Pitkin County landfill fees going up | AspenTimes.com

Pitkin County landfill fees going up

John Colson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

PITKIN COUNTY ” As of April Fool’s Day, it will get a little more expensive to throw away certain kinds of trash at the Pitkin County landfill. No foolin’.

County commissioners this week approved raising the fees at the county’s landfill by an average of 2 percent per year when spread over the last two years, according to Solid Waste Manager Chris Hoofnagle. He appeared before commissioners to discuss the price hike. Dump fees did not go up in 2008, he noted.

The new fee schedule takes effect on April 1.

And while the “tipping fees” mostly went up, Hoofnagle wrote in a memo to the commissioners, the landfill will continue to issue cards giving county residents a free pass to dump up to 5 cubic yards of trash, as well as accepting all “traditional recyclables” (aluminum cans, glass bottles, cardboard, newspaper, etc.), grass clippings and leaves at no charge to the customer.

“There also is a $10 credit [taken off the total bill] for residents toward household hazardous wastes and electronic wastes, both of which are recycled,” he continued.

When questioned about the free 5-cubic-yard offer, and how the landfill personnel determine whether a citizen is dumping too much, Hoofnagle conceded that “oftentimes there’s a conversation” about how many cubic yards of waste are in the back of someone’s pickup truck, for example.

But, he said, the landfill has a block of concrete that is exactly 5 cubic yards by volume to use for comparison, which usually defuses any objections to the county’s assessment of a load.

Disposal fees at the landfill include a cost of $2 per device for, for example, a computer mouse or a keyboard; $5 each for a desktop printer, microwave, CPU computer module, television or stereo; and $10 each for a commercial copier/printer or a complete computer assembly.

Hilary Burgess of the landfill office noted the new fee schedule reflects a lower charge than in the past for disposal of fluorescent bulbs, because the landfill now has a machine that crushes the bulbs while containing the gases and materials. Formerly, the bulbs were sent out for disposal.

The landfill charges $2 per cubic yard for “clean soil and rock suitable for screening into topsoil,” and $8 per cubic yard for “clean soil and rock suitable for crushing into product,” which is then sold at retail prices that start at $11.50 per ton.

The list of fees for a broad range of categories and types of trash takes up a page and a half, and can be obtained by calling the landfill at 923-3487. The information can be sent out either by FAX or by mail, Burgess said.


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