Partnership to keep 
Basalt recycling facility running


From the Aspen Daily News, Jan 29, 2016

Collin Szewczyk

Partnership to keep 
Basalt recycling facility running

County, town talk 50-50 split on operations cost

A popular recycling center in Willits will remain open for the time being after the town of Basalt and Pitkin County discussed an informal agreement during Tuesday evening’s joint meeting.

The county is looking at a 50-50 share of costs with the town to keep the needed facility operating and recyclables out of the landfill.

Basalt had said it would no longer help fund the facility, which is operated by Waste Management, come the end of April. The town has been subsidizing the recycling drop-off center to the tune of $3,300 per month since September.

Waste Management has said that the facility, which is located in Basalt’s so-called industrial park on Park Avenue, isn’t profitable enough to keep it open, necessitating the subsidy.

The high cost of recycling service is being compounded by the commodity markets falling drastically in the past few years, putting many recycling drop-off centers in the red.

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