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Pay as You Throw
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The City is in contract negotiations and planning for implementation of a City-wide residential trash and recycling collection program, Pay as You Throw (PAYT).
"Pay as you throw" means the price of trash service will be based on how much trash you produce, if you reduce your trash you will save money.
Recycling service will be mandatory, using the recycling service will help you save money by reducing trash
The core goals of this program are to:
- Reduce truck traffic on our streets
- Increase correct recycling
- Reduce the number of recyclables being thrown away
- Incentivize overall waste reduction
What trash & recycling pick-up could look like in Glenwood Springs beginning later this year
- Glenwood Springs would begin providing trash and recyclables collection to residents under a city-wide contract structured to provide more services with better pricing
- Instead of individual sign-up for collection as is the norm today, the city might select one hauler and provide both trash and recycling to each resident based on the size of service needed
- Pricing would vary with service levels such that residents with smaller trash carts will pay less – up to 4 trash service sizes will be provided under a new approach called “pay-as-you-throw” or PAYT
- Every resident would have cubside, single-stream recycling service provided at no extra cost with pick up every-other-week
Why make a change?
- City staff recommend the new system as a way to provide recycling to all residents - many homeowners do not recycle with their hauler today because it costs extra
- Increased recycling will reduce the amount of trash sent to the South Canyon Landfill and delay the need for costly landfill expansion
- Recycling more will give many residents the ability to “downsize” their trash container and reduce their monthly bills
- The single-hauler approach will also reduce heavy truck traffic in City neighborhoods by as much as 60%, reducing street wear and tear and annual maintenance budgets
Thank you to all who submitted comments. Your feedback helped inform the final request for proposal (RFP) as part of the competitive bidding process. On March 2, City council approved one of the proposals for PAYT services and authorized staff to begin contract negotiations. Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
- Who will be covered by the PAYT program contract?
- Services will be provided to residents that use individual, wheeled carts. PAYT will only apply to single-family residences and multi-family residences less than seven units.
- Any residential complex that uses larger dumpsters to collect trash from multiple households will not be included.
- Mobile home parks and HOAs whose residents use individual accounts will also be included, but will have up to one year after program implementation (depending on existing contracts) to switch to the PAYT system.
- If your attached dwelling unit (ADU) currently has separate utility bills, it will also have separate trash service.
- All short-term rentals in city limits are required to use the largest size option for trash and recycling.
- This will not apply to businesses or multifamily residences greater than seven units at this time.
- Why is PAYT being implemented now?
To incentivize waste reduction, reduce truck traffic in neighborhoods, and increase proper recycling. This will help us protect roads and extend the lifespan of the South Canyon Landfill.
- What is the anticipated timeline on this process?
The City conducted a competitive bidding process to select a single hauler starting in late 2022. Staff had previous been keeping current haulers apprised of the new system.
- September 2022 - Public Input to inform the Request for proposal (RFP) process
- November 2022 - RFP Process
- March-April 2023 - Contract Negotiations
- July 2023 - Enrollment period and cart selection begins
- November 2023 - Implementation and rollout (service starts)
- How will residents get new services?
- Information on how and when residents can sign up for the new service will be posted on the City’s website and distributed in monthly utility bills next year – information will be provided in both English and Spanish
- Residents will be able to sign up in person, by phone or online – English- and Spanish-speaking staff will be available for those who need extra assistance
- Residents will be able to change their service levels once the program is rolled out
- City staff will be dedicated to operations going forward and will be available to address service complaints, change cart sizes and answer questions
- Billing will be a monthly utility bill from the city, similar to water and electric bills
- What is the plan for carts?
- What are the cart size options and what will the new prices be?
- The size options for trash will be 32 gallons every other week, 32 gallons, 64 gallons, and 96 gallons.
- The size options for recycling carts will be 64 and 96 gallons.
- Pricing will include both trash and recycling and will be determined by the hauler as part of the bidding process.
- Will I get brand new carts?
- Maybe – the hauler is allowed to reuse existing carts if they are usable.
- What happens to my old carts?
- The hauler may choose to refurbish and use them if they own them, or they may not, it is up to the hauler. If your old carts are owned by a hauler who does not win the bidding process they will take back their carts.
- What if I sign up for a large trash cart but really only need a small one?
- You may call the city and request a size change, during the first month of the program this will be free.
- What if I have more trash than fits in my cart?
- You may bring your extra trash to the recycle center or the landfill and throw it away for $4 per bag. If you leave it at the curb you will be charged an overflow fee which will be more than $4/bag.
- What if my neighbor and I want to share a cart?
- We don’t have a way to do this, but the cheapest and smallest option should be very affordable for people who are conscious of their waste.
- What are the cart size options and what will the new prices be?
- What is the estimated pricing for carts?
There will be four basic options for trash service levels – large, medium, small, and super-saver. Every resident will have recycling service provided every-other-week as part of the bundled service. The super-saver trash service option will be collected every other week and will be priced comparably to taking two to three bags of trash to the Recycle Center every month, but with the convenience of curbside pick-up.
The three other trash service level options will be picked up weekly: small (about 32-gallon cart), medium (about 64-gallon cart), and large (about 96-gallon cart). The small cart holds approximately two tall kitchen bags, the medium holds about five bags and the large holds up to seven.
Estimated Trash Cart Sizing and Pricing
Recycling carts are bundled with trash service. Recycling carts will be available in the three three cart sizes for collection every other week (recycling cart size will not change the bundled price).
Trash Service Level
Estimated Monthly Price (this is not yet final)
Super-Saver 32-gallon cart picked up every other week $10.80 Small 32-gallon cart (holds up to two tall kitchen bags) $12.72 Medium 64-gallon cart (holds up to five tall kitchen bags) $25.44 Large 96-gallon cart (holds up to seven tall kitchen bags) $38.16
Liz MauroLandfill ManagerPhone: 970-945-5375
Bryana StarbuckPublic Information OfficerPhone: 970-384-6441