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Waste Program

The Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment interacts with compost and solid waste facilities through the receipt of complaints, the land use planning process for facilities with a Use by Special Review (USR) Permit, site inspections, and investigations. For more information concerning the land use planning process, you can contact the Planning Department at (970) 353-6100.

Rules and Regulations
The Weld County Code (WCC), Section 23-4-380 is the only section of the WCC that pertains to solid waste operations. The siting, permitting, and regulation of solid waste disposal sites is an area of dual jurisdiction between the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Weld County. The primary regulations that govern composting and solid waste facilities are the Colorado Regulations Pertaining to Solid Waste Disposal Sites and Facilities (6 CCR 1007-2), implemented by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 
One's Own Waste Rules

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.


Environmental Health Services

1555 North 17th Avenue 
Greeley, CO 80631
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Phone: (970) 304-6415
Fax: (970) 304-6411

Ben Frissell

Environmental Health Manager

Phone: (970) 400-2220