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Recycling

Accepted Items at the Timberline Recycling Center#

Everyday Recyclables Yard

Accepts everyday recyclables such as bottles, cans, cardboard, and glass, as well as plastic bags.

Free of charge to recycle.

Open Seven days/week

365 days/year

During daylight hours

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Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard

Accepts hard-to-recycle materials including electronics, batteries, paint, motor oil, and more.

$5 entry fee applies plus additional fees for some materials.

Closed Sundays, Mondays & Holidays

Open Tuesday – Saturday

8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Commercial Recycling

Commercial customers are welcome to both the Everyday Recyclables Yard and Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard at the Timberline Recycling Center.

Additional fees and drop off limits apply for certain items.

Learn More

Everyday Recyclables Yard#

The Everyday Recyclables Yard is located on the east side of the Timberline Recycling Center at 1903 S. Timberline Rd., Fort Collins CO 80525  

A variety of everyday recyclables, including glass, paper, aluminum cans, and cardboard are accepted in this yard free of charge. 

Open seven days/week, 365 days/year, during daylight hours. 

Need help unloading or have questions?

Volunteers are often available in the Everyday Recyclables Yard to help with unloading or answer any questions you might have. Check out the schedule below to see when volunteers will be available. 

View volunteer schedule (Last updated:  )

Accepted Items#

Cardboard: Containers 1 - 3#

Cardboard: Containers 1 - 3

Flattened cardboard, maximum length 4'. 

Large loads of cardboard can be brought to the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard on the west side of the recycling center.

Accepted

  • Flattened Corrugated Cardboard - no longer than 4'
  • Tape and labels on cardboard

NOT Accepted

  • Single-layer paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes)
  • Long tubes and hard corner pieces of cardboard

Low-Grade Mixed Paper: Containers 4 & 5#

Low-Grade Mixed Paper: Containers 4 & 5

Accepted

  • Magazines & Junk mail
  • Newspaper & Newspaper inserts
  • Paperboard boxes (Cereal, cracker and tissue boxes, etc.)
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Soft-bound books & Telephone books
  • Paper bags
  • Paper tubes (paper towel roll / toilet paper roll tubes, etc.)
  • Wrapping paper and packing paper (no metallic wrapping paper, ribbons or bows)
  • Tissue wrapping paper (no paper with glitter, ribbons, or bows)

NOT Accepted

  • Paper plates, paper cups, napkins, paper towels and other single use items
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam
  • Foil-backed paper, waxed paper, foil or parchment paper
  • Pet food, charcoal or fertilizer bags
  • TYVEK envelopes
  • Frozen food boxes 

Commingled Containers (Bottles/Cans): Containers 6 & 7#

Commingled Containers (Bottles/Cans): Containers 6 & 7

Do not crush cans or containers before recycling

Accepted

  • Paper cartons, aseptic cartons & Tetra Pak (containing milk, juice, broth etc.)
  • Steel/tin cans
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Plastic bottles (soda bottles, water bottles), jugs (milk jugs, laundry jugs, etc.), and tubs (yogurt and dairy tubs). No other plastic items are accepted. Learn more.
    • Leave lids on plastic bottles and jars, after emptying and rinsing

NOT Accepted

  • Glass
  • Styrofoam
  • Plastic bags
  • Motor oil/anti-freeze bottles
  • Compostable containers 
  • Rigid plastic containers larger than 2.5 liters (like 5 gallon plastic buckets) Many of these items can be recycled in the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard (LINK)

Glass: Containers 8 & 9#

Glass: Containers 8 & 9

Accepted

  • Empty, clean glass bottles and jars (all colors)
  • Labels are ok, but remove metal lids from bottle or jar and place in bin separately

NOT Accepted

  • Ceramics, Bakeware & Pyrex
  • Drinking glasses or window glass
  • Mirrors
  • Light bulbs
  • Fish tanks or other durable glass items
  • Non-glass containers

White Office Paper: Container 10#

White Office Paper: Container 10

Accepted in this Bin

  • White office paper (black or colored ink on paper is ok)
  • White envelopes (envelopes with windows accepted)
  • Shredded white paper (loose)

If it’s not listed here, please don’t put it in this bin

Plastic Bags and Film#

Plastic Bags and Film

All materials should be clean and dry

Accepted:

  • Grocery bags, produce, bread and newspaper bags
  • Air pillows and bubble wrap
  • Industrial shrink-wrap (e.g. used to wrap pallets of material)
  • Product wrap (e.g. plastic wrap around paper towels and toilet paper)
  • Zip-top food storage bags
  • Plastic film labeled as #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE

NOT Accepted:

  • Pet food bags and compost/dirt bags
  • Cereal box liner bags 
  • Food wrappers
  • Vinyl bedding/quilt bags

Mulch Pick Up#

Mulch generated from City of Fort Collins Forestry operations is available on a first-come-first served basis for Fort Collins community member. Please limit use to one truckload per day and plan to load the mulch into your vehicle yourself.

