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Grand Lake set to offer ‘Pay-as-you-throw" public Dumpsters

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News

GRAND LAKE – A Pay-As-You trash facility is the town’s newest enterprise endeavor, approved by official vote on July 26.

The facility, to be located behind the car wash near town shops off of Center Drive, will be the drop-off collection point for trash deposited by anyone with an approved bag. The new facility is not a transfer station, but Dumpsters anyone can use for a fee.

Town officials hope the facility will answer second-home owner demand for a convenient alternative to regular trash service in the Grand Lake-area, as well as for visitors to the area.

As its name implies, the Pay-As-You-Throw Dumpsters will accept trash only in special 40-gallon bags purchased at Grand Lake businesses. The cost is set at $4 per 40-gallon trash bag, with 29 cents tax included.

Businesses that sell the bags will receive 50 cents per bag, except for Town Hall.

Factoring out the cost of the bag, the town will net $2.88 cents per bag.

According to town officials, this money will be entered into the town’s enterprise fund to repay initial costs for operation of the Pay-As-You-Throw system and for future capital improvements to the site.

Those who throw non-designated trash bags into the town Dumpsters could be fined up to $300 per offense. Cameras will be mounted at the facility to help deter Dumpster poachers who haven’t purchased the proper bags, according to town officials.

The Trash Company of Waste Connections will be in charge of trash hauling.

In April and May, the town had advertised a request for proposals to find an operator of the enterprise rather than the town creating an enterprise, but all three proposals came back in favor of only supplying hauling services. “No one wanted to run the system,” said town official Dan Korkowski, forcing Grand Lake to set up its own system.