January 13, 2023

Steamboat Springs to explore pay-as-you-throw trash program, but changes aren’t coming soon

From Dylan Anderson, Steamboat Pilot and Today

City council directed staff two explore such a program over the next 18 to 24 months

On Tuesday, Jan. 10, Steamboat Springs City Council directed staff to explore instituting a pay-as-you-throw system for trash collection, though actual changes to the current garbage situation are still likely two years away.

Pay as you throw is a method of trash collection aimed at reducing waste by charging customers based on how much they throw away, similar to how residents are charged for water usage.

The method often used to achieve this requires trash collectors to offer multiple sizes of bins with the large and medium-sized bins priced higher than what collectors charge for a small bin. When similar programs have been implemented around the state, more than half of residents have opted for a smaller trash can.

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