, the history of this insect’s movement into 22 other states has shown that, without treatment, entire populations of ash trees are almost inevitably killed, and it is important for residents to understand the treatment options available. Chemical treatments have been proven effective and, because they are relatively inexpensive to apply, property owners with ash trees that they do not want to lose should be aware that now is not too early to consider applying a preventative treatment.
Anyone interested in protecting their ash tree, most commonly Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) or White Ash (Fraxinus americana) should consult with a certified arborist. There are several treatment methods available. The most effective chemical treatment involves a trunk injection which must be re-applied every 2-3 years and requires a certified applicator. Other treatment options are also available. For further information regarding the best chemical treatments, visit Colorado.gov.
If your ash tree is in poor health, and you do not intend to commit to a treatment regimen, it is recommended that you consider removal and replacement. You can also plant now, with the intent to remove your ash tree in the future when EAB makes its way into our community.
Ash trees were widely planted on the front range in Colorado in the past because it thrived here, but is no longer recommended as a planting choice anywhere in Colorado. City of Golden Forestry staff have selected around 300 ash trees for treatment. They are in good planting locations, considered to be highly valuable to the community, in good condition, and good candidates for future treatments. Ash trees in park areas and streetscapes that are in poor health will be marked for removal and replacement while focusing on tree population diversity to avoid any similar species specific pests in the future.
The City of Golden intends to continue to conduct branch sampling and an on-going search for evidence of EAB in our community into the foreseeable future. If you are uncertain whether a tree you value on your property is an ash or not, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact the City’s Forestry office at 303-384-8141 or email@example.com.
Golden, Colorado is rich with culture, outdoor activities, scenic beauty, thriving businesses, and friendly people, but the City’s origins are largely thanks to another valuable resource – gold. A small amount of gold discovered in Clear Creek attracted the area’s earliest settlers in the mid-19th century and Golden City quickly became an important supply stop for gold miners seeking their fortunes in the adjacent mountains. Farmers soon discovered the rich soil in the valley that is now home to the Coors complex, and Golden City further swelled as coal mining and clay extraction industries settled in the area, utilizing the region’s ample natural resources. Golden City became the capital of the federally recognized Colorado Territory in 1862, and the territorial legislature met from 1862 to 1867 in the building that is now home to the Old Capitol Grill restaurant. By the end of the 1860s, Golden City had been elected the seat of Jefferson County and the capital of the provisional Jefferson Territory. Locals were outraged when neighboring Denver snagged the honor of becoming capital of the newly formed state in 1876, but the loss of name distinction did nothing to dampen Golden’s vital growth – business was booming. Today, with the official name of City of Golden, the town continues to thrive. It offers residents and visitors an abundance of recreational, cultural and culinary opportunities. Come live, work and play with us in our modern town with an old west flair!