After over a decade of planning and more than a year of construction, Western Disposal is excited to announce that our transfer station operations are relocating and expanding. Expected to open in the 4th quarter of 2021, our new Materials Management Center, located at 2071 63rd Street, will be more than three times the size of the Butte Mill Road transfer station. It will feature a greatly expanded menu of recycling services and an area devoted exclusively to public drop off.
Why the move?
We built the Butte Mill Road transfer station in 1989 – when we were about one third the size we are today. If you’ve visited within the last ten years, then you know that to say it’s busy is an understatement. In addition to housing the transfer station and recycling center, it’s home base for Western’s daily route operations, vehicle maintenance, wash bays and container shop. Members of the public zig-zag about unloading trash, recyclables, yard and wood waste and construction material amidst commercial vehicles traveling in and out from route, heading out laden with carts and containers for delivery, and loading up for the landfill. It’s like navigating a beehive.
Western’s route operations activity will remain at 5880 Butte Mill Road. The new Materials Management Center (just one mile down the road) will house all recycling and trash transfer activity, and commercial vehicles will be separated from public traffic with a designated traffic lane, a separate scale, and a commercial-only trash tipping floor.
By separating public and commercial waste transfer activity from Western’s daily business of route operations, we’ll enhance safety, increase drop-off efficiency and reduce wait times.
Expanded Recycling Services
Demand for services to divert material from the landfill continues to grow. And for good reason; a recent city of Boulder study found that the amount of Boulder’s embodied emissions of our ‘stuff’, i.e.: the total greenhouse gas emissions generated by the extracting, producing, storing and transporting goods, is larger than all local sources of emissions combined.
The Materials Management Center will accept and divert concrete, metal, compostables and single stream, as well as wood and yard waste in partnership with Boulder County and the city of Boulder, as we do today at our current location. Fall leaf and holiday tree recycling will be moved from Stazio Field to the new location.
Expanded public recycling programs will include electronic waste and small appliances, which will be transferred to e-certified partner Blue Star Recyclers. Mattresses and box springs will be recycled in program partnership with Spring Back Colorado. Document shredding services will be available on demand.
With the addition of two conveyors, the trash tipping floor will be an epicenter for diversion as well.
According to Boulder County’s 2019 Waste Composition Study, 85,000 tons of the county’s construction waste heads to the landfill each year; a significant portion of which is recyclable. The north side of the Materials Management Center will be a dedicated area to tip mixed construction waste, which will be loaded onto a conveyor where recyclable material including aggregates, metal, cardboard and clean wood, will be removed then transferred to local recyclers for processing. Funded in part by a grant from the Front Range Waste Diversion Program (FRWD), we anticipate diverting nearly 5,000 tons of construction waste annually.
The same county study also found that more than 14,000 tons of cardboard is tossed by its residents and businesses annually. Recycled cardboard is a high-demand material with myriad uses and can be recycled five to seven times. We see significant amounts of cardboard in our trash loads every day, but up to this point have not had the space or an efficient means to remove and recycle it. With room to move at the new site, tipped loads from commercial and residential routes will be monitored for meaningful amounts of cardboard. Those loads will be pushed over to a sorting conveyor, where the cardboard will be removed and sent to the Boulder County Recycle Center for processing.
We’re excited to show you our new facility! Covid permitting, tours will be rolling once more this Spring with plans to conduct them weekly from April 2022 – October 2022. Details will be posted on our website in January.
5880 Butte Mill Road – We’re Still Here!
Our location at 5880 Butte Mill Road will remain our administrative and operational hub. You will still visit us here to pay your bill, pick up supplies and meet up for tours.
We’ll be using the former transfer station space to add two maintenance bays and remodel our wash bays for greater efficiency.
Thanks for growing with us!