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County and Municipal Solid Waste Programs in Colorado. David Snapp Environmental Protection Specialist Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. County Level Research. Researched landfill tipping fees? (what are they used for?)

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county and municipal solid waste programs in colorado
County and Municipal Solid Waste Programs in Colorado

David Snapp

Environmental Protection Specialist

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

county level research
County Level Research
  • Researched landfill tipping fees? (what are they used for?)
  • Are there County tipping fee surcharges? (what are they used for?)
  • Are there County Solid Waste programs, and how are they funded?
county owned landfills
County Owned Landfills
  • 9 of 64 Counties have a [County] surcharge on tipping fees
  • 2 Counties provide free landfill drop-off for residents with the operational costs paid through their general funds
tipping fees
Tipping Fees
  • Tipping fees range from $4.00yd³ to $24.00yd³ (Average: $11.03yd³)
  • Surcharges range from $0.25 per yd³ to 10% of all tipping fees
one example clear creek
One example: Clear Creek
  • Offset the cost of landfill disposal through the sale of recyclables
  • By recycling, they have less to landfill=lower tipping fees
  • Diversion of yard waste
county conclusions
County Conclusions:
  • Counties can offset costs of operations by passing it on to users
    • Tipping fees
    • Tipping fee surcharges
    • Sale of recyclables
  • Divert waste to extend landfill life
municipal research
Municipal Research
  • We were able to research and/or directly contact 258 incorporated municipalities
    • City/town clerks
    • City managers
    • City administrators
    • Municipal codes
  • Estimated population covered under our research:3,372,983
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2) Municipal collection

3) City contracted through third party private hauler

(One County provides waste collection)

pay structures
Pay Structures
  • PAYT-Volume Based Fees
  • Flat Fee/Unlimited
  • Free
municipal ordinance
Municipal Ordinance:
  • Cites/towns can adopt:
    • PAYT
    • Equal Space
    • Curbside recycling
    • City contract
    • Municipal service
    • Reporting of recyclables
    • Trash tax
msw stats
MSW Stats
  • 38% of municipalities (63% of residents) have curbside recycling available
  • At least 2,965,200 residents have curbside recycling available
msw stats1
MSW Stats
  • 30,692 is the average population for a municipality with curbside recycling available
  • 5,573 is the median population for municipalities with curbside recycling available
what next
What next?
  • Figure out which areas have infrastructure to support recycling and are not taking advantage
  • Advocate recycling and composting as alternative disposal methods
  • Education
  • Develop Beneficial Use Framework as another means to increase diversion
questions
Questions?
  • Feel free to e-mail me at:

david.snapp@state.co.us