Request For Letters of Interest: Solid Waste Truck/Staff Augmentation

Closed September 15, 2022, 11:00 PM


The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI), City and County of Denver, is soliciting Letters of Interest from haulers to augment our fleet and staff to assist the Solid Waste Management Division with the transition to weekly recycling for January 2023. 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF WORK: Beginning in January 2023, Solid Waste Management customers (single family homes and apartments up to 7 units), will begin paying for all solid waste services based on their trash cart size. Weekly recycling and compost services will be included at no additional cost. Weekly recycling is slated to begin immediately in January, while compost will be phased in throughout 2023, as the City educates customers on contamination prevention.

As Solid Waste Management (SWM) transitions from bi-weekly recycling collection to weekly service, the Division will also grow it’s recycling service by 21 routes. SWM is seeking a minimum of 10 automated side loaders, with drivers, to assist with trash, recycle, and/or compost collection to augment our existing fleet for at least the first year of the new program with a City option to extend the contract for two additional years at its sole discretion.


  • One year contract with City option to extend contract two additional years.
  • Contractor to provide minimum of 10 automated side loader trucks, maximum 15.
  • Commercial Driver’s License endorsement (CDL) drivers must be provided for each truck.
  • Assist SWM by weekly pickup of 12-15 primarily curbside routes (~1,000 homes/route).
    • Routes will be divided up between three districts across the city (NE, SE, SW).
  • Per contract, Denver’s materials must end up at the following facilities (utilizing a transfer station in between is acceptable):
    • Cherry Creek Transfer Station (city-owned and operated).
    • Recyclables must end up at GFL’s Material Recovery Facility for processing.
    • Compostable material must end up at A1 Organics located in Keenesburg, CO for processing.
    • Trash must end up at DADS Landfill.
  • Drivers will tag carts for contamination and not collect carts that contain items that SWM does not collect.
  • All required operation, fueling, & maintenance work must be provided by the contracted hauler, not the city’s Fleet Maintenance shop.

INFORMATIVE MEETING (OPTIONAL): September 12, 2022, 9:00 a.m. local time, to discuss scope/schedule of the project. This meeting will include an overview of the City’s need for support services, as well as a question/answer session. Based on industry interest and feedback, the City may issue an RFP for these services shortly thereafter.

To access the meeting, please call (720) 388-6219 and enter conference ID: 662 210 120# or join via Microsoft Teams Meeting

LETTERS OF INTEREST: The Letters of Interest will allow the Project Team to compile a list of companies potentially interested in providing these services. Companies interested in receiving project information should send a Letter of Interest to Michele Foust via the inbox no later than September 15, 2022, to ensure that you receive future information about the Project. Include in your Letter of Interest the name, address, phone numbers, and e-mail address for a contact person at your company.

Additional program information can be found at

Publication Dates:                September 7, 8, 9, 2022 

Published In:                         The Daily Journal