Landfill fees to go to weight-based system |

Landfill fees to go to weight-based system

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” When City Councilor Kris Chadwick visits the South Canyon Landfill, landfill employees kind of just look at the load of trash and charge her about $12.

“Right now it is very much kind of a guess,” said Councilor Dave Merritt, agreeing with Chadwick’s description.

But that “volume-based” system will soon change to more precise weight-based system using a vehicle scale.

The Glenwood Springs City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to implement a weight-based fee structure at the South Canyon Landfill. Trash will be weighed by calculating the difference in a vehicle’s weight from when it enters and leaves the landfill.

The weight-based fees will be more precise, fair and easier to understand, said Public Works director Robin Milyard, in a memo.

“It addresses the ‘stomp’ issue of trash being compacted in containers before being transported to the landfill, in essence increasing the volume of trash delivered, but paying for a lower volume,” he said in the memo.

Milyard said a scale was installed as early as 2001 but was unworkable. That scale required a road cut into a hillside near an existing road, but a seep of dirty landfill water or “leachate” plagued the new road to access the scale. A second pond was built to address the seep and the scale was eventually relocated.

Implementing the weight-based fee system will also provide the city with better data as to how much and what kinds of trash actually goes into the ground.

“I think this is a significant and important step in terms of looking at issues of efficiency and recycling and environmental impacts,” said Councilor Dave Sturges.

The rate for regular residential waste will be 1.8 cents per pound. The new system will go into effect Jan. 1.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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