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A - Z Recycling List

This list was compiled by the City of Fort Collins Waste Reduction & Recycling Team to help residents find local diversion options for household items.

Curbside Recycling Guidelines

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6-Pack Holder
Six-pack rings, Six pack, 6 pack ring, ring, beer holder

Rigid 6-pack holders can be reused, or thrown away in the trash. 6-Pack rings should always be thrown in the trash. 

They should NOT be included in curbside or drop-off recycling. Cutting the rings helps minimize the risk of harming wildlife.

Air Conditioner
Swamp cooler, AC, Cooler, Freon,

Take air conditioners to one of the drop-off locations listed below.

Air conditioners contain freon. State law requires it be removed by an appropriately licensed company before disposal. If the appliance is in good condition, consider trading it in or selling it to a used appliance store.

Aluminum
Tin,

Rinsed aluminum cans, foil, and aluminum food containers can be recycled in curbside recycling or at the drop-off locations listed below.

Aluminum cans should be recycled in their original shape. Aluminum foil should be loosely crumpled prior to recycling. All other aluminum (pans, etc.) should be recycled at local scrap metal recyclers.

Aluminum Can
Tin Can, Soda Can, Beer can, pop can

Aluminum cans are accepted in curbside recycling or at drop-off locations listed below.

Cans should be empty and dry. Cans should be recycled in their original shape (not crushed or flattened) so they can be properly sorted at the recycling plant.

Aluminum Foil
Tin Foil, Foil,

Aluminum foil can be accepted in curbside recycling or at the drop-off locations listed below.

Foil should mostly free of food waste or other contaminants. Lightly crumple up the foil before recycling; do not flatten.

Aluminum Pie Pan / Baking Tray
Pie Tin, Tin, Pie pan,

Aluminum pie pans and other similar aluminum food containers can be accepted in curbside recycling or at the drop-off locations listed below.

Foil should mostly free of food waste or other contaminants.

Aluminum Take-Out Container
Pan

Aluminum take-out containers, if rinsed and reasonably clean, can be recycled in curbside recycling or at drop-off centers.

Aluminum take-out containers that are soiled with lots of food residue should be thrown away in the trash. 

Amazon Mailers
Amazon Padded Envelopes, Amazon Envelope, Shipping Envelope

Amazon mailers can be reused. Amazon mailers completely made of plastic can be recycled at the drop off locations listed below along with plastic bags and plastic film. 

Other types of envelopes completely made of bubble wrap can also be recycled as plastic film.  However foil bubble mailers that are made of foil / reflective silver material are NOT recyclable and should be thrown away in the trash. They should never be put in plastic film bins or in curbside recycling. 

Envelopes made of Tyvek material or envelopes with paper on the outside and bubble wrap on the inside cannot be recycled and should be reused or thrown away in the trash. 

Ammunition & Explosives
Bullet, Shotgun shell, Firework, Grenade, Bomb

Live rounds of ammunition or any other explosives should be disposed of as hazardous waste at the drop-off locations listed below.

Contact the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office before moving explosive or shock sensitive materials.

Antifreeze
Coolant, Dexcool, Ethylene Glycol, G12

Antifreeze contains hazardous and poisonous chemicals which can be harmful to human health and the environment if disposed of improperly.

DO NOT pour antifreeze down your sink or toilet and NEVER pour antifreeze into the storm sewer or in your street!

Please visit one of the specified locations to have it properly disposed of. 

Antifreeze can be disposed of at the following locations. Many local mechanics also take antifreeze for recycling – contact shops for details.

Antifreeze can be harmful to human and animal health and the environment. DO NOT pour antifreeze down your sink or toilet and NEVER pour antifreeze into the storm sewer or in your street. Transport antifreeze in a sealed plastic jug.

Antifreeze Bottle
Coolant containers,

Antifreeze bottles should be thrown away in the trash.

The bottles contain traces of hazardous chemicals and therefore cannot be recycled into new food-grade plastics. DO NOT pour antifreeze down your sink or toilet and NEVER pour antifreeze into the storm sewer or in your street. Unused antifreeze can be recycled at these locations.

Art Supplies
Art, Craft, Craft Supplies, Fabric, Notation, Artist supplies, Scrapbook, Glass, Gift wrap, Party Supplies, Frame, ribbon, bow, crayon, pencil, marker, glue, balloons,

Art supplies in gently used condition can be donated for reuse.

Certain art supplies, such as paints or other chemicals may be considered household hazardous waste (HHW), and should be disposed of accordingly.

Artificial Christmas Tree
Fake Christmas Tree, Holiday Tree, Xmas Tree

Artificial Christmas/Holiday Trees that are in good, usable condition can be donated for reuse. Trees that cannot be donated should be thrown in the trash.

Asphalt
Pavement

Asphalt can be brought to one of the following centers for recycling. Fees may apply; contact the center for specific details.

Auto Part (Car Part)
Car part, engine

Many automotive parts can be recycled as scrap metal. Contact drop-off locations to find out if a specific part is accepted.

Automotive tires and batteries SHOULD NOT be placed in the trash or recycling. 

Auto/Truck Tire
Car tire, rubber tire, studded snow tires, Rubber Tire, Wheel, Tire

Tires can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Most auto tire businesses and many mechanics accept used tires for a small disposal fee; contact specific stores for details.

It is illegal in the state of Colorado to dispose of tires in the trash because they cause issues in landfills. 

Automobile (Car or Truck)
Car, Truck, Motor Vehicle, Vehicle, Auto, suv, motorcycle, scooter

Cars & trucks can often be donated to local organizations or certain secondhand stores for resale. Certain scrap metal recyclers may also accept cars & trucks to recycle. Contact locations listed for their drop-off guidelines.

Automotive Battery
Car battery, Automotive battery, engine battery, lead acid battery,

Automotive batteries can be recycled at many auto repair shops or at the following drop-off locations.

They contain lead which can be harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly.

Automotive Fluids (other than motor oil & antifreeze)
Radiator Fluid, Transmission Fluid, Power Steering Fluid, Brake Fluid, Air Conditioning Coolant, Washer Fluid, Gear Oil, Gasoline, Diesel, ATF,Ê

Automotive fluids should be recycled as household hazardous waste at the drop-off locations listed below. They contain hazardous chemicals which can be harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly. They SHOULD NOT be poured down the drain or put in the trash or recycling.

Motor oil and antifreeze can be brought to many local auto part stores or other local drop-off centers for recycling.

Baking Glassware
Glass Bakeware, Glass Bowl, Pyrex,

Baking glassware such as Pyrex dishes in usable condition should be donated to local thrift stores or otherwise reused. If unusable they should be thrown away in the trash.

They should not be added to curbside recycling. They are made of a different material than glass bottles and jars.

Baling Twine
Twine, Baler twine, Binder twine, Hay bale twine, Hay Baler Twine, Poly twine, Bale twine

100% of baling twine is recyclable! Used twine can be brought to a collection site either as loose twine or in bags. Before dropping off, please remove any chunks of hay or trash from the twine. 

The following businesses accept used Baling Twine for recycling:

Used twine can be brought to a collection site either loose or in bags.

100% of baling twine is recyclable. Remove any chunks of hay or trash from the twine before dropping off. Recycling baling twine ensures it won’t injure wildlife or livestock.

Battery, Alkaline
Household,

Alkaline batteries can be thrown way in the trash or recycled. Many local retail stores and the drop-off locations listed below also accept alkaline batteries free of cost. Contact specific location for details.

Since the late 1990s, alkaline batteries have no longer been manufactured using heavy metals, meaning they can be thrown away in the trash, although recycling is preferable. All other types of batteries are manufactured with heavy metals and must be recycled.

Battery, Button

Button batteries should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste at the following drop-off locations. Contact location for details of what can and cannot be accepted.

These batteries contain heavy metals which can be harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly.

Batteries should NEVER be included in curbside recycling or trash, as they can be highly flammable if not handled safely.

Battery, Lithium-Ion

Lithium Ion batteries can be disposed of at the following drop-off locations. Contact location for details of what can and cannot be accepted.

Lithium Ion batteries should NEVER be included in curbside recycling or trash, as they can be highly flammable if not handled safely. These batteries have caused multiple fires at recycling facilities in recent years.

No matter whether a battery is rechargeable or not, it is safest to dispose of it as household hazardous waste.

Battery, Other
Alkaline

Batteries can be disposed of at the following drop-off locations. Contact location for details of what can and cannot be accepted.

Batteries should NEVER be included in curbside recycling or trash, as they can be highly flammable if not handled safely.

No matter whether a battery is rechargeable or not, it is safest to dispose of it as household hazardous waste.

Battery, Rechargeable
NiCad, Rechargeable, Button, Lithium-Ion

Rechargeable batteries should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste at the following drop-off locations. Contact location for details of what can and cannot be accepted.

These batteries contain heavy metals which can be harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly.

Batteries should NEVER be included in curbside recycling or trash, as they can be highly flammable if not handled safely.

BBQ Grill, Charcoal
Grill, kettle grill, bar-b-que, barbecue

Charcoal BBQ grills in working condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact stores before donating to verify what they can accept.

Grills no longer in working condition can be recycled as scrap metal at drop off locations listed below.

BBQ Grill, Gas
Grill, bar-b-que, barbecue

BBQ gas grills in working condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact store before donating to verify what they can accept.

Grills no longer in working condition can be recycled as scrap metal at drop off locations listed below.

Note that propane tanks are considered hazardous waste and may need to be recycled elsewhere.

Bicycle
Bike, Bike frame, Bicycle frame, Trike, Tricycle, Unicycle, Bike parts, Bike chain

Used bicycles can often be repaired, donated to local thrift stores, or sold to local bike repair shops for refurbishment. Check with local stores and bike shops for donation options.

Bicycles that cannot be repaired can be recycled as scrap metal at local scrap metal recyclers, or at one of the drop-off locations listed below.

Used bicycles can often be repaired, donated to local thrift stores, or sold to local bike repair shops for refurbishment. Check with local stores and bike shops for donation options.

Bicycles that cannot be repaired can be recycled as scrap metal at local scrap metal recyclers, or at one of the drop-off locations listed below.

Bicycle Tire
Bike Tire

Bicycle tires can be recycled the same way as automotive tires. They should be recycled at local drop-off locations. Fees may apply; contact location for details.

Bicycle tires can be recycled the same way as automotive tires. They should be recycled at local drop-off locations. Fees may apply; contact location for details.

Bicycle Tube
Innertube

Bicycle tubes can be recycled at the following drop-off locations. They SHOULD NOT be included in curbside recycling as they can damage equipment at the recycling sorting plant.

