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Following adoption of local disposal-site designation ordinances, waste haulers will pay lower tipping fees at Summit County Resource Allocation Park
Thad Noll, Assistant County Manager
Aaron Byrne, Director, Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP)
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Board of County Commissioners adopted reductions in landfill tipping fees Tuesday, following months of communitywide discussion about the financial sustainability of recycling and solid-waste services in Summit County. The fee reductions will take effect April 1.
“This entire community – recycling advocates, waste haulers, their customers, local elected officials, business owners, residents, our Summit County staff – all took a very hard look at how to create a model for solid waste that best protects the environment and is financially sound,” Summit County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. “It wasn’t easy, but I’m so pleased that we were able to identify a set of solutions that reflect the needs and values of this community, and these fee reductions are an important part of the equation.”
Earlier this year, Summit County and the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon and Frisco all passed ordinances designating the Summit County Resource Allocation Park as the only permitted site for disposal of local trash. The ordinances ensure that local waste, and resulting waste tipping fees, stay local. Because solid waste tipping fees comprise the vast majority of SCRAP revenues, the policy significantly reduces uncertainties over SCRAP’s financial future, including its ability to offer recycling and conduct environmentally compliant landfill operations.
“With disposal-site designation in place, we’re in a much more stable position for the long-term. And that’s why we’re able to make these fee reductions, while still providing all the services people here care deeply about,” SCRAP Director Aaron Byrne said. “We believe these fees will provide the necessary revenue to operate the landfill safely and in accordance with environmental regulations.”
On April 1, the fee for construction and demolition (C&D) waste disposal will drop from $78 per ton to $72 per ton, benefitting local builders, contractors and home renovators. Tipping fees for compacted trash, collected by local waste haulers, will drop from $60 per ton to $58 per ton. These reductions represent the first change to SCRAP tipping fees since 2010, and the first-ever decreases.
During stakeholder discussions over the past several months, waste haulers said that SCRAP tipping fees and hours of operation were the two key areas in which they would like to see changes, should disposal-site designation be adopted. Summit County staff conducted extensive analysis to identify ways to address both items, without increases to existing staffing levels.
In addition to lowering tipping fees on April 1, SCRAP will extend its hours of operation for trash disposal: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Current hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. – 12 noon on Saturdays.
“We felt that we owed it to the haulers to find ways to increase the convenience and flexibility of utilizing the SCRAP,” Commissioner Karn Stiegelmeier said.
The SCRAP will be open for all other services, including compost purchases, electronics recycling and disposal of household hazardous waste, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Customers are encouraged to check the Summit County website, at www.SummitCountyCO.gov/SCRAP, for detailed guidelines on SCRAP services for various categories of waste and recycling.