Options For Disposing Of Flood Debris
The Town of Estes Park, Larimer County and Waste Management, Inc. are providing several options to Estes Valley residents who still need to dispose of flood debris. To ensure the success of these options for the community, please follow the guidelines below; do not attempt to dispose of other unacceptable materials at these sites.
Woody and vegetative debris
The Town and County will open a drop-off site for Estes Valley residents to dispose of woody/vegetative flood debris, such as shrubs, tree stumps, trunks and limbs at no charge. The drop-off site is at 666 Elm Road, above the Larimer County, Waste Management operated, trash and recycling transfer station. It will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from October 15 to November 15, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Residents must show proof of affiliation to the property where the debris was located to the staff on duty, such as a driver’s license, utility bill or property tax statement. They will also be required to sign a form stating the material they are dropping off is due to flooding. This is required to facilitate federal reimbursement to the Town and County. This site will not be accepting beetle-infested trees or noxious weeds during this period. For more information, call 970-577-3587.
Soil and sand debris
A separate site will open for residents to drop-off excess soil and sand from the flood, at no charge. This site is located at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park through the Community Drive entrance. It will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from October 15 to November 15, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Residents must show proof of affiliation to the property where the debris was located to the staff on duty, such as a driver’s license, utility bill or property tax statement. They will also be required to sign a form stating the material they are dropping off is due to flooding. This is required to facilitate federal reimbursement to the Town and County. For more information, call 970-577-3587.
Other debris, rubble and non-compactable materials
The transfer station located at 455 Elm Rd is equipped to accept rubble or anything that is not compactable. Examples of rubble include concrete, asphalt shingles, demolition waste and wet carpet. Larimer County and Waste management continue to charge the traditional fee for these materials, which covers the higher cost to truck and dispose of these materials. Prices remain the same as before the flood, despite more difficult transportation conditions. Please keep in mind size restrictions, which include no items over 6 feet long and 2 feet in diameter. The transfer station will accept large household appliances for disposal at this time. These appliances include refrigerators, washers, dryers, etc. There is a $75 charge per item. Current hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Please call 970-586-6478 for updates.
Waste Management will alter the recycling drop-off availability at the transfer station due to the large amount of trash and flood debris that is being processed at the site. Beginning October 14, drop-off recycling will be accepted on Wednesdays only. Curbside recycling will not be affected; residential pick-up will continue on Wednesdays. Waste Management will continue to accept recyclables on Wednesdays for 60 days (ending the week of Dec. 16) or until volumes of flood debris subside and the normal winter schedule can be resumed. Please call 970-586-6478 for the most current information.
There is no hazardous waste disposal option in the Estes Valley at this time. Please safely store any hazardous materials until you are able to dispose of the material at the Larimer County Landfill’s Hazardous Waste facility in Fort Collins.
Bagged, human waste should not be disposed of in port-a-lets provided throughout the No Flush Zone. Bags damage the equipment used to service the toilets, which in turn, impedes Waste Management’s ability to service the neighborhood toilets. Using a bucket in your home and disposing directly (minus the bag) into the portable toilet is acceptable. Other human waste disposal options are available through Upper Thompson Sanitation District at www.utsd.org. Please be considerate towards others using port-a-lets and clean up after yourself and your family as much as possible.