LBA Associates (with Kessler Consulting) worked with the City of Boulder to evaluate the efficacy of their existing waste diversion system and opportunities for future improvements. The cornerstones of Boulder’s residential program are i) a universal “trash tax” that generates $1.7M annually, and ii) a three-cart open hauler system for the collection of recyclables/organics/trash using PAYT pricing (although collection service is not yet mandatory, the city’s diversion rate is over 40%, however). LBA/KCI found ways for the city to reduce costs and maintain service while planning for system-wide improvements such as every-other-week trash collection, mandatory trash/recyclables collection, mandatory commercial recycling/food waste recovery, and C&D diversion. We estimated that these improvements would earn the city long-term net annual revenues in excess of $500,000. Boulder staff and council are currently building their zero waste plan update around these improvements and others.
This project is the most recent in which LBA has tackled the special waste diversion challenges at ski areas and in their surrounding communities. We have consistently found that waste generators in Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Vail, Silverton and Summit County on-going support and collaboration with local governments, flexible policy, attention to space and aesthetic needs, and recognition for their efforts.
- A four-county, two-state study for the Western Greater Yellowstone Consortium in eastern Idaho/western Wyoming that focused on a multi-government recycling organization to support a regional MRF operation
- Baseline research and stakeholder process for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council to support public policy revisions in Steamboat Springs and new private sector infrastructure in Routt County
- Development of initial collection infrastructure in Grand County as part of the Town of Fraser’s vision to increase access to recycling by its citizens and tourists
- Waste characterization assistance to EcoAction Partners, who are determined to enhance waste diversion in San Miguel and Ouray Counties
- Farther abroad, we assisted a local team to conceptualize a zero waste strategy for the Territory of Guam including initial infrastructure, subsequent policy and future management of hard-to-recycle materials and CDD debris
- Larimer County owns a transfer operation for single-stream recyclables and relies on contract operators for baling and transport – we helped negotiate a 2004 contract that provided high revenues to the County for 10 years; more recently we helped negotiate the subsequent agreement which – like most “second generation” contracts we are seeing throughout the industry – is not as lucrative to either party and for the first time requires charging to manage commingled materials
- Also in 2004, LBA (with Kessler) helped Denver to secure a single-stream recyclables contract that yielded one of the highest revenues in the country at the time (in excess of $30 for every delivered ton) – the City is still administering the same contract today
- LBA has twice assisted the Denver International Airport to procure trash, recyclables and organics collection services including bidding events in 2010 and again in 2015
- In the rural arena, LBA worked with Eagle County to secure an initial hauling contract for its dual-stream MRF in Wolcott, with the Town of Gypsum to evaluate expanded recyclables collection and with the Town of Eagle as it moved from public collection to privatized trash and recyclables collection for residents