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  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
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    Fort Collins, CO 80524
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Recycling Updates Newsletter

Regional Wasteshed Coalition

The City of Fort Collins is participating in a Regional Wasteshed Planning Coalition to address the future of solid waste management in light of the upcoming Larimer County landfill closure, expected around 2025.

The term "wasteshed" is used to describe an area where waste, much like water or air, does not adhere to normal boundaries. The regional wasteshed of Colorado's north Front Range is an area in and around Larimer County, including all solid waste generated by residents and businesses from the cities, towns, and unincorporated areas.

The Regional Wasteshed Coalition is made up of elected officials and staff from Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, and Larimer County and meets quarterly to review relevant information and discuss options. Following considerable public engagement, the Coalition is expected to provide recommendations in 2017 for the future of solid waste management, resource recovery, and long-term materials management in the north Front Range. Members of the Coalition:

  • City of Loveland Councilmember Leah Johnson (chair)
  • City of Fort Collins Mayor Wade Troxell (co-chair)
  • City of Fort Collins Councilmember, Ross Cunniff
  • Town of Estes Park Mayor Pro Tem Wendy Koenig
  • Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson

View more information on the process.

Get Informed

A preliminary Regional Wasteshed Planning Study was researched and prepared in 2016 to better understand how the region handles waste now and what opportunities and challenges exist in the future. The report provides detailed information for the Coalition and the public regarding the following subjects:

  • Current conditions within and around Larimer County
    • Existing transfer, disposal and processing infrastructure
    • Diversion practice and policy
  • Current and future waste handling
    • Summary of waste generation in the Wasteshed
    • Projections of waste generation increases (based on population growth)
  • Assessment of current infrastructure's ability to handle future waste
  • Feasible options for future infrastructure to manage garbage and recycling and encourage greater resource recovery;
  • Approximate costs and benefits associated with possible infrastructure
  • Funding approaches for consideration

Read the full report

During the summer of 2016 more than 1,200 Larimer County residents responded to a survey regarding their recycling habits and attitudes. Read the full report.

Survey responses and information from the Planning Study were used to design public forums, four of which were held in the fall of 2016 with the help of CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation. Read the forum raw data report here.

Get Involved

Your input in this planning process is greatly appreciated! Please help to identify key issues and ideas for how to address the future of solid waste management in the greater Larimer County region.

If you have suggestions, ideas, or comments please check back to this site for regular updates and sign up to receive project updates by requesting the "Wasteshed Planning Updates" newsletter.

What's Next?

Over the course of the next year the Wasteshed Coalition will more closely analyze options for future regional infrastructure to better understand their potential economic and environmental impacts on the North Front Range Wasteshed. Further in-depth public engagement will occur and recommendations from the Coalition are anticipated by the fall of 2017.

If you have suggestions, ideas, or comments please submit them here. Check back to this site for regular updates and sign up to receive project updates by requesting the "Wasteshed Planning Updates" newsletter.