GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — The City of Grand Junction is set to kick off a better way to trash your trash, it’s a new dual-stream curbside recycling program.

The program, set to start in March of 2023, will automate your recycling pickup while offering trash pickup on the same day.

Residents participating in the new dual-stream program may lower their bills by reducing their trash waste and increasing their recycling waste. The city will collect trash and recycling for one price, which will directly correlate to the size of the trash bin. It breaks down like this:

  • 48-gallon trash bin $11.50 per month
  • 64-gallon trash bin $15.75 per month
  • 96-gallon trash bin $25 per month

Grand Junction residents can head over to the city website or utility office at 910 Main Street on weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to sign up for the monthly service.

The City is hosting two events for citizens to learn more about the program and see the new recycling bins. Potential customers can stop by the Auditorium in City Hall at 250 North 5th Street between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 and on Thursday, February 23.

The City’s phase 1 rollout plan for the dual recycling program looks like this;

  • March 7 – downtown between 7th and 17th St. from Gunnison to Rood Ave.
  • March 20 – downtown from 7th to 17th between Rood and Ute Ave. and the Canyon View/Granite Falls subdivision west of S. Camp Rd.

The City will provide two 64-gallon recycling bins for those included in phase 1. One bin will be used for collecting tin, aluminum, and plastic #1, #2, and #5. The other bin will be for paper, cardboard, and fiberboard.

The city will no longer collect glass curbside for phase 1, but customers can drop glass off at the recycling center on 333 West Avenue.

Program participants will also have the opportunity to subscribe to seasonal yard waste collection, available between April and October. Yard waste is qualified as leaves, grass clippings and small branches. Yard waste mulch will be stored and available at the Mesa County landfill for planting and landscaping.

The City of Grand Junction’s trash and recycling services are only available to those who reside within city limits. Customers can find more information on the city website or by calling or emailing the recycling division for more information.

Western Slope Now will follow the progress of the new recycling program and update this story as new developments unfold.