As the school year gets underway, many people are moving into new homes in Fort Collins, which is a perfect time to remind residents that tossing cardboard in the trash is against the law.
All cardboard must be reused or recycled according to a City ordinance approved in March 2013. Residents and businesses who have “single stream” recycling - meaning all recyclables are collected in one bin - should place cardboard in their existing recycling bins. Cardboard can also be taken for no charge to the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Center at 1702 Riverside Ave, directly behind Rivendell School. The Drop-Off Center is open seven days a week during daylight hours.
Residents with moving boxes they no longer need often can find others who will pick up the boxes and reuse them by posting the boxes on craigslist.org or freecycle.org.
The City of Fort Collins provides educational materials for no charge, including “No Cardboard” stickers for trash bins as well as recycling guideline signs in paper, laminated, or metal sign format. Residents may contact the City’s Environmental Services Department at 970-221-6600 for any of these materials.
Businesses or apartment complexes looking to start or improve a recycling program can receive free on-site assessments and educational materials through the City’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRAP). Rebates are also available for locations starting a new recycling program. Those who refer a business or apartment complex that does not yet have recycling to WRAP may receive a $50 gift card.
For details about what is covered under the cardboard ordinance and more recycling resources, visit fcgov.com/recycle.
The City has aggressive waste reduction goals to recycle or compost 75 percent of the community’s discards by 2020 and move toward a goal of creating zero waste by 2030. In 2013, the community’s diversion rate totaled 64.6 percent.