PAYT Program Expansion

The City is working to expand the pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) waste collection system to the entire community, and we need your input!

We will be hosting two community meetings in City Council Chambers

Wednesday, October 16
6:30-7:30pm

Thursday, October 24
6:30-7:30pm

What is PAYT?

PAYT is a three-cart volume-based system that encourages recycling and composting of waste. The recycling carts are billed at just $1, and compost carts cost less than the waste cart. While the recycling cart is 96 gallons, the waste cart can be as small as 32 gallons, with a corresponding lower fee. This rate structure incentivizes customers to recycle and compost as much as possible.

What are the benefits of a PAYT program?

  • Help support our community’s sustainability goals:
    • Council approved waste diversion goals of 45% by 2021 and 85% by 2046 as a reflection of our community sustainability values.
  • Be a good steward for the environment:
    • Less waste = fewer landfills, which protects the beautiful Front Range landscape that we all value.
    • Recycled or composted waste can be used to create new materials without using virgin resources.
  • Contribute to good community financial management: 
    • The more waste we divert, the longer it is before we need new landfills. Future landfills will be located farther away and result in higher hauling prices.