Garbage & Refuse

Single Hauler Ordinance

In order to reduce the number of collection vehicles on our residential roadways, the City has implemented a Single Hauler Ordinance - meaning that GFL is our sole provider for residential trash and recycling services.

In effect for all units unless there are 8+ more units on the property.

This Ordinance reduces emissions, wear on our roadways, and therefore, increases quality of life for you!

Overview

  1. You MUST have a wildlife resistant container if your trash container is outside before 5AM or after 9PM. (Municipal Code 7.10.030)
  2. When placing your containers curbside for pickup by GFL on your scheduled pickup date, you must remove your container within 12-hours of pickup. (Municipal Code 6.27.030)
  3. When storing your bear-proof container outside on your property, it must be at least 25-feet within your property lines. If this is not possible, it must be stored in a location inconspicuous to the view of the passerby. (Municipal Code 6.24.020)  
  4. Containers CANNOT overflow with waste/trash. (Municipal Code 6.24.030)
  5. Dumping/accumulating trash on private or public property is strictly prohibited. (Municipal Code 6.24.030) 
  6. All residents - unless they live in a complex of 8+ units - MUST use GFL as their disposal provider. (Municipal Code 6.27.010)

Violation of these Codes is accompanied by a minimum fine of $250.

Wildlife Resistant Containers

In an effort to limit animal/human interactions and to protect the local wildlife, the City of Manitou Springs enacted the Wildlife Ordinance, more commonly referred to as the “Bear Smart” Ordinance. Trash containers MUST be secure from wildlife at all times (garbage must be stored in wildlife-resistant containers or kept in a secure location which is inaccessible to wildlife). No person shall intentionally or unintentionally feed or provide food in any manner for wildlife on either public or private property within the city limits. All collection bins shall be kept closed and secured when waste is not being deposited.

A wildlife-resistant container is considered a fully enclosed container of sturdy construction that meets the standards of testing by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) as bear resistant.

Wildlife-resistant container are the only containers that can be stored outside - not within an enclosure. When storing these containers outside, they must be more than 25ft from your property line, or if that is not possible, in a location inconspicuous to a passerby.

Placing Containers for Pickup

All trash containing attractants - i.e. food products, liquids, grease, vegetables, etc.  - must be inside a container. Please note - for situations of pickup - fully sealed and unripped plastic bags are considered containers.

Are you experiencing you have more trash than can fit in your container? It's time to get an additional container!

When placing your trash outside for pickup, on your scheduled pickup date, please keep in mind that wind conditions can change quickly and wildlife can access your can much easier. You must remove the container within 12-hours of your pickup - regardless of whether you are utilizing a wildlife-resistant container or not.

Overflowing Trash

We have a zero-tolerance policy for overflowing containers - not only is it unsafe for animals an humans alike, it is bad for the environment and the overall appeal of our community.

Did your company miss a pickup? Contact them ASAP!

  • GFL -  (719) 633-8709
  • Waste Connections - (719) 591-5000

Dumping Trash

Don't do it! Be respectful of your community and our surrounds - put your trash in a container!

Loose trash runs into our creek, attracts bears, and can be a health hazard for you and your neighbors. There is NEVER a good reason to dump trash into anything but a trash receptacle.

Violation of this Code is accompanied by a minimum fine of $250.

Composting

Containers used shall have a close-fitting cover and when used for storage of litter shall be watertight, maintained in as clean a condition as possible and contents must be emptied at least once a weekly or more frequently if health or sanitary conditions demand.

Litter means all waste material, including animal and vegetable wastes, garbage, rubbish, ashes, dead animals, offal, droppings, abandoned machinery, electronics or appliance including parts therefrom, paper wrappings, cigarettes, cardboard, tin cans, yard clippings, leaves, branches, wood, waste building materials, glass bedding, crockery, household furnishings and all other similar materials.

Municipal Code Section 6.24 - Litter and Weed Control