Grand County out of the trash business
May 19, 2009
Grand County will no longer be in the trash business as a result of a unanimous decision on Tuesday to allow private enterprise take the reins.
During the county’s final deliberation on a county transfer-station site, Ryan Wurgler, division vice president of Waste Connections (The Trash Company) Western Division, said the company has plans to build a transfer station on its Granby property and could handle countywide solid waste, convincing commissioners that county involvement may no longer be necessary.
Waste Connections would charge $85 to $90 per ton for trash disposal, compared to $75 a ton the county proposed in rough estimates of a county-owned and privately managed transfer station.
The county’s decision dissolves the controversial Hot Sulphur Springs transfer station issue as well as a proposed county-owned transfer station at the Kremmling Landfill site. Both county landfills likely will be mothballed when private trash haulers are able to handle the county’s trash, according to County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran.
Waste Connections plans to build a four-bay, 8,100 square-foot transfer-station building on its a two-acre site in Granby, Wurgler said.
The company will need to “resurrect” its Granby permit for such a use. The permit for the Granby site most-likely will enter a Granby public-hearing process.