Binder
3-ring, Notebook, trapperkeeper

If possible, binders should be reused. If not in usable condition, they should be thrown away in the trash. Three-ring binders are not recyclable and should NOT be included in curbside recycling.

Blister Packs / Packaging
toy packaging

Blister packs, or the type of plastic packaging for pills and other small items, should be thrown away in the trash. They are not locally recyclable.

Blueprint
Plans, Plan set

Blueprints are accepted in curbside recycling or at drop-off locations listed below.

Branches
Branch, wood, limb, tree, tree limb

Branches can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below for a fee. Contact locations for details of what can be accepted. Treated or painted wood is not accepted at these locations. 

Brick and Pavers
paving stone, brick, flagstone, fieldstone, rock

Bricks and pavers that are still in usable condition can be dropped off to certain local thrift stores for resale and reuse.

Bricks and pavers not in usable condition can be dropped off to one of the following drop-off locations for recycling. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details.

Bubble Wrap / Air Pillows
Packing materials, Padding

Bubble wrap and air pillows can be reused. They can also be recycled at the drop off locations listed below along with plastic bags and plastic film.

Bubble wrap SHOULD NOT be included in curbside recycling as it can damage equipment at the recycling sorting plant. Large amounts of bubble wrap, air pillows, or other plastic packing materials can cause an entire load of recyclables to be thrown away.

Bulky Rigid Plastics
Bucket, 5 gallon, Slide, Lawn Chair, Basket, Milk Bottle Crate, childrens, outdoor toys, tidy cat bucket, kitty litter, plastic pool, Litter Box, Plastic Toolbox, Fishing Tackle Box

• Large plastics such as Big Wheels® and plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets (no residue), crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers. 

• Must be the size of a five-gallon bucket or larger but must also be less than 4 feet by 4 feet (can be cut to meet these dimensions).

• In some cases, these plastics may not be marked with a #2, so look for them to be opaque with a matte finish and hollow inside. They are made with a mold, so will likely have a seam where two halves were joined.

• Non-plastic parts must be removed, including straps, padding and fabric. Items requiring disassembly will be charged a $5 fee.

• NO flower pots without a #2, inflatable pools or other inflatable plastics, water beds, chew toys, CD jewel cases, small toys such as action figures, etc.

Bulky rigid plastics describes plastic containers and items with a #2 (HDPE) or #5 (PP) in the chasing arrow symbol on them that are larger than what is acceptable in curbside recycling. This includes plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets, crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.

These types of plastics can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Be sure to remove all metals (e.g. screws, bolts, axles, bins, hinges, handles; etc.) and other non-plastic items before recycling.

Bulky rigid plastics DO NOT include: PVC pipe, foam of any kind, flower pots, inflatable pools or other inflatable plastics, water beds, chew toys, CD jewel cases or small toys such as action figures, etc.

If not listed here, contact drop off locations before visiting to verify if they can take a specific item.

Camera or Camcorder
Video camera, Digital camera

Cameras & camcorders in working condition can be donated to local thrift shops. Contact specific locations before donating. They can also be recycled along with other electronics at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees apply; contact specific location before dropping off.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Candy or Food Wrapper
Chip Bag, Mylar, granola bar, Candy Wrapper

Candy wrappers and other snack wrappers should be thrown away in the trash. They are not locally recyclable. 

Car Seat
Children's Car Seat, Infant Seat

Used car seats that are expired, damaged, recalled, or unusable should be thrown away in the trash, or dropped off for disposal at the drop off locations listed below. 

Car seats have a limited lifespan and should be taken out of use if they are expired, recalled, or have been in a significant crash. Please keep them out of garage sales, thrift stores, and the recycling bin. They are not an item that can be reused or recycled. 

Cardboard
corrugated cardboard, boxes, Moving Box

Corrugated cardboard is accepted in curbside recycling or at the specified locations. With the 2013 Cardboard Ordinance it is illegal to throw cardboard in the trash in Fort Collins.

This excludes Waxed cardboard, which is used to ship bulk produce, and food-contaminated cardboard, such as heavily soiled/greasy pizza boxes, from the ordinance. These materials are not considered recyclable cardboard and should be composted or landfilled.

Note: Pizza boxes that are not significantly soiled should be recycled.

Boxes in good shape are usually accepted as donations at many local pack and ship businesses.

For more information visit: https://www.fcgov.com/recycling/cardboard.php

Cardboard can be included in curbside recycling or delivered to the drop-off locations listed below. Boxes in good shape can be reused. Consider posting boxes on Craigslist and other social media sites for reuse.

It should be flattened before recycling. For curbside recycling, large cardboard should be cut down until it will fit loosely in the curbside bin. For drop-off, very large pieces should be cut to a maximum of 4’ x 4’.

Per a 2013 City ordinance, it is illegal to throw cardboard in the trash in Fort Collins. Non-recyclable cardboard is excluded from this requirement, such as waxed cardboard (used to ship bulk produce), or food-contaminated cardboard (such as heavily soiled/greasy pizza boxes). The non-recyclable cardboard should be composted or landfilled.

Carpet and Rugs
Throw Rug, Area Rug

Gently used rugs and carpet can be donated to local thrift stores (check with specific store for donation guidelines). Carpet in non-useable condition should be thrown away. There are currently no local locations that can accept it for recycling.

Gently used rugs and carpet can be donated to local thrift stores (check with specific store for donation guidelines). Carpet in non-useable condition should be thrown away. There are currently no local locations that can accept it for recycling.

Carpet Padding
Under Layer, Underpadding

Carpet padding in non-useable condition should be thrown away. There are currently no local locations that can accept it for recycling.

Carpet Roll Tube
Thick cardboard roll

Thick, rigid paperboard tubes such as carpet roll tubes or those used for concrete should be reused or thrown away.

These tubes cannot be recycled curbside or at recycling drop-offs because they are filled with a large amount of glue making them too rigid to bend easily. They will damage recycling sorting equipment. 

Carton
Milk Carton, Juice Carton, Soup Carton, Tofu Carton, Juice Box, Wine Carton, Non-Dairy Milk, Aseptic, Soy Milk Carton, Almond Milk Carton, Tetrapak, Stock Carton

Cartons are accepted in curbside recycling or at drop-off locations listed below.

Recyclable cartons include juice boxes, milk cartons, soup cartons, soy milk cartons, etc. Cartons from refrigerated foods as well as shelf-stable foods can be recycled. Foil-lined cartons are ok to recycle.

Cartons must be empty and dry. To be properly sorted at the recycling plant, they should not be crushed or flattened. Plastic spouts on cartons do not need to be removed before recycling.

Ice cream cartons are lined with a different type of plastic can CANNOT be recycled.

CD/DVD Player
VHS Player, Blu-ray, VHS, DVD

CD & DVD players and other media players in working condition can be donated to local thrift shops or can be recycled with other electronics at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply; contact specific location before dropping off.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

CDs & DVDs
Disc, DVD, VHS, VHS, Tape, Movie, Cassette Tape, Video Tape, Reel to Reel Tape

Commercial movies or audio books in gently used condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact store for specific donation guidelines before dropping off. Personally recorded CDs or DVDs cannot be donated, and are not accepted in our local recycling system. They should be thrown away in the trash.

CD cases (jewel cases) and DVD cases are also not recyclable locally and should also be thrown away.

Cell Phone
Tablet, IPhone, Android, Smart phone, Flip phone, cellular phone, mobile phone, Blackberry

Cell phones can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Many retail stores, electronic, and cell phone stores also offer in-store recycling options. Fees may apply; contact specific location before dropping off.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Ceramic Dish
Stoneware, Ironware, Porcelain, Corelle

Ceramic dishes in usable condition should be donated to local thrift stores or otherwise reused. Dishes not in usable condition should be disposed of in the trash.

Cereal Liner Bag
Wax Bag, Cereal Bag

Cereal liner bags, and other similar plastic liner bags are made of unrecyclable plastic. They should be thrown away in the trash.

Chip Bag
snack bag, chip wrapper, mylar, snack packaging

Chip bags and other similar snack bags should be thrown away in the trash. They are not locally recyclable. 

Chip Can
Pringles, Pringles Can, Chip Container

Chip cans should be thrown away in the trash. They are made of mixed materials making them unrecyclable. The can, lid and foil seal should all be disposed of in the trash.

Christmas Lights
Holiday Lights, Fairy Lights

Strands of holiday lights can be recycled at scrap metal recyclers, even with bulbs attached. Please bundle up strands.

Strands of holiday lights can be recycled with scrap metal, even with bulbs attached. They can be brought to local scrap metal recyclers and drop-off locations listed below. Tie / bundle up the strands before recycling.

Holiday lights should not be in curbside recycling, as they can damage equipment at the recycling sorting plant.

Clear Plastic Berry and Salad Container
Plastic Clam Shell, Takeout Box, To Go Box, Fruit Container

Plastic clam shell containers like those used to hold berries are not currently recyclable locally due to changes in international recycling markets and should be thrown away. Community members may choose to avoid them by selecting reusable options and avoiding products packaged in clam shells and other low-value plastics. 

Clothing and Fabric
Bedding, Textiles, Clothes, Fabric, Dress, Skirt, Skort, Coat, Shirt, Old Clothes, Socks, Sweater, Pants, Shorts, Blouse, Jacket, Towel, Sheet, Pillowcase, Sneakers, Shoes, Boots, Gloves, Leggings, Vest, Scraps, Bolts

Many local thrift stores, charities, and donation boxes accept gently used clothing and fabrics for reuse. Contact specific locations for donation guidelines. If the items are not reusable (i.e. are torn, stained, or in bad condition) they should be thrown away.

DO NOT put clothing or fabric in recycling bins as it can damage equipment at the recycling sorting plant.

Coffee Grounds
Grinds

Coffee grounds can be composted in backyard compost piles or collected by local food scraps compost service providers.

Coffee grounds and other food waste SHOULD NOT be put in recycling, as it will contaminate the recyclables, forcing them to be thrown away.

Compostable Servingware/Dishware
Ecoware, Ecoproducts, To-Go Box, take-out

Compostable serving ware and dishware, along with other compostable containers, should be thrown away in the trash or composted through a commercial composting company.

Compostable products, like those made from corn or bagasse, are NOT recyclable and should never be included in curbside recycling or taken to recycling drop-off locations. This includes plates, bowls, cubs, silverware, straws, napkins, and other serving ware labeled as compostable.

These products are not meant to be recycled.  They are intended to break down when added to a commercial composting system. Backyard composting systems and other small residential composting systems do not get hot enough to break down compostable serving ware.

