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Duane Penney has been hired by Larimer County as the new Director of Solid Waste.

The top priorities for the new director include strategies to extend the life of the existing landfill, developing a five-year strategic plan for landfill operations and diversion programs. Another priority is developing a strategy for current and future environmental compliance for operations and existing landfill closure.

Penney was most recently employed by the Pioneer Sand Company as their operations manager. He was responsible for leading 230 employees, development of earthwork projects, wet utility installation, demolition, and over-lot grading. He was responsible for the field operations of multiple many active civil construction projects including profit and loss statements, safety, and performance.

He provided daily oversight of superintendents, lead supervisors, and ensured projects met productivity goals. Penney coordinated staffing, equipment scheduling, leadership training, mentoring, and coaching, and was responsible for over 60 pieces of heavy equipment plus 100 semi-trucks and support equipment.

Penney has experience with renewable energy projects using various technologies such as anaerobic digesters to process animal and food waste, gasification to process medical waste, and composting of organic materials.

He co-developed a small organic collection company to separate, collect and transport compostable materials from grocery stores, restaurants, and schools. He also designed and developed large-scale recycling facilities to include concrete, asphalt, and gravel-based materials. He has previously developed and constructed a landfill, transfer stations, and recycling centers in Colorado.

Penney served as the General Manager of Allied Waste in Denver overseeing multiple landfills, including cell construction, closure, and continuous development. While he served as the General Manager for BFI Waste in Denver, he was responsible for multiple landfills, business development, and established market area goals.

He is enthusiastic about the Regional Wasteshed goals and is looking forward to the capital expansion work ahead.

Published on: 
Monday, February 1, 2021 - 10:04am

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