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Organized Waste Hauling 

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  • Updated
  • by City Manager

Updates: April 2019

Take the Survey

As part of the next phase of community engagement, we'd like you to share your ideas about the features that an organized system should have. We’ll use your responses to the survey to help us devise a specific set of City waste hauling needs. 

Review Project Questions and Answers

Responses to Arvada residents' previously asked questions regarding an organized waste hauling system are now available. We are continuing to use research and feedback from the public to understand different waste hauling options, and the costs and impacts to the community. A survey for resident feedback is now available.

Stay Involved

Watch for future opportunities to share your questions and views about waste hauler options on Speak Up Arvada and at community open houses and pop-up events around town throughout the spring and summer. Your input will be invited on proposals from waste hauling companies. 

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

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 Take a survey to share your ideas about the features that an organized system should have. 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 We’ll use your responses to the survey to help us make a specific set of City waste hauling needs. Actual haulers will then share how they would accomplish these requirements. It’s something called a “request for proposal. 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.


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)