Three Cart Program

Three Cart Program, truck, garbage, recycle, compost

The Three Cart Program is a three-cart, volume-based waste collection system:

  1. Recycle
  2. Compost
  3. Trash

The pay-as-you-throw rate structure incentivizes residents to recycle and compost as much as possible while reducing the material placed in garbage carts that will end up at our local landfill.

Visit our Residential Rates page for the October 2021-September 2022 Three Cart Program Rates.

All Lafayette residents who opt out of the City's Three Cart Program through Republic Services will be issued a monthly waste service fee on their Lafayette water utility bill starting Nov. 1, 2023. These changes were adopted by Council as part of Ordinance No. 21, Series 2020.

Learn about the Solid Waste Service Fee

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 5:30-7pm 
Confluence Small Business Collective
75 Waneka Parkway, Lafayette
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This is the second of two informational meetings in 2022 regarding the solid waste service fee, why changes were adopted, and how to join the City program. 

Homeowner association board members and managers and residents are encouraged to attend to learn about the solid waste service fee, why changes were adopted, and how to transition to the City program. 

Stay tuned for 2023 informational meeting details. 

  1. What is the solid waste fee?

The solid waste service fee is a monthly charge to residents that opt out of the City's Three Cart Program. Only those residents that voluntarily choose not to be part of the City's Three Cart Program will receive the fee. The monthly fee will appear on residents' Lafayette water utility bills starting Nov. 2023. 

The fee will increase each year on Jan. 1 based on the local consumer price index (CPI). From November–December 2023  the solid waste fee will be $15.63. There is no way to predict what the fee will be on Jan. 1, 2024, as the increase will be based on a 12-month average of CPI percentage change from the year before. 

  1. Why was this fee adopted?
  1. What will the fee be used for?
  1. How do I join the City's Three Cart Program?
  1. Benefits of the City Three Cart Program