Curbside Refuse, Recycling & Compost Service

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The City is pleased to include a refuse, recycling, and composting program as a part of our utility service.

REMINDER:
All items must fit in your trash and compost cans with the lid shut or Western Disposal will not pick up your can.This is a pay-as-you-throw system and you are paying for service based on the size of your container. If you cannot fit your trash or composting in the container you have you can the following options:

  • Call Western Disposal (303.444.2037) to upgrade to a larger container size;
  • You may put out additional bags with your cart. It will cost you $3.35 per bag for pick up. You will need to buy the required $3.35 stickers and affix it to the bag so that the collection worker knows to pick up the bag. Stickers are available at City Hall (749 Main Street) and the Recreation Center (900 West Via Appia). Compostable bags are available for purchase at Home Depot and Lowe's.
  • You are eligible for a free quarterly pickup of a large or bulky item on your regular collection day. To have a large or bulky item picked up, you will call Western’s Customer Service Department (303.444.2037) and let them know what you would like to have picked up, and they will let you know if any charges may apply and discuss payment options.
  • Large and bulky items include furniture, appliances, small equipment, lawnmowers, barbeque grills, and mattresses. Items must be one single item, not a pile of branches or a pile of construction debris, to qualify for this service. Freon-containing appliances are not included as a free item, but can be collected for a fee.  

 Program Information

Why this service?

This program is intended to:
  • Lower costs for the majority of Louisville residents;
  • Have fewer heavy trucks on streets and less street damage;
  • Less truck traffic, noise, and pollution;
  • Dramatically raise recycling rates;
  • Ensure better customer service.

What homes are included in the program?

This program will affect all single-family homes that are NOT a part of an active Homeowner’s Association that has its own refuse and recycling contract.The City has contracted with Western Disposal Services, Inc. for curbside collection of refuse, recyclables, and compostables. Specific information explaining the the program is available from Western's Customer Service Department at 303.444.2037. While Western will be doing the collection, it is the City that will be billing you for the service on your monthly Louisville utility bill.

How Do I Sign Up for Service?

You may call the Western Disposal Customer Service Department at 303.444.2037 to discuss program specifics and arrange your service level.

Program Overview

Collection services:

  • Trash is collected weekly on Thursdays;
  • “Single-stream” recycling is included in the service. Recyclables will be collected bi-weekly, also on Thursdays;
  • Compostables are also part of this service. Compostables will be collected bi-weekly, also on Thursdays, alternating with recyclables;
  • You will receive a calendar from Western with the specific pick up dates. 

Carts:

  • You may choose from 32-gallon, 64-gallon, or 96-gallon carts for each different service (refuse, recyclables, compostables);
  • Pricing is based on your level of service for trash and compostables. Recycling is included. Keep in mind that the more you divert to your recycling bin, the lower your trash costs can be;

Costs:

Refuse Cart Size

Compost Cart Size

Cost for Refuse/Compost Service (effective 9/1/14)
includes 60¢ service fee

Cost for Recycling
any size

32-Gallon
32-gallon
$14.67/month
32   64   96
32-Gallon
64-gallon
$18.29/month
32   64   96
32-Gallon
96-gallon
$21.91/month
32   64   96
64-Gallon
32-gallon
$23.02/month
32   64   96
64-Gallon
64-gallon
$26.64/month
32   64   96
64-Gallon
96-gallon
$30.26/month
32   64   96
96-Gallon
32-gallon
$31.37/month
32   64   96
96-Gallon
64-gallon
$34.99/month
32   64   96
96-Gallon
96-gallon
$38.61/month
32   64   96
Additional carts for trash and compostables are $2.50per month if at 96-gallon service.
Prepaid stickers for a 32-gallon bag are $3.35.

 

Additional trash/items:
If you have more trash than you can fit in your cart, you may put out additional bags with your cart. It will cost you $3.35 per bag for pick up. You will need to buy the required $3.35 stickers and affix it to the bag so that the collection worker knows to pick up the bag. Stickers will be available at City Hall (749 Main Street) and the Recreation Center (900 West Via Appia).

You will be eligible for a free quarterly pickup of a large or bulky item on your regular collection day. To have a large or bulky item picked up, please call Western’s Customer Service Department, give them your account number (printed on your water/refuse bill), and let them know what you would like to have picked up. They will let you know if any charges may apply. You will be asked to provide a credit card number if charges apply and will be billed directly to your credit card.

Large and bulky items include furniture, appliances, small equipment, lawnmowers, barbeque grills, and mattresses. Items must be one single item, not a pile of branches or a pile of construction debris, to qualify for this service. Freon-containing appliances are not included as a free item, but can be collected for a fee.

Change of Service:
You may change your service levels and cart sizes at the end of each month to meet your trash needs at no charge.

Questions

If you have any questions about the service, please call Western Disposal's Customer Service Office at 303.444.2037. If you have questions about your bill, please contact the City's Utility Billing Office at 303.335.4501.

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