New green waste carts coming to homes in August

New green waste cart is shown on the right.

The Lakewood City Council has approved a proposal from the city’s trash and recycling contractor, EDCO Disposal, to provide free green waste rolling carts to Lakewood residents and to begin the automated curbside collection of green waste, similar to how trash and recycling is collected. The free upgrade to Lakewood trash and recycling services will begin this August. The change in green waste collection will be preceded by several written communications to residents from EDCO and the city explaining how the new system will work.

In August, residents will receive, for free, one new green waste cart (the same size as the standard 95-gallon trash cart residents currently have). Once the new green waste carts are delivered, EDCO will no longer pick up green waste in residents’ old green waste containers, as the system will be fully automated. The only exception is that residents may still leave bundles of branches, etc. less than 4 feet long and 18 inches in diameter, tied securely with string or twine and EDCO will pick those up at no cost. If residents desire, EDCO will remove, at no cost, existing green waste containers that residents own, or residents can keep those for other uses.

After the initial delivery and upon request, EDCO will provide up to two additional large 95-gallon green waste carts to residents at no charge. For residents who have space constraints at their home, smaller rolling green waste carts will be provided at no cost.

The new automated green waste collection system is expected to reduce injuries to EDCO workers that can result from lifting the wide variety of often unpredictably heavy green waste containers that residents have. The automated system, using larger green waste containers, is also expected to increase the amount of green waste recycling achieved by Lakewood residents. Stay tuned for more details from EDCO and the city in advance of the August 2017 delivery of the new green waste carts and the start of the new automated green waste collection system.