Sanitation Autoload Program

A parked, white garbage truck.

The City of Idaho Falls’ Sanitation Division is excited to announce the final of three phases to convert residential refuse collection to an auto-load system beginning this month. Delivery of the new refuse containers will begin the week of May 8.  

The first phase, completed in 2015, converted approximately 4,500 residential homes to the automated system, followed by an additional 5,000 in phase two. The third and final phase will convert the remainder of the city, approximately 6,000 to auto-load.

The Sanitation Division requests that residents involved in phase three begin using the city-supplied refuse carts on their regular pick-up day of the week following cart deliveries.

A link to the auto-load program, including maps of subdivisions involved in phase three, and additional information is on the homepage of the city’s website.

Customers can also contact the Sanitation Division at (208) 612-8491 for information about the program, to request pick up of large items or brush, or to request additional refuse carts. 

Phase III begins May 8

If you need large item/brush pick up, or have additional questions, please contact the Sanitation office. Additional refuse carts for residences are available for $9.45 a month per cart. Please contact the Sanitation division to request any additional carts.
The City Public Works Department initiated a study to evaluate the opportunities for conversion of the Sanitation Division curbside pick-up services to an autoload program. The program was recommended to be implemented with a phased approach as funds are available to acquire the equipment necessary. Benefits identified in the report include:
  • Higher staff efficiency rates, number of staff versus homes served
  • Lower overall operating expenses
  • Reduction in litter on the streets prior to pick-up
  • Reduction in staff related injuries reducing Workman's compensation claims
  • Wheeled garbage containers may be easier to handle/move around
Access a review of the study (PDF).