Contact Information
3071 US Highway 50
Grand Junction, CO 81503

Mailing Address
Department 5060
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001

(970) 241-6846

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

To ensure the long-term availability of essential landfill services during the COVID-19 community health pandemic, the Organic Materials Composting Facility and Hazardous Waste Collection Facility are closed to the public until further notice. Please check out the FAQs to help you properly manage your waste during these closures. Thank you for your understanding as we strive to keep our fellow workers and citizens safe and healthy.


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Yes.

Transfer stations are open to the public during their normal operating hours. All loads coming to the transfer station must be tarped and secured or disposal fees will be doubled. Disposal fees are $15 per truck and $30 for a truck and trailer; cash or check only.

It is strongly recommended that residents limit their visits and utilize commercial waste haulers whenever possible. When coming to the transfer station social distancing practices should be adhered to. It is recommended that face masks be worn anytime residents are out in public, this includes the transfer station.

To protect transfer station employees, waste that is potentially contaminated with the COVID-19 virus (tissues, dirty linens, etc) should be double bagged.

  • HOURS
    Fruita: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Gateway: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • DeBeque: 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Molina: Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

No.

The public re-use area is closed until further notice.

While the SAFE-AT-HOME order is in effect we will not be giving tours. However, we would love to give your group a tour of our facility when we return to normal operations.

Hazardous waste can be brought to the Hazardous Waste Collection Facility on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00a.m. to 4:15p.m.

However, in Mesa County there are a number safe and proper disposal alternatives for several common household hazardous waste items.

CLEAN USED OIL (no antifreeze or fuel):

AutoZone Auto Parts - 1 gal /day
O’Reilly Auto Parts - 5 gal /day & drained oil filters

USED OIL (watery or otherwise contaminated):

Store all flammable chemicals in a labeled, leak-proof container away from heat sources. Never store chemicals in areas where food is stored. Keep children away from all chemical storage areas. Routinely check containers for damage and leaks.

ANTIFREEZE/COOLANT/GASOLINE/DIESEL/CAMP FUEL/OTHER FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS:

Store all flammable chemicals in a labeled, leak-proof container away from heat sources. Never store chemicals in areas where food is stored. Keep children away from all chemical storage areas. Routinely check containers for damage and leaks.

ELECTRONIC WASTE (think e for entertainment i.e. TVs, computers, video game consoles, printers, etc.):

CORRecycling
739 3rd Ave Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 644-5301

Waste Management

1227 Winters Ave Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970) 263-5617

LATEX PAINT (one gallon containers or smaller, must be in the original container):

Clifton Ace Hardware
Fruita Co-Op
Palisade Co-Op

Alternatively, small amounts of latex paint may be allowed to dry or can be mixed with an absorbent, like kitty litter, and put into your normal trash.

Larger quantities or paint that is not in the original container may be stored in a labeled, leak-proof container. Never store chemicals in areas where food is stored. Keep children away from all chemical storage areas. Routinely check containers for damage and leaks.

OIL-BASED PAINTS & STAINS (one gallon containers or smaller, must be in the original container):

Clifton Ace Hardware
Palisade Co-Op

Larger quantities or paint that is not in the original container may be stored in a labeled, leak-proof container. Never store chemicals in areas where food is stored. Keep children away from all chemical storage areas. Routinely check containers for damage and leaks.

SHARPS/NEEDLES/SYRINGES:

Check with your health care provider to see if they offer a take-back option.

Safely store your personal used sharps in a designated sharps biohazard container or other plastic container with a lid.

MEDICATION/VITAMINS:

Bring to a pharmaceutical drop-box. Drop-boxes can be found at:
Community Hospital
St. Mary’s Hospital
Walgreens

ALKALINE BATTERIES:

Store in a safe place separate from incompatible materials.

RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES (NiCd (Nickle Cadmium), Li (Lithium), etc. NOT alkaline):

Batteries Plus Bulbs

LEAD ACID (AUTOMOTIVE) BATTERIES:

Batteries Plus Bulbs
Pacific Steel and Recycling
Recla Metals
Western Metals Recycling

LIGHT BULBS:

Ace Hardware (LEDs, incandescent, and CFLs only-no tubes)
Batteries Plus Bulbs (LEDs, CFLs, fluorescent tubes, etc.)
Home Depot (CFLs only)

INK CARTRIDGES:

CORRecycling
Office Depot/Office Max

CORROSIVE LIQUIDS (acetic acid, battery acid, muriatic acid, “Drano”, sodium hydroxide etc.):

Store all corrosive liquids in a labeled, leak-proof container away from incompatible materials. Always store in original containers when possible. Never store chemicals in areas where food is stored. Keep children away from all chemical storage areas. Routinely check containers for damage and leaks.

POOL/SPA & LAWN/GARDEN CHEMICALS:

Original container, label intact, usable condition –use these items up according to the manufacturer’s instructions or give to someone who can use them.

Unusable/label missing or incomplete - store all chemicals in a labeled, leak-proof container away from incompatible materials. Never store chemicals in areas where food is stored. Keep children away from all chemical storage areas. Routinely check containers for damage and leaks.

AERSOL CANS (spray paint, bug killer, cleaners, etc.):

Store in a safe place separate from incompatible materials.

PROPANE TANKS (small camp-stove types):

Store in a safe place separate from incompatible materials.

Qualifying businesses may dispose of their hazardous waste and electronic items for a fee and by appointment only. Please call (970) 256-9543 to schedule a disposal appointment.

Yes.

While the SAFE-AT-HOME order is in effect the Organic Materials Composting Facility is open with limited hours. The Compost Facility is open Thursday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Please check the website for updates on the closure.

Yes.

The Hazardous Waste Collection Facility is open for residential drop-off on Thursday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. Please see FAQs for alternative disposal options and suggested methods for safe storage of hazardous waste.

Very Small Quantity Generator business waste is accepted by appointment only. Please call (970) 256-9543 to schedule a disposal appointment.

Yes.

The landfill is open to the public and commercial haulers during our normal business hours; Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and on Saturday 8:00 a.m.-4:15 p.m. All loads coming to the landfill must be tarped and secured or disposal fees will be doubled. Disposal fees are based on weight, the minimum fee is $8. The landfill now accepts cash, check, or credit card. All credit card transactions are charged a 2.5% service fee. The minimum credit card service fee is $1.95.

It is strongly recommended that residents limit their visits and utilize commercial waste haulers whenever possible. When coming to the landfill social distancing practices should be adhered to. It is recommended that face masks be worn anytime residents are out in public, this includes the landfill.

To protect landfill employees, waste that is potentially contaminated with the COVID-19 virus (tissues, dirty linens, etc) should be double bagged.

Asbestos, trauma waste, petroleum contaminated soil and other wastes requiring a special burial are accepted by appointment only. Please call 970.242.7436 to schedule a special burial.

NO hazardous waste, liquids, sharps, compressed gas, refrigerators, freezer, or electronic waste are allowed in the landfill.

 

Yes.

The bins for cardboard, paper, and comingled glass/plastic/metal items are open during the normal landfill hours of Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. and on Saturday 8:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Residential yard and garden green waste (grass, leaves, shrubs, etc) can be brought to the Composting Facility on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for free. Yard and garden green waste can also go to the landfill, but normal landfill disposal fees apply. Landfill fees are calculated by weight, the minimum fee is $8.00.

Mesa County landscaping, property clean up, and agriculture businesses may dispose of yard and garden green waste the Composting Facility on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for free. Additionally, businesses can dispose of yard and garden green waste at the landfill for free on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Businesses must provide proof of business; this may be a business card, tax document, etc.

Bulk (loose) compost in quantities of 1 cubic yard or greater can be purchased at the Composting Facility on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Bagged Mesa Magic Compost may be purchased at one of the following local retailers:

  • Bookcliff Gardens
  • Chelsea’s Nursery
  • Fruita Co-Op
  • Mt. Garfield Greenhouse
  • Palisade Co-Op
  • True Value
  • Valley Grown Nursery