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CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER SOLID WASTE HAULER LICENSE PROGRAM

 

 

2018 Program Summary

 

graphic of a trash truckAs of June 30, 2016, all solid waste haulers who collect and haul waste, recyclables, organics, junk, construction/demolition/deconstruction debris, and bulky materials within the City and 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.

In July 2017, the Solid Waste Hauler License Program transitioned to a calendar year application period. Therefore, all waste haulers will need to renew their waste hauler license between December 1, 2017-January 31, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE:

The application requires waste haulers to provide a waste collection quantity report for the waste hauled and collected in the City and County of Denver through all of 2017. This means any applications submitted in the month of December will be update their quantity report with December’s data before they can receive their license. To avoid this Solid Waste Management strongly encourages all haulers to wait and submit their applications after January 1, 2018.


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 by January 31st each year regardless of your initial application date.

In order to avoid penalization fees, all hauler license applications and the proper payment must be received by the Department of Excise & Licenses no later than January 31st.

Overview of the Hauler License Application

 

To become a licensed solid waste hauler within the City and County of Denver, you must provide the outlined information below.

  • Company contact information. Provide your company’s primary contact information, number of employees, and type of ownership.
  • Safety information. Verify your U.S. Department of Transportation information and attach a certificate of insurance that meets the required minimum liability/automobile coverage to your application.
  • Operations and Data. Provide vehicle description information, types of services provided, collection methods, facilities used, and total annual quantities of waste collected (categorized by tons landfilled, tons recycled, tons composted, etc.). Affidavit of True and Accurate Information: Your application must be signed by an authorized representative of your company. By signing 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. 

How to Apply for a NEW Waste Hauler License

 

Please follow the steps below to receive your 2018 waste hauler license.

1. Fill out the application. You must complete the entire Waste Hauler License Application, attach your certificate of liability insurance, and have proper payment to cover your total license fee.

2. Present application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. Deliver your completed application, proof of insurance, and payment in person to the Department of Excise and Licenses. Also, be prepared to sign an affidavit of lawful presence in the United State and present your driver’s license when you submit your application.

Department of Excise and Licenses

Wellington Webb Building

201 W Colfax Ave, Room 2.H.9, Dept. 206

Denver, CO 80202

3. Receive license in the mail. Once your application is approved, the City will send your waste hauler license to the mailing address provided on your application via certified mail.

 

How to RENEW an existing Waste Hauler License

 

Please follow the steps below to receive your 2018 waste hauler license.

1. Fill out the application. You must complete the entire Waste Hauler License Application, attach your certificate of liability insurance, and have proper payment to cover your total license fee.

2. Present application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. Mail or deliver your completed application, proof of insurance, and payment to the Department of Excise and Licenses between December 1, 2017 and January 31, 2018.

Department of Excise and Licenses

Wellington Webb Building

201 W Colfax Ave, Room 2.H.9, Dept. 206

Denver, CO 80202

3. Receive license in the mail. Once your application is approved, the City will send your waste hauler license to the mailing address provided on your application via certified mail.

 

Expectations of Waste Haulers

 

  • Sign vehicles and containers. All containers and vehicles operating within the city must be labeled with your company name and phone number. This information must be displayed, at all times, 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 2 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. Companies who collect and haul waste, recyclables, organics, junk, construction debris, demolition debris, deconstruction debris, and bulky materials within the City must obtain a license from the City and County of Denver. 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.  

Hauling License FAQs (click on questions to view answer)

 

  1. To ensure safe conditions on City streets and in City neighborhoods
  2. To obtain data on how much waste is generated & diverted within the City of Denver

The Waste Hauler License Program creates a fair operating environment for all haulers by ensuring all haulers follow minimum collection safety requirements. The program will also allow the City of Denver to obtain basic data to determine trash and diversion rates city-wide.

Haulers of waste, recyclables, organics, junk, construction debris, demolition debris, deconstruction debris, and bulky materials must register for a waste hauler license with the City Denver. 

It is unlawful for any person to collect or transport solid waste from within the City and County of Denver without a waste hauler license.

Haulers must maintain receipts, for a minimum of one year, from all solid waste disposal sites and management facilities where collected materials are deposited.  When applying for a waste hauler license, haulers must report all solid waste collected and hauled within the City and County of Denver from January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017.

Solid waste haulers will need to renew their license annually on or before by January 31st .

Your total annual license fee will consist of a $25 application fee plus a company fee based on the number of vehicles your company owns. The company fee structure is outlined below:

  • 1-2 vehicles - $100
  • 3-9 vehicles - $300
  • 10-20 vehicles - $600
  • 21 and more vehicles - $1,200

Licenses may be purchased with cash, check or credit card (Visa, Discover, and MasterCard).

The Director of Excise and Licenses will have the authority to issue fines, suspensions, or initiate show-cause hearings that could lead to license revocation for failure to comply with any of the restrictions set forth in ordinance, or if the licensee violates any other local or state law.

Yes. After an investigation and hearing, the Director of Excise and Licenses may suspend, revoke, or fine any licensee for a violation of the rule. 

If you have any questions regarding to your application you can contact Megan Lane at 303-446-3557 or DenverRecycles@DenverGov.org.

Department of Excise and Licenses

Wellington Webb Building

201 W Colfax Ave, Room 2.H.9, Dept. 206

Denver, CO 80202

After your application is approved, the Department of Excise and Licenses will send your license to your listed mailing address via certified mail.

Per Sec 48-61 Article V, you do not need a license. The licensing requirement is for businesses which collect solid waste within the City and County of Denver.

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Shortest wait time 
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Longest wait time 
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please be in lobby by 3:30 p.m. to be served the same day.

 
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

Denver Solid Waste Management staff can answer any questions you may have and provide technical assistance to help your company become licensed with the City and County of Denver. Please contact us at (303)-446-3557 or email DenverRecycles@DenverGov.org.

List of Licensed Haulers

 

The private companies listed above provide collection and hauling service within the City and County of Denver and are currently licensed by the City and County of Denver.