Valley Recycling hopes to open trash transfer station in Parshall
April 28, 2010
PARSHALL – Pending county and state permitting, there could be a second trash transfer station in the county by year’s end.
Adrian and Karen Bloomfield, owners of Valley Recycling near Parshall, are in the process of applying for permits to “rearrange” their recycling warehouse and accommodate a trash transfer station at the facility.
The Bloomfields have operated a metal recycling business in Grand County for 15 years, and a recycling business for 13 years, plus provide trash roll-offs as part of the business.
These services will continue to operate alongside the trash transfer station, according to Adrian Bloomfield.
“We have an established building already in operation. There is no need for modification to change it into a transfer station,” he said. “We just need to rearrange the interior.”
The Valley Recycling facility was on a list of locations for a possible county-run transfer station when the county was exploring that direction two years ago. The Bloomfields had submitted a bid, but the county ended up selecting the trash hauler Waste Management to run a transfer station operation on county land near Hot Sulphur Springs.
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However, county officials ultimately decided not to build a station at all and instead let the private sector own, build and operate a transfer station in lieu of county-run landfill services.
Another Grand County hauler, Waste Connection’s The Trash Company, in turn opened its new $1 million trash transfer facility on April 26 in Granby.
The Bloomfields have been considering opening their own privately run station for the past three to four months, Adrian said. The transfer station would be an expansion of their existing trash roll-off operation that coincides with their recycling ventures, he said.
“From our point of view, we don’t mind competition, even another landfill,” Adrian said. “There are certain items that some of the other trash haulers can bring to us.”
The Bloomfields predict their fees will be “considerably less” than the competing facility. “We think our overhead is less,” Adrian said.
To begin with, the company will not provide curbside trash pick-up, but if permitting falls into place, will have doors open to the public “to any trash and recycling business that comes along.”
And members of the public will be able to bring their trash (and recycling – either single stream or preferably separated) to the facility “by the bag, pick-up load or trailer.”
The recycling component of the business is presently open, “as it always has been,” Adrian said, and glass is accepted if separated out from other recycleable.
Asked to where the trash will be hauled, Adrian said they are keeping that information under wraps for now.
“The competition doesn’t need to know that,” he said.
The Bloomfields’ original application to the Grand County planning department for a transfer station special use permit had been deemed incomplete and was returned to them, according to the county planning department.
The Bloomfields have since hired a consultant to help them navigate through the necessary state and county permitting processes, according to Adrian.