Extending the life of the landfill

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From the Aspen Daily News, Nov. 1, 2015

Jeff Bear, Aspen Daily News Staff Writer

Through new programs, the county is 
diverting much from the waste stream

For many Pitkin County residents, the only thing more loathsome than waste is wasted space. But in recent years, local officials have warned that the lifespan of the county’s landfill is limited — not an uncommon problem for many of the nation’s communities, and indeed, globally. But it’s a problem compounded locally by sky-high property values that make the potential use of any more county land for waste disposal unrealistic. Unfortunately for county residents, the eventual closing of the landfill will greatly increase the fees they’re charged to have their trash hauled away. Pitkin County solid-waste manager Cathy Hall said the county is doing everything it can to push that endpoint for the landfill further into the future.

Unfortunately for county residents, the eventual closing of the landfill will greatly increase the fees they’re charged to have their trash hauled away.

Pitkin County solid-waste manager Cathy Hall said the county is doing everything it can to push that endpoint for the landfill further into the future.

“There was a lot of discussion when I got here three years ago that the landfill only had five years left,” she said.

But Hall said that, because of newly created diversion programs, a calculation she did last spring showed the landfill’s endpoint to now be 17 years out, and that number is constantly being modified to reflect the current level of the waste stream coming in.”

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