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Report Summary

over 1 year ago

In June, City staff launched the Lakewood Round Table to understand residents’ concerns and collect suggestions on how the current residential trash collection system could be improved. This information was combined with research and summarized in the 2019 Lakewood Residential Trash Collection Report.

The report includes:

  • Introduction (p.1): What is the objective and scope of this report?
  • Community Goals (p.4): Why is this topic important to Lakewood?
  • Research (p.6): What sources of information were used in this report?
  • Community Engagement (p.9): How was the community involved and what did folks say?
  • Issues (p.14): What are the issues with Lakewood's residential trash collection system?
  • Goals (p.51): What does an ideal residential trash collection system look like for Lakewood?
  • Options (p.52): What types of requirements could Lakewood implement to improve its system?
  • Recommendation (p.70): Based on this information, what are the recommended next steps?

Download the report to learn more and share your feedback in the comments section below. Related report documents are posted on the right hand side of this webpage.


Next Steps

The report will be presented during the Feb. 4, 2019 City Council Study Session, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood City Council Chambers located at 480 S. Allison Pkwy. You can attend in person and provide comment or watch online at www.lakewood.org/councilvideos. .

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City Council Presentation
7 p.m., Monday
Feb. 4, 2019
City Council Chambers
480 S. Allison Pkwy. 
Lakewood.org/CouncilVideos.

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  • Nate 11 months ago
    Pro Disposal has been bought out by another company.. they apparently no longer bring cans back to the house..
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  • Carol Lally over 1 year ago
    For the third time, I use Pro Disposal. I am disabled and I take the recyclable down at the curb, but when it snows, rains, cold, the man brings the garbage cans up to my house. I like Pro Disposal.!!!
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    • dakotastar 12 months ago
      I agree. Pro Disposal is the best. I have used them for years and they are very customer oriented. Don't take my choice away!!!
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  • arby.one over 1 year ago
    I don't mind subsidizing single stream recycling for those who otherwise would not recycle at all...but I want the ability to opt out. I sort my recyclables and take them to Quail Street because I'm aware that my recyclables are more likely to get recycled if I do that. Not everyone is willing or able to do that...so I just don't want to be forced to take a bin I won't use. Same goes for the 'green' bin. It's great if it helps someone else divert food waste from landfills, but I compost at home. I don't need a 'green' bin. so if we were to go that way, I want to be able to opt out.
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    • Remus_Suki over 1 year ago
      We also carefully sort and bring our recyclables to the Quail St. facility. Whether residents will be able to opt out of either the recycling or composting bins is questionable. Lots of people may have to keep such bins outside due to lack of space. At least my recyclables never pollute the neighborhood. With frequent high winds here, bins get blown over and all the carefully set-aside recyclables merrily trash neighboring properties.
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    • dakotastar 12 months ago
      Pro Disposal offers single stream recycling at a reasonable rate. I have been with them for many years and they are fantastic. If I lose them because the City thinks they know better than I do regarding my trash service I will be very upset. Pro Disposal also offers a senior discount.
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  • Citizen about 1 year ago
    Government should not be involved in dictating to its private citizens what trash services one can choice from. It is limiting the free market of choice. Keeping business from being able to compete in a free market is unAmerican. The council feels like they can best choose for us. Next it could decide what delivery service we are able to use in our neighborhoods . Fedx or UPS ? And what’s next ? Lawn service? Food delivery service? Where does it end? The council is turning into a giant HOA over your liberties and freedoms of choice. When you allow government to create these types of monopolies in your community. Prices rise and services fall. Not to mention the potential of chosen companies to influence our elected officials. What about the contracts that are already in place with your current vendor?? Stand up and be heard and do not allow this to happen. Sincerely, Concerned Citizen
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    • Admin Commented Lynn about 1 year ago
      Thank you for your comment. The contracted system is one of several approaches that we are researching for City Council. We will also be presenting analysis on a preferred hauling system and an enhanced licensing system, which both preserve the customer choice that we know is important to many residents. However our initial research indicates that these approaches don't address traffic and neighborhood nuisance issues and may not reduce pricing (we are still working on collecting data on pricing). We recognize there are tough trade-offs in any single solution, which is why we are researching all of these pathways and will report the data to Council and the community for discussion, debate, and creative problem solving. Any of these change would require a significant notification period before any new system is put in place so that residents and hauling businesses can adjust. -City Sustainability Staff
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  • TerrieRay809 about 1 year ago
    That Lakewood doesn't see fit (yet) to outlaw fire pits is not a reason not to consider that of trash trucks. Besides, pollution is only one facet of the municipal trash-providing issue, so discussion of pollution alone is not adequate.
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  • kylerneumann over 1 year ago
    My thought on the trash service is to keep the city out of the trash service. I would like to see a better recycling program throughout the city. The recycling facility on quail is a great place, yet its the only city recycling center in Lakewood.
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  • Remus_Suki over 1 year ago
    Air pollution from trash haulers is not significant and is laughable when neighbors are free to use their indoor fireplaces and outdoor fire pits for the joy of watching something burn. Also, the very people who are so "green" may well be the ones who love shopping from home and using deals like Amazon Prime 2-day delivery where fractionally full trucks are delivering in the neighborhood constantly. Single-stream recycling makes people feel good because they're responsibly paying extra to make the world a better place - but that stream must be carefully sorted and all kinds of contaminants and inadmissible items be removed and sent to landfills. Why do "green" people not face the fact that only a few types of recyclables pay for themselves and the others are undesirable and unsellable? But no, let's force everyone to pay to participate in recycling in the most convenient one-size-fits-all single stream, so we can check that all-important box that we're diverting more and being "sustainable." Cities that grow ever more densely populated (like Lakewood) are just too tempted to insert themselves by mandate into yet more of the citizens' private lives and choices.
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    • arby.one over 1 year ago
      Super good point about air pollution and the fact that the city of Lakewood allows wood burning. If we are going to talk about air pollution, we MUST address the horribly detrimental effect of wood burning and smoke on people's health. I agree that single-stream recycling makes people feel good and is not an ideal solution to waste diversion, but I'm not so sure that we shouldn't support it anyway. A lot of people won't recycle at all if not given the single-stream option. It's better than nothing, assuming there aren't diesel fueled trucks picking up the recycling. At the same time, ongoing education efforts should highlight the challenges that come with single-stream recycling. Stickers on bins with helpful instructions and reminders are a must. People forget and throw all kinds of junk into recycling bins.
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  • less government over 1 year ago
    The report was good. There were anumber of different perspectives to consider. However, I am still of the opinion that Government should stay out of the Trash business. There are so many other things that the city of Lakewood should be addressing that would have a far greater impact on safety, noise and polution than getting a few trash trucks off the road.
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