Curbside trash collection services#
Fort Collins City Council has adopted several priorities to reach sustainability goals, one of which is to explore a contracted system for residential trash and recycling collection. In a contracted system, haulers compete for the chance to provide service to all single-family, duplex and small multifamily homes (with seven or fewer units) in a neighborhood. Households that want to use a different hauler can pay an opt-out fee. Communities in Colorado and across the U.S. have found that this type of system reduces the number of trucks in residential neighborhoods, makes prices more consistent, and increases opportunities for recycling and composting.
City Council passed Resolution 2022079 in a 4:2 vote on June 19, 2022 directing City staff to proceed with developing a Request For Proposal (RFP) for a single-hauler system for trash and recycling.
Disposable Bag Ordinance#
On February 16, 2021 City Council passed a disposable bag ordinance that will ban plastic bags and put a 12-cent fee on paper bags at large grocers starting May 1, 2022. City Council also passed a resolution referring the bag ordinance to the April ballot on the same day. On April 6th, 2021, Fort Collins voters approved the ballot measure.
On March 1st, 2022, City Council passed the Disposable Bag Ordinance with the new amendments. Including aligning with the State at a 10-cent fee per paper bag.
Community Recycling Ordinance#
As of June 30, 2021, all trash / recycling haulers in Fort Collins city limits are required to charge all customers for baseline recycling service including businesses and multi-family customers (apartments and condos).
This provides businesses and residents in apartment / condo complexes the same level of access to recycling that single-family homes have.
A to Z Recycling List#
Do You Know What Goes In The Recycle Bin? The A to Z Recycling List has been updated and expanded to incorporate more items, including those that can and cannot go in your curbside recycling bin. This interactive tool also includes items that can be donated or reused, rather than thrown away. Explore and share this resource to answer all your burning recycling questions!
Timberline Recycling Center (TRC)#
The Timberline Recycling Center, located at 1903 S. Timberline Rd., accepts 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.
Due to changes in international recycling markets, local recycling guidelines do not include low-value plastic containers. The primary way to know whether a plastic can be recycled curbside or at the drop-off center is by its shape. The only plastics that can be recycled curbside in Fort Collins are plastic bottles, jugs and tubs.