Landfill seeing record demolition of trash

SUBLETTE COUNTY – All sorts of trash is hauled to the Pinedale landfill and lately the dump is getting a lot of heavy action, Road & Bridge Supervisor Billy Pape told Sublette County commissioners Doug Vickrey, Sam White, chair Joel Bousman, Tom Noble and Dave Stephens.

He and Rio Verde engineer Eric Sackett updated commissioners on July 5 about the growing amount of construction and demolition (C&D) materials dumped there, which is stored differently than municipal solid waste (MSW) – household trash.

“It’s picked up this year,” Pape said of C&D. “Since COVID people are tearing down buildings. The construction materials (being dumped) are unreal.”

People are remodeling and cleaning up items just lying around for the past couple years since COVID.

Pape said the landfill added a new C&D cell last week – basically a big hole in the ground. The old one is filled with flooring, roofing, drywall, paneling and even old fences. Road & Bridge filled the last on top of growing construction garbage.

“C&D has doubled in the last two or three years,” he said. “Even this year it’s up two times from last year.”

Because MSW contains food and other material that contain gases, Pape said, it needs to go in an EPA-approved, lined pit with water and pumps. The current MSW cell will last another 10 to 13 years and its replacement will cost anywhere from $10 million to $20 million, he estimated.

The county is putting money away now because of the uncertainty of the future cost

“You could quadruple what we’re taking in and still have 10 years,” Pape said.

Teton County’s transfer station contributes about 5 percent of the MSW burden, he said.“We’re really only accepting MSW from them.”


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