This is a general summary of topics discussed at the meeting and not verbatim or official, recorded minutes.

The Larimer County Landfill, constructed in 1963, is nearing the end of its life expectancy. In approximately 8 years, it will be filled to capacity and our trash will need to find a new home. The commissioners invited Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Director and Ron Gilkerson, Solid Waste Project Director to discuss future infrastructure options at their Laporte and Wellington Citizen Meetings in May.

Although there isn’t a state statute requiring the county to operate a landfill, Commissioner Johnson shared the benefits of providing this service citizens, especially in keeping costs reasonable. The accessible location of the current landfill is another benefit, one that they plan to keep available. After its closure as a landfill, the site will continue to operate as a public transfer station, funneling the right materials to the right places.

Gillette, who also serves on the State’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission, explained the importance of diverting materials that can be re-used. Currently, we are only diverting about 14% of waste in county. The goal for the Front Range is 28% by 2021.

Gilkerson talked about the Regional Wasteshed Coalition that formed to anticipate future needs and identify solutions. Commissioner Johnson serves alongside other local elected officials on the coalition’s Policy Advisory Committee. The coalition conducted public meetings and worked with a Wasteshed consultant in 2016 to form a set of recommendations.

They first assessed the kinds of “waste streams” that flow into the landfill wasteshed: Yardwaste, Construction and Demolition (C&D), Food Waste Organics and Recyclable Material.

Next, they developed process goals:

  • Establish regional materials management system
  • Implement programs and facilities
  • Achieve regional waste diversion/reduction goals
  • Conduct consistent public education and outreach

Collaboration with private companies will be an important component in reaching these goals. The county is already engaging with those who can offer viable solutions. One company processes yard waste into soil amendments. Another creates methane processing equipment to allow the energy being mined from the landfill to be “pipeline quality” for Xcel Energy’s standards. This waste-to-energy project is expected to become operational by spring of next year.

There was discussion at the Wellington Citizen Meeting on the challenges of the potential location in that area for a new landfill. Gillette invited feedback and participation in the upcoming public meetings since a final decision has not yet been made by the commissioners.

For More Info:

Public meetings will be held at the following dates and locations:

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,  May 7, 2018

Northside Aztlan Community Center, 112 E. Willow St., Fort Collins, Colorado 80524

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.,  May 9, 2018

Leeper Community Center, 3800 Wilson Ave., Wellington, Colorado 80549

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., May 10, 2018

Loveland Public Works, 2525 W. First St., Loveland, Colorado 80537

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., May 16, 2018

Estes Park Museum, 200 Fourth St., Estes Park, Colorado 80517

Stephen Gillette: sgillette@larimer.org, 970-498-5762

Ron Gilkerson: rgilkerson@larimer.org, 970-498-5763

Larimer County Solid Waste: larimer.org/solidwaste

North Front Range Regional Wasteshed Coalition: Larimer.org/wasteshed

Green Waste Program: larimer.org/solidwaste/greenwaste

Garbage Garage Education Center at the Landfill: https://www.larimer.org/solidwaste/education/edcenter

About Citizen Meetings

Your County Commissioners host community meetings with citizens throughout the county each month. These regularly-scheduled meetings are an opportunity for people to come and hear about the latest news from local government and share their ideas and concerns with each commissioner in an informal setting.

To learn more about Citizen Meetings and join the mailing list, visit: https://www.larimer.org/bocc/commissioners-meetings/citizen-meetings

Featured Topics for May

The future of the landfill, expanding broadband to rural communities and meet the 2018 candidates for Commissioner District 1

Laporte Citizen Meeting with Commissioner Johnson, May 2018
Published on: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 12:55pm
Contact Details:

Alisha Jeffers, Department Specialist II
970-498-7149, ajeffers@larimer.org

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