New solid waste plan addresses disposal, management throughout the state
DENVER — The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today released a plan to address Colorado’s solid waste and waste diversion and recycling needs over the next 20 years.
The Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan will guide the development of waste disposal, collection and diversion options for various geographic regions in the state and is a road map for future waste management in Colorado. The plan recommends:
· Establishing a statewide recycling and waste diversion goal.
· Consolidating and regionalizing rural waste disposal facilities.
· Prioritizing groundwater protection at landfills.
The department and stakeholders will use the recommendations to develop short- and long-term goals for cost-effective, environmentally protective waste management and waste diversion systems.
Joe Schieffelin, manager of the Solid Waste Program at the department, said, “We hope this plan can serve as a working resource for us, the waste management industry and local governments across Colorado.”
The department hired an independent firm to develop the comprehensive evaluation of Colorado’s waste disposal and materials management practices. The plan incorporates input from stakeholders throughout the state. The department will accept public comment on the plan’s implementation through Aug. 30.
To read the plan, complete a short feedback survey, or provide additional comments, please visit the Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan.