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Recycling

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Dept Head: Susie Gordon
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 Recycling A to Z

City of Fort Collins: Timberline Recycling Center - Hard to Recycle Materials Yard | Fees may apply

Accepts:

Item Name Details  
Aluminum

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.

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Antifreeze

$5 ENTRY FEE DOES NOT APPLY

Limit 30 gallons 

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Asphalt

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

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Auto Part (Car Part)

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. 

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Automotive Battery

$5 ENTRY FEE DOES NOT APPLY

Limit One gallon zipbloc bag 

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Baling Twine

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.

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Battery, Alkaline

$5 ENTRY FEE DOES NOT APPLY

Limit One gallon zipbloc bag 

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Battery, Button

$5 ENTRY FEE DOES NOT APPLY

Limit One gallon zipbloc bag 

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Battery, Lithium-Ion

$5 ENTRY FEE DOES NOT APPLY

Limit One gallon zipbloc bag 

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Battery, Other

$5 ENTRY FEE DOES NOT APPLY

Limit One gallon zipbloc bag 

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Battery, Rechargeable

$5 ENTRY FEE DOES NOT APPLY

Limit One gallon zipbloc bag 

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BBQ Grill, Charcoal

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.

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BBQ Grill, Gas

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.

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Bicycle

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.

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Brick and Pavers

Bricks and pavers that are still in usable condition can be dropped off to certain 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.

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Bulky Rigid Plastics

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 without a #2, 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.

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Camera or Camcorder

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.

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CD/DVD Player

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.

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Cell Phone

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.

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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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Computer Accessory

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.

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Computer Monitor

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.

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Computer Tower

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.

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Concrete

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.

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Cooking Oil and Grease

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.

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Electronics

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.

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Large Appliance

Appliances such as stoves, ovens, washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers 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. 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 & Air Conditioners” to see where these items can be properly recycled.

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Lawnmower

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.

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Live Christmas Tree

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.

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Metal Barrel or Drum

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

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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.

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Metal Trash Can

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

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Microwave

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 local scrap-metal recyclers and drop-off locations listed below.

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Motor Oil

$5 ENTRY FEE DOES NOT APPLY

Limit 30 gallons 

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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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Paint - Oil Based and Lacquers

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.

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Plastic Barrel or Drum

Plastic barrels or plastic drums 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 (e.g. screws, bolts, axles, bins, hinges, handles; etc.) and other non-plastic items before recycling.

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Plastic 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.

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Plastic Flower Pots

Only accepts black #2 or #5 plastic plant pots. $5 entry fee applies. 

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Plastic Lawn Furniture

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.

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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.

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Plastic Play Structure

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.

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Pot or 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.  

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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.

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Satellite dish

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

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Scrap Metal

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.

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Small Kitchen Appliance

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. 

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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.

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Stereo / Sound Equipment

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.

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Telephone

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.

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Television

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.

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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.

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Tools

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

 

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Vacuum Cleaner

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.

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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.

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Wheel

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

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Wire

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.

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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.

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Wood Waste

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. 

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Wood, Untreated

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.

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Yard 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.

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

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

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***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.

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