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Upcoming Plastic Regulations for 2024#

Postcard image showing the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act bans on plastic bags and expanded polystyrene in 2024.

State and local leaders are prioritizing the health of Colorado's communities and ecosystems by implementing policies to reduce single-use plastics. Starting January 1, 2024, plastic bags will be banned at large retailers, and expanded polystyrene food containers (Styrofoam) will be banned at all retail food establishments.  


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Curbside Trash Collection Services#

City will Explore Creating a Community-wide Contract for Household Trash and Recycling Collection

In early 2023, Fort Collins City Council adopted a contract for residential trash and recycling collection. The new service will start on September 30, 2024. 

The new program is designed to increase opportunities for composting and recycling, provide equitable, consistent pricing across the community, and increase safety and reducing emissions by reducing the number of trash trucks on residential streets.

Learn more about which homes are included in the new contract, services offered, pricing, and more.

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Holiday Recycling Guide#

Holiday Recycling Guide

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%!

Help reduce your waste and make recycling part of your holiday traditions with our holiday recycling guide.

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Dispose of Unwanted Election Signs#

photo of an election sign in someone's yard

It’s that time of year again, election season! Once the votes have been counted, you may decide you no longer want or need your out-of-date political signs. Here’s how you can responsibly dispose of your signs.

  • Signs made of corrugated plastic cannot be recycled and should go in the trash.

  • Plastic sleeve-style signs (made of stretchy plastic material like grocery bags) can be recycled as plastic film at the City’s Timberline Recycling Center located at 1903 S. Timberline Rd.

  • Election signs made of cardboard or paperboard can be recycled in a curbside recycling cart or at recycling drop-off locations after removing the metal wicket.

  • Metal sign wickets on all types of signs can be recycled as scrap metal at a local scrap metal dealer or taken to the Timberline Recycling Center Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard ($5 entry fee applies).

Recycle Your Leaves!#

a rake and a pile of leaves on the lawn

There are many options for handling fallen leaves this time of year, including exchanging them with gardeners, recycling them or composting them!

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Bring more materials to the TRC free of charge!#

Antifreeze, Batteries, Paint, Motor Oil

You can bring used antifreeze, batteries, motor oil, and paint to the Timberline Recycling Center Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard free of charge!

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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!

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