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Recycling

Contact Information

  •   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


Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling

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The City of Fort Collins will accept Christmas trees from December 26 to January 16. Trees will be chipped on site and processed into wood mulch for residential use. All decorations must be removed from trees prior to drop-off. NO wreaths, ornaments, tinsel, hooks, nails, plastic bags, or artificial trees will be accepted.

- Edora Park, 1420 E. Stuart St. (Tennis Court parking lot)

- Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Road (Mon. – Sat., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)        

- Rolland Moore Park, 2201 S. Shields St. (Southeast corner of the parking lot)              

- Fort Collins Streets Facility, 625 Ninth St. (Southwest corner of Vine Drive and Lemay Avenue)

- Fossil Creek Park, 5821 S. Lemay Ave. (enter from Lemay Avenue)                          

- Wellington Recycling Drop-Off Site, Town Garage (Corner of Sixth Street and Grant Avenue)

Holiday Recycling (PDF)

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Wondering if that wrapping paper is recyclable? ...what to do with your tree? ...how to reduce waste at the holidays?

Our Holiday Recycling Guide has all the information you need to make the holidays red and GREEN!

 

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

 

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.