If seeking environmentally-preferable options, always choose reusable items. Consider bringing reusable utensils with you to avoid use of plastic ones. You can also bring a Tupperware-style container with you when eating out to take leftovers home.

Computer Accessory
Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker, Peripherals, Cords, Hard Drive, Flash Drive

Computer accessories can be recycled with other electronics at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply – contact specific location for details.

Computer accessories include keyboards, computer mice, speakers, cables & other connectors, hard drives, and other computer peripherals. All of these items are considered electronic waste.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronic waste  in the trash as it contains toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Make sure to protect your sensitive information by erasing any data from electronics before recycling them. Some electronics recyclers also offer secure data destruction; contact locations to see if they offer this service.

Computer Monitor
Flat screen, CRT monitor, Computer Display

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Computer monitors can be recycled as ewaste at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply – contact specific location for details.

Computer Tower
CPU, Desktop Computer

Computer towers can be recycled with other electronics at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply – contact location for details.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Make sure to protect your sensitive information by erasing any data from electronics before recycling them. Some electronics recyclers also offer secure data destruction; contact locations to see if they offer this service.

Concrete
Cement

Concrete from construction and demolition projects can be brought to one of the following centers for recycling.  Fees may apply; contact location before dropping off.

Many locations do not accept concrete that contains rebar; contact specific center for recycling guidelines.

Construction Paper
Colored Paper, Craft Paper

Construction paper can be included in your curbside recycling bin, or in the mixed paper bin at the drop-off locations listed below.  No glitter or excessive amounts of non-paper materials should be attached to the construction paper.

Paper should be left flat in order to be properly sorted at the recycling plant.

Scraps of paper smaller than a business card or standard post-it note are unlikely to get recycled and should be thrown away in the trash. They will fall through the sorting equipment at the recycling sorting facility.

Cooking Oil and Grease
Vegetable Oil, Deep Fryer Oil

Used cooking oil and grease can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Oil should be free of contaminants such as water or food scraps.

Do not put fats, oils, and grease down the drain.

Used cooking oil and grease can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Oil should be free of contaminants such as water or food scraps.

Do not put fats, oils, and grease down the drain.

Cords & Cables
Wire, Cord, Plug, Extension Cord, HDMI, USB,

Cords and cables in working condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact stores before donating to verify what they can accept.

Cords and cables no longer in working condition can be recycled as scrap metal at drop off locations listed below.

Corrugated Plastic Election Sign
Political Signs, Yard Signs, Election Signs, Chloroplast, coroplast

Signs made of corrugated plastic - like election signs - should be thrown away as there is currently no local option to recycle them.

Metal wickets can be removed from the signs and recycled as scrap metal.

Dishwasher
Machine, Dishes, Whirlpool, Samsung,

Dishwashers and other appliances such as stoves, ovens, washing machines, and dryers can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. If the appliance is in good condition, consider trading it in or selling it to a used appliance store. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details.

Disinfectant Wipes
Wipe, Clorox, Lysol

Disinfectant wipes should be thrown away in the trash. They are not recyclable.

Disposable Face Mask

Disposable face masks should be thrown away in the trash (sealed in a trash bag). 

Disposable Gloves
Latex Glove, Plastic Glove, Vinyl glove, nitrile glove

Disposable gloves, including latex and plastic gloves should be thrown away in the trash (sealed in a trash bag).  

Electronics
Sprinkler Controllers, Programmable Sprinkler Control, VCR, Fax, Fax Machine, Radio, Laptop, Blender, Printer, Scanner, Copier, Audio equipment, Stereo equipment, Speaker, Mixer, Stereo, Computer, Cell Phone

Electronics in working condition can be donated to local thrift shops. Contact specific locations before donating. They can also be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply; contact specific location before dropping off.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Empty Aerosol Can
hair spray, spray paint, spray can

erosol cans are accepted in curbside recycling or at the drop-off locations listed below. Cans should be completely empty of all contents. Cans should not be crushed or flattened.

Unused hazardous products such as spray paint or chemicals should not be in the trash or recycling; they should be disposed of at the Larimer County Hazardous Waste Facility.

Empty aerosol cans are accepted in curbside recycling or at the drop-off locations listed below.

Cans should be completely empty of all contents. Cans should not be crushed or flattened. Unused hazardous products such as spray paint or chemicals should not be in the trash or recycling; they should be disposed of at the Larimer County Hazardous Waste Facility.

Envelopes with Bubble Wrap Inside
Paper envelope, Amazon, Mailer, Mailing Envelopes, Padded Envelope, Letter,

Envelopes with bubble wrap on the inside and paper on the outside should be reused or thrown away in the trash. They are not recyclable locally.

Extension Cord
Wire, Cable

Extension cords in working condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact stores before donating to verify what they can accept.

Extension cords no longer in working condition can be recycled as scrap metal at drop off locations listed below.

Eyeglasses
Spectacles, glasses, lens, lenses, frame

Used eyeglasses can be donated for reuse.

Used eyeglasses can be donated for reuse.

Fill Dirt
Soil, Dirt, Pit Run

Fill dirt can be accepted for reuse at the locations listed below. Loads of dirt should be clean and uncontaminated with other material. Contact specific location for details.  

Fire Extinguisher

Fire extinguishers can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below.

Fire extinguishers SHOULD NOT be disposed of in the trash or curbside recycling. They must be safely disposed of. Any pressurized container can be hazardous.

Flammable Liquid
Gasoline, White Gas, Camping Gas, Propane, Kerosene, Alcohol

Flammable liquids should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Hazardous wastes pose a risk to human health and the environment if not handled properly. They should never be placed in curbside recycling or at any recycling drop off center.

Foam
Foam mattress topper, Foam Chair Seat, Memory Foam, EPS,

Foam, such as inside foam cushions, should be thrown away in the trash. It is not recyclable and should not be included in curbside recycling.

Foam Packing Peanuts
Styrofoam Packing Peanuts, Starch Packing Peanuts

FOAM PACKING PEANUTS are not recyclable in the Fort Collins recycle stream.

However, they are usually accepted as donations at many local pack and ship businesses.

Foam packing peanuts should be reused or taken to one of the drop-off locations listed below for reuse. If reuse is not an option, they should be thrown away in the trash. 

Foil Coffee Bags
Mylar, Starbucks Bags, Foil Bags

Foil coffee bags should be thrown in the trash.

The bags are made of mixed materials that cannot be properly recycled at the sorting plant. 

Food Grade Styrofoam
Styrofoam Egg Cartons, Ramen Cups, Styrofoam Cups, Styrofoam Plates, To-Go Boxes

Food grade Styrofoam (polystyrene) and other Styrofoam to-go containers and cups should be thrown in the trash. They cannot be recycled locally and are not biodegradable. 

When possible, avoid using Styrofoam containers altogether and opt for reusable containers! Consider bringing reusable containers (such as Tupperware) to restaurants for leftovers and a reusable mug for coffee on the go.

Food Waste
Food scrap, Vegetable, Vegetable scrap, Halloween pumpkin, Kitchen trimming, Food, Table scrap

Food Waste Includes: Fruit/vegetable scraps, old fruit/vegetables, egg shells, coffee grounds, tea bags, old bread, food scraps, & expired de-packaged foods.

It DOES NOT Include: Any sort of packaging, animal wastes, meat, bones, grease, whole eggs, dairy products, and animal poop

Food waste can be composted in backyard composting systems or collected by a subscription composting service. Contact specific company for fees and list of items accepted. 

Food waste should never be included in curbside recycling bins or in bins at recycling drop-off centers. Too much food waste in a recycle bin can cause an entire truckload of recyclables to be rejected and thrown away into the trash!

Frozen Food Box
TV Dinners, Butter Box, Cream Cheese Box, Frozen Vegetables, Frozen Dinner

Frozen food boxes and other containers meant to be frozen are made of paper combined with plastic and are NOT recyclable. Examples of these items include ice cream containers and frozen dinner boxes. These items should be thrown away in the trash.

Furnace Filter

Furnace filters should be disposed of in the trash. They are not recyclable, and should not be put in recycling bins. 

Furniture
Chair, Sofa, Couch, Loveseat, Wood, Cloth, Leather, Lazy chair, Armchair, Bed, Table, Dresser, Shelf, Shelves, Bookcase, Beds, End Tables, Dining Room Table, Dining Chair, Footstool, Chest of Drawers, Ottoman, Recliner

Furniture in gently used condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Certain thrift stores also offer pick-up of unwanted items. Contact individual stores to verify what they can accept.

If furniture is not suitable for reuse, you can haul it to the landfill or contact a company to haul it to the landfill for you. Trash companies and other companies will provide this service for a fee.

Never place furniture in dumpsters. Using a dumpster that you do not pay for is illegal. Even if you live in an apartment complex with a dumpster, do not dispose of furniture in the dumpster. They are designed for everyday waste. Apartment complexes will be charged extra for any furniture disposed of in their dumpsters.

Furniture should never be placed in recycling as it can damage recycling sorting equipment.

Garden Hose

Garden hoses should be donated (if gently used) or thrown away in the trash.

They are not recyclable and SHOULD NOT be put in recycling bins. 

Garden hoses are a significant source of contamination in the recycling stream. When mixed in with other curbside recyclables and brought to the recycling sorting plant, hoses can get tangled in sorting equipment, damaging or breaking it.

Gasoline
Gas, Petrol, Fuel

Gasoline and other flammable liquids should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Hazardous wastes pose a risk to human health and the environment if not handled properly. They should never be placed in curbside recycling or at any recycling drop off center.

Glass Bottle or Jar
Mason Jar, Flip-top Bale Jar, Swing Top Bale Jar, Storage Jar

Glass bottles and jars (clear, brown and green glass) are accepted in curbside recycling or at drop-off locations listed below.

Metal lids are also accepted in curbside or drop-off recycling, but should be placed in the bin separate from the glass.

Do NOT include window glass, aquariums, ceramics, light bulbs, drinking glasses, or Pyrex ovenware – those items are made of different materials that contaminate glass recycling.

Glue
Epoxy, Superglue, Wood Glue, Elmers Glue

Glues and other adhesives should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Hazardous wastes pose a risk to human health and the environment if not handled properly. They should never be placed in curbside recycling or at any recycling drop off center.

Hard Cover Book
Textbook, Hard Back, Encyclopedia, Dictionary

Hard cover books in gently used condition can be donated to libraries, Arc and Goodwill thrift stores, and other local programs for reuse. Many textbooks can be sold online.

