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  •   Dept Head: Susie Gordon
  •   PO Box 580, Fort Collins, CO 80522-0580
Recycling Contact

Recycling Updates Newsletter

Timberline Recycling Center

Hours of Operation

Recycling Drop-off site (no charge):
Seven days/week during daylight hours

Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard ($5 facility use fee):
Regular Hours: Tues-Sat 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Winter Hours (Nov 1 - Mar 31): Tues-Sat 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The City of Fort Collins recycling drop-off site has relocated to South Timberline Road. The new and improved recycling center will continue to accept everyday recyclables for no charge and will also expand to include a hard-to-recycle materials yard that will accept certain "hard-to-recycle" items for a small fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Timberline Recycling Center FAQ page for an up to date list of frequently asked questions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please visit the City's Volunteer page for more information.

Recycling Drop-off Site

The City will continue to accept everyday recyclables like cardboard, paper, mixed bottles/cans, and glass at the drop-off site for no charge.

Materials collected include:

Additional Services Include:

Container #1 & #2

Corrugated Cardboard and Brown Paper Bags

These bins have rectangular openings six inches tall for accepting flattened cardboard. Please cut down large boxes to three feet long or they will jam the machinery. For their safety, children are not allowed on this equipment's platform.

NO soiled, waxed or single layer cardboard (paperboard), pizza boxes, plastic bags, Styrofoam or trash.

Container #3

Paperboard, Phone Books and Low Grade Paper

Accepted items are:

  • Cereal, cracker boxes
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Six- or twelve-pack beverage cartons
  • Food-free pizza boxes
  • Soft-bound books
  • Brown paper/envelopes
  • Gift, shirt, shoe, tissue boxes
  • Phone books
  • Paper bags, wrapping, tissue paper, packing paper
  • Paper tubes

NO posterboard, milk/juice cartons (they go in Container #5), rigid paper tubes (carpet roll tubes, etc.), microwave dinner boxes, plastic/foil lined boxes/bags, pet food, charcoal or fertilizer bags, used tissues, napkins, or paper towels, waxed paper or boxes, styrofoam, plastic bags or trash.

Container #4

Office Paper, Magazines, Newspaper and Junk Mail ONLY

NO neon, fluorescent or dark colored paper, foil-backed paper, paper bags, packing paper, brown or tan envelopes, Styrofoam packing materials, gift wrapping paper, phone books, TYVEK envelopes, plastic bags, string, or boxes.

Container #5 & #6

Commingled Containers (Bottles/Cans)

Accepted items are: (please rinse out and remove lids)

  • Paper cartons such as milk, egg and broth
  • Steel/tin cans and empty aerosol cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Metal lids/caps - remove from bottles and jars
  • Plastic food and beverage containers stamped #1-#7 such as jugs, bottles, tubs, clear "clamshells", Nalgene bottles, etc. Lids OK.

NO Glass, Styrofoam, microwave dinner trays, deli food trays, plastic bags or motor oil/anti-freeze bottles, compostable "plastic-like" containers.

Container #7 & #8

Glass Only

  • Clean Bottles and Jars (rinsed, no dirt or rocks)
  • Glass should be as INTACT as possible (not broken)
  • All colors
  • Labels ok
  • Remove caps and lids

Why? - By depositing glass only in this container you are helping us ensure that nearly 100% of the glass is fully recycled.

NO contaminants such as: ceramics, bake-ware, Pyrex, drinking glasses, window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, fish tanks or non-glass containers.

City Forestry Department's FREE Mulch Pick-up Location

Mulch Closeup

When a surplus of mulch is available, residents can pick up FREE mulch. Please note that this location is NOT a yard waste drop-off location.

This location is for pick-up ONLY. Free mulch is not for the use of contractors, landscapers, or nurseries.

