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Grand County recycling update

Gretchen Bergen
Grand County Public Information Consultant

The Grand County Board of County Commissioners recently sent a letter to town managers asking them to continue the current recycling program at the Grand County landfill site through 2009.

The towns of Fraser, Winter Park and Granby have been splitting half of about $5,000 to $6,000 per month, with the county paying the other half. Hot Sulphur Springs has been contributing $100 a month. The county also offered to pay half of the $10,000 necessary to keep the recycling program going in Grand Lake.

The BOCC realizes the recycling situation is inconvenient, but hopes to continue the program through 2009 until a comprehensive recycling plan can be finalized. If the towns decide they can’t participate, the BOCC may have to modify its contribution, but nothing has been decided at this point.



The county is negotiating a contract with Waste Management for replacing the landfill with a transfer station that includes a recycling area. The county has applied for a Colorado Department of Local Affairs grant and is working out the property details and engineering needed for the transfer station.

The board intends to have plans for the transfer station and recycling in place by the end of 2009, but a lot has to happen. Some of the time lines for approvals are beyond the county’s control. For example, the design plan must be approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, which works on its own schedule.


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