Solid waste district, Monument Waste Service improve relationship

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Kalen Jones, Moab City Council member, left, Evan Tyrrell, district manager, center, and Dan Kirkpatrick president of Monument Waste Services, celebrate the formal execution of an agreement designed to protect Monument Waste if weather forces the closure of the Klondike Landfill. Courtesy photo

The Solid Waste Special Service District and Monument Waste Services, in collaboration with City of Moab representatives, executed a Memorandum of Understanding Dec. 2 that supports local jobs and secures revenues in Grand County.

The MOU was formally approved by the Solid Waste District’s Administrative Control Board Nov. 25 after the Solid Waste District and Monument Waste Services worked out the terms and conditions of the agreement over the past several months. The MOU establishes an agreement that keeps Grand County’s trash local, creating a win-win for both entities, said Solid Waste District Manager Evan Tyrrell.

In October 2018, large amounts of precipitation left the local Klondike Landfill inaccessible and Monument Waste Services, the primary waste hauler in Grand County, was forced to divert trash to other regional landfills, resulting in additional costs to the private business, said Tyrrell.

In order to reduce financial risks to Monument Waste Services and secure revenues in tipping fees at the Klondike Landfill, the two entities developed the agreement, which establishes a provision for issuing disposal credits to Monument Waste if the local landfill is inaccessible and waste needs to be hauled to more distant waste management facilities.

The idea for the MOU came about in August when representatives from Monument Waste and the Solid Waste District met with Moab City Manager Joel Linares. Monument Waste holds the City contract to haul trash and recycling within City limits, said Tyrrell.

Tyrrell said that “the MOU represents a positive, new type of collaboration between the Solid Waste District and Monument Waste.”

Since new staff came onboard this year, the Solid Waste District has performed a series of improvements at the Klondike Landfill, including the installation of culverts to enhance drainage at the site, utilizing a motor grader to maintain and grade roads, and applying supplemental road base material to support traction at the facility, said Tyrrell.

Tyrrell said he will strive to make continuous improvements at all of the Solid Waste District’s facilities, which include the Moab and Klondike landfills and the Community Recycle Center located at 1000 E Sand Flats Road.

At the Tuesday, Dec. 3 Grand County Council meeting, Member Mary McGann during an update to the council said Tyrell has brought the special service district “to a whole new level.”