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."