Hard cover books not in useable condition can be recycled at the following drop-off locations (fees may apply). Do not put hard cover books in curbside recycling. If they can not be donated or dropped off elsewhere they should be thrown away in the trash. 

Paperback books can be recycled in curbside recycling.

Hearing Aid
Hearing Assistance Device

Used hearing aids can be donated locally and refurbished for reuse.

Helium Tank
Air Tank

Helium tanks can be recycled as scrap metal at the drop-off locations listed below. Tanks must be empty. Contact locations for any further guidelines before dropping off.

To dispose of other types of gas tanks check with specific locations before dropping off. 

Herbicide
Bug Spray, Weed Killer, Roundup

Herbicides should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste poses a risk to human health and the environment if not handled properly. It should never be placed in curbside recycling, any recycling drop off, or the trash. 

House Insulation
Vapor Barrier, Foam Insulation, Housewrap

Home insulation should be thrown away in the trash. It is not locally recyclable. 

Household Cleaners
Cleanser, ammonia, simple green, scrubbing powder, silver polish, jewelry cleaner, toilet cleaner, ajax, windex, pledge

Household cleaners, including ammonia, bleaches, floor cleaners, polish, and degreasers, should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Hazardous materials pose a risk to human health and the environment if not handled properly. They should never be placed in the trash, nor in curbside recycling or to any recycling drop off center. 

Household Item
Houseware, Toys and Games, Lawn Furniture, Dish Drainer, Deep Fryer, Foam Cushion, Kitchenware, Toy, Game, Board game, boardgame

Household items in gently used and working condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Items must be clean, undamaged, and in good working order.

Some thrift stores also offer pick-up of unwanted items. Contact individual stores to verify what they can accept. Fees may apply for pick up.

Kitty Litter Bucket

Large plastic kitty litter buckets can be recycled as bulky rigid plastics at the drop-off locations listed below. Contact specific drop off locations before visiting to verify if they can take a specific item. They should not be included in curbside recycling. 

Bulky rigid plastics describes plastic containers and items with a #2 (HDPE) or #5 (PP) in the chasing arrow symbol on them that are larger than what is acceptable in curbside recycling. This includes plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets, crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.

Be sure to remove all metals, including handles, and other non-plastic items before recycling.

Label or Sticker
Label backing, labels, sticker, decal, address label

Stickers and labels should be reused or disposed of in the trash.

Sticker and label backing should also be disposed of in the trash, as it is not recyclable.

Large Appliance
Dryer, Dishwasher, Oven, Furnace, Washing Machine, Stove, Washer, Oven,

Appliances such as stoves, ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. If the appliance is in good condition, consider trading it in or selling it to a used appliance store. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details.

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and water coolers contain freon. State law requires freon be removed by an appropriately licensed company before disposal. See “Refrigerators” to see where these items can be properly recycled.

Lawnmower
Snow Blower, Lawn Mower

Lawnmowers can be recycled as scrap metal at the drop-off locations listed below. They should be emptied of liquids before recycling.

An item must be at least 50% metal to be recycled as scrap metal. This includes a wide variety of items, including water heaters, lawnmowers, wire, satellite dishes, metal shelves and bicycles. Most any item with a motor or power cord has enough metal in it to be recycled as scrap metal. If an item has a circuit board, it must be recycled with electronics.

The only metals that are accepted in curbside recycling are aluminum and steel cans, and aluminum foil. Other scrap metals should never be included in curbside recycling, as they can damage recycling equipment at the sorting facility. They should instead be recycled at local scrap metal recyclers.

Light Bulb - CFL
Compact Fluorescent

Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and long fluorescent tubes contain mercury and require special recycling at drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply; contact specific location before dropping off.

 

DO NOT put lightbulbs in curbside recycling.

Light Bulb - Fluorescent Tube
Tube Lights,

Fluorescent light bulbs and tubes contain mercury and require special recycling at drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply; contact specific location before dropping off.

 

DO NOT put lightbulbs in curbside recycling.

Light Bulb - Halogen
Outdoor Lights,

Halogen light bulbs can safely be thrown away in the trash.

DO NOT put lightbulbs in curbside recycling.

Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs & tubes) include chemicals that make them unsafe to throw away.

Light Bulb - Incandescent
Filament,

Incandescent light bulbs can safely be thrown away in the trash.

DO NOT put lightbulbs in curbside recycling.

Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs & tubes) include chemicals that make them unsafe to throw away.

Light Bulb - LED
Light Emitting Diode,

LED light bulbs can safely be thrown away in the trash.

DO NOT put lightbulbs in curbside recycling.

Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs & tubes) include chemicals that make them unsafe to throw away. They should be dropped off at drop-off locations listed below.

Light Bulb Ballast
Fluorescent light fixture ballast

Depending on when a ballast was made, it may or may not contain hazardous materials.

Newer ballasts labeled with “No PCBs” can be safely disposed of in the trash or can be recycled at drop-off locations listed below.

Older ballasts and any not labeled as “No PCBs” should be disposed of as household hazardous waste. They should not be disposed of in the trash.

Note: PCBs stands for polychlorinated biphenyls

Lighter
Bic, Zippo

Lighters contain flammable liquids and should be disposed of as hazardous waste.

They should never be placed in trash or curbside recycling due to risk of fire.

Live Christmas Tree
Xmas tree, Holiday tree, Christmas Tree

Recycle your live Christmas tree at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply, contact specific location for details. 

Be sure to remove all items from tree before dropping off, including: lights, wire, hooks, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow

Live Christmas trees can be recycled at specified local drop-off locations. Fees may apply, contact specific location for details. 

Be sure to remove all decorations from trees before recycling, including: lights, wire, hooks, ornaments, tinsel, and fake snow.

Artificial trees in good condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact store before donating for details.

Magazine
Catalog, Junk Mail, Subscription

Magazines can be included in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below.

Manure
Poop, Dung

Certain types of manure – such as from sheep or goats and other herbivores – can be used for composting. Manure from pets or other meat-eating animals should not be composted due to the risk of pathogens.

If no reuse option is available for manure, it should be disposed of in the trash.

Mattress
Box Spring, foam mattress cover, daybed mattress

Bedbug-free mattresses and box springs can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees apply; contact location for details.

Medical Equipment and Supplies
Walker, Wheelchair, Crutches, X-Ray, Syringes, Sharps, Bandages, Medicine, Exam gloves, Blood pressure monitors, Centrifuges, Collars, Harnesses, Leashes, Equipment trays, Gauze, Hypodermic needles, Dental instruments, Exam instruments, Surgical instruments, Catheters, Microscopes, Muzzles, Otoscopes, Pee pads, Pulse oximeters, Scale, Stethoscope, Surgical, Suture, Syringe, Ultrasound, Vet wrap, X-ray

Medical equipment can be donated for reuse or properly recycled as hazardous waste or electronics.

Reusable veterinary and durable medical equipment / supplies that are non-hazardous (wheelchairs, crutches etc.), can be donated for reuse at the following locations. Contact the location to confirm that they can accept your item.

Medical equipment that is electronic often requires specialized facilities and technical personal due to its complexity and presence of hazardous materials. Contact manufacturer for disposal options. 

Medical equipment can be donated for reuse or properly recycled as hazardous waste or electronics.

Reusable veterinary and durable medical equipment / supplies that are non-hazardous (wheelchairs, crutches etc.), can be donated for reuse at the following locations. Contact the location to confirm that they can accept your item.

Medical equipment that is electronic often requires specialized facilities and technical personal due to its complexity and presence of hazardous materials. Contact manufacturer for disposal options. 

Mercury Thermometer
Mercury Thermostat

Mercury thermometers should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Mercury poses a risk to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Mercury-containing thermometers should never be disposed of in the trash or recycling.

Metal Barrel or Drum
Oil Drum, Poly Drum, Drum, Barrel, 55 gallon drum

Metal barrels can be recycled as scrap metal at local drop-off centers & scrap metal recyclers. Barrels must be empty of all contents.

Metal Bottle Cap or Lid
bottle cap, beer bottle, metal cap, soda cap, metal bottle cap

Metal caps and lids, such as those that come on glass bottles and jars, can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin and at the drop-off locations listed below. 

When placed in a curbside recycling bin, be sure to separate the lid from the glass bottle or jar and put it into the bin loose. That ensures that the magnets at the recycling plant can collect them. 

If you are collecting material to take to a scrap metal dealer, you can collect metal bottle caps in a metal can before dropping off. Dropping off metal caps and lids to a scrap metal dealer is a more direct route to be recycled, as they do not need to be sorted out from other mixed recyclables before going to their final destination for recycling.  

Metal Coat Hanger

Metal coat hangers can be recycled as scrap metal at local drop-off centers & scrap metal recyclers.

Hangers should NOT be included in recycling as they can damage recycling sorting equipment.

Metal Trash Can
Garbage Can

Trash cans made of metal can be recycled as scrap metal at local drop-off centers & scrap metal recyclers.

Microwave
Microwave Oven

Gently used microwaves and other small appliances still in working condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact store for specific donation guidelines before dropping off.

Microwaves can also be recycled as scrap metal at drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply, contact specific location for details. 

Microwave Popcorn Bag

Microwave popcorn bags are not recyclable and should be thrown away

Mixed Paper
Catalogs, Brochures, Glossy Paper, Junk Mail, Newspaper, Magazine, Office Paper, Copier Paper, Copy Paper, Envelopes, Loose Leaf Paper, Magazines, Printer Paper, wrapping paper, greeting cards

Office paper, colored paper, magazines, newspapers, junk mail, and other mixed paper can be included in your curbside recycling bin, or taken to drop-off locations listed below and placed in the mixed paper bin. 

Paper should be left flat in order to be properly sorted at the recycling plant.

Items ok to include in mixed paper:

  • Staples
  • Paperclips (although is better to remove them for reuse)
  • Plastic windows in envelopes
  • Stamps and other adhesive labels attached to the paper
  • Construction paper
  • Blueprints

Items NOT recyclable with mixed paper:

  • Items smaller than a standard sticky note or business card
    • They will fall through the cracks at the sorting facility and not be recycled
  • Sheets of unused labels on their plastic-coated paper
  • Plastic-coated paper used for label backing
  • Carbon paper
  • Cartons for milk, juice
Molded Paper Packaging
Molded Pulp, Pulp Shipper, Shipper, Cardboard, Molded Fiber, Molded Paper Pulp, Packaging, Shipping

Molded paper packaging (similar to paper egg cartons), can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below.

Motor Oil

Used motor oil is accepted at most auto parts stores. Contact specific store for details. It can also be recycled at one of the drop-off locations listed below.

