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Christmas Tree Recycling

Once the holiday fun is over, take your Christmas tree to be recycled from Dec. 26, 2014, through Jan. 19, 2015. Click the link below for a list of free locations, and remember to remove all decorations before dropping off your tree.

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City Recycling Drop off

Fort Collins residents and businesses can recycle a range of materials at the City’s full-service recycling drop-off facility. The two-acre drop-off site is open during daylight hours, seven days a week, year-round to the public. Watch for exciting changes to the drop-off site in 2014, when a new, expanded location will be announced.

Curbside Recycling

Residential recycling in Fort Collins is provided by local hauling companies as part of trash collection services, at no additional charge. The City of Fort Collins Pay-as-you-throw Ordinance requires haulers to apply volume-based rates that reward residents for lowering the amount of trash they generate.

Recycling at Apartments and Condos

The City of Fort Collins is committed to helping increase the amount of recycling and composting taking place in local apartment and condo complexes. Through WRAP (the Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program), the City offers financial incentives to local multi-family complexes that start a recycling or composting program. Free on-site waste assessments, communications tools, and in-person assistance are also available.

Referral incentives (PDF 81 kB) are also available for those who refer a multi-family complex to start service!

A-Z Recycling Guide

Information about items that can be recycled in the Fort Collins area is maintained in a comprehensive “matrix” on the website under the title “Who Recycles What”. With regular updates and editing, this list is an important resource for citizens who are avid about recycling.

Tree Recycling (PDF)

The Christmas Tree Recycling Program is a free service to the community and is jointly sponsored by the City of Fort Collins and Larimer County. It operates from late December to mid-January every year.

Leaf Exchange

The City’s Environmental Services Division sponsors an on-line leaf exchange program that operates year-round (though most exchange activity occurs in the fall). Through the program you can put out the word if you’re looking for additional leaves for mulching or composting projects, or connect with others in the community who are looking to take leaves for gardening purposes.

Electronic Waste

Fort Collins’ electronic waste ordinance prohibits the disposal of electronics in the waste stream, underscoring the importance of reducing potential sources of future pollution and toxic waste in local landfills.

Toxic Waste

Where to dispose of toxic materials such as old household batteries, paint, pesticides, compact fluorescent light bulbs and more.

Curbside Recycling Guidelines

Post this handy guide above your recycling bin or on your refrigerator for an easy reminder of what can be recycled at the curb in Fort Collins.

Why Recycling Matters

There are numerous reasons why the City of Fort Collins encourages citizens and businesses to recycle: cost savings, extended landfill lifespans, resource conservation, energy conservation, economic development, pollution prevention, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and fostering a sense of community involvement and responsibility.
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i Recycle Profiles Local Recyclers

Everyday recycling choices can make big changes in the world. Check out the story of Aida Raider, a Fort Collins resident, mother, and grandmother who encourages everyone to take an active role in recycling.
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Buy Recycled Products

Buying recycled is more important than people realize, but it's also much easier than people think. Purchasing recycled products "closes the loop" and sends the message to manufacturers to keep making those products. Look for products with higher content of recycled materials, which helps increase the demand for recyclables.
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Art of Composting

Composting is important because 20% or more of household waste is made up of organic materials that can be composted, rather than going into local landfills. Reducing your trash by composting also saves money on your trash bill! Learn how to compost at the "Art of Composting" presentation held each spring as part of the Environmental Program Series.
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Check the entire list of Recycling How Tos »

Curbside Recycling Guidelines

Post this handy guide above your recycling bin or on your refrigerator for an easy reminder of what can be recycled at the curb in Fort Collins.

Stop Junk Mail

The City has joined forces with Catalog Choice to allow consumers to stop unwanted phone books, catalogs, coupons, and credit card solicitations at the source. More than 80 billion pieces of unsolicited mail are received by Americans each year -- and customers and municipalities foot the bill for waste/recycling collection and disposal. Residents and businesses can sign up for the mail preference program now for no charge.

Composting Yard and Food Wastes

Compost Resources – Composting resources including composting web sites, compost bin vendors, and bin construction tips.

Backyard Composting Demonstration Site – A visit to the backyard composting bin demonstration site can give you ideas on different types of compost bins and their uses. The demonstration site is located at the Gardens on Spring Creek.

