Some people think if you don't dispose of anyone else's waste but your own, you are not required to follow the Solid Waste Rules and Regulations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. However, they are wrong. What this exemption means is if your property is meeting the minimum standards of the regulations and if a person disposes of their waste on their own property (and is not a governmental unit), they may not have to obtain a certificate of designation.
The minimum standards of the regulations require such things as:
- taking reasonable measures to collect, contain and dispose of litter;
- ensuring noise, dust, and odors don't pose a health hazard;
- managing the site so birds, insects, rodents, and other vectors don't pose a health hazard:
- providing adequate cover so water does not pond on the site and wind erosion and/or water pollution does not become a problem.
The minimum standards also contain a requirement that a facility or property shall submit a design and operations report to Weld County and The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for review and approval prior to disposing of waste.