New trash, recycling facility to open in July
The town of Fraser is making progress on the new pay-as-you-throw trash and recycling facility, finalizing the site plan and preparing to begin construction as soon as weather allows.
The facility, located on a two-acre plot of town-owned land off County Roads 721 and 72, is expected to be open and operational by July.
The .3-acre facility comes courtesy of a near $200,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The grant was originally for $56,000, but was raised to $194,000 after the CDPHE saw the plans.
“They offered us additional money because they see this as a potential model for other communities to replicate,” said Michael Brack, assistant town manager. “I think the waste diversion study we did in 2016 really laid a lot of groundwork for it. It proves that this is something that’s really a necessity.”
The facility is set up to be able to accommodate a growing town for years.
The plans call for two rows of 10 six-yard Dumpsters to be set up on each side of the facility, one for trash and the other for recycling. The town only plans on using four to six Dumpsters on each side to begin with, leaving plenty of room for eventual growth.
“This is what our waste diversion study identified as long term demand,” said Jeff Durbin, town manager. “So this kind of volume will be years down the road… We’re really maximizing what we can do for this facility on this site. We also want to be able to eventually accommodate more than just trash and recycling with things like electronics drop-off, slash drop-off and Christmas tree drop-off.”
Durbin said that the facility will likely be open seven days a week for trash drop off, and two-three days a week for recycling. As one of the terms of the CDPHE grant the recycling Dumpsters can only be open while the facility is manned. Hours of operation have not been finalized, but will likely be around 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The facility will feature an eight-foot wooden privacy fence, guardhouse, interior and exterior security cameras and wildlife proof Dumpsters. Trash and recycling will be picked up at least once a week based on demand.
While the price hasn’t yet been yet, Durbin said the PAYT trash bags will cost about $8.50 a bag, which will cover the cost of hauling services for both trash and recycling. Recycling at the facility will be free.
“As far as the sustainability aspect of it, it just encourages you to throw away less waste,” said Brack. “If you’re paying by the bag, and you’re trying to cut down on costs, you’re going to find ways to use less waste and recycle more. Both sides win.”
The town is also planning on moving County Road 72 to better accommodate the new facility. Currently the road runs on the west side of the future facility, at a steep 13 percent grade. The town is planning on swinging the road around the east side of the facility, where there will only be a 6 to 7 percent grade. Fraser Valley Parkway will become the through road, while County Road 72 will come to a stop sign.
There is no timetable for the construction of the new road while the town looks into financing options.
“This is a business venture,” said Durbin. “And if people aren’t using the pay-as-you-throw trash, this won’t succeed. So we need to make sure people know where it is and what it is. Because it’s a really great program.”
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