3071 US Highway 50
Grand Junction, CO 81503
P.O. Box 20,000
Grand Junction, CO 81502-5001
*** THE SOLID WASTE CAMPUS WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 4TH, IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY ***
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to participate in Mesa County’s Regional Waste Diversion Study.
Earlier this year, Mesa County Solid Waste Management was awarded an $86,864 grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to fund a regional waste diversion study. The grant is part of CDPHE’s Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) program. Souder, Miller & Associates (SMA) was hired by Mesa County to lead the study and prepare a report.
The four-county study area includes Mesa, Delta, Gunnison, and Montrose counties. The purpose is to gather information needed to optimize waste reduction and diversion efforts in this region. The study includes five waste composition audits, four stakeholder meetings, a stakeholder survey, gap analysis, and a final report. It is important that counties, local governments, solid waste facilities and haulers participate in the stakeholder meetings and information sharing for this effort to succeed. The findings will be shared with all stakeholders and with CDPHE. Participation in this study does not obligate anyone to any of the findings or recommendations.
The first stakeholder meeting was held on May 29, 2018. This meeting was the first of a series of four stakeholder meetings. At the meeting stakeholders discussed waste management, recycling, and waste diversion in western CO. The next stakeholder meeting will be in August and will be hosted in Gunnison. In this meeting we will discuss the results from four of the five waste composition audits. If you are not able to attend the stakeholder meetings, but are interested in participating, please e-mail email@example.com to be included in future correspondence. Additionally, if you miss a stakeholder meeting, but are interested in what was discussed, please click here to see the presentation.
Mesa County Landfill will be hosting the first of two, six-day, waste audits the week of June 18-23. Landfill staff and volunteers will be sorting through 600 pounds of trash each day looking to identify what is being thrown out and how much of this material could be recycled or composted. If you would like to volunteer for our waste audit please call the landfill at (970) 241-6846.
The Mesa County Solid Waste Management team is very excited to commence this regional study, and we are looking forward to building relationships and partnerships within the region. Thank you for your interest and support of this Regional Waste Diversion Study.
Mesa County Solid Waste Management
Mesa County Solid Waste Management wins Program Innovation Award
Mesa County Solid Waste Management was honored with the Program Innovation Award by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) at the 2017 NAHMMA National Conference in Clearwater, Fla. Aug. 17 for the utilization of waste latex paint as alternative daily cover for the Mesa County Landfill.
The prestigious award recognizes unique and effective innovations in hazardous household waste, including best recycling, reuse strategies, best documented educational strategies resulting in positive behavior change, and/or best-documented hazard reduction. NAHMMA is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization committed to pollution prevention, product stewardship, and the safe and effective handling of hazardous materials.
“This is big for us—we are one of three entities awarded in Colorado, it puts our state on the map and shows the Western Slope is not lacking in innovation within our respected industries,” Mesa County Solid Waste Director Barrett Jensen said. “It is a great achievement, and it took every person in the Solid Waste Management team to make it happen.”
In 2013, Mesa County Solid Waste discovered that latex paint, collected at the Hazardous Household Waste Facility, mixed with commercial spray slurry, could be used as an alternative daily cover at the landfill instead of shipping the paint off-site for recycling or disposal. The daily cover is applied atop a day's accumulation of waste to prevent the interaction between the waste and the air, reducing odors.
“Last year the Hazardous Household Waste Facility provided the landfill approximately 3,800 gallons of waste latex paint and saved about $11,300 in disposal fees,” Jensen added. “The use of waste latex paint in the alternative daily cover process has proved to be a success and cost savings for the landfill and Hazardous Household Waste Facility.”
The Mesa County Landfill was the first landfill in Colorado to utilize waste latex paint as daily cover.