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  •   Dept Head: Susie Gordon
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
  •   215 N Mason St
    Fort Collins, CO 80524
  •   Alexis Hmielak
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  •   970.221.6600
  •   8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

Recycling Updates Newsletter


TRC is now accepting plastic bags for recycling!

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The City has begun recycling plastic bag and film packaging on a trial basis as of January, 2017. You'll notice the re-purposed square containers (IBC totes - previously used to transport bulk liquid) located just west of the mulch area in the free section of TRC. This pilot program is highly dependent on the good quality of items residents place in the specially labelled bins. We hope you help us make this a successul program! Please see the Timberline Recycling Center's FAQ page for more information. 

Haulers Now Offering Curbside Yard Trimmings Pickup

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Starting April 2017, Fort Collins residents will have the option to have their yard trimmings collected at the curb. This service is now offered by all three residential trash haulers, and is offered from April to November of each year. Your hauler will charge a separate fee for this service – please contact your hauler for additional details or to sign up. See more details.

Love Your TRC? Show Us on Social Media!

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Get your smart phones and cameras ready: The City of Fort Collins is starting a new social media contest! During February, post a picture of you recycling at the new Timberline Recycling Center on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #mytrc and you’ll be entered into a drawing for prizes! See the contest rules.

Timberline Recycling Center Open!

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The Timberline Recycling Center is now open at 1903 S. Timberline Rd. The Riverside drop-off site was relocated, and the new site continues to accept cardboard, paper, glass, and mixed bottles/cans, 7 days a week during daylight hours. A separate area of the Timberline Recycling Center is expanded to accept certain "hard-to-recycle" items and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information is available on the Timberline Recycling Center page.

Community Recycling Ordinance

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The Fort Collins City Council recently adopted the Community Recycling Ordinance unanimously. More information about the Community Recycling Ordinance can be found here. 

Regional Wasteshed Planning

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The City is participating in a Regional Wasteshed Planning coalition to address the future of solid waste management in Colorado’s north Front Range in light of the expected 2025 Larimer County landfill closure. Click here for more information. 


Curbside Recycling Made Easy

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Nearly everything can be reused or recycled, but do you know what you can and can't place in your recycling bin? We've made it easy to become a recycling expert! Check out our easy-to-follow: 

Recycling Guidelines Poster 

Guía Para Reciclaje


Many items not accepted in curbside recycling can be recycled elsewhere, for a complete  A-Z listing of materials Click Here.

Start Recycling at Your Business or Apartment Complex

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Want to start recycling or composting at your workplace? Do you hope to have recycling options at your apartment complex? Now’s a great time to start! The City of Fort Collins' Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRAP) is offering financial incentives for businesses and multi-family complexes to start such programs.

If you'd like more details, take a quick peek at the WRAP page. You could even get a financial incentive for referring someone to start a program!

Glass Recycling Reduces Waste

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You already know that all of the paper, metal, and plastic you place in your curbside recycle bin is made into new paper, metal and plastic. But did you know that glass is unique? It's the only material placed in our single-stream recycling that goes toward a "beneficial secondary use". Learn more about glass recycling.

Keep Shredded Paper Out of Curbside Recycling Bins (PDF)

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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, shredded paper can be taken to the Timberline Recycling Center at 1903 S. Timberline Rd, and placed in the mixed paper bin (#4).  

Here’s our advice. Before shredding paper, decide if there are just a few lines of information you want to keep protected. Tear off the information you consider confidential and shred it. The larger pieces of the paper can go into your curbside bin, and the shredded pieces taken to the City's Drop-off. Or, find a local business that can shred and recycle your documents for a fee.