Motor oil should be free of contaminants (gasoline, antifreeze, paint thinner, solvents, dirt, leaves, water, etc.) and placed in a clean, container with a tight-fitting cap (such as a one-gallon plastic milk jug) before recycling.

Used motor oil bottles and other plastic containers that hold motor oil should be thrown away. They cannot be recycled.

Motor Oil Bottle
Container

Motor oil bottles and other plastic containers that hold motor oil should be thrown away. They cannot be recycled as they contain traces of hazardous chemicals.  

Office and School Supplies
Office supplies, School supplies, Book, Binder, Ruler, Scissors, Stapler, Tape, Tape dispenser, Notebook, File, File folder, Folder, Pen, Pencil, Eraser

Many office and schools supplies can be reused or donated to local thrift stores. Contact store for donation guidelines before dropping off.

Supplies made of paper – such as file folders, printer paper, and note cards can be recycled as mixed paper in your curbside recycling bin or at recycling drop-off centers.

Small odds and ends – like scissors, pencils, erasers etc. – that cannot be reused should be thrown away. DO NOT include these items in recycling. 

Oven
Oven, Range, Cooker, Range, Roaster, Toaster Oven, Convection Oven

Ovens and other appliances such as stoves, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. If the appliance is in good condition, consider trading it in or selling it to a used appliance store. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details.

Over the Counter Medication
Medication, Drugs, Medicine, Advil, Pain Killer, Tylenol, Over-the-Counter

Over-the-County Medications should be dropped off at the following locations to be safely disposed of.

Also check to see if your pharmacy has a take-back program for unneeded or expired medications. 

Do NOT flush your old or leftover medications down the drain. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove these chemicals and compounds, so they can pass through to local waterways and have harmful effects on animals, humans and the environment.

Packaging Styrofoam or Polystyrene Foam
Foam, Packaging

POLYSTYRENE BLOCK FOAM is not recyclable in the Fort Collins recycle stream. The nearest location recycling this material is the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) in Boulder. If you are not already going to Boulder otherwise, the block Styrofoam can be landfilled. 

Styrofoam is a trademarked brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam owned and manufactured by the Dow Chemical Company.  There are other manufacturers that make various polystyrene products like to-go containers, coffee cups, plates, meat and vegetable trays in grocery stores, coolers and polystyrene beads, etc.,  that are also not recyclable in the Fort Collins recycle stream – they are trash.

FOAM PACKING PEANUTS, however,  are usually accepted as donations at many local pack and ship businesses. 

Polystyrene (Styrofoam) block foam is not recyclable in Fort Collins and should be disposed of in the trash.

The nearest location recycling this material is the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) in Boulder, which can accept #6 white block foam (typically used for packaging electronics). If you are not already going to Boulder otherwise, the block Styrofoam should be landfilled. 

Foam packing peanuts can be reused.

More information: The best way to handle Styrofoam is to not receive it in the first place. Contact the manufacturer of the item you received packed in foam and request they take their foam back or package their product in universally recyclable packaging, such as molded paperboard.

Paint - Latex
Latex, Latex Paint, Acrylic Paint, Interior Paint, Exterior Paint, Water-based paint

Full or partially full cans of liquid paint should not be placed in the trash, and are not accepted by most trash haulers.

Latex paints are water-based paints. Enamels, varnishes, shellacs, lacquers, stains, and sealers are all oil-based paints.

One way to identify paint as latex or oil-based is by reading the cleanup instructions on the can. If water can be used for cleanup, the paint is latex paint. If solvents, such as paint thinner or mineral spirits must be used, the paint is oil-based.

Paint should not be poured down the drain, dumped on the ground, or thrown in the trash. When poured down the drain, many of the chemicals in paint will not be treated by wastewater treatment or septic systems. The untreated chemicals may be discharged to lakes, streams, or ground water, and contaminate these waters.

Check with local schools, churches, or performing art centers. They make take donations of neutral color latex paints for drama productions or graffiti removal.

Highly flammable paints, such as epoxy base, stains, lacquers, varnishes, or shellacs, or paints containing heavy metals, such as cadmium or lead, must be taken to the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.

Reusable quantities of liquid paint in good condition can be dropped off to Larimer County’s Hazardous Waste “Drop ‘N’ Swap” Facility

Latex paints and other water-based paints can be taken to the following drop of locations. Recycling at these locations is free of charge through Paint Care Colorado.

One way to identify paint as latex (water-based) or oil-based is by reading the cleanup instructions on the can. If water can be used for cleanup, the paint is latex paint. If solvents, such as paint thinner or mineral spirits must be used, the paint is oil-based.

Highly flammable paints, such as epoxy base, stains, lacquers, varnishes, or shellacs, or paints containing heavy metals, such as cadmium or lead, must be taken to the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.

Liquid paint should never be disposed of in the trash. Paint should also never be poured down the drain or dumped on the ground. When poured down the drain, many of the chemicals in paint will bypass wastewater treatment or septic systems and may contaminate lakes, streams, or ground water.

Paint - Oil Based and Lacquers
Epoxy base, Epoxy base paint, Oil based paint, Oil paint, Stain, Varnish, Lacquer, Shellac, Shellac paint

Reusable quantities of paint can be dropped off to Larimer County’s Hazardous Waste “Drop ‘N’ Swap” Facility

Oil-based paints and lacquers should be disposed of as household hazardous waste. This includes enamels, varnishes, shellacs, lacquers, stains, epoxy base, sealers, and paints containing heavy metals, such as cadmium or lead.

These paints contain hazardous chemicals which are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

One way to identify paint as latex or oil-based is by reading the cleanup instructions on the can. If water can be used for cleanup, the paint is latex paint. If solvents, such as paint thinner or mineral spirits must be used, the paint is oil-based.

Paper Bag
lunch bag, paper grocery bag, paper shopping bag, brown paper bag, brow paper sack, sack, paper sack

Paper bags can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below. Bags should be flattened. Do not recycle bags that are dirty or greasy.

Paper Cup
Coffee Cups, to go cup, party cup, hot cup

Paper cups, including paper coffee cups, should be disposed of in the trash. These cups are coated with plastic, which makes them unrecyclable.

Paper cups marked “compostable” and should either be disposed of in the trash or composted in a commercial composting system (there are currently no commercial composting systems in Fort Collins).

Paper Egg Carton
Cardboard Egg, Carton,

Paper egg cartons can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below.

Styrofoam egg cartons are not locally recyclable and should be disposed of in the trash.

Paper Envelope
Windowed envelopes, Junk mail

Paper envelopes can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below.

Details:

  • Clear plastic windows are ok to recycle – no need to remove them
  • Colored envelopes are ok to recycle
  • Labels and stamps are ok to leave on envelopes
  • Envelopes with metallic or glittery lining cannot be recycled
  • Envelopes with bubble wrap lining can be reused but not recycled

See other listings for Tyvek envelopes 

Paper Napkin

Paper napkins should be disposed of in the trash or composted in a commercial composting system. Please check with specific compost companies to find out if they can accept paper napkins. 

Paper Towel

Paper towels should be disposed of in the trash or composted in a commercial composting system. Please check with specific compost companies to find out if they can accept paper towels.

Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Tube
Roll, Bathroom Tissue Tube

Paper towel and toilet paper tubes can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below. Tubes should be empty, without any other materials still stuck to them.

Thicker, rigid cardboard tubes – like carpet roll tubes – should be reused or disposed of in the trash.

Paperback Book
Soft-covered book, Phone book, soft-bound

Gently used books can be donated to used bookstores or libraries. Paperback books can also be recycled in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below.

Hard cover books can be donated or recycled at these locations.

Paperboard
Cereal Box, Tissue Box, Soda Box, Paper Box, Gift Box, Shirt Box, Shoe Box, Greeting Card

Paperboard can be included in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below.

Paperboard is single-layer cardboard, also known as chipboard. Recyclable paperboard items include cereal, food, gift, and shoe boxes, paper egg cartons, toilet paper and paper towel tubes.

The following items CANNOT be recycled:

  • Frozen Food Boxes
    • Boxes designed for the freezer have plastic mixed in with the paper fibers
  • Paper frozen juice containers
  • Ice cream cartons
  • Pet food bags
  • Charcoal bags
  • Paper plates, bowls, cups etc.
Paperboard Election Sign
Election, Campaign, Candidate, political

Signs made of paperboard can be separated from their metal wicket and paced in your curbside recycling bin or at drop-off locations listed below.

The metal wickets can be recycled as scrap metal at local scrap metal recyclers.

Party Try/Plastic Tray
Catering Tray, Deli Tray, Take-out Tray, Serving Tray, Platter

Plastic party trays and deli trays (such as those from grocery stores) are made from plastic that is not currently recyclable locally due to fluctuations in recycling markets and should be thrown away. Community members may choose to avoid them by selecting reusable options and avoiding products packaged in low-value plastics. 

Personal Care Appliances
Hair Dryer, Hair Curler, Curling Iron, Hair Straightener, Shaver, Electric Toothbrush, Hot Iron,

Personal care appliances such as hair dryers, hair curlers, curling irons, electric shavers, straighteners, and other small electric appliances for personal care can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below.

They should not be put in curbside recycling. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details. 

Pesticide
Raid, ant poison, rat poison, Mosquito spray, Bug spray

Pesticides should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Hazardous waste poses a risk to human health and the environment if not handled properly. It should never be placed in curbside recycling, any recycling drop off, or the trash. 

Pet Food Bag
Dog food, Cat food, Animal,

Pet food bags are not recyclable and should be thrown away in the trash. 

Pet Waste
poop, cat, dog, Cat litter,

Pet waste should be disposed of in the trash.

Photo Chemical

Photo chemicals should be properly disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Photo chemicals contain hazardous materials that pose a risk to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Photograph or Film
Film Canisters, Film, Roll of Film, Photo, Picture

Photographs and film should be disposed of in the trash.

They are made of non-recyclable materials and should not be included in recycling.

Pillow
Throw pillow, decorative pillow, cushion

Pillows can either be reused or thrown away in the trash.

Throw pillows in reusable condition can be donated to local thrift stores for reuse. Contact specific locations for donation guidelines.

Bed pillows are generally not accepted at thrift stores or charities. They should be thrown way in the trash.

If a pillow is not reusable (i.e. torn, stained, or in bad condition) they should be thrown away in the trash.  

DO NOT put pillows in recycling bins as they can damage equipment at the recycling sorting plant.

Pizza Box

Pizza boxes that are not significantly soiled with food waste can be recycled in your curbside recycling bin or at the drop-off locations listed below.

