Residential Waste Hauling

The City Council will use 2018 to study options for residential trash collection in the Golden Valley. The process will involve learning about trash collection models, engaging residents and trash haulers in the discussion, and identifying City goals for waste collection.


Under Golden Valley’s current open system, residents contract individually with a hauler of their choice for trash collection, while recycling collection is provided through a single hauler contracted by the City.

The Council’s decision to study trash collection results from questions and discussions over several years. Additionally, the City may need to prepare for changes in the marketplace and public policy, such as interest in the curbside collection and composting of organic waste.


  • The City Council will consider basic information about trash hauling at public meetings in 2018 and identify possible goals.
  • The City Council will engage stakeholders (residents, haulers, etc) before considering what changes, if any, should be made to the current system.
  • The study and discussion process is expected to wrap up by fall, but changes to the current system, if any, would not occur for some time afterwards.


  • Ensure residents have options for the type and level of waste disposal services they desire.
  • Establish waste disposal practices that improve environmental outcomes.
  • Establish standards for waste collection that minimize impacts to infrastructure and enhance neighborhood livability (cleaner, safer, quieter, and healthier).
  • Avoid significant operational or capital cost increases to the City and residents.
  • Increase the City's and community's understanding of the waste disposal process in order to achieve its goals and those of its partner agencies.


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