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City to Host Virtual Community Conversations to Discuss Residential Trash and Recycling Services

Fort Collins is considering moving household garbage and recycling collection to a contract system. This would mean that instead of each household choosing its own waste hauler, the City would conduct a competitive purchasing process and contract with a hauler to service single-family homes, duplexes and small multi-family complexes (with seven units or less) in a neighborhood.

Many communities in Colorado and the United States have found that this type of system reduces the number of trucks in residential neighborhoods, provides a consistent price for everyone in the community, and increases opportunities for recycling and compost collection. If a household wanted to select a different carrier, they could pay an opt-out fee.

The City invites community members interested in learning more and sharing their thoughts to visit The Our City page includes information about contracted systems, research results, ways to share your thoughts on the project, and links to sign up for upcoming virtual community conversations. At these events, city staff will share their findings so far, what a contract for waste might look like in Fort Collins, and answer questions from attendees. The events will be organized on:

  • Thursday, June 9, 7-8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 10, 12-1 p.m.

Find more information and sign up for community conversations at