Summit County reduces landfill tipping fees |

Summit County reduces landfill tipping fees

The Board of County Commissioners adopted reductions in landfill tipping fees Tuesday, following months of communitywide discussion about the financial sustainability of recycling and solid-waste services in Summit County. The fee reductions will take effect April 1.

Earlier this year, Summit County and the towns of Breckenridge, Dillon and Frisco all passed ordinances designating the Summit County Resource Allocation Park as the only permitted site for disposal of local trash.

The ordinances were intended to ensure that local waste — and thus revenue —continues to go to SCRAP, which faced an uncertain financial future after a local waste hauling company decided to take its trash elsewhere.

That endangered the county’s free recycling program and other environmental programs, prompting the passage of flow control ordinances. Those drew criticism from some who argued that the free recycling model was not sustainable in the long term and that a new system needed to be put into place.

On April 1, the fee for construction and demolition waste disposal will drop from $78 per ton to $72 per ton. Tipping fees for compacted trash, collected by local waste haulers, will drop from $60 per ton to $58 per ton. These reductions represent the first change to SCRAP tipping fees since 2010, and the first-ever decreases.

In addition to lowering tipping fees on April 1, SCRAP will extend its hours of operation for trash disposal: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Current hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The SCRAP will be open for all other services, including compost purchases, electronics recycling and disposal of household hazardous waste, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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