Attention haulers! As of 2021, the City and County of Denver’s waste hauler license application for new and renewing licenses is a fully online process. The web portal is now open. Please see instructions to apply below. Renewing licenses will have until March 10th to apply. ***
As of 2016, all solid waste haulers who collect and haul waste, recyclables, organics, junk, construction/demolition/deconstruction debris, and bulky materials within the City & County of Denver must obtain a waste hauler license.
The City and County of Denver’s Solid Waste Hauler License Program (Municipal Code: Sec 48-61 Article V Chapter 48) creates a fair operating environment for all solid waste haulers, guarantees minimum collection safety requirements, and attains basic solid waste disposal and recycling data for the commercial sector in Denver.
New haulers to the City and County of Denver can apply for their waste hauler license anytime during the year, but please note that all licenses will expire on January 31st each year regardless of your initial application date.
In 2021, haulers will have until March 10th to renew their license due to the new application process. Penalization fees will be reinstated on this date for late applications.
Expectations of Waste Haulers
- Sign vehicles and containers. All containers and vehicles operating within the City must be labeled with company name and phone number. This information must be displayed on the left and right door of each vehicle and on the street-facing or alley-facing side of each container. Signage letters must be at least 3 inches tall.
- Retain solid waste receipts. Haulers shall maintain receipts, for a minimum of one year, from all solid waste disposal sites and management facilities where collected materials are deposited.
- Become licensed. Solid waste haulers must keep a copy of their license in each vehicle and at the address listed on the hauler’s license application to be presented upon request. Companies will need to reapply for their waste hauler license by January 31st each year (March 10th for 2021).
- Report tonnage quarterly. (Starting in 2021) Haulers must report tonnage hauled quarterly for 2021. Tonnage can be reported any time during the year, but must be completed prior to renewing next year’s license.
The private companies listed below provide collection and hauling service within the City & County of Denver and are currently licensed by the City & County of Denver.
- To become a licensed solid waste hauler within the City & County of Denver, the information below must be provided (all haulers will apply as new in 2021):
- Quarterly Tonnage Data (new as of 2021) total quarterly quantities of waste collected (categorized by tons landfilled/recycled/composted, etc.), facility used
- Company contact information. Provide your company’s primary contact information and type of ownership.
- Safety information. Verify your U.S. Department of Transportation information
- Operations & Data. Provide vehicle description information, types of services provided, collection methods.
- Affidavit of True and Accurate Information: Your application must be authorized by a representative of your company. By completing the application, you are verifying that all vehicles are compliant with applicable local, state, and federal safety and inspections requirements; have required minimum insurance coverage; and all vehicles are properly licensed.
- Other Documents: Certificate of insurance that meets the required liability/automobile coverage per U.S. Department of Transportation requirements. For new applicants only: copy of a state ID and signed copy of Statement of lawful presence.
- Certificate of insurance example can be found here(PDF, 103KB).
Download the How to Apply for a License Instructions(PDF, 2MB) document for the most comprehensive information.