Did you know?

CFL - Compact Fluorescent bulbs use 66% less energy than comparable incandescent bulbs and last up to 10 times longer.

Mesa County Solid Waste Management

MCSWM Collects
180,000 Tons per year of solid waste, 600 Tons/Day. That is nearly 8-9 lbs per person per day.
National Average is 4.5 lbs per day per person.

MCSWM collected the following hazardous materials and prevented them from entering the landfill.

  • 65 Tons of e-waste in 2009, and 50 Tons as of Aug 1st 2010
  • 185 tons in 2009 of hazardous waste - chemicals, paints, pesticides etc...
  • 65,000 cubic yards of organic material for the composting facility


GJ CRI (Grand Junction Curbside Recycling)

Accepted 10 tons of e-waste since Jan.1, 2009. This is equivalent to removing 4 passenger cars from the roadway; to the CO2 emissions from the energy use of 2 1/2 homes for one year; or, to the carbon captured by 588 tree seedlings over a ten year period.

In 2008 we recycled 3,430,000 pounds of material and in 2009 we are headed towards a new record of 4,000,000 pounds! Help us continue to grow and reach a future goal for the community of 9,000,000 lbs. per year. By getting businesses to participate we can meet this goal!

GJ CRI diverted the following materials from entering the landfill July 2009-June 2010

  • 911 Tons of Paper
  • 67 Tons of Metal
  • 83 Tons of Plastic
  • 26 Tons of E-waste
  • 423 Tons of Corrugated Cardboard
  • 437 Tons of Glass

Averaging 162 Tons per month


Did you know?

Businesses are required by law to recycle their e-waste, including all electronics, computers, mobile devices etc...You can do that by taking them to either facility listed above.


Grand Valley Transit

Serving Fruita to Palisade with 11 routes and Dial-A-Ride in the Redlands area as well as ParaTransit.

In 2009 GVT proved to have a record-breaking year with over 878,000 passenger trips which was a 16% increase over 2008. 2010 is on track to serve a million riders.

GVT is also the process of adding 2 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Busses


Ute Water

An average family of four will use approximately 8,500 gallons of water per month.

Estimates vary, but each person uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day. It may surprise you that the largest use of household water is to flush the toilet, and after that, to take showers and baths. That is why, in these days of water conservation, we are starting to see toilets and showers that use less water than before. Many local governments now have laws that specify that water faucets, toilets, and showers only allow a certain amount of water flow per minute. In fact, if you look closely at the head of a faucet, you might see something like "1.5 gpm,", which means that the faucet head will allow water to flow at a maximum of 1.5 gallons per minute.

Colorado Statistics

Resources and Consumption

Colorado has substantial conventional fossil fuel and renewable energy resources. The state contains several fossil fuel-rich basins, including the Sand Walsh, Piceance, Paradox, and San Juan basins in the west, and the Denver and Raton basins in the east. Ten of the nation’s 100 largest natural gas fields and three of its 100 largest oil fields are found in Colorado. Substantial deposits of bituminous, sub bituminous, and lignite coal are also found in the state.

Colorado's high Rocky Mountain ridges offer wind power potential, and geologic activity in the mountain areas provides potential for geothermal power development. Major rivers flowing from the Rocky Mountains offer hydroelectric power resources. Corn grown in the flat eastern part of the state offers potential resources for ethanol production. The Colorado economy is not energy intensive. The transportation and industrial sectors are the leading energy-consuming sectors in the state.