Trash haulers come to a deal
November 15, 2009
Grand County’s two largest trash-hauling companies, Waste Connections and Waste Management, came to an agreement on Friday, Nov. 13, about use of the future transfer station in Granby.
At issue was locking in the volume of trash Waste Management would haul to the site, according to Waste Connections District Manager Kent Hinsey. Waste Connections is the owner of the future transfer station.
Of Grand County’s waste, about half is hauled by each of the two companies.
Negotiations put progress on the transfer-station building in limbo for two months, Hinsey said, because an alternative outcome to the agreement would have affected the size of the building.
“If Waste Management wasn’t going to use it, it would have been a different scale,” he said.
The 8,100 square-foot proposed transfer station building in Granby – planned to replace both landfills in Grand County – should be operational by May 2010, Hinsey said.
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The transfer station is designed to “easily handle five times what the county handles now,” he said.
Tipping fees for the public are estimated to be around $95 per ton, and “definitely a part of the operation will be recycling,” Hinsey said. Fees for recycling will be set closer to spring, he said.
Waste Connections recently gained assurances from county officials that the board of commissioners will not enter the waste disposal business for a period of three years, unless the trash hauler “fails to remedy any performance issues in meeting the needs of county residents.”
Closure of both the Kremmling and Granby landfills will correspond with the Granby transfer-station opening, according to county officials.
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