Hard to Recycle Materials Yard ($5 facility use fee)

For a $5 facility use fee (additional fees for organic and electronic waste apply, see below for more details) the hard to recycle materials yard will accept:

  • Paint: (No entry fee when ONLY dropping off paint) Oil-based paint and enamel, Latex paint (interior/exterior architectural paints), Various other coverings (deck coating, varnish, floor paint, primer, sealer, stains)
  • Used Motor Oil
  • Antifreeze
  • Cooking Oil
  • Batteries
  • Electronic Waste: Additional fees apply
  • Scrap Metal: Includes non-refrigeration types of appliances
  • Aggregates: (Concrete/Asphalt/Porcelain)No Rebar or fixtures
  • Organic Debris Additional fees apply. Includes yard debris, branches, and untreated/unpainted lumber

Give the gift of recycling! Stop by the gatehouse at the Timberline Recycling Center's Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard to buy certificates for a complimentary entrance

Sample gift certificate


For visitors who are only bringing paint, no fee will be charged.

Accepted items are:

  • Oil-based paint and enamel
  • Latex paint (interior and exterior architectural paints)
  • Various other coverings (deck coating, varnish, floor paint, primer, sealer, stains)

NO aerosol paints (spray cans), art and craft paint, paint thinners, mineral spirits, solvents, paint additives, colorants, tints, resins, adhesives or leaking/empty/unlabeled containers.

Visit Paint Care for a complete list of acceptable products and to locate other Fort Collins businesses that currently accept paint for recycling.

Used Motor Oil

We cannot dispose of your liquid container. Used motor oil containers are not recyclable and should be thrown away.


Antifreeze must be free of contaminants such as motor oil.

We cannot dispose of your liquid container. Used antifreeze containers should be rinsed and recycled.

Cooking Oil

Cooking oil must be free of contaminants such as water or food scraps.

We cannot dispose of your container. Used cooking oil containers should be emptied and recycled.


Rechargeable and non-rechargeable are accepted Includes batteries ranging from small watch batteries to car batteries.

Electronic Waste

Electronic waste is subject to the following additional fees in addition to the $5 facility use fee:

  • Desktops, computers, CPU's and Hard drives (includes external hard drives or hard drives that have already been removed) – $5
  • Printers/Fax machines/Scanners – $10
  • Standing floor copiers – $50
  • Microwave ovens – $10
  • Reader devices (Kindle, Nook, etc.) – $5
  • Laptops – $10
  • Televisions:
    • Smaller than 19" – $20
    • Sony Trinitron – $60
    • 19" to 27" – $30
    • Sony Trinitron – $90
    • 27" to 34" – $40
    • Sony Trinitron – $120
    • Larger than 34" – $50
    • Sony Trinitron – $150
  • Televisions (Console) – $50
  • Televisions (Projection TV's) – $40
  • Televisions (Flat screen monitors) – $15
  • Any size LED/Plasma TV's – $20

Computer peripherals (cables, keyboards, mice, speakers, and external floppy drives), Home/office phones, Cell phones, UPS (will be counted as a battery), and Power supplies have no additional charge.

Fire, Smoke, and Carbon Monoxide alarms are NOT accepted.

Scrap Metal

Scrap metal includes all types of small metal items, and non-refrigerant type appliances.

NO refrigerators, freezers or air conditioning units.


Accepted items are:

  • Concrete (no rebar)
  • Asphalt
  • Brick and Tile
  • Porcelain (remove all metal fixtures from toilets and sinks)

Organic Debris

NO plastic bags. Please do not bag your organic debris; be prepared to unload the contents if you do use bags.

Organic debris is subject to the following additional fees in addition to the $5 facility use fee:

  • Yard trimmings (Branches less than 2" diameter, leaves, grass clippings) - $4.75/yard
  • Branches larger than 2" diameter – $6.50/yard
  • Lumber (untreated and unpainted)/Scrap Wood (NO plywood or composite boards) – $5.75/yard

Commercial users and individuals with large quantities of organics debris (3 cubic yards or large truck and trailer loads) are encouraged to consider private sector alternatives that may offer better pricing for large loads. Look here for complete lists of local business accepting yard waste and wood waste.

Clothing, Shoes, Books

GREEN BINS: Please place only reusable, resalable clothing and shoes in these three bins. NO rags, soiled or torn clothing or shoes.

BLUE BIN: Please place only soft covered books in this bin. NO text books, encyclopedias or magazines.