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Recycling Updates Newsletter


Fall Leaves

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Got leaves? There are many options for the leaves that fall at your home or business. You can connect with your neighbors online through the Leaf Exchange or social media to find someone who can use them; visit our A-Z list for yard waste drop-off options; you could even compost them at home!

Most importantly, please do not rake/blow leaves into the street where they can clog storm drains. You take care of the leaves on your property and we'll take care of the ones in the street. 

Holiday Recycling

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From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, America’s household waste increases by more than 25%, adding an additional one million tons of waste to landfills each week. But many of these  items don’t need to end up there. Learn how to recycle your holiday waste by visiting the City’s online Holiday Recycling Guide

New Option for Recycling Wood & Yard Waste

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Fort Collins residents have a new option for recycling yard waste and wood waste locally. The Larimer County Landfill is now collecting clean lumber, wood pallets, tree limbs, tree trunks, and yard trimmings for a small fee.

This material is ground up and sent to a local company called Biochar Now, which creates nutrient-rich charcoal for use as a soil amendment. Learn more about biochar and its uses here. For more information about the Landfill’s new collection program see their press release.

See more options for wood & yard waste recycling on the City’s A-Z Recycling Page.

Curbside Recycling Made Easy (PDF)

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Nearly everything can be reused or recycled, but do you know what you can and can't place in your recycling bin? We've made it easy to become a recycling expert! Check out our easy-to-follow: 

Recycling Guidelines Poster 

Guía Para Reciclaje


Many items not accepted in curbside recycling can be recycled elsewhere, view a complete  A-Z list of where to recycle.

Haulers Now Offering Curbside Yard Trimmings Pickup

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Fort Collins residents now have the option to have their yard trimmings collected at the curb. This service is offered by all three residential trash haulers from April to November. Your hauler will charge a separate fee for this service – please contact your hauler for additional details or to sign up. See more details.

TRC is now accepting plastic bags for recycling!

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The City has begun recycling plastic bag and film packaging on a trial basis as of January, 2017. You'll notice the re-purposed square containers (IBC totes - previously used to transport bulk liquid) located just west of the mulch area in the free section of TRC. This pilot program is highly dependent on the good quality of items residents place in the specially labelled bins. We hope you help us make this a successul program! Please see the Timberline Recycling Center's FAQ page for more information. 

Reduce Food Waste to Save Money, Water, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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

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

Glass Now Going Bottle to Bottle in Curbside Recycling!

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 Just like the paper, metal and plastic that you place in your curbside recycle bin gets made into new paper, metal and plastic, now this is the case for glass too! Learn more about glass recycling.

Timberline Recycling Center Open!

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The Timberline Recycling Center is now open at 1903 S. Timberline Rd. The Riverside drop-off site was relocated, and the new site continues to accept cardboard, paper, glass, and mixed bottles/cans, 7 days a week during daylight hours. A separate area of the Timberline Recycling Center is expanded to accept certain "hard-to-recycle" items and is open Tuesday - Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More information is available on the Timberline Recycling Center page.

Community Recycling Ordinance

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The Fort Collins City Council recently adopted the Community Recycling Ordinance unanimously. More information about the Community Recycling Ordinance can be found here.