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FAQs - Trash, Recycling & Composting

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Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. Contact Waste Services regarding general inquires and service requests.

  • Composting

    • Can I compost year-round?

    • Can I get more than one composting cart?

    • Can I put pet waste/cat litter/dirty diapers in with my composting?

    • Can I recycle a single use coffee cup?

    • Do I have to bag my compost items?

    • How do I compost at the curb and how will I know what to compost?

    • How do I keep my cart closed on windy days?

    • How do I prevent odors and pests in my composting cart?

    • How do I report that my container was not collected?

    • How do I sign up for curbside composting service?

    • If something is biodegradable, does that mean its compostable?

    • Is one service helping to pay for another?

    • Is processed compost material free to Longmont residents for use in gardens, etc?

    • Is there more than one size cart for composting?

    • My collection container is broken, who is responsible to repair it?

    • My collection container is dirty, who is responsible to clean it?

    • What are the benefits of composting?

    • What day and week will my composting be collected?

    • What if I already compost in my backyard?

    • What is compost?

    • What's the Waste Wizard and how can it help me?

    • When and where do I place my containers for collection?

    • When did Longmont begin offering trash services to residents?

    • When will the composting charge appear on my utility bill?

    • Where can I get a kitchen pail/bags/carbon filters?

    • Where do I store my compost bin?

    • Who can sign up for curbside composting?

    • Will my trash/recycling/composting be collected on holidays?

  • Recycling

    • Can I recycle a single use coffee cup?

    • How can I recycle my Christmas tree and other holiday items?

    • How do I keep my cart closed on windy days?

    • How do I report that my container was not collected?

    • How much of what I put in my recycling bin ends up in a landfill?

    • How often is recycling collected and what is my recycling day?

    • My collection container is broken, who is responsible to repair it?

    • My collection container is dirty, who is responsible to clean it?

    • My plastic container has a number on it. Can I recycle it?

    • What is single-stream recycling... what can I put in my recycling container

    • What's the Waste Wizard and how can it help me?

    • When and where do I place my containers for collection?

    • When did Longmont begin offering trash services to residents?

    • Will my trash/recycling/composting be collected on holidays?

  • Trash

    • Can I recycle a single use coffee cup?

    • Do I have to get trash service?

    • Does Longmont have a landfill?

    • Does the City offer curbside branch collection in the spring?

    • Does the City offer curbside leaf collection in the fall?

    • How can I dispose of hazardous household chemicals like paint or cleaners?

    • How can I save money on my monthly trash bill?

    • How do I dispose of large or bulky items?

    • How do I dispose of my old mattress?

    • How do I dispose of my old TV?

    • How do I dispose of needles (sharps)?

    • How do I keep my cart closed on windy days?

    • How do I report or dispose of a dead animal?

    • How do I report that my container was not collected?

    • How many trash bags fit in each size cart?

    • How often is trash collected and what is my collection day?

    • Is one service helping to pay for another?

    • My collection container is broken, who is responsible to repair it?

    • My collection container is dirty, who is responsible to clean it?

    • What are the free Landfill Drop Days?

    • What are the hours of the Waste Diversion Center?

    • What items are accepted at the Household Chemical Drop Day?

    • What's the Waste Wizard and how can it help me?

    • When and where do I place my containers for collection?

    • When did Longmont begin offering trash services to residents?

    • Will my trash/recycling/composting be collected on holidays?

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