Policy: Denver Regional Landfill

This aerial view of the Denver Regional Landfill, taken in November 2017, shows the kind of debris the dump is currently accepting.

When I moved to Erie in August of 2007, a sales representative from D.R. Horton told me the Denver Regional Landfill would close within 18 months, and that there was nothing to worry about. She was wrong; the DRL finally closed to regular dumping in September 2011. On a historical note, the Front Range Landfill was annexed into Erie in 1996, and the Denver Regional Landfill was annexed in 2007.

After the devastating floods of September 2013, the landfill saw a temporary increase in operations, but has been relatively quiet since.

The Denver Regional Landfill has seen some additional activity in the second week of January, 2018.

As a resident of Vista Ridge that backs directly on to the landfill across the proposed Redtail Ranch development, I’m most excited to see the landfill finally transition into a multi-use recreational area that expands the existing singletrack trails with additional open space.

Maybe we could get radical and cover the whole thing with solar panels!

When Will The DRL Close?

I’ve spoken to Randy Tourville, District Manager for the Front Range Landfill. The landfill has a final permitted elevation of 5328 ft, so as the existing waste settles over time, the operator can occasionally accept additional waste. For reference, the land to the east is at approximately 5230 ft, and the land to the west is at 5130 ft. Randy could not give me any specific time table as to when the landfill might finally close.

Responding to the Other Candidates

On January 15, this was posted on the Woog4Mayor Facebook page:

I asked, “Can you clarify? The Denver Regional Landfill closed to regular dumping in September of 2011, and has largely been dormant since then, only accepting occasional dirt and concrete that needn’t be covered. See http://www.dailycamera.com/ci_18913739

I’ve received no response. Additionally, the image used (without credit), came from this CNBC slideshow about America’s largest landfills, and actually shows Roosevelt Regional Landfill in Washington state, one of the world’s largest landfills.

While I support the closing of the Denver Regional Landfill, as Trustee I believe we have more pressing issues to consider.