South Canyon Landfill moves to in-county, out-of-county dump rate structure |

South Canyon Landfill moves to in-county, out-of-county dump rate structure

In this November 2018 photo, Parker Jones, a landfill operator at South Canyon Landfill, waits for the bulldozer to push a load of trash into the pit.
Kyle Mills/Post Independent file

Beginning May 1, six different types of waste that the city of Glenwood Springs’ South Canyon Landfill accepts will see rate adjustments.

Last year, City Council decided against renewing its contract with Heartland Environmental Services, LLC and to instead bring the city-owned landfill’s day-to-day operations back in house.

The city officially assumed that role on April 1, and at the most recent City Council meeting councilors adopted a resolution that adjusts the rates for six waste stream categories.

Those categories include municipal solid waste, construction/demolition waste, sludge, grease sludge, septic sludge and car wash sludge.

According to a city staff report, “…in 2018 American Environmental Consulting, Inc (AEC) started a new rate study looking at solids and liquid volume rates.”

Additionally, the report suggested that the South Canyon Landfill utilize an in-county and out-of-county rate structure.

“We had [gone] back and forth a little bit [with] conversations of changing rates from city of Glenwood Springs residents to Garfield County residents to out-of-county residents, but we didn’t want to push that envelope at this point,” Glenwood Springs Director of Public Works Matthew Langhorst said at the April 4 City Council meeting.

Previously, the South Canyon Landfill charged $40 a ton for municipal solid waste. Beginning May 1, that rate will go up for both in- and out-of-county users to $49 a ton.

Grease sludge, which used to cost 25 cents a gallon to deposit will now carry a fee of 30 cents a gallon for in-county users and 35 cents for out-of-county users.

Additionally, sludge, which previously cost $45 per cubic yard, will now cost in-county customers $39.14 a ton, and out-of-county customers $45 a ton to deposit.

Out of county changes

Previously, the city landfill charged $48 a ton for construction/demolition drop-offs. Come May, while in-county users will still pay that amount, out-of-county users must pay $68 a ton to drop off construction/demolition material.

Septic sludge will remain 20 cents a gallon for in-county users but will increase to 30 cents a gallon for out-of-county users.

Additionally, car wash sludge will stay at 25 cents a gallon for in-county users, but will go up in price for out of county users to 30 cents a gallon.

None of the rate fees include the state user fee assessed on top of the city’s fees.

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