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Trash hauler hopes to use old Mid-Continent loading site

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Mountain Roll-offs Inc. is trying again to open up a recycling processing facility and trash transfer station on County Road 100, a couple of miles east of Carbondale.

The Silt-based firm tried to win “use-by-right” zoning approval from Garfield County for its plan in 2011, a controversial move that would have meant the facility could start operating with little or no governmental review.

Residents of the rural neighborhood on the east side of 100 Road fought against the proposal, arguing that the traffic, odors and other possible impacts from the plant were not acceptable.

The county commissioners declined to add recycling facilities as a use by right in the industrial zone, forcing Mountain Roll-offs (MRI) to go back to the drawing board and apply for a development permit through the county’s traditional two-step review process.

Part of that process includes sending the application to the town of Carbondale for review and comments.

The Carbondale Board of Trustees will discuss the matter at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 28, according to town planner Janet Buck.

According to review documents provided by Buck, MRI has applied to the county for permits to built a recycling processing plant and an adjacent solid waste transfer facility on the 35-acre site of the former Mid-Continent Resources rail loading facility, at 1058 County Road 100.

MRI’s application describes the company as “the only full-service, locally owned and operated waste hauler and recycler headquartered in Garfield County.”

According to the application, the 44,000-square-foot main load-out building would become a processing center for solid waste collected from homes and businesses around the area.

The trash would be processed, compacted and shipped by truck to a landfill site.

Workers at MRI could screen the waste stream to cut out any materials not appropriate to dispose in a landfill, such as tires, large appliances and vehicle batteries.

Contents from roll-off trash containers would be processed at the site, as would recyclable materials collected by the company’s curbside pickup service.

According to the application, the facility may in the future become a recycling drop-off spot for residents and businesses, although that service is not planned for the initial phase of business.

All transfers and processing activities are to take place inside the building, on a concrete floor to be installed by MRI.

Noting that the site is zoned industrial, and was used for industrial purposes in the past, the MRI application maintains that the old Mid-Continent building is “the most appropriate site in Garfield County for this facility.”

The company also claims that this use of the site will reduce the number of trips by trash hauling trucks within the Roaring Fork Valley, as well as reducing air pollution, fuel consumption and wear and tear on roads and highways.

The company expects to hire 10 full-time workers to operate the facility.

Garfield County commissioners are scheduled to hold a public hearing on the application on Sept. 17.

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