The Solid Waste Special Service District No. 1 will increase fees for solid waste disposal and recycling under a new fee schedule. Fees at Klondike Landfill are due to increase by approximately 14 percent for municipal solid waste, a 33 percent increase for contaminated soils and a 16 percent increase for biosolids. At the Moab Landfill, construction debris fees are scheduled to increase from $10 to $12 per cubic yard and yard waste will increase from $7 to $8 per cubic yard.
In addition to fees for commercial recycling, the center may begin charging for residential recycling. Fees for commercial loose cardboard would remain at $4 per cubic yard. Fees for residential or commercial sorted, mixed recyclables — which is currently free — could increase to $6 per cubic yard. A $4 per cubic yard fee for residential cardboard is also being considered as part of the budget.
District Manager Deborah Barton said the increased fees would partially offset the cost of recycling.
“We have been directed by Grand County Council to become more sustainable. We’re at least trying to not rely so much on transient room tax. There’s some discussion of the fact that a lot of our recycling is based upon tourism so can [the transient room tax] really be used for it, yes and no,” Barton said. “It’s also to start offsetting some of the other costs because … I have not been able to find any increase in any fees at Klondike from 2000 forward. So you look at 17 years at that one set cost and our costs for closure have not gone down. The cost for operations hasn’t gone down, in fact they’re actually still increasing.”
The fee schedule and budget were approved at a Dec. 14 meeting of the Solid Waste Special Service District No. 1 board, pending public comment, which remained open until Dec. 21. The board received one written comment asking them to extend the comment period to Jan. 15, but was unable to do so. The board confirmed their Dec. 14 decision to pass the fee schedule at a Dec. 21 special meeting.
The recently passed fee schedule is available on the district website at solidwastessd1.com.