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UPDATE! Because City Council asked for more research at the Feb. 4 study session into
specific ways Lakewood could improve its residential trash collection system, we have started a process to receive detailed and solid information from waste haulers for the City Council to evaluate. Learn about this next step.

If you have questions about this next step, please ask it in the “Ask Us!” section or email us at sustainability@lakewood.org.

We will present the information from haulers along with other findings to City Council at a study session currently scheduled for July 15. This meeting will explore the possibilities for addressing numerous concerns that residents have expressed about the residential trash hauling system serving them. Those concerns include pricing, level of service, neighborhood impacts, environmental pollution, impacts to streets and other issues identified through conversations with a wide range of residents detailed in the 2019 Lakewood Residential Trash Collection Report.



UPDATE! Because City Council asked for more research at the Feb. 4 study session into
specific ways Lakewood could improve its residential trash collection system, we have started a process to receive detailed and solid information from waste haulers for the City Council to evaluate. Learn about this next step.

If you have questions about this next step, please ask it in the “Ask Us!” section or email us at sustainability@lakewood.org.

We will present the information from haulers along with other findings to City Council at a study session currently scheduled for July 15. This meeting will explore the possibilities for addressing numerous concerns that residents have expressed about the residential trash hauling system serving them. Those concerns include pricing, level of service, neighborhood impacts, environmental pollution, impacts to streets and other issues identified through conversations with a wide range of residents detailed in the 2019 Lakewood Residential Trash Collection Report.


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

  • I live at Green Mountain II townhomes. Will the service apply to complexes like ours? Hoping to be included...also hoping for composting as well as recycle. Nice to see Lakewood growing up in important ways than just growth!

    Carol asked 28 days ago

    Thanks for your question! In the exploratory RFP that was issued by the City in order to learn more about potential prices and services, homeowners associations that contract for waste collection currently (like yours) would have the option to be a part of the citywide program or maintain their own hauler. Keep in mind City Council has not made any decision to move forward with a contracted system and more discussion is to come!

  • 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 8 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 11 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 12 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.