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Letter: Why privatize the landfill?

I was amazed by the statement by Commissioner John Martin in the July 22 article on privatizing the West Garfield County Landfill. Mr. Martin states that, “It’s time to take a business approach with the landfill, so that it can stand as a true enterprise with its own revenue.”

Really? Where has he been? The West Garfield Landfill is a self-sustaining enterprise. The revenue generated at the landfill is enough to pay for employee wages, supplies, equipment and equipment repair. The landfill offers a number of services to commercial businesses and to the residents of Garfield County. New septage impoundments are being built to further enhance what is in place.

Time and money was spent to produce the strategic Solid Waste Management Plan, prepared by Northwest Colorado Consultants and county personnel in order to meet the future needs of Garfield County. Yet commissioners want more information, another plan. The commissioners seem to have already made up their minds to privatize.

I’m writing to inform Garfield County residents that the West Garfield County Landfill is in good financial standing. It is not a drain on county taxpayers, and the landfill has plans for the future needs of the county.

So why are commissioners so determined to hand over a viable resource to a private company? Pitkin County and the South Canyon Landfill are struggling with their private contractor. Ask Commissioner Martin: Why privatize?

Paul Lauman

New Castle

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