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UPDATE! We spent the summer and fall of 2018 collecting your input and combined it with additional research to create a comprehensive report on Lakewood’s residential trash collection system. We presented the report to City Council during the Feb. 4 study session. You can read the meeting summary below or watch the video online.


WHAT'S NEXT? We will continue outreach efforts in order to develop more detailed scenarios for what a new system could look like in Lakewood. Check back here for opportunities to share your feedback in this process!


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 your input and combined it with additional research to create a comprehensive report on Lakewood’s residential trash collection system. We presented the report to City Council during the Feb. 4 study session. You can read the meeting summary below or watch the video online.


WHAT'S NEXT? We will continue outreach efforts in order to develop more detailed scenarios for what a new system could look like in Lakewood. Check back here for opportunities to share your feedback in this process!


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.


Post your question here and City staff will respond within two business days. 

Please note that your questions will be visible to the public. If you'd like to send a private message, email us at sustainability@lakewood.org.

Q&A

  • Is there a reason why all trash collection companies in this area only offer recycling pick-up every two weeks instead of every week?

    Lakewood Cares asked 6 months ago

    Thanks for your question! There are no regulations for pick-up frequency in Lakewood. Haulers may choose to offer every other week recycling in order to reduce transportation costs. Because recycling does not have any organic material, like food waste, it can sit out for longer without emitting odor or attracting pests. However, we have heard from other residents who have also expressed interest in weekly recycling pickup. Thanks for sharing this idea with us on the idea board!

  • Just curious how many miles of streets Lakewood has??.... so, if Lakewood has 10 trucks on each street every week and Lakewood has xxx miles of streets, and a garbage truck uses 4 gallons per mile … then how many gallons of fuel could we be saving each week... A single hauler or 2,3 hauler system would have on average 3 trucks per week (2 on garbage weeks and 4 on recycling weeks) Then if Diesel is $3 per gallon the haulers don't need to use how many dollars in fuel to do the same job??

    Nate asked 10 months ago

    Hello! According to a 2016 inventory, Lakewood has 543 miles of streets. We have found studies that agree with several of your points- fewer haulers in a geographical area reduce street impacts, vehicle emissions, fuel use, and is more cost effective for the hauler because they have more customers per mile.

    You might be interested in a 2009 Minnesota study that modeled hauling costs based on distance. The "Waste Collection Service Arrangements" report is available online at https://www.pca.state.mn.us/waste/managing-waste-planning-and-research. Page 38 includes a model of costs per mile based on gas, labor, etc.

  • Does Lakewood offer the annual electronics disposal days or other large neighborhood clean-up efforts to dispose of items that normal trash wouldn't take (electronics, large items, paint, oil, etc.)?

    jamespwill asked 10 months ago

    Yes! The City of Lakewood hosts an annual Earth Day electronics event in April at the Lakewood Heritage Center. You can find a full list of places to take hard-to-recycle materials at Lakewood.org/Recycling.