Disaster debris can be dumped for free in Boulder & Weld Counties, but Larimer County still charging
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WELD COUNTY, Colo. - More free help is coming to residents in need of dumping disaster debris following the Colorado flooding.
7NEWS has learned Weld County plans to issue vouchers to residents who need to dispose of flood damaged materials. The vouchers will allow homeowners, particularly in the town of Evans, the ability to take debris to designated landfills for free. The county will be responsible for covering the costs.
Boulder County already has 21 dumpsters for residents to drop off disaster debris for free.
The dumpster at Scott Carpenter Park at 30th Street and Arapahoe Street already overflowed. The parking lot was covered with carpet, doors, drawers, shelves and even a kitchen sink on Wednesday night.
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Electronics, hazardous waste and refrigerators are just some of the items that cannot be taken to the free dumpsters.
Larimer County still has fees in place at its landfill. At about $15 a ton, it's among the less expensive landfills.
"Currently, we're not waiving landfill fees," said Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly. "If you haul into our landfill, we're charging for tipping."
Donnelly said the commissioners may still discuss different options.
"Has Larimer County considered putting dumpsters out for residents to use for free?" asked 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger.
"Marshall, that's a great question. At this time, the areas where we would place dumpsters are actually inaccessible," said Donnelly.
At the Larimer County landfill on Wednesday, about 600-700 cubic yards of debris was dropped off.
"A dishwasher is one cubic yard, so think about 700 of those," said Larimer County landfill solid waste director Stephen Gillette. "It's going to be astronomical."
The landfill stayed open late on Wednesday night so trucks hauling debris from U.S. 34 in the Big Thompson Canyon could dump tons of trees and logs.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is hauling road debris to the landfill, so emergency road repairs can begin on U.S. 34. to Estes Park.
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