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Organized Waste Hauling 

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Update: May 2019

At the May 13 Council workshop, Arvada City Council discussed the results of our recent Speak Up Arvada survey regarding waste hauling in Arvada (view workshop video).

A Request for Proposal (RFP) was created and has been released. Potential vendors have until the end of June to respond. Your input will be invited on proposals from waste hauling companies. Look for notifications for future engagement on Speak Up Arvada, our other communication platforms and in the Arvada Report.

Our Engagement Approach

Earlier, we collected your questions about this project. You may find it helpful to review the questions and answers.

Timing Now! August/September Late 2019 or early 2020
What's Next The community survey results were evaluated and a Request for Proposal (RFP) released. Vendors have until the end of June to respond. On Speak Up and at community open houses and pop-up events around town, you will be able to weigh in on proposals from waste hauling companies. Depending on the outcome of the project, communications and engagement will focus on informing the community about next steps.
How We'll Use Your Input Your responses were used to help us create the RFP. Your input will be invited on the RFPs and considered when deciding next steps. We’ll use your thoughts about the waste hauler proposals, including possible services, costs and other details, to recommend an approach to City Council. We’ll want to know your thoughts on how successful our communications and engagement was to this point, so we can improve.

Why Explore Waste Hauler Options

In response to results from the Arvada Citizen Survey and recommendations from the  City’s Sustainability Advisory Committee, the City of Arvada has begun an exploration of ways to organize waste hauling in our community. In February 2019, City Council allowed residents to ask questions regarding the topic at the Council workshop. View the City Council Workshop video (The topic of waste hauling begins at 1:43:32). 

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 December of 2018, Arvada's citizen-led Sustainability Advisory Committee  presented their recommendations to Council for an organized trash-hauling recycling system.

The City anticipates this project to 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


City Manager's Office, 720-898-7500

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)