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Grand Lake’s ‘pay as you throw’ program exceeds expectations

Tonya Bina
Grand Lake, CO Colorado

GRAND LAKE – The Town of Grand Lake’s “Pay As You Throw” program, which allows citizens and visitors to dispose of trash at a public trash bin, “has been a bigger success than previously anticipated,” said Grand Lake administrator Dan Korkowski.

In its first year of operation, the program allows residents and visitors to buy town-issue trash bags from various retailers and use them to dispose of trash at a collection site on town property.

The program was introduced to curb illegal trash bin use throughout town and to control encounters with wildlife due to irresponsible trash disposal. The program is also deemed to be a solution for second homeowners who leave their Grand Lake vacation homes before trash pick-up days.

The trash bins have frequently filled to capacity this summer, Korkowski said in a memo to the town board of trustees, forcing the town to order a third wildlife-resistant bin.

And the town’s original order of 5,000 Pay As You Throw trash bags have all been sold. “Staff had originally anticipated the original order would last into 2012,” Korkowski wrote.

The town has since improved trash-bag quality. New town-issue bags come in two different sizes, are more durable than the original ones, and have drawstrings.

“These improvements were just slightly higher in cost, but we hope they will lessen complaints about bag(s) ripping open and people having problems closing (them),” Korkowski said in his memo, dated July 21.

Korkowski told trustees that reports of illegal dumping and spilled trash cans on street curbs are “drastically reduced” since the start of the new program.

Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.

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