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Dept Head: Susie Gordon
  •   11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F, except for holidays)

 Recycling Updates Newsletter

 Recycling A to Z

Downtown Ace Hardware

215 S. College Ave.
Fort Collins

(970) 224-4437


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Battery, Rechargeable

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.

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Christmas Lights

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.

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Light Bulb - CFL

Fees may apply for large quantities 

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Light Bulb - Fluorescent Tube

Recycle fluorescent tubes for a small fee per tube. No fee if you are buying replacements. 

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Paint - Latex

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.

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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 cmVjeWNsaW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==. If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please call us at 970-221-6600