1300 Canyon Blvd
P.O. Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306
The trash tax is an occupation tax on trash haulers serving customers within the city limits and helps fund waste reduction efforts in Boulder. Most haulers pass the tax on to customers as part of their trash service bills. Read the trash tax ordinance.
Boulder also has a waste hauling ordinance that all haulers must comply with. Read the Trash, Recyclables, and Compostables Hauling ordinance.
Current Tax Rates
Trash Tax Uses
Over the years, the trash tax has funded a variety of waste reduction activities including:
Tax Rate History
Trash tax rates were raised again in 1998 and temporarily in 2005 to fund citywide programs to improve energy efficiency and conservation. Rates were lowered in 2006 after voters approved the Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax to fund energy conservation and waste reduction efforts.
City Council raised the tax to the voter-approved maximum in 2009 to pay for improved and centralized waste reduction facilities at 6400 Arapahoe Avenue.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:38