In an effort to extend its life beyond 2042, the Mesa County, Colo., landfill is coming up with unique ways to make use of incoming waste. Recently, the landfill has been using latex paint waste and discarded tires as alternatives to daily cover. In addition, the landfill is encouraging residents to make use of Curbside Recycling Indefinitely, Inc.’s drop-off recycling location.
Currently, about 550 tons of trash is brought to the landfill each day, and in order to extend its life, the landfill will need to reduce that number significantly.
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The Mesa County Landfill is taking their trash and turning it into recycling treasure, all with the hope of extending the landfill's life. The landfill is expected to be completely full by 2042.
With around 25 years left, many with the Mesa County Landfill are brainstorming ways on how to reuse the trash they already have. The landfill is the first in the state to use latex paint waste as an alternative to daily cover. Daily cover is a process that requires landfills to cover the trash with six inches of soil every day. This ensures trash will not blow away, hides odors, and prevents scavenging, amongst other benefits. "It's really exciting, because it's a waste generated in Mesa County that is being reused in Mesa County," said Jennifer Richardson, the regulatory compliance manager for the Mesa County Landfill. The Hazardous Waste Collection Facility receives around 20,000 gallons of latex paint every year.