Pay-as-You-Throw & Single Hauler

Nov. 2022 UPDATE: Thank you to all waste hauling companies who responded to the RFP for a Single Hauler Contract and to all residents who provided input throughout the exploratory process. At this point, the Town is not awarding a contract and will continue to explore strategies to best divert recyclable and compostable refuse from the landfill, improve the health and safety of residents, and keep costs for these services reasonable.

graphic about Pay as You Throw Opens in new windowSingle hauler infoThe Town of Erie is currently ranked lowest in the region for recycling and composting numbers. Without major change, the Town will not achieve increased diversion rates anticipated in the Sustainability Master Plan or reach the goal to divert 50% of refuse from the landfill by 2026. To help support these diversion goals, the Town of Erie is exploring a Pay-as-You-Throw model and a Single Hauler option for areas of Town which are not currently under contracts with hauling companies through their HOA. This contract would also cover Town of Erie government facilities as well.

Pay-as-You-Throw (PAYT) is exactly that - a system where your rate of pay is connected to the amount of refuse sent to the landfill. More trash landfilled = higher cost. More trash recycled or composted instead of landfilled = less cost.

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As of Aug. 19, 2022, the Town posted a Request for Proposal inviting hauling companies to apply for this new contract. The RFP closes on Sept. 30, 2022. The contract will be awarded to the winning hauling company and will give them enough time to organize pickup logistics and bins for this new service area. The service area will include those neighborhoods not currently in an HOA contract (Old Town, Erie Airpark, and Northridge) as well as all Town-owned facilities. Service is anticipated to begin January 2023.

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HOAs are not currently required to switch into this new Single Hauler contract, but will have the opportunity to opt in prior to the RFP being awarded if they desire.

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment supports a PAYT Model as a "proven (way) to reduce trash going to landfills, and increase recycling and composting." Click on the image below for the State's position on the option:

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Other Communities with PAYT

There are currently 23 communities in Colorado that have a PAYT structure including:

  • Fort Collins
  • Loveland
  • Longmont
  • Boulder
  • Lafayette
  • Louisville
  • Golden
  • Arvada
  • Edgewater
  • Sheridan
  • Northglenn
  • Morrison
  • Manitou Springs
  • Vail
  • Aspen
  • Carbondale
  • Gunnison
  • Paonia
  • Alamosa
  • Ridgeway
  • Ouray
  • Mountain Village
  • Fruita