Sanitation Autoload Program

The City of Idaho Falls’ Sanitation Division is now fully automated. 

The first phase of the conversion from handload to autoload, 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 converted the remainder of the city, approximately 6,000 to autoload.

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).