Recycling bins at Granby Landfill hanging on " barely
December 19, 2007
With recycling hanging by a thread in Grand County, commissioners negotiated continued service at the landfill drop site outside Granby.
On a month-by-month basis until another solution is presented, Grand County has reached an agreement with Valley Recycling owner Karen Bloomfield to continue hauling bins, though she announced she has lost $50,000 in the last year maintaining municipal recycling.
The deal reached Tuesday means Valley Recycling will continue to collect recyclables at the landfill for $300 a bin for the months of January and February, a price $50 less than what Bloomfield originally proposed.
The county offered to pay for January’s cost, estimated to be around $5,000, with the hopes that the towns of Granby, Winter Park and Fraser pitch in equal shares of half that cost. Either that, or the towns could be expected to pay for all of February’s recycling at the landfill site, since use of the site is not limited only to county residents, commissioners said.
On average, Bloomfield hauls steel every two weeks from the landfill location’s five bins, glass between two and three weeks, cardboard twice a week, and plastic and paper once a week, she said.
Floating recycling through February buys time for a county-drafted ‘request for proposal’ for recycling services to be contemplated by the area’s trash and recycling service providers.
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The draft, asking for an estimated cost to provide county-wide recycling, is being reviewed by towns.
The RFP is expected to be released in early January.
Optimistically, the county and towns are hoping for a solution to the recycling quandary by March.
In the meantime, the steel recycling contract between Valley Recycling and the county road and bridge department is due to expire at the end of December.
In recent years, the county has split ferrous metal market funds with Bloomfield’s company for its work of loading and hauling the materials to Denver.
Steel, the price of which fluctuates drastically in the market, has recently fetched $700 to $900 a load for the county alone, with an estimated 40 loads a year between both the Granby and Kremmling landfill sites, according to road and bridge personnel.
Commissioner James Newberry flirted with the idea of using steel to subsidize recycling costs with Valley Recycling. The suggestion was put on the back burner until RFPs come in and the county has a better understanding of what the county-wide service will cost.
The county postponed nailing down the ‘bigger picture’ to enter into an interim contract for steel on a month-by-month basis with Valley Recycling, as well as a month-by-month agreement for recycling services outside of Granby.
Kremmling has contracted recycling through its municipal trash company, and Grand Lake has already negotiated to continue its recycling in-town and uninterrupted. The town has agreed to pay Valley Recycling $500 a month, or $1,500 a quarter, to keep recycling services for bins located next to Grand Lake’s road and bridge building near the fire station.
“We’ve got the same deal we had last year,” said Grand Lake Town Manager Shane Hale. “In my opinion, it’s well-worth it to have recycling services in town.”
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