Pizza boxes that are greasy or have food on them should be thrown away. If there is a large amount of grease on the bottom of the pizza box, tear off the greasy section to throw away or compost and then recycle the clean portion.

While Fort Collins municipal code bans the landfill disposal of cardboard, items that can’t be recycled, such as greasy pizza boxes, are excluded. Dirty or soiled cardboard should be composted or thrown in the trash.

Plastic Barrel or Drum
Oil Drum, Poly Drum, Drum, Barrel

Plastic barrels or plastic drums should be reused or should be disposed of in the trash.

Plastic Bucket
5-Gallon Bucket

Plastic buckets can be recycled as bulky rigid plastics at the drop-off locations listed below. Contact specific drop off locations before visiting to verify if they can take a specific item.

Bulky rigid plastics describes plastic containers and items with a #2 (HDPE) or #5 (PP) in the chasing arrow symbol on them that are larger than what is acceptable in curbside recycling. This includes plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets, crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.

Be sure to remove all metals, including handles, and other non-plastic items before recycling.

Plastic Caps & Lids
Tops,

Plastic caps & lids can be recycled, if attached to their empty plastic bottle or tub.

Caps not attached to their plastic containers should be disposed of in the trash.  Plastic caps by themselves are too small to be properly sorted at the recycling plant.

Be sure that the plastic bottle or tub is empty and dry before recycling.

Plastic CD & DVD Cases
jewel case

CD and DVD cases (also known as jewel cases) should be reused or disposed of in the trash. They are not locally recyclable.

Plastic Coat Hanger
Clothes

Plastic coat hangers should be reused or disposed of in the trash.

Plastic Container
Plastic Tub, Plastic Container, Plastic Bottle, Plastic Food Container,

Important Message: Local Changes to Plastics Accepted in Curbside Recycling

The effects of recent changes in global recycling markets are now being felt locally.  End-markets for low-value plastic items are insufficient to handle the amounts generated. Until further notice, plastic containers labeled with a #3, #6, or #7 in the chasing arrows will be landfilled. Plastic containers labeled with #1, #2, #4, and #5 still have strong markets are should still be included in recycling as long as they are empty, clean, and dry. 

Learn more about the change at https://www.fcgov.com/recycling/curbside.php

Plastic containers #1 through #7 are accepted in curbside recycling or at one of the specififed locations. Do NOT include oil, chemical or pesticide bottles.

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. Bottles include soda or water bottles, and shampoo jugs. Jugs include plastic milk jugs and plastic laundry jugs. Tubs include the solid white dairy tubs like those that contain yogurt or sour cream, as well as translucent tubs commonly used in delis or for liquidy takeout like soups. When in doubt if a tub is recyclable, you can double check by looking for a #5 in the chasing arrows on the container.

Always be sure that all containers are empty and dry before recycling. Do NOT recycle motor oil, chemical, or pesticide bottles.

Due to changes in international recycling markets, local recycling guidelines do not include low-value plastic containers. These are typically the thinnest and flimsiest types of plastics, such as plastic clamshell containers (that hold berries), plastic party cups, and plastic take-out containers. These items should be thrown away. Community members may choose to avoid them by selecting reusable options and avoiding products packaged in low-value plastics. 

Plastic Cup
Party cup, to go cup, Solo Cup, Keg Cup, Iced Coffee Cup

Plastic cups, like thin plastic party cups are not currently recyclable locally due to changes in international recycling markets and should be thrown away. Community members may choose to avoid them by selecting reusable options and avoiding products packaged in low-value plastics. 


Sturdy plastic stadium cups with a #5 in the chasing arrows symbol can be recycled curbside or at drop-off centers, as long as they are empty and dry.

Plastic Disinfectant Wipes Container
Clorox, Lysol

Plastic containers that hold disinfectant wipes are accepted in curbside recycling or at drop-ff locations listed below if empty. Lids should be kept on before recycling.

Disinfectant wipes are NOT recyclable and should be thrown away in the trash.

Plastic Film Election Sign
Campaign Sign, election sign, voter sign, political, candidate

Signs made of plastic film can be separated from the metal wicket and recycled in plastic film bins at the drop-off locations listed below or in plastic film bins at grocery stores and local retail stores.

The metal wickets can be recycled as scrap metal at local scrap metal recyclers.

Plastic Flower Pots
Plastic Planters, Plastic Pots, plant

Plant and flower containers can be dropped off at the following locations. Check with specific location for drop-off guidelines.

Be sure to remove all metals (e.g. screws, bolts, axles, bins, hinges, handles; etc.) and other non-plastic items before recycling.

Plastic Grocery Bags and Plastic Film
Newspaper Bags, Trash Bag, Ziploc Bags, Plastic Bag, Sandwich bag, Plastic wrap, Grocery Bags, Pallet Wrap, Toilet paper wrapping, shrink wrap, saran wrap, cling wrap, produce bags, plastic baggies

Plastic grocery bags and plastic film can be recycled at most grocery stores, big box stores, or at one of the drop-off locations listed below.

Bags and film should be clean and dry, with stickers and labels removed.

Recyclable plastic film includes grocery bags, produce, bread, dry-cleaning, Ziploc-type and newspaper bags, along with industrial shrink-wrap, air pillows, and bubble wrap. Plastic wrapping such as that around paper towels and toilet paper can also be included with plastic film. Recyclable plastic film is often labeled with a #2 (HDPE) or #4 (LDPE) in the chasing arrows.

Plastic bags SHOULD NEVER be placed in curbside recycling or be used to bag recyclable items before placing them in your bin. Plastic bags and plastic film cause major issues at recycling sorting plants, tangling in recycling equipment and causing it to jam and break. Be sure to recycle your plastic grocery bags and other plastic film, just not in curbside recycling!

Plastic Halloween Pumpkin

Plastic Halloween pumpkins should be reused or donated to local thrift stores. Check with locations for details. Pumpkins that cannot be reused should be thrown away in the trash.

Plastic Jug
Kitty Litter Jug, Milk Jug, Laundry Detergent, Shampoo Bottle, Conditioner Bottle

Plastic jugs, including plastic milk jugs, laundry detergent, and juice jugs are accepted in curbside recycling or at drop-off locations listed below.

Jugs must be empty and dry. Plastic caps can be left on empty jugs.

Plastic Lawn Furniture
Lawn Chair, Plastic Picnic Table

Plastic lawn furniture can be recycled as bulky rigid plastic at the drop-off locations listed below.

Bulky rigid plastics describes plastic containers and items with a #2 (HDPE) or #5 (PP) in the chasing arrow symbol on them that are larger than what is acceptable in curbside recycling. This includes plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets, crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.

Be sure to remove all metals (e.g. screws, bolts, axles, bins, hinges, handles; etc.) and other non-plastic items before recycling.

Plastic Pallet

Plastic pallets can be reused or thrown away in the trash. 

Plastic Peanut Butter Jar

Plastic peanut butter jars are accepted in curbside recycling or at the drop-off locations listed below.

Jars should be empty and dry.  Jars do not need to be spotless, but the majority of food should be cleaned from the jar.  Soaking the jar in water is a good way to loosen stuck-on food. 

Plastic Pet Carrier

Plastic pet carriers can be donated for reuse or recycled as a bulky rigid plastic.

Many local thrift stores and some animal rescue centers accept pet carriers. Contact individual locations for details.

Plastic pet carriers can also be recycled as bulky rigid plastics at the drop-off locations listed below.

Bulky rigid plastics describes plastic containers and items with a #2 (HDPE) or #5 (PP) in the chasing arrow symbol on them that are larger than what is acceptable in curbside recycling. This includes plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets, crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.

Be sure to remove all metals (e.g. doors, screws, bolts, axles, bins, hinges, handles; etc.) and other non-plastic items before recycling.

Plastic Play Structure
Swing set, Slide, House

Plastic play structures can be donated to local thrift stores for reuse or recycled as a bulky rigid plastic.

Contact thrift stores for details on donation or recycle at the drop-off locations listed below.

Bulky rigid plastics describes plastic containers and items with a #2 (HDPE) or #5 (PP) in the chasing arrow symbol on them that are larger than what is acceptable in curbside recycling. This includes plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets, crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.

Be sure to remove all metals (e.g. screws, bolts, axles, bins, hinges, handles; etc.) and other non-plastic items before recycling.

Plastic Take-Out Container
to-go container, deli container

Plastic take-out containers are generally made of low-value plastics, which are currently not accepted in recycling due to changes in international recycling markets and should be thrown away. Community members may choose to avoid them by selecting reusable options and avoiding products packaged in plastic to-go containers and other low-value plastics. 

Plastic Toy

Gently used toys in working condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact store to verify if they can take a certain item.

Plastic toys in non-usable condition should be disposed of in the trash.

Plastic Tub
Yogurt Container, Cottage Cheese Carton,

Plastic tubs, including yogurt tubs and sour cream tubs, are accepted in curbside recycling or at drop-off locations listed below. Tubs must be empty and dry. 

Plastic Tube
Toothpaste Tube, handcream tube, makeup tube

Plastic tubes, like tooth paste tubes, should be thrown away in the trash. They are not locally recyclable. 

Porcelain (Sinks, Toilets)
Bidet

Porcelain, including sinks and toilets, in reusable condition can be dropped off to certain stores for resale and reuse or recycled at the drop-off locations listed below.

Porcelain MUST have all hardware removed (toilet seats, metal hardware, plastics, etc.) before recycling. Fees may apply; contact location for details.

Pot or Pan
Metal Cookware, Frying Pan,

Gently used pots and pans can be donated to local thrift stores or recycled as scrap metal.  

Contact store before donating to verify what they can accept.

Pots and pans that cannot be reused can be recycled as scrap metal at the drop-off locations listed below.  

Prescription Drug
Pill, Medicine, Drug, Prescription, Prescription drug, Prescribed medicine, Antibiotics, Meds, Drugs

Prescription drugs should be dropped off at the following locations to be safely disposed of as household hazardous waste.

Also check to see if your pharmacy has a take-back program for unneeded or expired medications. 

Do NOT flush your old or leftover prescription drugs or other medications down the drain. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to remove these chemicals and compounds, so they can pass through to local waterways and have harmful effects on animals, humans and the environment.

Printer Cartridge
Ink, Toner, Copier Cartridge

Printer cartridges can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below.

Many manufacturers provide pre-paid envelops or mailing labels to return used printer cartridges for recycling.

Many retail stores that sell printer cartridges and toner will also take used ones back for recycling – check with stores for details.

Propane Canister
Tank, Camp fuel, Camping fuel, propane can

Propane canisters can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Contact locations for requirements of canister disposal.

