Join the Round Table!


UPDATE! We spent the summer and fall of 2018 collecting all of your input and use the winter season to combine it all with additional research to create a comprehensive report on Lakewood’s residential trash collection system. In the report we will include challenges and concerns with the current system, goals for improvement, and potential solutions. The report will be available on January 25. Check back here to read the report and share your feedback!


WHAT'S NEXT? We will present the report to City Council during the February 4 study session at 7pm in the City Council Chambers.


We’ve closed most of the open discussions on this page, but if you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please email us at sustainability@lakewood.org.



UPDATE! We spent the summer and fall of 2018 collecting all of your input and use the winter season to combine it all with additional research to create a comprehensive report on Lakewood’s residential trash collection system. In the report we will include challenges and concerns with the current system, goals for improvement, and potential solutions. The report will be available on January 25. Check back here to read the report and share your feedback!


WHAT'S NEXT? We will present the report to City Council during the February 4 study session at 7pm in the City Council Chambers.


We’ve closed most of the open discussions on this page, but if you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please email us at sustainability@lakewood.org.


Discussions: All (1) Open (0)
  • CLOSED: We are analyzing all of your responses now! If you have additional comments, please email sustainability@lakewood.org.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    Comment   476371 960 720


    You've shared your concerns and ideas with us in-person, online, and in-print. From these comments, several key themes that we've summarized to describe Lakewood's ideal collection system, along with challenges that come with any potential change. 



    Lakewood's vision for its residential trash collections system is:
    • Neighborhood-friendly: A minimal number of trucks collect neighborhood trash on only one or two days of the week. This creates a quieter, safer, and cleaner neighborhood.
    • Affordable: Lakewood residents pay similar collection fees to other communities in the region, freeing up resources for other household costs.
    • Business-friendly: Small businesses are able to compete with larger companies and continue contributing to the local economy.
    • Customizable: Residents can choose from add-on services like large-item pickup, compost pickup, and container sizes to fit their household needs
    • Transparent and accountable: Residents understand their collection fees and receive quality customer service.
    • Environmentally-friendly: Cleaner and fewer trucks improve air quality and recycling is easy.
    We've also heard concerns over how changes to this system might affect:
    • Individual choice by creating citywide standards
    • Administrative burden by increasing City staff responsibilities and role of government
    • Household schedules by changing collection times and pricing structures

    Do you agree? Do you have ideas on how we can balance achieving this vision with the community concerns? Tell us by using the comment tool below or visit our Ideas page!


    You've shared your concerns and ideas with us in-person, online, and in-print. From these comments, several key themes that we've summarized to describe Lakewood's ideal collection system, along with challenges that come with any potential change. 



    Lakewood's vision for its residential trash collections system is:
    • Neighborhood-friendly: A minimal number of trucks collect neighborhood trash on only one or two days of the week. This creates a quieter, safer, and cleaner neighborhood.
    • Affordable: Lakewood residents pay similar collection fees to other communities in the region, freeing up resources for other household costs.
    • Business-friendly: Small businesses are able to compete with larger companies and continue contributing to the local economy.
    • Customizable: Residents can choose from add-on services like large-item pickup, compost pickup, and container sizes to fit their household needs
    • Transparent and accountable: Residents understand their collection fees and receive quality customer service.
    • Environmentally-friendly: Cleaner and fewer trucks improve air quality and recycling is easy.
    We've also heard concerns over how changes to this system might affect:
    • Individual choice by creating citywide standards
    • Administrative burden by increasing City staff responsibilities and role of government
    • Household schedules by changing collection times and pricing structures

    Do you agree? Do you have ideas on how we can balance achieving this vision with the community concerns? Tell us by using the comment tool below or visit our Ideas page!

    Replies Closed