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 Golden Valley City Council arrived at this decision in 2019 after years of research by staff and the City's Environmental Commission and input from residents. City staff compiled all public feedback into a Community Input Report containing resident emails, survey responses, social media analytics, and more.
In accordance with City Code Section 16.193, all residential households, including multifamily dwellings with four or fewer units, must either directly or through the owner or manager of a multifamily dwelling unit have a contract for at least bi-weekly collection of garbage and refuse with a hauler licensed by the City.
In accordance with City Code Section 16.193, commercial establishments and multifamily dwellings with more than four units must contract for collection of garbage and refuse at least weekly and as often as once each business day, if necessary, with a hauler licensed by the City.