Department of Public Works

Division of Refuse & Recycling

Mission Statement

The Division's mission is to provide an efficient and effective municipal solid waste program focused on customer satisfaction and recovery of resources.

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! Compost bin full? Unable to compost? You can now bring your non-meat food waste to the Recycling Center for food waste recycling/composting.

NEW! Those streets with City-provided blue recycle carts must contain ALL their recyclable materials within the recycle cart each week. ALL recyclable materials should be placed loose inside the recycle cart – DO NOT USE BAGS. DO NOT set out additional loose recyclable materials next to the recycle carts – it can all go inside*.

*The exception being large cardboard boxes in excess of 3’ x 3’ in size, which can be flattened and placed outside of the recycle cart for collection. All smaller size boxes must be broken down and placed inside the recycle cart to be collected.

NEW! Automated Recycling Program continues to expand as we move into the second year of a three year program implementation. Phase One was completed in October, 2013. Phase Two will roll out in late Summer of 2014 and Phase Three will launch in 2015, resulting in the full automation of Lakewood’s Curbside Recycling Collection by the end of the year 2015.

NEW! The City of Lakewood recycled over 50% of its total municipal solid waste in 2013 – the second year in a row that we have achieved that resource recovery benchmark.

NEW! We now accept all household appliances at the City of Lakewood Drop-off Facility to be recycled.

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.

Slow Down To Get Around

Slow Down To Get Around

Please remember to drive slowly and safely when passing Refuse & Recycling vehicles and workers!

Length: 1:01

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

Collection Hours

Regular Collection Hours: Monday through Friday - 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 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.

Setout Hours

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.

Empty Refuse and Recycle Carts must be removed from the curb by the end of each collection day. 

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.