Fort Collins Composting Worm Exchange
Vermicomposting (composting with worms) is a fast, simple way to compost household organics into a rich soil amendment for your garden. To facilitate the exchange of compost worms and related information, Fort Collins' own vermicompost expert John Anderson (aka the "Worm Man") developed the Fort Collins Compost Worm Exchange.

Yard Waste and Leaf Drop-Off Sites

Fort Collins does not currently operate a municipal yard waste drop-off site; however, there are several privately operated drop-off locations for yard waste and leaves.

  • Hageman Earth Cycle – 3501 E Prospect Rd, Fort Collins (970) 221-7173. Operates all year. Accepts leaves, grass clippings, branches, and garden debris. Fee charged. Hours: Monday – Friday, 730am-500pm; Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Doug Weitzel Inc – 2630 W Mulberry, Fort Collins (970) 482-4983. Accepts leaves, grass, garden waste, and branches (up to 6 inch in diameter). Please separate branches and leaves from grass and garden waste. Drop-off fee: $4.75 per cubic yard. Hours: Monday – Friday, 800am to 500pm; Saturday: please call for current hours.

Grasscycle! Leave your grass clippings on the lawn for a healthier, greener lawn that's more resistant to disease. It is a natural way to fertilize without chemicals. It is much easier than bagging and hauling and saves you money.

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WRAP (Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program)

The City of Fort Collins is committed to helping increase the amount of recycling and composting taking place in local businesses. Through WRAP, your business can receive a free on-site waste assessment, rebates for starting a new recycling or composting program, free communication tools, and educational programs for staff. Referral incentives (PDF 81KB) are also available for those who refer a business complex to start service!
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Keep Cardboard from the Landfill

The City of Fort Collins recently adopted a regulation to prohibit corrugated cardboard boxes/packaging from being placed in the waste (trash) stream. This affects all commercial, industrial, and residential generators. Learn more about the ordinance and what it means to Fort Collins businesses.

The Road to Zero Waste

What will the future of waste reduction and resource conservation look like in Fort Collins? Help shape the vision in our community.

A-Z Recycling Guide

Information about items that can be recycled in the Fort Collins area.

Computer and Electronics Recycling

In Fort Collins there are many options for recycling commercial electronic waste, including drop-off and pick-up services and special collection events held throughout the year.
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Curbside Recycling Guidelines

Post this handy guide above your recycling bin or on your refrigerator for an easy reminder of what can be recycled at the curb in Fort Collins.

Keep Shredded Paper out of Curbside Recycling Bins

You probably think paper is paper, right? Not if it's shredded paper. Unlike office paper, shredded paper can't go in your curbside bin. However, "shred" is accepted for recycling at the City's drop-off site (bin # 4). 

Stop Junk Mail (PDF)

The City has joined forces with Catalog Choice to allow consumers to stop unwanted phone books, catalogs, coupons, and credit card solicitations at the source. More than 80 billion pieces of unsolicited mail are received by Americans each year -- and customers and municipalities foot the bill for waste/recycling collection and disposal. Residents and businesses can sign up for the mail preference program for no charge.

How to Host a Green Meeting

Interested in "greening" up your meeting or event? By reducing waste and ensuring that materials are recyclable and compostable, it's easy to shrink the environmental footprint of your meeting or event. Locally, there are several businesses willing to help plan and support your green events.
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Business Recycling Resources

We've compiled a comprehensive list of waste reduction and recycling resources for your business.
See the Business Recycling Resource List>

Buy Recycled Products

Buying recycled is more important than people realize, but it's also much easier than people think. Purchasing recycled products "closes the loop" and sends the message to manufacturers to keep making those products. Look for products with higher content of recycled materials, it increases the demand for recyclables.
Read More >

Business Recycling Resources

We've compiled a comprehensive list of waste reduction and recycling resources for your business.
See the Business Recycling Resource List >

Incentives

Resources

Sustainable Purchasing

Sustainable purchasing takes into account the Triple Bottom Line of environmental, social and economic aspects. Find out what we're working on and learn how to do business with the City of Fort Collins

Additional Information

Waste Reduction & Recycling Information

Learn the in's and out's of recycling & composting, the Road to Zero Waste initiative, the cardboard ban, and what you can do to make a difference.

Contact Information

Susie Gordon
Senior Environmental Planner
Environmental Services Department

970-221-6265