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Hauler License

Hauler License


Boulder County Ordinance #2019-3 requires licensing of all hauling companies operating within Boulder County that collect, transport or dispose of discarded materials (garbage, recyclables, compostables, construction and demolition materials, or landscaping materials). If your company was licensed in 2019, your hauler license expired on December 31, 2019.

Please follow the steps below to receive your new or renewed hauler license:

  1. Complete the Hauler Application Form
  2. Complete and sign the Self‐Certification Form
  3. Calculate your license fee based on an annual fee of $50.00 for up to the first three vehicles (if you operate one, two, or three vehicles, the cost is $50.00). Each additional vehicle is $10.00 (i.e., if you operate four vehicles, the cost is $60.00).
  4. Send the two forms referred to above and your license fee payment to me at the address below. Please make checks payable to Boulder County Treasurer.

Boulder County Resource Conservation
Attn: Hauler License
1901 63rd Street
Boulder, CO 80301

Upon receipt of your Application, Self‐Certification Form and payment, your Hauler License will be issued. With issuance of your license, you will receive the appropriate number of windshield stickers for your vehicles.
If you have questions, please contact Cody Lillstrom at 720-564-2757.

Current Licensed Haulers


In 2019, Boulder County implemented new policies that apply to all hauling companies that collect, transport or dispose of discarded materials (garbage, recyclables, or compostables, construction and demolition waste, or landscaping materials) in unincorporated Boulder County.

The policy calls for:

  • Licensing of all haulers
  • Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) disposal pricing tiers
  • Single-stream recycling (all recyclables together in one bin) with unlimited curbside recycling collection
  • Curbside organics/compost collections in certain neighborhoods
  • Construction and demolition materials
  • Landscaping materials
  • Waste Hauler Annual Reporting

Policy Documents

Hauler Ordinance
Implementation Standards
Hauler Zone Map

Annual Reporting

Through a partnership with Boulder County, haulers and companies report for both the City of Boulder and unincorporated Boulder County using the same software program, Re-TRAC. The reporting forms can be found online at Please follow the instructions in the Waste Hauler Reporting Guide, which also contains links to YouTube videos should you need additional help, to report the amount of municipal solid waste, recyclables and compost collected. No paper forms will be accepted this year. All data reported to the city and the County shall be treated as confidential commercial documents under the provisions of the Colorado Open Records Act, Section 24-72-201, C.R.S., et seq.

Please note, Re-TRAC is being implemented for reporting waste hauled from within the City of Boulder and unincorporated Boulder County only. Haulers may enter data for other communities listed in the Annual Service Summary form; however, this is optional and not required during this reporting cycle.
Waste Hauler Reporting Guide Dec. 2015

Collection Requirements

Waste haulers are required to offer services based on the “zone” in which the customer resides.

There are four general zones with different collection requirements:

  • PAYT Trash collection only (mountain areas)
  • PAYT Trash collection and unlimited recycling (north of Nelson Rd., east of foothills in unincorporated Boulder County)
  • PAYT Trash collection, unlimited recycling, food scrap & yard waste composting (south of Nelson Rd., east of the foothills)
  • PAYT Trash collection, unlimited recycling and yard waste composting (communities south of Nelson Rd., just east of the foothills and Eldorado Springs)

See: hauler zone map

Pay-As-You-Throw (Volume Based Disposal)

Haulers are required to provide all residential customers (residential structures with not more than two dwelling units) in the unincorporated county with PAYT waste disposal pricing.

Organics/Composting Collection

Curbside compost collection is required:

  • East of 39th St and south of Nelson Rd., north of the city of Boulder -food waste and yard waste collection
  • East of Hwy 93, south of the city of Boulder – food waste and yard waste collection
  • West of 39th St and south of Nelson Rd.; and including Lake of the Pines and Crestview Estates, north of the city of Boulder; and the Eldorado Springs community, west of Hwy 93, south of the city of Boulder – yard waste collection only
  • Food waste may be collected in areas that are not designated if bear-proof organics collection containers are serviced by a hauler licensed under this ordinance.


Materials are required to be collected as Single-Stream Recycling from residential properties covered by the ordinance.

Single-stream materials include:

NewspaperMailEmpty aerosol cans
MagazinesOffice paperPlastic #1-7 (bottles, jugs, tubs and screw top jars)
CatalogsPhone booksPaper milk/soy cartons
Corrugated cardboardGlass bottles and jarsAluminum Foil
Brown paper bagsAluminum cans
Paperboard (chipboard)Steel and tin cans

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Resource Conservation Division

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Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd St
Boulder, CO 80301
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