Arvada begins rollout of new waste hauling program

Recycling carts will be rolled out between June 7 and June 26

Ryan Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/10/21

The rollout of Arvada’s new single-hauler waste and recycling partnership with Republic Services is underway, with recycling carts being delivered to residents between June 7 and June 26. The new …

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Arvada begins rollout of new waste hauling program

Recycling carts will be rolled out between June 7 and June 26

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The rollout of Arvada’s new single-hauler waste and recycling partnership with Republic Services is underway, with recycling carts being delivered to residents between June 7 and June 26. The new trash hauling service will begin on July 5 and the biweekly recycling service will be July 12.

Residents have been able to select their cart size — or opt out from the program — since March. The program passed narrowly through City Council with a 4-3 vote on June 20, 2020, but has received continued backlash due to its opt-out fee.

“Why was this issue not put on a ballot?” asked Arvada resident Tom D’Agostino at a March 1 City Council meeting. “Why would you ignore such a hot button issue when you knew it mattered to people? Some of the city council members are emboldened, and during COVID-19 you passed this, and what’s next? What are you going to pass next time?”

“What arrogant scheming you four demonstrated when you refused to let this go to a vote of the people,” said resident Vicki Walbridge at the same council meeting. “You purposely devised this corrupt game plan during a pandemic because you had a majority of one and wanted to push this through to satisfy your special interest group while stifling the will of the people.”

Conversely, Mayor Pro Tem Dot Miller — who voted in favor of the program — praised the service’s low cost and focus on recycling.

“The City’s program provides low-cost curbside recycling to residents. I am excited that we have this opportunity to increase our community’s recycling rate,” Miller said.

One goal of the program was to reduce the number of waste hauling trucks on city streets — thus reducing wear and tear on roads, reduce noise and air pollution and lower the cost of trash hauling for residents, according to Arvada’s website.

To help facilitate the program, the city received a grant from The Recycling Partnership, a nonprofit that works with local governments to improve their recycling programs. The new recycling program will allow residents to place only recycling materials — such as glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper goods — directly in their recycling receptacle.

Recycling pickup will occur on a biweekly basis starting the week of July 12. More information on Arvada’s waste hauling program can be found at waste.arvada.org.

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