Choosing Your Free Day at the Landfill

Trash Talk

Instead of having one free day selected for the entire year at the Mesa County Landfill, residents can now choose when they would like to have their free day.

Barrett Jensen is the solid waste director at the Mesa County Landfill, and he’s one of the people that helped to implement this new free day program. “For quite a long time, we’ve had a free day. Where it was one day out of the year, where anyone within Mesa County could come to the landfill, get in a very long line, and wait to be able to drop their waste off for free at the landfill,” said Jensen, referring to the old system.

Now, Mesa County residents can make a quick trip to the landfill, and fill out a Landfill Pass form. “You fill that out by proving your residency, and then you have two weeks from that date to use that one trip. So it’s one per household, it’s not per person,” said Jensen.

Those with a pass can select a day at their convenience to drive their trash out to the landfill. There are still forms of waste that cannot be put into the landfill. “Hazardous wastes, such as your paints, your thinners, any other type of hazardous waste, electronics and tires, they don’t apply to this pass,” said Jensen.

The pass does not just work at the landfill. “It can be used at the transfer stations,” said Jensen.

Since the landfill will lose the money they typically charge for the trash, they hope residents act reasonably. “We’re an enterprise fund, we make our own money. And this comes at a cost, expanding a service like this, a program like this, comes at a cost,” said Jensen.

Jensen said he still finds many recyclables in the landfill, and wants residents to be more selective about what they put in the landfill. “Generating 6.6 pounds of trash per person per day, whether we have this or not. We’re two pounds per person per day over the national average. This is not what’s going to change that, it’s kind of the culture that’s going to change that,” said Jensen.

The Mesa County Landfill is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. They are closed on Sunday.

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