Mulch is subject to availability; there is not a set delivery schedule.

Free Mulch Day Event Info

Hard-To-Recycle Materials Yard#

Accepts hard-to-recycle materials including electronics, batteries, paint, motor oil, and more.

$5 entry fee applies plus additional fees for some materials.

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays

Holidays Observed: Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (closes at noon), Christmas Day, New Year's Day

Printable List of Accepted Materials

No Entry Fee#

Antifreeze#

Antifreeze

Residential use only; no commercial loads accepted. 

Antifreeze must be free of contaminants. 

Antifreeze containers are not recyclable and should be taken home and disposed of in the trash. 

Limit 5 gallons.

Batteries#

Batteries

Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries accepted. Includes all batteries ranging from small watch batteries to car batteries.

Commercial customers dropping off batteries are subject to the $5 entry fee and additional fees based on the volume and type.

View Commercial Customer Fees

Cardboard#

Cardboard

Large amounts of corrugated cardboard (1-4 cubic yards) can be recycled in the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard for no charge. Smaller loads of corrugated cardboard can be recycled in the Everyday Recyclables Yard.

Limit 4 cubic yards; loads larger than this should utilize the Larimer County Recycling Center.

Paint#

Paint

Paint must be in labeled, non leaking containers. Limit 50 gallons. 

Accepted

  • Oil-based paint and enamel
  • Latex paint (interior/exterior architectural paints)
  • Various other coverings (deck coating, varnish, floor paint, primer, sealer, stains)

NOT Accepted

  • Aerosol paint / Spray Paint
  • Art and craft paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Mineral spirits
  • Solvents
  • Paint additives
  • Colorants or Tints
  • Resins
  • Adhesives

Plastic Bags and Film#

Plastic Bags and Film

Large amounts of plastic bags & film can be recycled in the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard for no charge. Smaller loads can be recycled in the Everyday Recyclables Yard 

All materials should be clean and dry

Accepted:

  • Grocery bags, produce, bread and newspaper bags
  • Air pillows and bubble wrap
  • Industrial shrink-wrap (e.g. used to wrap pallets of material)
  • Product wrap (e.g. plastic wrap around paper towels and toilet paper)
  • Zip-top food storage bags
  • Plastic film labeled as #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE

NOT Accepted:

  • Pet food bags and compost/dirt bags
  • Cereal box liner bags 
  • Food wrappers
  • Vinyl bedding/quilt bags

Used Motor Oil#

Used Motor Oil

Limit 5 gallons per visit. Residential loads only; no commercial loads accepted.  

Motor oil must be free of contaminants. 

Accepted

  • Used motor oil

NOT Accepted

  • Gear oil, Mixed gas/oil, Transmission fluid or other vehicle fluids. These materials should be disposed of as Household Hazardous Waste.

Motor oil containers are not recyclable and should be taken home and disposed of in the trash.

$5 Entry Fee#

Aggregates#

Aggregates

Remove all metal / plastic.

Limit 10 cubic yards.

  • Concrete (no rebar)
  • Asphalt
  • Brick
  • Rock
  • Tile & Porcelain

Baling Twine#

Baling Twine

Baling twine must have any chunks of hay or trash removed before dropping off.

Bulky Rigid Plastic#

Bulky Rigid Plastic

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. 

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

Accepted

  • 5-gallon Buckets (metal handles removed)
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Milk/Beverage Crates
  • Plastic Outdoor Furniture
  • Children’s Play Sets (outdoor Jungle Gyms, Slides, Forts, Playhouses, etc.) (metal parts removed)

NOT Accepted

  • PVC pipe 
  • Inflatable furniture and pools
  • Flower pots
  • Small toys, cars, action figures
  • 55 gallon drums / barrels

Cooking Oil#

Cooking Oil

Limit 5 gallons per visit. Residential loads only, no commercial loads accepted. 

Cooking oil must be free of contaminants such as water or food scraps. No lard. 

Empty cooking oil containers should be recycled in Container 6 or 7 in the Everyday Recyclables Yard or in your home recycling bin. 

Fire Extinguishers#

Fire Extinguishers

Extinguishers can be expired, empty or partially full. 

Scrap Metal#

Scrap Metal

Accepted

  • Wire, extension cords, holiday lights, and other cables
  • Small metal items (must be made of at least 50% metal)
  • Lawn mowers, snowblowers and other small engine-containing items (drain fluids)

NOT Accepted

  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units and other Freon-containing items
  • Pressurized containers such as propane containers
  • Items with circuit boards (should be recycled as electronic waste; fees apply) 

$5 Entry Fee + Additional Fees#

Electronic Waste#

Electronic Waste

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronic  items (televisions, computers, cell phones, etc.)  in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

View Accepted Items & Fees

Wood Waste#

Wood Waste

Wood waste, including stumps, lumber, pallets, crates and other wood scraps are accepted. Additional fees apply for these materials along with the $5 entry fee. 

Wood must be untreated and unpainted. 

