Grand Lake’s ‘pay as you throw’ trash system off to good start |

Grand Lake’s ‘pay as you throw’ trash system off to good start

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News

The Town of Grand Lake issued its first summons for illegal dumping in the town’s Pay-As-You-Throw designated Dumpster.

The individual the town cited on Aug. 23 reportedly lives in the Columbine subdivision and failed to buy a town pay-as-you-throw trash bag, according to town officials.

Other violations have gone without summons, due to visitors misunderstanding that the Pay-As-You-Throw system is no longer the recycling center and that it belongs to the town, not as part of The Trash Company’s private Pay-As-You-Throw system, which accepts only blue trash bags.

Barely one month into it, town officials are impressed with usage of the town’s designated Dumpster, which only accepts trash in 40-gallon lime green bags purchased for $4 at the Visitors Center, the town hall and several town businesses.

In a memo to board members, Town Manager Shane Hale reported the town’s pay Dumpster had been emptied about once per week at near capacity in just three weeks of the program.

“Usage appears to be growing as more people are aware of the program and are making use of it,” he said.

“I don’t want to call it an overnight success, but it has been very used,” Hale told commissioners at the Aug. 23 board meeting.

Trustee Benton Johnson said that illegal dumping in his own Dumpster at the Bear’s Den restaurant has gone down since the new town enterprise has been operating.

Town officials hoped that by starting a pay-as-you-throw trash program, incidences of wildlife habituation to human trash would decrease, as well as poaching of private Dumpsters.

The system allows residents, second-homeowners and visitors a place to throw their trash for the price of buying designated trash bags. The system could eliminate private unwanted Dumpsters at rental units, for example, and could help the syndrome of second homeowners leaving out trash at week’s end for a weekday pick-up, making trash vulnerable to wildlife.

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