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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

Tree Branch Disposal Options

In response to heavy, wet, spring snow that caused tree damage throughout Fort Collins, the City has set up two residential drop-off sites where residents can deliver tree limbs and debris at no charge (no contractors please).

Read the press release

"Beds 'N Shreds" Special Event on June 10, 2017 (PDF)

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Come to the Timberline Recycling Center (1903 S. Timberline Rd.) on

Saturday, June 10, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

to recycle your mattresses and boxsprings ($10 each piece). Also, bring your personal documents for secure shredding ($5 per box). Regular recycling services will also be available. This is the inaugural Special Collection Event at the TRC! Learn more here.   

Temporary Tree Branch Collection

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Gallegos Sanitation Inc. (GSI) will provide a special collection service for any interested resident until June 17th. Branches and limbs will be collected, for a fee, and chipped for composting or landscaping applications.

Call (970) 484-5556 or go to the GSI website for more information.

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. 

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.

Glass Now Going Bottle to Bottle in Curbside Recycling!

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 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.

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 

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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!

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.