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Recycling

Election Sign Disposal#

Election Sign Disposal

After the 2021 municipal election, community members can follow these steps to easily and responsibly dispose of political signs. Most election signs are not recyclable and should NOT be put in your curbside recycling bin.

Depending on the material, it should be disposed of accordingly:

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).

Tree Limb Disposal#

Tree Limb Disposal

In response to the spring snow storm, the City is offering two sites for free residential tree limb drop off.

  • Hageman Earth Cycle
  • CSU’s Old Hughes Stadium Site

Hageman’s will be available starting Thursday, March 25. Hughes Stadium details are being finalized, with an anticipated opening date of Saturday, March 27. Visitors should be prepared to present proof of Fort Collins residency with an ID or utility bill at both drop off sites. Sites are expected to remain open for six weeks.

Additionally, for a fee, community members can drop off branches to the City’s Timberline Recycling Center Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard and Larimer County Green Waste Program. Learn more here.

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Disposable Bag Ordinance#

Disposable Bag Ordinance

On February 16, 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 if approved by voters. 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.

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Fort Sort Recycling Game#

Fort Sort Logo

Ready to test your knowledge of what can and cannot be recycled locally? Learn what belongs in your recycling bin with our brand new waste sorting game!

Play the game

A to Z Recycling List#

A to Z Recycling List

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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Timberline Recycling Center (TRC)#

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.

Visit the Timberline Recycling Center

Changes to Plastic Recycling Markets:#

Which plastics are recyclable in Fort Collins

Which types of plastics are and are not currently recyclable in Fort Collins.

Recycling markets, especially those for low-value plastics, are facing challenging times, leading to changes in what can be recycled locally.

Learn which Plastics can be Recycled

Do You Know What Goes In The Recycle Bin?#

Do You Know What Goes In The Recycle Bin?

Putting the wrong things in the recycle bin can mean an entire load of recyclables gets landfilled! Incorrect items harm recycling equipment and slow down the recycling process, making recycling less efficient and more expensive. 

 Check out our updated Curbside Recycling Guidelines Poster for an easy to follow guide to what belongs in the bin.

Many items not accepted in curbside recycling can be recycled elsewhere. Find out more by visiting our A-Z list of where to recycle.

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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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Reduce Food Waste To Save Money, Water, And Greenhouse Gas#

Reduce Food Waste To Save Money, Water, And Greenhouse Gas

Did you know that wasted food makes up about a quarter of what local residents throw in their household trash?

Fort Collins is throwing away food like it’s going out of style – and it just might be! A new campaign, launched in the summer of 2017, aims to inform and inspire the Fort Collins community by encouraging you to Save Your Food, for the sake of the environment and your pocketbook!

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