Details are provided below about new trash rates effective April 1, 2017, as well as new service offerings.
The City of Longmont has a long history of providing trash service to its residents dating back to 1948. Like many other Front Range communities, Longmont operated its own landfill up until 1992, but closed it when costs to operate the facility and permitting were no longer feasible. Longmont sanitation employees now haul trash daily to the Front Range Landfill in Erie, Colo. Longmont added curbside recycling in the 1990s to divert recyclable materials as landfill space became scarce and costly. After numerous public hearings, Council passed an ordinance that will carry Longmont into the next era of solid waste service.
In April 2017, the City launched a revised Pay As You Throw (PAYT) trash rate structure, voluntary composting service and an additional trash container size. All of these changes will help Longmont Solid Waste prepare for future anticipated landfill costs and diminishing landfill space in the Front Range region of Colorado. The composting program diverts more waste from landfills. The revised PAYT rate structure brings more equity to the program by allowing customers who dispose of less trash to choose smaller container sizes at much lower subscription pricing.
A Closer Look
“Pay As You Throw”
Offering customers differing levels of collection is known as a “Pay As You Throw” in the sanitation industry. The new Pay As You Throw (PAYT) program is intended to improve waste diversion by charging more for the higher volume containers and adding a smaller container at a much lower price. In 2015, a survey of trash containers in Longmont found that 80% of residents are over-subscribed, meaning they could go to a smaller container. The survey also discovered that 70% of trash containers in Longmont had substantial amounts of recyclable materials. The new PAYT rates will incentivize residents to recycle more and use smaller containers, thus diverting waste from the landfill while saving money.
Learn more about curbside recycling service on our Recycling webpage >
View current trash rates on our Trash webpage >
Curbside Compost Collection
The voluntary curbside compost service is an option-in (opt-in) service, meaning if you want to subscribe to the service it’s a choice. Longmont’s City Council recognized that not all residents may be interested in curbside compost collection. An opt-in model gives sanitation customers the decision to have the service or not.
Learn more about curbside composting service on our Composting webpage >
Rates: Is one service helping to pay for another?
The rates for PAYT and composting are entirely independent of each other. Composting fees will pay for the entire cost of composting and not subsidize the trash/recycling service. Also, PAYT rates will only pay for trash/recycling and not subsidize the composting service.
Thinking of making changes to your service level and/or adding composting?
Details on when your service change(s) take effect will be provided after your request is submitted. In some cases, a follow up phone call will be required to confirm scheduling.