Pay as You Throw

Pay as you throw (PAYT) City-wide Trash and Recycling

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The City is in early stages of planning for 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 next 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 recycling service provided at no extra cost (it is yet to be decided whether recycling will be weekly or 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 

Who will be covered by the new contract?

  • Services will be provided to residents that use individual, wheeled  carts - which will typically include single-family homes, duplexes and some larger complexes 
  • Mobile home parks and homeowners’ associations whose residents use individual accounts will also be included but will be allowed up to a 12-month delay where hauling contracts are in place
  • Any residential complex that uses larger dumpsters to collect trash from multiple households will not be included

When will the new system be in place?

  • The City will conduct a bid process to select a single hauler starting in late 2022 - Staff have been keeping current haulers apprised of the new system and expect that some will bid on the new contract
  • In early 2023, there will be multi-month set-up period for helping residents determine service levels and exchanging/delivering carts 
  • The City expects to roll out the new system in late 2023

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
Anticipated Timeline for the PAYT Process

Thank you to all who submitted comments. Your feedback will help inform the final request for proposal (RFP) as part of the competitive bidding process. There are still several steps involved before anything is final, so we appreciate your continued involvement.

Completed Pop-Up Events


  • Tuesday, September 20, Market on 7th, 4-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 21, Community Center, 9-11 a.m.
  • Friday, September 23, City Market, 3-4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 29, Community Center, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 30, City Market, 9-11 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 1, Community Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  1. Liz Mauro

    Landfill Manager
    Phone: 970-945-5375

  2. Bryana Starbuck

    Public Information Officer
    Phone: 970-384-6441

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