Propane canisters SHOULD NOT be disposed of in the trash or curbside recycling. They must be safely disposed of. Any pressurized container can be hazardous.   

Pumpkin

Pumpkins can be composted in backyard compost systems or through local compost companies.

Plastic pumpkins can be donated to local thrift shops or be thrown away. They should not be included in recycling.

PVC Pipe
White pipe, plumbing pipe

PVC and other construction-type plastic should be disposed of in the trash. It is not recyclable.

Receipt Paper
Receipts, Thermal Paper, POS paper

Receipt Paper can be recycled in curbside recycling bins or at the drop-off locations listed below as long as it is larger than a business card.

Very small items are extremely difficult to recycle as they cannot be sorted out at the recycling plant. Receipts and other pieces of scrap paper smaller than a business card should be thrown away in the trash.

Reflective Bubble Wrap and Foil Bubble Mailers
Meal Kit Bubble Wrap, Reflective Bubble Wrap, Metallic Bubble Wrap, Silver Bubble Wrap, Metal Bubble Wrap, Reflective Plastic Film, Thermal, Foil Bubble Mailers, Bubble Mailers

Reflective, silver bubble wrap, like the type that often comes in delivered meal kits, along with foil mailers and envelopes, are not recyclable and should be reused or thrown away in the trash. 

Refrigerator
Fridge, Refrigerator, Air conditioner, Freezer, Wine Cooler, Mini Fridge, Freon

Refrigerators contain Freon, meaning they must be specially recycled. If the appliance is in good condition, consider trading it in or selling it to a used appliance store. They can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details.

State law requires Freon be removed by an appropriately licensed company before disposal.

They should never be put in curbside recycling or trash.

Renew Liner
Thermal shipping, styrofoam, packing materials, shipping materials

Renewliner like that used in meal kits should be reused or thrown away in the trash. It is not locally recyclable. 

Reusable Building Supplies
Door, Sink, Fixture, Wood, Countertop, Doorknob, windows, shower doors, kitchen & bathroom cabinets, lights, knobs, hinges

Reusable building supplies and other salvageable architectural materials can be taken to the drop-off locations listed below for reuse and resale.

Contact locations for fees and details of what they can accept.

Ribbons and Bows
String

Ribbons and bows should be reused or disposed of in the trash. They are not recyclable and can harm sorting equipment at the recycling plant.

Rigid Cardboard Tubes and Corners
Cardboard, Shipping Cardboard, Furniture, Concrete Tube, Industrial Cardboard Corner, Shipping Corner, Pallet Protector, Corner Protection

Rigid cardboard tubes (like those used for concrete or carpet) and rigid cardboard corner pieces (like those used as corner protection in shipping) are not recyclable and should be thrown away in the trash.

These types of cardboard are filled with a large amount of glue making them too rigid to bend easily. 

Rock and Gravel
Landscaping, River Rock, stone

Rock and gravel can be dropped off to the drop-off locations listed below for reuse and resale. Contact specific location for fees and details of what they can and cannot accept.

It can also be posted on Craigslist, Nextdoor and other online platforms for reuse. 

Rubbermaid Storage Bin

Large plastic storage tubs with a #2 or #5 on them can be recycled with bulky rigid plastics at the drop-off locations listed below.

Bulky rigid plastics describes plastic containers and items with a #2 (HDPE) or #5 (PP) in the chasing arrow symbol on them that are larger than what is acceptable in curbside recycling. This includes plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets, crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.

Be sure to remove all metals (e.g. screws, bolts, axles, bins, hinges, handles; etc.) and other non-plastic items before recycling.

Satellite dish

Satellite dishes can be recycled as scrap metal at specified drop off locations.

Scrap Metal
Baby Monitor, Chain, Chicken Wire, Engine Block, Rototiller, Screws, Nail, Grill, Metal Hanger, Insulated Wire, Metal Barrel, Extension Cords, Iron, Lead, Copper, Brass, Stainless steel, Cast iron, Metal fencing, Aluminum, Tin, Wheel barrow,

Scrap metal items can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below.

An item must be at least 50% metal to be recycled as scrap metal. This includes a wide variety of items, including water heaters, lawnmowers, wire, satellite dishes, metal shelves and bicycles. Most any item with a motor or power cord has enough metal in it to be recycled as scrap metal. If an item has a circuit board, it must be recycled with electronics.

Scrap metal items that contain liquid, like lawnmowers, must be emptied before recycling. Fees may apply to items that contain Freon or other CFCs (freezers, air conditioners etc.).

Pressurized containers such as propane containers cannot be recycled as scrap metal, and should be specially recycled. See how to recycle propane containers here.

The only metals that can be included in curbside recycling are aluminum and steel cans and aluminum foil. Other scrap metal items should never be included in curbside recycling, as they can damage recycling equipment at the sorting facility.

Seed Tray
Filler flats, cell pack, plant tray, seedling tray, seed flat, plastic plant tray

Seed trays that cannot be reused should be thrown away in the trash. 

Seed trays are made from a plastic that is not recyclable. 

Shingles, Asphalt
Shake

Asphalt shingles should be disposed of in the trash. There are currently no facilities in Colorado that are able to accept asphalt shingles for recycling.

Shingles, Wood
Shake

Wooden shingles that are untreated, unpainted, and unstained can be recycled with wood at the locations listed below.

Call location to confirm that they can take shingles before dropping off.

Treated, painted, or stained wooden shingles must be landfilled.

Shoes
Sneakers, heels, boots, dress shoes, Sandals

Gently used shoes can be donated to local thrift stores and drop-off locations.

Shoes that cannot be donated should be disposed of in the trash.  

Shredded Brown Crinkle Paper
Kraft Paper, Shredded Brown Paper

Brown crinkle paper, like that used for packing and gifts, 

Place shredded paper loose in the paper bins at the recycling drop-off centers listed below. 

Do NOT include shredded crinkle paper in your curbside recycle bin. The paper literally falls through the cracks in the machinery at the sorting facility, and will not be recycled

Shredded Paper

Shredded paper is not accepted in curbside recycling, but can be recycled at various local drop-off locations. 

Shredded paper can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Place shredded paper loose in the office paper bin at the recycling drop-off centers listed below. 

Do NOT include shredded paper in your curbside recycle bin. The paper literally falls through the cracks in the machinery at the sorting facility, and will not be recycled

Note: These locations do not offer secure document shredding services.

Paper can be recycled 7-12 times. However, when shredded, its value is decreased and the number of times it can be recycled decreases drastically. In order to maintain the value of the paper fibers, shred only when necessary. Consider only shredding the documents (or parts of the documents) that contain sensitive information – and recycle the rest whole!

Single-Serve Coffee Pods
K Cup, Coffee Pod, Coffee Container, Capsule, Disk, Disc, K-Cup, Keurig

Single-Use coffee pods and capsules of all types should be thrown away in the trash. They are not locally recyclable. 

Single-Use Servingware
Paper Bowls, Paper Cups, Paper Plates, Paper Napkins, Straws, Paper To-Go Cups, Plastic bowl, plastic plate, plastic cup, plastic utensil, plastic fork, Paper take-out container, restaurant to go containers

Single-use servingware should be disposed of in the trash.

Single-use servingware refers to paper & plastic plates, cups, bowls, napkins, straws, utensils, paper towels and other items used for eating that are designed to be thrown away after using.

Plastic utensils and plastic straws are not recyclable because there are no markets to recycle them.

Paper plates, cups, and bowls are coated in plastic, which allows them to hold liquids and food, but also renders them unrecyclable.

Paper napkins and paper towels are also not recyclable because they are meant to be wet and covered in food after being used. This moisture and food could cause a bale of paper waiting to be recycled to mold, ruining an entire bale of recyclable paper. Paper napkins and paper towels can be composted in commercial composting facilities. Contact residential compost companies to verify what items they can collect.

Single-use servingware labeled with a #7 PLA or as “compostable” should never be included in curbside recycling. Learn options for disposal here.

If seeking environmentally-preferable options, always choose reusable items. Consider bringing reusable utensils with you to avoid use of plastic ones. You can also bring a Tupperware-style container with you when eating out to take leftovers home.

Small Kitchen Appliance
Blender, Coffee Maker, Toaster, Food Processor, Mixer, Hand Mixer, Kettle, Waffle Iron, Electric Griddle, Tea Pot, Coffee Pot

Small kitchen appliances such as coffee makers, blenders, toasters, food processors, and mixers  can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below.

They should not be put in curbside recycling. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details. 

Smoke Detector or Carbon Monoxide Detector
CO2 Detector, Fire Alarm,

The most common type of smoke detector contains a small amount of Americium 241, a radioactive material. For this reason all detectors must, by law, be labeled as to radioactive content. However, it is legal to disposal of old smoke detectors in landfills or incinerators.   

You can also call the manufacturer for disposal. Federal law requires that the manufacturer take back the detectors. Most manufacturers accept small quantities at no charge.

Smoke detectors should be disposed of in the trash, or returned to their manufacturer. Most manufacturers accept small quantities at no charge. 

Batteries can be removed from smoke detectors and recycled at these locations

Snowblower

Snowblowers can be recycled as scrap metal at the drop-off locations listed below. They should be emptied of liquids before recycling.

An item must be at least 50% metal to be recycled as scrap metal. This includes a wide variety of items, including water heaters, lawn mowers, wire, satellite dishes, metal shelves and bicycles. Most any item with a motor or power cord has enough metal in it to be recycled as scrap metal. If an item has a circuit board, it must be recycled with electronics.

The only metals that are accepted in curbside recycling are aluminum and steel cans, and aluminum foil. Other scrap metals should never be included in curbside recycling, as they can damage recycling equipment at the sorting facility. They should instead be recycled at local scrap metal recyclers.

Sod
Grass, Soil

Sod can be composted in your backyard compost pile or at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply. Contact location for details.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are not recyclable and should be disposed of in the trash.

Spiral Notebook
Bound notebook, imprinted book, journal

Spiral bound notebooks can be recycled in your curbside recycle bin or at the drop-off locations listed below. Remove the cover & back of the notebook (paperboard covers can be recycled at these locations). The spiral does NOT need to be removed.

 Both metal and plastic bound spiral notebooks are accepted.

Sporting Goods
Exercise equipment, baseball, football, soccer, hockey, Balls, Weights

Gently used sporting goods can be donated to local thrift stores.

Spray Paint
Aerosol Paint,

Spray paint should be disposed of as household hazardous waste at the drop-off locations listed below. They contain hazardous chemicals which can be harmful to human health and the environment if not disposed of properly. 

