Pitkin County is Updating Its Waste and Recycling Ordinance


Pitkin County is in the process of updating its 1991 Waste and Recycling Ordinance with an eye on cost incentives for waste reduction.

Under the proposed ordinance, single-stream recycling would be included on all residential and commercial trash bills. The new ordinance would encourage recycling and waste diversion by requiring haulers to provide a variable rate structure, or what is known in the industry as  “Save-as-you-Throw.”

“Save-as-you-throw is volume-based rate structure, which is tied to level of service,” said Pitkin County Solid Waste Manager, Cathy Hall. “Unlike flat rates where you pay the same no matter how much trash and recycling you have, this system will provide lower rates if you create less waste. We hope this will help to change buying and wasting habits and encourage more recycling or composting,” Hall said.

One of the significant changes in the new ordinance will be that recycling for Pitkin County residents and businesses will be provided as part of trash service.  In the past, recycling was only required to be offered and not automatically provided. Residents and businesses can opt out of recycling, but they will still be required to pay for recycling as part of their collection service.  Pitkin County has determined that recycling is a pivotal part of effectively managing the county’s resources and protecting public welfare.

“Updating our Waste and Recycling Ordinance is way overdue,” Hall said. “A lot has changed in the waste and recycling industry since the last update in 1991 and as the industry continues to evolve it is important Pitkin County reflect the current standards for waste management, and that every resident and business has the chance to recycle.”

Pitkin County staff are conducting a public review process before the ordinance is finalized and approved by the Board of County Commissioners.  Public meetings are scheduled for Thursday, July 19, 2018, from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Pitkin County Library and on August 27, 2018, from 6 pm to 8 pm at Basalt Town Hall.  The public also has an opportunity to comment on the draft ordinance online at www.pitkincountyconnect.com.  

For more information on the new waste and recycling ordinance, please visit landfillrules.com or contact the Pitkin County Solid Waste Manager, Cathy.Hall@PitkinCounty.com or by phone at 970-429-2882.

The Draft Ordinance can be found here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17TpkFHD1Mev0Eg1HIxXktO95yEgquKzt?usp=sharing





Pitkin County Needs Your Feedback on a Proposed Drop and Swap Facility

Pitkin County is considering building an enclosed Drop and Swap facility at the landfill. An outdoor Drop and Swap has been a fixture at the landfill for many years. It’s a place where residents drop off furniture, fixtures, sports equipment, and construction materials, among many other things. The only trouble is, the current outdoor Drop and Swap is exposed to the elements and more often than not swap items are ruined by the rain, snow, and wind. An enclosed facility would allow the Solid Waste Center/Landfill to accept more reusable items including upholstered furniture, electronics, and appliances, etc. These items could be recycled and reused by another family instead of ending up in the landfill. As the saying goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Would you mind taking a couple of minutes to give us your feedback on this short survey? Your Board of County Commissioners would appreciate it!

Take the survey here:https://www.pitkincountyconnect.com/portals/187/forum_home?active_issue_id=5689&phase=Open

For more information on the proposed Drop and Swap facility, contact Cathy Hall, Solid Waste Manager at (970) 429-2882 or by email at Cathy.Hall@PitkinCounty.com.

The Soil Screener is Finally Here!


The screener is letting through some larger pieces, but it is still a great product.  We will have some smaller grind soon.  Thank you all for your patience.  We hope to be buying this screener so that we have it year round and are not at the mercy of the rental company.  We will screen compost for a few weeks and then we will switch to topsoil.

Compost is $34 ton (we load).  When we can produce the smaller size product we will bag it into 18 lb bags and they will be for sale for $2.50 each.

We will be posting on our FaceBook page as additional products are available.  See our FaceBook page for a short video of the screener in action:


This compost has larger than average pieces.

Compost running through the screener.

Churning through!