by Brenna Timm
We are soon reaching the end of an era with Larimer County Landfill. It is expected that in 2024, the landfill will reach capacity. While this seems to be far away, that is only five years from now. So, what happens when our landfill reaches its limits? Where will our trash go? How will the system change? Luckily, representatives from Larimer County and its cities created the Coalition to discuss the future of waste. The North Front Range Regional Wasteshed Planning process has been working since 2015 in response to upcoming changes. Let us look at some of the details for the future of our trash.
What’s the Plan?
Based on a study done in 2016, there is only 49% of waste delivered to our landfill that is non-recyclable. The other portion has 10% compostable waste and 41% recyclables. These numbers have guided the planning for the future.
A new landfill will be built approximately 25 miles north of the current landfill, near the Rawhide Energy Station west of I-25. The landfill will not be open to the general public. Instead, this site will mainly accept waste from the Central Transfer Station, where waste haulers and residents can deposit their trash. The Central Transfer station will be where the current Larimer County Landfill is. The site will also host new services such as:
- Food Waste Composting
- Yard Waste Composting
- Recycling Center (Upgraded)
- Construction and Demolition Debris Sorting
These facilities will be on the grounds of the current landfill in order to use the space well. The Coalition’s plans are meant to better the life of Larimer County residents with the new landfill and recycling facilities. Because of this, it is important for you to know what is happening and say what you think.
Things you need to know
With change, there are always questions. Here are some basics to get you started.
- Participating areas will develop policies for the new services provided. With so much new ways to manage waste, stay tuned into your local information for opportunities.
- Because of the anticipated need, money has been saved since 2004 for the project and will not rely on resident tax dollars.
- There should be no changes to your day-to-day life with the new system. Services like waste and recycling pickup are expected to stay the same.
- If this plan falls through, there are no plans for after the landfill closes in 2024. We would then have to look beyond County lines, which would increase waste and recycling costs because of the lack of control.
If you have questions or want to learn more, check out the Get Involved or FAQ section of the article. There are contacts available for different areas.