News Release

Disposal of Flood Debris at the Larimer County Landfill UPDATED 10/10/2013

Department: Solid Waste
Release Date: Sep 18, 2013

Contact:

Stephen Gillette, Director, Solid Waste Department, sgillette@larimer.org,
(970) 498-5762

The Larimer County Landfill is now accepting flood debris and waste from the recent flooding events.  Debris and waste will be charged at the regular per cubic yard rate of $5.25 plus 9 cents surcharge ($5.34) per cubic yard for cars; $5.25 plus 18 cents surcharge ($5.43) per cubic yard for trucks; and $5.25 plus 28 cents surcharge ($5.53) for commercial per cubic yard with exceptions noted below.

Please adhere to the following guidelines for disposal of listed items: For items not listed, please call (970) 498-5760 for more information.
ALL LOADS MUST BE COVERED BY A TARP.
 
Flood damaged construction debris:   Drywall, lumber, windows and doors, concrete blocks, siding, insulation, etc. and septage and sewage if mixed with other debris. Larimer County will accept non-friable asbestos.  If flood debris is known to contain friable asbestos we will not accept it.  If it is unknown, we will accept it.  Dry materials should be wetted or wrapped in plastic to minimize airborne contaminants. 
 
Wet dirt over 50% of the total load will be charged at the regular rate of $6.65 per cubic yard plus 18 cents surcharge ($6.83) per cubic yard for trucks and $6.65 per cubic yard plus 28 cents surcharge ($6.93) per cubic yard for commercial. Only landfills with a liner and sump system are allowed to accept flood debris that is expressing liquids for disposal. The Larimer County Landfill IS NOT LINED and this debris will not be accepted.
 
Other waste types accepted for landfill disposal. Appliances such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dishwashers, and laundry appliances. $23/each for Freon containing units. Other items are charged at the regular landfill rates. 
 
*UPDATED 10/09/2013*:  Household Appliance Disposal
 
Prior to recycling or disposal at the Landfill, appliances containing refrigerants (chlorofluorcarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorcarbons (HCFCs), or hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) MUST have those refrigerants properly recovered. When bringing these items to the Landfill
they should be placed in the designated appliance area.  Any food debris contained in refrigerators or freezers must be removed prior to leaving the appliance.  The gatehouse employee at the Landfill should be informed as to whether or not the appliance contains food.
 
Dead animal carcasses, $12/100 pounds.
 
*UPDATED 10/10/2013*:  Wood and woody materials (logs, root balls, and stumps) brought to the landfill whether flood debris or not with a diameter larger than 2 feet MUST be cut into lengths 6 feet or shorter, or load will be turned away at the Larimer County Landfill gate.  This policy will be strictly enforced.
 
Cars, trucks, and motor home bodies, $50/each. Titles must accompany these items.  Fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid and other automotive fluids must be removed and disposed of properly.  For more guidance or information, call (970) 498-5760.
 
Electronics:  Electronics such as computers and televisions can be taken to the electronics recycling center operated by Waste Management for a $.40/lb. fee.  The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has issued a temporary waiver of the electronic waste landfill ban which allows the disposal of only residential electronic waste at a landfill if the waste has been contaminated by sewage, septage or is unrecyclable from flood debris contamination.  Per regulations this does not include business e-waste which MUST be managed as a universal waste, or possibly as a hazardous waste, depending on the material characterization.  
 
Hazardous Waste Updated 9/19/2013:
The Household Hazardous Waste Program is currently operating under normal conditions. Typical household chemicals including paints, stains, cleaners, pesticides and other household chemicals are being accepted from Larimer County resident, free of charge. Businesses must call (970) 498-5773 for information on disposal of business hazardous waste. If you are in need of paint, cleaners or other items we are giving away all reusable household chemicals received from residents for free. These items may be picked up from the Household Hazardous Waste Facility on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  
Recyclable items:   Normal recyclable materials should be dry.  Metal items to be recycled must be washed clean of mud and debris before recycling.  Wet items are not acceptable for recycling and  should be disposed of in the landfill.
 
For further information, contact Stephen Gillette, Solid Waste Director at sgillette@larimer.org or (970) 498-5762.