Customers with loads larger than 3 yards should consider visiting other local drop-off locations

View Fees

Yard Trimmings#

Yard Trimmings

Yard trimmings, including leaves, branches and grass clippings are accepted. Additional fees apply for these materials along with the $5 entry fee.

Customers with loads larger than 3 yards should consider visiting other local dropoff locations

View Fees

Commercial Recycling#

Commercial customers are welcome to both the Everyday Recyclables Yard and Hard-to-Recycle Yard at the Timberline Recycling Center, but are subject to additional fees and drop-off limits. 

Everyday Recyclables#

Everyday recyclables (cans, bottles, cardboard etc.) can be recycled free of charge at the east side of the Recycling Center in the Everyday Recyclables YardOpen seven days/week, 365 days/year, during daylight hours. 

Hard-to-Recycle Materials#

No Entry Fee#

Cardboard#

Cardboard

Large amounts of corrugated cardboard (1-4 cubic yards) can be recycled in the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard for no charge. Smaller loads of corrugated cardboard can be recycled in the Everyday Recyclables Yard.

Limit 4 cubic yards; loads larger than this should utilize the Larimer County Recycling Center.

Paint#

Paint

Paint must be in labeled, non leaking containers. Limit 50 gallons. 

Accepted

  • Oil-based paint and enamel
  • Latex paint (interior/exterior architectural paints)
  • Various other coverings (deck coating, varnish, floor paint, primer, sealer, stains)

NOT Accepted

  • Aerosol paint / Spray Paint
  • Art and craft paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Mineral spirits
  • Solvents
  • Paint additives
  • Colorants or Tints
  • Resins
  • Adhesives

Plastic Bags and Film#

Plastic Bags and Film

Large amounts of plastic bags & film can be recycled in the Hard-to-Recycle Materials Yard for no charge. Smaller loads can be recycled in the Everyday Recyclables Yard 

All materials should be clean and dry

Accepted:

  • Grocery bags, produce, bread and newspaper bags
  • Air pillows and bubble wrap
  • Industrial shrink-wrap (e.g. used to wrap pallets of material)
  • Product wrap (e.g. plastic wrap around paper towels and toilet paper)
  • Zip-top food storage bags
  • Plastic film labeled as #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE

NOT Accepted:

  • Pet food bags and compost/dirt bags
  • Cereal box liner bags 
  • Food wrappers
  • Vinyl bedding/quilt bags

$5 Entry Fee#

Aggregates#

Aggregates

Remove all metal / plastic.

Limit 10 cubic yards.

  • Concrete (no rebar)
  • Asphalt
  • Brick
  • Rock
  • Tile & Porcelain

Baling Twine#

Baling Twine

Baling twine must have any chunks of hay or trash removed before dropping off.

Bulky Rigid Plastic#

Bulky Rigid Plastic

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. 

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

Accepted

  • 5-gallon Buckets (metal handles removed)
  • Laundry Baskets
  • Milk/Beverage Crates
  • Plastic Outdoor Furniture
  • Children’s Play Sets (outdoor Jungle Gyms, Slides, Forts, Playhouses, etc.) (metal parts removed)

NOT Accepted

  • PVC pipe 
  • Inflatable furniture and pools
  • Flower pots
  • Small toys, cars, action figures
  • 55 gallon drums / barrels

Fire Extinguishers#

Fire Extinguishers

Extinguishers can be expired, empty or partially full. 

Scrap Metal#

Scrap Metal

Accepted

  • Wire, extension cords, holiday lights, and other cables
  • Small metal items (must be made of at least 50% metal)
  • Lawn mowers, snowblowers and other small engine-containing items (drain fluids)

NOT Accepted

  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units and other Freon-containing items
  • Pressurized containers such as propane containers
  • Items with circuit boards (should be recycled as electronic waste; fees apply) 

$5 Entry Fee + Additional Fees#

Batteries#

Batteries

Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries are accepted. Includes all batteries ranging from small watch batteries to car batteries. 

Additional fees apply to commercial dropping of batteries, including fees for un-taped batteries. Browse below to view recycling fees for specific items. Charges are in addition to the $5 entry fee. 

View Fees

Electronic Waste#

Electronic Waste

In Colorado, it is illegal to dispose of electronic  items (televisions, computers, cell phones, etc.)  in the trash as they contain toxic components that are harmful to human health and the environment if not handled properly.

View Accepted Items & Fees

Wood Waste#

Wood Waste

Wood waste, including stumps, lumber, pallets, crates and other wood scraps are accepted. Additional fees apply for these materials along with the $5 entry fee. 

Wood must be untreated and unpainted. 

Customers with loads larger than 3 yards should consider visiting other local drop-off locations

View Fees

Yard Trimmings#

Yard Trimmings

Yard trimmings, including leaves, branches and grass clippings are accepted. Additional fees apply for these materials along with the $5 entry fee.

Customers with loads larger than 3 yards should consider visiting other local dropoff locations

View Fees