Empty spray paint cans can be recycled as empty aerosol cans in your curbside recycling bin

Stereo / Sound Equipment
speaker, mixer, boombox, music, amp

Stereos, speakers, and other sound equipment in working condition can be donated to local thrift shops. Contact specific locations before donating. They can also be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply; contact specific location before dropping off.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Stove
Cooktop, Range, Cooker, Oven, Burner, Boiler,

Stoves and other appliances such as ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. If the appliance is in good condition, consider trading it in or selling it to a used appliance store. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details.

Stroller
Umbrella strollers, convertible strollers with car seats

Stollers in gently used condition can be donated to local thrift stores or disposed of in the trash. Contact thrift stores for details.

*Strollers that are not in good condition or those that have been recalled should not be donated*

Styrofoam Cooler or Meal Kit Cooler
Picnic cooler, food shipment cooler, meal kit, medicine, medical packaging, meal shipment, Blue Apron, Every Plate, Hello Fresh

Styrofoam coolers are not locally recyclable and should be reused or disposed of in the trash.

This includes Styrofoam coolers used to ship medicines and meal kits. 

Sun Basket Paper Insulation

Paper insulation included in Sun Basket meal kit boxes are recyclable in your curbside recycling bin, or taken to drop-off locations listed below and placed into the mixed paper bin.

Insulation should be left whole.

Syringe / "sharps"
Needle, Biohazard, Medical Waste, insulin needles or stents

“Sharps”, including syringes, hypodermic needles, and blades should be disposed of as household hazardous waste at the locations listed below. Improper disposal poses a threat to recycling and trash workers as well as to the environment.

They should NEVER be placed in a recycling bin, even if they are inside a closed, durable container. The presence of sharps or syringes in recycling can cause an entire load of recyclables to be rejected and sent to landfill.

Take Out Food Container

Take-out food containers, including those made of aluminum, paper, plastic, or labeled as “compostable,” have different disposal options.

Aluminum take-out containers, if rinsed and reasonably clean, can be recycled in curbside recycling or at drop-off centers. Learn more here. 

Plastic take-out containers are generally made of low-value plastics, which are currently not accepted in curbside recycling or in bins at recycling drop-off centers. Learn more here. 

Paper take-out containers are generally coated with plastic, which means they are NOT recyclable. These containers should be thrown in the trash. Learn more here. 

Take-out containers labeled as “compostable” cannot be recycled, and should be composted in a commercial composting facility or thrown away. Learn options for their disposal here.

Telephone
Cell phone, wall phone, princess phone, office phone

Telephones can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below with electronics.

Fees may apply; contact location before dropping off

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Telephone Book
Phone book,

Telephone books can be recycled curbside or at drop-off locations listed below.

Television
TV, projection tv, console tv, tv in wood furniture, flat screen, monitor, plasma tv

Televisions in working condition can be donated to local thrift shops. Contact location before donating.

Televisions can also be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Fees may apply. Contact specific location before dropping off.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of televisions and other electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Tile
Floor tile, bathroom tile, Ceramic Tile

Tile in usable condition can be dropped off to the stores listed below for reuse or recycling.  

Contact location to see if they can accept a specific type of tile, or if fees apply for recycling.

Tin Can
Metal Can, Steel Can

Tin or steel cans can be recycled curbside or at drop-off locations listed below.

Cans should be empty and dry. They should not be crushed or flattened, and it’s ok to leave their labels on.  

Tissue Wrapping Paper

Tissue wrapping paper can be recycled curbside or at the drop-off locations listed below.

Do not include any glitter, ribbons, or bows.

Toiletries
Shampoo, toothpaste, soap, toothbrush, razor, hair gel, makeup, Personal care items, Conditioner

Unopened and unused toiletries are accepted at some local thrift stores. Call locations before dropping off to verify if an item is accepted.

Opened / used toiletries should be thrown away in the trash. Empty plastic bottles, jugs, and tubs can be recycled in curbside recycling

Tools
Power Tool, Hand Tool, Hammer, Saw, Sander, Drill, Battery charger,

Tools can be donated to local thrift stores or recycled as scrap metal. Contact stores verify if they accept certain tools.

 

Tupperware Food Storage Container
Food bin, Glad

Plastic Tupperware containers and other plastic food storage containers should be reused or donated if in usable condition. If they cannot be reused, they should be disposed of in the trash.

Tyvek Envelope
Mailer

Tyvek envelopes should be reused or disposed of in the trash. There are no local recycling options for them. 

Vacuum Cleaner
Hoover, Roomba, Carpet cleaner, Sweeper, Carpet sweeper

Vacuum cleaners can be recycled as scrap metal at the drop-off locations listed below.

An item must be at least 50% metal to be recycled as scrap metal. This includes a wide variety of items, including water heaters, lawnmowers, wire, satellite dishes, metal shelves and bicycles. Most any item with a motor or power cord has enough metal in it to be recycled as scrap metal. If an item has a circuit board, it must be recycled with electronics.

The only metals that are accepted in curbside recycling are aluminum and steel cans, and aluminum foil. Other scrap metals should never be included in curbside recycling, as they can damage recycling equipment at the sorting facility. They should instead be recycled at local scrap metal recyclers.

Video Game System

Video game systems can be donated to local thrift shops or recycled with other electronics at the drop-off locations listed below.

Fees may apply; contact specific location before dropping off.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronics in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

Videotape or Cassette Tape
VHS tape, Audio cassette tape, Cassette tape, Books on tape, Reel to reel

Commercial video tapes or cassette tapes in gently used condition can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact store for specific donation guidelines before dropping off.

Personally-recorded videotapes or cassette tapes, or commercial tapes that are not in good condition should be disposed of in the trash. Residents can also search online for national mail-in programs that offer recycling.

Vinyl Fencing

Vinyl fencing should be reused or disposed of in the trash. It is not recyclable.

Vitamin or Prescription Bottle
Medicine bottles, pill bottles

Plastic vitamin and prescription bottles are accepted in curbside recycling or at drop-off locations listed below. Bottles must be empty.

Water Filter
Charcoal filter

Water filters should either be returned for their manufacturer for recycling or disposed of in the trash.  Contact manufacturer for details.

Water Heater
Hot Water Heater

Water heaters can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Be sure to drain of water before recycling. If the appliance is in good condition, consider trading it in or selling it to a used appliance store. Fees may apply; contact specific location for details.

Waxed Cardboard
Fruit Boxes

Waxed cardboard should be composted or disposed of in the trash.

Waxed cardboard is generally used to ship bulk produce. You can tell if an item is waxed cardboard if wax comes off on your finger when you scratch it. 

Wheel
Hub cap, Tire Rim

Tire rims can be recycled as scrap metal at local scrap metal recyclers and at the drop-off locations listed below.

White Office Paper
White paper, printer paper, office paper, legal paper

White office paper can be included in your curbside recycling bin, or taken to drop-off locations listed below. 

Paper should be left flat in order to be properly sorted at the recycling plant. Colored ink on the paper is ok. Please remove paper and binder clips before recycling. Staples are ok to include. 

Window Glass
Window Pane

Window glass can be recycled ONLY at the drop-off locations listed below.

Window glass is a different type of material than glass bottles or jars, and CANNOT be recycled with them.

Wine Cork

Wine corks can be reused for arts & crafts or DIY projects. Corks that cannot be reused should be disposed of in the trash.

Wire
Chicken Wire, Hardware Cloth

Wire can be recycled as scrap metal at the locations listed below. Contact location for details on whether to bundle the wire prior to recycling.

If included in curbside recycling, wire and other “tanglers” cause damage to equipment at the recycling sorting facility.

Wood Pallet

Wooden pallets that are untreated and unpainted can be brought to the drop-off locations listed below for reuse and recycling. Contact location prior to dropping off.

Wood Waste
lumber, log, mulch, bark, branches, limbs, tree, trees, woody stick, tree branch, scrap lumber, scrap wood, crate, saw dust, branch, tree branch, limb

Wood can be recycled at the drop-off locations listed below. Contact locations for details of what can be accepted. Treated or painted wood is not accepted at these locations. 

Wood waste includes branches, stumps, dimensional lumber, pallets, crates, shake shingles, and other wood scraps. 

Tree Limb Disposal from Spring Snow Storm: In response to the spring snow storm, the City is offering two drop off sites for free residential limb drop off. Learn more.

Wood, Treated or Painted
Plywood, OSB, glue lam, pressed board, pressure treated lumber

Treated or painted wood should be reused or disposed of in the trash. It is not accepted at local drop-off locations for recycling.

Wood, Untreated
2 x 4, stud, pallet, dimensional lumber, Off cuts

Untreated wood waste can be recycled at the following drop-off locations. Fees may apply; contact locations for specific guidelines.

Wood waste includes dimensional lumber, pallets, crates, shake shingles, scrap wood, stumps, and tree limbs. Some locations may accept composites, like plywood. Contact location for details.

Woven Plastic Feed Bag
Feed Bag, Chicken Feed Bag, Pet food bag, Grain bag

Bags made of woven plastic, often used for animal feed bags, should be disposed of in the trash.

Wrapping Paper
Gift Wrap

Wrapping paper can be recycled in your curbside recycle bin or at drop-off locations listed below.

Do not recycle any glittery or metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, or bows.

Consider wrapping gifts in newspaper, maps, cloth bags, reusable gift bags, or reusable gift boxes as alternatives to wrapping paper.

Yard Trimmings and Leaves
Yard Waste, Branch, Branches, Tree Limbs, Grass clipping, Logs, Debris, Mulch, Bark, Hay, Weed, Straw, Grass, Garden waste, Green waste, Branch, Twig, Tree, Tree Branch, Leaves, Yard waste, Yard waste, Sod, Soil, Flower, Plant

Yard trimmings include leaves, grass, weeds, and other lawn trimmings. 

Yard trimmings can be composted in your backyard composting system, or taken to one of the locations listed below for composting. Fees may apply; contact the location for details.

Local trash haulers also offer seasonal yard trimmings collection from April-November for an extra fee. Contact your hauler to sign up. Learn more about the program here

Yoga Mat

Gently used yoga mats can be donated to local thrift stores. Contact stores for specific guidelines.

Yoga mats that cannot be donated should be thrown away in the trash.


***DISCLAIMER***

The information provided in this tool is compiled as a service to Fort Collins Residents. Contact information has been provided for the listed locations, and it is encouraged that you call ahead to verify the location, materials accepted, and hours of operation. Inclusion in this list is not an endorsement by the City of Fort Collins.

Any recycler wishing to be added to this list may contact recycling@fcgov.com. If you can't find the answer to your question here, please call us at 970-221-6600