So, why is the landfill closed on some afternoons before 4 p.m.?
The Adobe Buttes Landfill has the normal operating hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. six days a week, but some days it is necessary to close early.
There are many reasons the landfill would be required to close, from equipment failure to weather conditions, with the primary reason being the wind.
Elevated winds at landfills can present many safety and health risks and the Adobe Buttes Landfill is no different from the rest. The State of Colorado requires the landfill to close when sustained winds reach 40 miles per hour, but the landfill can become a very dangerous place at wind speeds much lower than that limit. When the wind picks up, it takes the dirt and the loose trash with it first. As it gets stronger, just like a tornado, it can start tossing around larger flat items like sheet metal and plywood. These types of uncontrolled flying objects present a real safety and health risk to the people unloading waste outside of their vehicles. The concern for the safety and health of the residents of Delta County is why the landfill operators sometimes have to close early.
To alleviate safety and health concerns for the residents from the flying debris and dust we sometimes do have to close early, but the solid waste previously brought in still must be covered. This is why the landfill does not re-open once closed until the next day. After closing the landfill, the operators complete the night cover procedures, burying that day's trash, which prepares the landfill for the next day.
With the wonderful spring weather Delta County also receives a lot of wind and it usually comes in the afternoon. Therefore, it is best to schedule your trip to the landfill in the morning if it is possible. If that is not feasible, and you notice the winds are picking up, please call 970-835-7999 and ask if the landfill is open. This may help to save you an unnecessary trip.
Also, please leave yourself enough time to be unloaded and leaving by 4 p.m. when the gates close.blog comments powered by Disqus