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  •   Dept Head: Susie Gordon
  •   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


New Recycling Center Coming Soon!

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This August 22nd the Timberline Recycling Center will open at 1903 S. Timberline Rd. The existing Riverside drop-off site will be moving here, and the new recycling center will continue to accept cardboard, paper, glass, and mixed bottles/cans - 7 days a week. The new center will also expand to accept certain "hard-to-recycle" items.

More information is available on the Timberline Recycling Center page.

For a live look at progress on the construction of the facility click here.

You're Invited: Public Forum

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Spend a morning considering the future of regional solid waste management and resource recovery in facilitated, small table discussions. Please RSVP  to ensure adequate refreshements are provided. More info:

Saturday, September 17 10:00am - 12:00pm 

Fort Collins Senior Center - Foxtail Community Room (1200 Raintree Dr.)



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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Community Recycling Ordinance Project

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The City of Fort Collins is working on potential updates to our main recycling ordinance. View more information here. This topic was considered by City Council at a work session on June 28 and is scheduled to be considered at a regular City Council meeting on September 6. A video overview may be viewed 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. 


The Compost Commons

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Local nonprofit, The Growing Project, is helping to connect neighbors who do not have space to compost at home with neighborhood composting “hubs” where residents can drop off their food scraps to be composted. Visit The Growing Project's website for more information about The Compost Commons.

Zero Waste Vision

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What does the future of waste reduction and recycling hold for Fort Collins? At the end of 2013, City Council approved new goals to get the City to zero waste by 2030. Interested in learning more about the Zero Waste plan? Visit Zero Waste Fort Collins for more information.

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 City’s Recycling Drop-off site at 1702 Riverside Avenue, 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.