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Trash Concerns

Please call Code Enforcement at 303-441-3333 to ask questions or report a code violation to dispatch.

Service requests submitted online will receive a response within four business days (7:00 am - 5:00 pm, except holidays).

Trash, Recyclables and Compostables 6-3

The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety and welfare by regulating the accumulation and storage of trash, recyclables and compostables; and to prevent conditions that may create fire, health or other safety hazards; harbor pests; or impair the aesthetic appearance of neighborhoods. The provisions of this chapter are intended to help ensure that trash, recyclables and compostables are disposed of in an appropriate and timely manner, that such materials are properly screened and to support waste reduction programs that promote recycling and composting.

What can I do to prevent my trash from being scattered?

It is your responsibility to ensure that bearsraccoons, dogs, and wind can not scatter trash. For this reason trash can not be stored in plastic bags in alleyways and containers must be keep secured. Residents may choose to store their containers in a garage or shed, behind a fence, and can also opt for bear resistant container to secure trash from being scattered.  

What constitutes a violation of accumulation of trash?

Generally storage of items not desinged or intended for outdoor use could constitute a violation. Items may include but are not limited to mattresses; discarded furniture and appliances; car parts and tires; wood pallets; and piled yard and food waste. However every property and situation is unique and is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

When can I put my trash cans out and when do I have to bring them in?

Place trash, recycling or composting containers in a front yard setback or in the public right-of-way, excepting public alleys, no earlier than 5 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. Remove all containers from those locations by 9 p.m. the same collection day.

What can I do with my branch piles? 

Branch piles can pose a hazard by harboring rodents and could be a fire risk. Boulder residents may use the Yard Waste Drop-off services to remove branch piles.   


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