Waste hauler hopes to build recycling facility near Carbondale

John Colson
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado
John Stroud/Post IndependentMountain Roll-offs Inc. is proposing to use the former coal-processing building at the Load Out industrial park east of Carbondale for a waste materials separation and recycling facility. The project goes before the Garfield County Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Silt waste hauling company is seeking approval from the Garfield County Planning Commission to open up a solid-waste transfer station and recycling facility just east of Carbondale.

The company, Mountain Roll-offs Inc., or MRI, plans to use part of the Load Out industrial area along Catherine Store Road, also known as County Road 100, once the site of Mid-Continent Resources coal-loading facility.

The planning commission will hold a public hearing on the proposal at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the county administration building, 108 Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs.

According to MRI’s Don Vandevender, the company expects to use the long, metal processing building that Mid-Continent left behind to process the waste stream.

The idea is to convert the building, 540 feet long by 80 feet wide, to handle construction waste, as well as residential and commercial trash, and divert most of the waste for recycling.

“All of this will be done indoors,” he explained.

Because of the various and complicated state permit processes, Vandevender said, the plan is to first get county permission, including approvals from the planning commission and the county commissioners, for processing construction and demolition materials.

The company hopes to begin that phase of the business this summer, he said. It would also allow for the public to drop off recyclables at the Load Out starting in the late summer.

Securing the special permits needed to launch the facility’s second phase, which involves processing food waste and other biologically hazardous materials, will take longer, he said.

The company hopes to have the facility open to handle both kinds of materials, and have the second phase permits in place, sometime in 2012, Vandevender said.

In other action on Wednesday, the planning commission will hold hearings on:

• An application to split a 20-acre parcel into a two-lot subdivision known as Sunset Ranch, adjacent to the Stirling Ranch PUD off LaCasita Road (CR 162) in Missouri Heights.

• A request by the town of Carbondale to establish Carbondale Gateway River Park on town-owned land at the intersection of Highway 82 and Highway 133, to include the operation of a public park, boat ramp, river access and related amenities, and the continued operation of an existing RV park and campground at the same location.