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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


Save the Date: Special Collection Event at the Timberline Recycling Center

Spotlight image: Save the Date: Special Collection Event at the Timberline Recycling Center

Beds, Buckets, & Books - Oh My! The City's next special collection event will be held Saturday, October 7th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Hard to Recycle Materials Yard at the Timberline Recycling Center (1903 S. Timberline Road). There is a $5 entry fee per vehicle, per entry, along with additional recycling fees for certain items.      

The Following Items will be Accepted:

Mattresses & Box Springs (any size) - $10 per item

Books (hardcover or paperback) - $1 per grocery bag full

Buckets (aka Bulky Rigid Plastics)* - $5 for up to 5 items, $10 for 6 or more items, $15 per XL item (e.g. playground equipment).

      Acceptable Plastic Items Include:

  • Milk/beverage crates
  • Buckets/containers > 2.5 gallons (metal handles are ok)
  • Laundry baskets
  • Lawn furniture
  • Toys (NO metals, electronics, or stuffed animals - must be plastic)

*Bulky/rigid plastic items are a unique type of item that is being piloted for collection during the event. While every effort will be made to recycle as much of this material brought as possible, our recycling processor may later find that some items are not recyclable, which will then unfortunately have to be sent to the landfill.      

For questions please call 970-221-6600. During the event the Timberline Recycling Center will be open for regular business, accepting yard debris, batteries, used oil, electronics, aggregates, paint, and more.

Free Mulch Available

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Until further notice, mulch will NOT be available at the Timberline Recycling Center or Gardens on Spring Creek.

Free, unlimited supplies of mulch are avalable for residents at the City's Streets Facility (625 9th Street - SW corner of Lemay & Vine) during daylight hours - while supplies last. 

More infomration in a Forestry press release.

Reduce Food Waste to Save Money, Water, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Spotlight image: Reduce Food Waste to Save Money, Water, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Did you know that wasted food makes up about a quarter of what local residents throw in their household trash?

Fort Collins is throwing away food like it’s going out of style – and it just might be! A new campaign, launched in the summer of 2017, aims to inform and inspire the Fort Collins community by encouraging you to Save Your Food, for the sake of the environment and your pocketbook!

Haulers Now Offering Curbside Yard Trimmings Pickup

Spotlight image: Haulers Now Offering Curbside Yard Trimmings Pickup

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

Curbside Recycling Made Easy (PDF)

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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.

Glass Now Going Bottle to Bottle in Curbside Recycling!

Spotlight image: Glass Now Going Bottle to Bottle in Curbside Recycling!

 Just like the paper, metal and plastic that you place in your curbside recycle bin gets made into new paper, metal and plastic, now this is the case for glass too! Learn more about glass recycling.

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.

TRC is now accepting plastic bags for recycling!

Spotlight image: TRC is now accepting plastic bags for recycling!

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. 

Community Recycling Ordinance

Spotlight image: Community Recycling Ordinance

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

Start Recycling at Your Business or Apartment Complex

Spotlight image: Start Recycling at Your Business or Apartment Complex

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!

Keep Shredded Paper Out of Curbside Recycling Bins (PDF)

Spotlight image: 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, 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.