Fort Collins, Colo., Trash Hauler Seeks Recycling Fee

David Bodamer, Executive Director, Content & User Engagement

July 6, 2015

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Fort Collins, Colo., Trash Hauler Seeks Recycling Fee

The trend of haulers getting customers to help cover the costs of recycling on to consumers continues to develop.

In the latest example, Gallegos Sanitation Inc., has approached the town of Fort Collins, Colo., about the possibility of charging customers a temporary fee for curbside recycling.

The Coloradoan has more:

With a drop in international demand for recyclables such as cardboard and plastics, the center began charging haulers a fee to dump recyclables in January. Previously, the center paid haulers for materials.

GSI paid more than $300,000 in tipping fees for recyclables through June, company officials stated in an email to the Coloradoan.

Last year, the center paid haulers about $20 a ton for materials, according to GSI. The center is operated by Waste Management under a contract with the Larimer County Solid Waste Department.

Tipping fees at the center are directly tied to the commodity market for recyclable materials and the value of materials coming into the center, stated Waste Management spokeswoman Isha Cogborn in an email. Recycling isn’t free, she added.

“As long as there is a deficit between processing fees and the value of the material being collected, there will likely be a tip fee passed along,” she said.

About the Author(s)

David Bodamer

Executive Director, Content & User Engagement, Waste360

David Bodamer is Executive Director of Content & User Engagement for Waste360 and NREI. Bodamer joined Waste360 in January 2014. He has been with NREI since September 2011 and has been covering the commercial real estate sector since 1999 for Retail Traffic, Commercial Property News and Shopping Centers Today. He also previously worked for Civil Engineering magazine. His writings on real estate have also appeared in REP. and the Wall Street Journal’s online real estate news site. He has won multiple awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors and is a past finalist for a Jesse H. Neal Award. 

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