Grand County still in negotiations over recycling |

Grand County still in negotiations over recycling

Gretchen Bergen
Grand County Public Information Consultant

As the Grand County Commissioners are in the process of negotiating a contract with Waste Management for managing solid waste in the county, many residents wonder what the future holds for recycling.

Valley Recycling will continue picking up recyclables at the Granby landfill until a final agreement with Waste Management can be reached.

Q. What type of recycling program will Waste Management provide?

A. The county is still in the negotiation phase, but Waste Management is proposing single-stream recycling, which allows customers to commingle recyclable paper and mixed containers. Residents will take their recyclables to a community collection location. Curbside recycling might be an option in the future. Waste Management handles solid waste and recycling for Montrose County, where the company operates a county recyclable facility. Grand County envisions a similar application here. When soliciting bids for waste management, it was important that some solution to recycling also be found.

Q. Will everyone have to drive their recyclables to the Granby landfill?

A. Grand County envisions a plan where each town has a pick-up location but that will be determined during negotiations with each town. Waste Management could work with each municipality on an agreement to collect recyclables within their boundaries. Cost for this service could be shared with the county.

Q. Where will recycling take place?

A. Waste Management has proposed building a transfer station. This will likely be a metal building on property owned by the county west of the Granby landfill on state Highway 125, about one mile from the landfill area near Coyote Creek. In conjunction

with this site, the option of using land associated with the landfill for construction waste and composting may be considered. The county is currently conducting an engineering study of the site.

Q. What will be included in the transfer station?

A. The facility proposed by Waste Management would have separate bays for tipping and loading municipal solid waste and recycling. Transfer trailers would haul materials to a solid-waste facility in the Denver area. Grand County generates about 110 tons of municipal solid waste a day, which Waste Management estimates it can transfer with five semi-trucks per day. Tipping fees are still being determined with a percentage going to the county. The transfer station could be up and running within two years. Drop-off bins for scrap metal, white goods, e-waste, tires, batteries and used oil are also options. Waste Management would hold periodic collection events for other household hazardous waste.

Q. Will the Granby landfill be closed?

A. The Granby landfill has an approximate five year life-span depending on usage, and the county plans to keep the landfill open as a back up. Waste Management has proposed a plan for handling waste during times when Berthoud Pass is closed due to weather and solid waste and recyclables cannot be trucked to Denver. Grand County is still negotiating these back-up solutions.

Q. When will the contract between the county and Waste Management be final?

A. It is anticipated that a draft contract may be ready for consideration by the Board of County Commissioners in 90 to 120 days.

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