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Heartland takes over operations at landfill

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” An independent contractor took over management operations of the South Canyon Landfill Thursday, however they have yet to finalize a long-term contract.

According to Glenwood Springs Public Works Director Robin Millyard, Snowmass-based Heartland Environmental Services started at the landfill on Thursday after an agreement was reached between the city and the contractor.

Millyard said that the contractor is currently operating under a 30-day bridge contract until the final details can be worked out. The long term contract on the table will allow Heartland to manage the landfill for the next five years.

“We gave ourselves 30 days to finalize the contract, but we intend to have it done long before then,” Millyard said.

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All of the terms of the contract were not finalized but under the new terms Millyard said that the city would retain responsibility of permits and on compliance issues, collecting money and operations of the front gate and of the weight station, while Heartland will oversee management of the landfill operations.

Millyard couldn’t specifically say how much the city is paying the contractor for its services saying that there were several variables to consider. However, he said that Heartland will be paid a “fixed cost” for operating the landfill and will receive a percentage of what is produced through the sale of gravel and through the composting operation.

The composting company Caca Loco is no longer operating at the landfill. Their lease expired on March 31. Heartland will also take over that operation as well.

Heartland’s owner Larry Giroux said previously that his company could more than double the life of the landfill by diverting recyclables and other reusable materials out of the waste stream.

The company renewed a 10-year contract about three years ago with Pitkin County to manages its landfill. Heartland has managed that landfill since 1999 and Giroux said that they’ve prolonged its life by more than triple. Giroux said previously that when they took over operations in 1999 they estimated that the landfill would be full in 13 years. However, Giroux expects that the landfill currently has close to 28 years of life left.

While Heartland has taken over management, three of the six employees will remain as City of Glenwood Springs workers. The other three staff positions were absorbed by Heartland. No layoffs were reported.

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