Residential Waste Hauling

The City Council used 2018 to study options for residential trash collection in the Golden Valley. The process involved learning about trash collection models, engaging residents and trash haulers in the discussion, and identifying City goals for waste collection. In Nov 2019, the City Council passed a new Waste Hauling Ordinance that will go into effect April 1, 2020.


Under Golden Valley’s current open system, residents contract individually with a hauler of their choice for trash collection, while recycling collection is provided through a single hauler contracted by the City.

The Council’s decision to study trash collection results from questions and discussions over several years. Additionally, the City may need to prepare for changes in the marketplace and public policy, such as interest in the curbside collection and composting of organic waste.

In October 2018, the City hosted a waste hauling forum to engage and educate citizens about residential waste hauling and to hear public input. The forum offered insights from a panel to include waste hauling companies and communities with different waste hauling systems. Feedback was also collected from the public through an online submission process.

In April 2019, the City Council adopted a first consideration ordinance to limit the number of licensed waste haulers in Golden Valley.

The Council also directed the number of available waste hauling licenses to be the number currently issued. The amendment to City Code Section 16-193 considered April 16 will limit the number of waste hauling licenses to not exceed 10 and recycling hauling licenses to not exceed six.

At its Nov 19, 2019 meeting, the Golden Valley City Council passed a new Waste Hauling Ordinance that will go into effect April 1, 2020.


  • The City Council will consider basic information about trash hauling at public meetings in 2018 and identify possible goals.
  • The City Council will engage stakeholders (residents, haulers, etc) before considering what changes, if any, should be made to the current system.
  • The study and discussion process is expected to wrap up by fall, but changes to the current system, if any, would not occur for some time afterwards.


  • Ensure residents have options for the type and level of waste disposal services they desire.
  • Establish waste disposal practices that improve environmental outcomes.
  • Establish standards for waste collection that minimize impacts to infrastructure and enhance neighborhood livability (cleaner, safer, quieter, and healthier).
  • Avoid significant operational or capital cost increases to the City and residents.
  • Increase the City's and community's understanding of the waste disposal process in order to achieve its goals and those of its partner agencies.

Community Input

Soliciting public input was a major component of the Golden Valley City Council’s consideration of updating the residential waste hauling ordinance.

Staff solicited input from the community through online surveys, social media, and CityNews regarding the following areas:

  • number of licensed haulers
  • number of collection days per week
  • day of collection
  • most important aspects of waste hauling
  • curbside collection of organics

The online survey was active from Sept 3–Sept 30, was limited to one response per IP address, and had 1,024 responses.

City staff compiled all public feedback into a Community Input Report containing resident emails, survey responses, social media analytics, and more.