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

Thursday, October 24

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.