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Organized Waste Hauling 

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As a result of information presented to the Arvada City Council during the last several months, Council was considering placing a question regarding Waste Hauling on the November 2019 ballot. At its  Aug. 26 meeting, Council determined that additional information is needed and voted 7 - 0 not to place the question on the November 2019 ballot.

Why Explore Waste Hauler Options

Arvada residents have consistently indicated that an efficient waste hauling system is extremely important to them (85% in the 2015 and prior citizen surveys); and in the 2017 Citizen Survey, two-thirds of residents supported the idea of an organized trash-hauling and recycling system. In response to results from the Arvada Citizen Survey and recommendations from the City’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the City of Arvada is exploring organized waste hauling in our community. The City anticipates this project would identify options that would be safer, cleaner and less expensive for the community by:

  • Creating fewer trucks on the road (and less often) for:
    • increased safety
    • reduced road damage
    • decreased noise and air pollution
  • Reducing costs to residents
  • Increasing recycling options
  • Increasing quality of customer service

Next Steps

Council has directed staff to gather more detailed information regarding pricing and service options for further consideration regarding next steps for the waste hauling issue. Future actions would include:

  • An ordinance would need to be written allowing the City to explore a contract with a waste hauler.
  • Council would need to approve the ordinance.
  • The City would then be able to consider a contract with a waste hauler.
  • At that point, community engagement opportunities would be considered.

Council has expressed that the service would most likely include:

  • Curbside trash and recycling service
  • Robust customer service requirements
  • Volume-based pricing 

Other details would be worked out during contract negotiations if a contract were to be pursued.

Want to Learn More?

Explore resources, project timeline and community engagement.

Resources

Project Background/Timeline

Public Engagement

  • February 2019: Council invited the public to share their questions regarding organized waste hauling in Arvada at their Feb. 11 council workshop. All questions were compiled.
  • February 2019: FAQ document generated from residents' questions; posted on arvada.org and on Speak Up Arvada.
  • March through May: Public survey posted on Speak Up Arvada to help refine RFP scope

Additional Information

Recycling Information: Arvada residents frequently request information regarding recycling. Please keep in mind that the recycling industry changes rapidly and information goes out of date quickly; additionally, recycling is handled differently in various locales: arvada.org/residents/recycling-resources.

2012 Waste Hauling Study: The City of Arvada explored waste-hauling in 2011. If you would like to view the results of the study, you may download the document here.  Download the 2011 Residential Hauling Study (2.17MB)

Contact

City Manager's Office, 720-898-7500