Oct 26

Landfill - Recycling

Posted on October 26, 2022 at 10:38 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Unsure if this is accurate, but I've had 2 people tell me that the city is presently taking the recycling, baling it, and putting it in the landfill. Is this true, and if so how can I discontinue my recycling charge? If unable to, is there a precedent or legal venue other than future litigation that allows the city to charge for a service they are not providing (outside of Laramie allowing themselves by self-legislation)? Can I just put trash in both bins so only one truck is needed weekly?


A.  The City of Laramie collects single stream recycling and drops it off at our Recycling Center.  The recycling is baled for shipping efficiency and transported to a materials recovery facility (MRF) in Denver, CO.  Keep in mind that our Recycling Center is a drop off facility and we don’t sort any of the single stream materials.  In 2021 we collected and shipped out 2.8 million pounds of single stream recycling, keeping it out of the landfill.  When our recycling gets to the Denver MRF, the bales are broken apart and combined with recycling from numerous Colorado communities.  These mixed recyclables are sorted, baled and then shipped out for further processing to eventually be made into new products.  Unfortunately, as with other communities we do have some contamination in the recycling program.  Contamination occurs whenever someone bags their recycling (recycling needs to be loose for sorting), puts the wrong materials in the cart or intentionally uses their recycling cart as a trash can.  In our recycling center if we see large amounts of contamination we remove and dispose of it.  Any contamination we miss is separated out in Denver and disposed of in their landfill, incurring extra charges to us.  The vast majority of our recycling is recycled and is NOT landfilled.  The process of proper recycling starts at home to avoid the landfill.  The best way to find out what items can be recycled is to download our free app, “Laramie Waste & Recycling” or visit our website: www.cityoflaramie.org/solidwaste   Both options have a “Goes Where?” tool where you can look up hundreds of different items.

Oct 05

Motor Vehicle Concerns

Posted on October 5, 2022 at 4:23 PM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  Is motor vehicle use of the pedestrian path between north 15th and 30th legal? Is acsd operating an ohv park on their property at north 15th? Do any of the motor vehicle crossings of the pedestrian path meet mutcd? All rhetorical. Will the city please start patrolling, enforcing and citing to keep kids on pedestrian only path safe?

A.  It is our understanding that there are currently contractor vehicles parked along the pedestrian path to install water lines. However, this property belongs to the University of Wyoming and they would be your best point of contact to relay any concerns. Since this is a university issue, the City will not be responding on their behalf. In regard to the school property on North 15th, the school district has voiced concerns to the City in the past regarding this very same issue and the police department responded by more actively patrolling the area. If you see subjects trespassing on the property, please call our dispatch center at 721-2526 and an officer will be dispatched to the area.

Oct 04

Greenhill Cemetery - Willett Drive Gate

Posted on October 4, 2022 at 11:52 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  What's the policy on procedure with respect to the gate at the cemetery? I walked my dog in the morning and 99 times out of 100 when I get there the gate on Willett Drive is open but every now and again after walking all the way through the cemetery I find it locked. Is there a schedule? Particularly addressing Monday mornings.


A.  The E Willett Dr. gate to Greenhill Cemetery is closed whenever there is a home UW football game and remains closed until staff are onsite to reopen it, generally the following Sunday or Monday. This practice was put in place as staff began seeing an increase in the cemetery parking space being used by game attendees. This gate has also been closed when we’ve experienced a significant snow event to help deter people from driving into the cemetery until staff have had a chance to open up all of the roads.