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The Front Range Landfill is responsible for properly closing and maintaining the completed landfill. It is expected to operate through 2051. Once the landfill is closed, it will be capped with several feet of soil. Vegetation will be planted to stabilize the soil and provide an aesthetically pleasing landscape.
Randy TourvilleDistrict ManagerFront Range LandfillRandyTo@wasteconnections.com 405-694-9727
Waste is collected Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Covering occurs between 8-10 p.m.
The landfill is actively working to bring the south end up to grade. Operations will then move to the northern portion which will be out of view from Vista Ridge. The south end is expected have the final grades completed and temporary seeding finished within 9 months (as of April 2019). The seeding will depend on weather. This will not be “final closure” of that area, that will happen at a future date.
Waste is covered nightly with either six inches of dirt or an alternate daily cover which is approved per the Engineering Development and Operation Plan (EDOP). The alternate daily cover is a bentonite clay spray that is applied daily in the evenings. Weekly an additional six inches of soil is added. This cover creates a fire break and is an odor suppressant. When applied the cover takes the shape of the compacted refuse.
The strategy for ultimately reducing the view of the landfill involves firstly focusing efforts on bringing the southern portion to full capacity. Working primarily on this southern portion will allow for quicker remediation with top soil and vegetation. Next, waste collection will then be centralized in the north portion, out of view from the currently affected southern neighborhoods.
Trucks have been travelling up the perimeter road for quite some time, actually with the same frequency. However, since the operations are now quite visible to the south than in prior months it may appear to be out of the ordinary. As the southern part of the landfill is being filled to the permitted height the slopes at the exterior must also increase to follow the approved engineering design. This establishes required surface water controls.
The complete footprint of the landfill is based on an engineering design with the goal of accepting waste. Accepting waste includes horizontal and vertical scooping of waste. The area on top of the south portion of landfill is currently where waste is being actively placed. Within 6-9 months the southern portion will be filled to the permitted height and grades. Operations will then work back to the north, and west, and finally east. The goal is to keep the active area farthest from the neighbors to the south. The result will be a more aesthetically pleasing view that is covered and vegetated.
There are two operating landfills and one closed landfill in Erie.
Front Range Landfill, is located southeast of Weld County Roads 5 and 6. The entrance to this landfill is from CR 5, south of CR 6.
The Denver Regional Landfill is located southwest of CR 5 and CR 6 and is accessed off CR 6.
The Denver Regional Landfill North, is located northwest of CR 5 and CR 6, and is closed.
Waste Connections Inc. owns and operates the Front Range Landfill and the Denver Regional Landfill.
The property on which Denver Regional Landfill North, which is closed, was is owned by Denver Regional Landfill North, Incorporated.
The certificate of designation was issued by Weld County on July 22, 1991. The property was owned by Sanifill of Colorado, Inc. and was annexed in May of 1996 into the Town of Erie.