Granby approves trash transfer station applicaiton
August 13, 2009
A trash transfer station in Granby went unchallenged Tuesday night, a stark contrast from the public outcry against a proposed Hot Sulphur Springs-area transfer station last winter.
Waste Connections’ The Trash Company, Granby, gained unanimous approval from the town Board of Trustees to build a transfer station on property accessed by Meadow Drive, CR 612 in the town’s Highway General Business district, neighbor to a gravel pit, concrete plants and several warehouse structures. Mountain Parks Concrete is the property’s closest neighbor.
Expected to be completed by next spring, the transfer station will accept countywide trash.
Grand County officials plan to close both landfills as the Trash Company transfer station takes over solid waste disposal for residents and commercial businesses.
All competing trash haulers and recyclers will haul trash to the Granby transfer-station site, where the Trash Company plans to store it for a maximum 24 hours at the facility before it hauls it in large trailers to the Front Range Landfill in Erie. The landfill has the capacity to accept Grand County’s waste for the next 50 years or longer “easily,” according to The Trash Company District Manager Kent Hinsey.
In summer, five to six trailers per-day will make the 220-mile round-trip to the Waste Connections-owned landfill. In winter, about three to four trash trailers will make the haul daily, according to Hinsey.
The gate rate at the Granby transfer station is predicted to be around $95 to $105 per ton, Hinsey said.
Current rates at the county-operated landfill near Granby range from $46 to $58 per ton, but the landfill’s useful lifespan is limited.
Estimated fees for a county-run transfer station were $75 to $90 per ton.
The transfer station opening most likely will mark the end of Grand County and town governments subsidizing recycling, officials have said.
With a town approval fresh in the pocket of the private Trash Company, company officials plan to work out details about how the recycling component will run prior to transfer-station operation, Hinsey said, at a time when they can better gauge market pricing. Since recycling presently costs more than trash to dispose of, recyclers can expect to pay a fee for recycling once the transfer station is up and running.
The upside is that recycling will most-likely be single stream and glass will be accepted, he said.
As part of its approval of the transfer-station conditional use, Granby accepted the Trash Company’s offer to donate to the town 50 cents for every ton of trash handled at the transfer station. Another condition the town set was to require a baseline test well for groundwater conditions.
Waste Connections Inc., the parent company of The Trash Company, serves more than 1 million residential, commercial and industrial customers from a network of operations in 23 states.
There are about 70 transfer stations located in 30 different counties in Colorado.
Company-wide, Waste Connections has 47 landfills and 33 transfer stations across the U.S., according to Central Region Engineer Brian Karp of Waste Connections, Inc.
In the Central region, Waste Connections operates 19 landfills and five transfer stations.
In Colorado, Waste Connections has six landfills and (soon-to-be) two transfer stations. The other is in Englewood.
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