Town of Fraser dumps Grand County recycling program |

Town of Fraser dumps Grand County recycling program

Will Bublitz
Grand County, Colorado

One town in the Fraser Valley is opting out of Grand County’s recycling program and another town is considering whether it will continue to support it.

The Town of Fraser has decided against any further participation in the county’s recycling program. It will no longer pay close to $600 a month to support it.

The decision was announced at the Mayors, Managers and Commissioners meeting last week in Kremmling.

The reason behind Fraser’s decision is that the county’s recycling center is located at the Granby Landfill. Fraser believes that most of its residents are unwilling to drive that distance to recycle.

No pick-up service for recyclable items is provided under the county’s program in the Fraser Valley.

Fraser Town Manager Jeff Durbin said the town had made its last payment to support the county’s program in September. The county had been requesting the town renew its participation, but Durbin said the town has finally decided against it.

“We’re not against recycling,” Durbin said. “We just don’t think our residents want to drive to Granby to recycle. We are currently trying to find a more local solution to our recycling needs here in the Fraser Valley.”

At its morning meeting on Dec. 16, the Winter Park Town Council also mulled its continued participation in the county’s recycling program. The town contributes about $800 per month and has budgeted for it in 2009.

In opening the discussion, Drew Nelson, Winter Park’s interim town manager, explained Fraser’s decision and asked the Town Council for “feedback on whether the town wants to continue.”

The Town Council members discussed a number of alternatives including the possibility of contracting for recycling services with a local company, or the establishment of a solid-waste “transfer site” in the Fraser Valley.

One council member suggested the town continue to support the county recycling program on a “month-to-month basis.” Nelson said he plans to continue to “work with the county” on its recycling program and would bring back his recommendations at an upcoming meeting.

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