Department of Public Works
Division of Refuse & Recycling
The Division's mission is to provide an efficient and effective municipal solid waste program focused on customer satisfaction.
Lakewood's "Green Refuse and Recycling Initiative," implemented in 2009, automated the City's refuse collection system and mandated recycling at properties that receive municipal refuse collection. Automated refuse collection is the most efficient and cost effective system available today, and mandatory recycling participation saves tax dollars by reducing disposal costs and conserves natural resources. This Initiative provides efficient and cost-effective services while providing long-term economic and environmental benefits to the community.
NEW! We now accept all household appliances at the City of Lakewood Drop-off Facility to be recycled.
NEW! It is now OK to combine paper and mixed recycle together in blue or clear see-through plastic bags for Lakewood’s Curbside Recycling Collection.
NEW! It is now OK to recycle juice boxes and milk, juice and frozen food cartons.
See Recycling Guidelines for more information.
Residential Curbside Collection
The City of Lakewood Division of Refuse and Recycling provides once-per-week curbside service for the collection of household refuse, bulk items, recyclables and yard waste to properties with one through four household units.
Multi-unit properties with five or more units are responsible for contracting refuse collection however the City of Lakewood collects furniture and other large bulk items, and recyclables, on the regular day in their area. See Multi-Unit Properties for additional information.
Please remember to drive slowly and safely when passing Refuse & Recycling vehicles and workers!
Rules and Regulations
The Director of Public Safety adopts Rules and Regulations for the placement of refuse, trash, bulk waste, yard waste and recyclables in a manner that will promote collection efficiency and the protection of the quality of neighboring properties.
Any violation of any rule or regulation may result in the property owner being charged for the actual cost of such work or the administrative cost incurred for the enforcement of such rule or regulation. Property owners are responsible for making sure their tenants are aware of and comply with Rules and Regulations. Ord. 1777.02
Regular Collection Hours: Monday through Friday - 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
*Holiday Collection Hours and days of collection are subject to change to accommodate collection in four instead of five days. Please refer to the Holiday Collection Schedule.
Between 6:00 p.m. the night before collection and 6:30 a.m. on the day of collection.
*Please refer to Holiday Collection Schedule directions for set out hours during holiday weeks.
Early and late set outs are violations of Ordinance 1777.01 and may result in collection fees charged to the property owner.
Public Street Can Collection
Refuse and Recycling Division employees manually collect from more than 200 curbside public street cans each week. The City's new, large capacity, automated collection street cans save time and reduce litter. Please notify the Refuse and Recycling Division if you see an overflowing public street can.