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Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRAP)


Not sure how to go about starting or improving a recycling or compost program?

The City of Fort Collins Environmental Services Department works with businesses and apartment complexes looking to start or increase recycling or composting.

What WRAP Provides

All resources are provided free of charge.

  • On-Site Assessments: To help start a new recycling program or improve an existing program. 
  • Communication Materials: Informational recycling guidelines posters are available. We are happy to provide you with enough copies to distribute to your current residents or employees and new residents or employees as they arrive. The poster is also available in a laminated or metal format for indoor and outdoor use. We also have a variety of stickers and decals to help residents differentiate recycling and trash bins. Having issues with illegal dumping in your current trash bins? We also provide free metal "No Dumping” signs as a deterrent.
  • In-Person Education: We can provide hands-on training to residents and staff when starting new recycling programs, and to help reduce contamination and issues with recycling programs. 
  • Rebates: for business and multi-family complexes starting a new compost program.
    • Start Composting
      • Service Rebate – 50% rebate on your first six months of recycling or compost service when you sign up for one year of service (up to $500 per applicant, does NOT apply for businesses required to compost).
      • Start-up Costs Rebate – 75% rebate on items such as indoor recycling bins or other start-up costs (up to $250 per applicant)”

For additional information, to schedule an on-site assessment, or to receive a rebate application, contact Caroline Mitchell at 970-221-6288 or Y21pdGNoZWxsQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.

In September 2016, Fort Collins City Council adopted the Community Recycling Ordinance, which requires businesses and apartment complexes to begin recycling by the end of 2020.

Multi-Family Recycling

In Fort Collins, residential locations in which each unit has its own trash bin are covered by the City's Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) ordinance, which bundles the cost of trash and recycling. The majority of apartment and condo complexes use shared trash dumpsters and are not included in the PAYT ordinance. Trash haulers are required to provide recycling service to complexes if requested but will charge an additional fee for the service. The additional charge for recycling can often be offset by decreasing the amount of trash service at the complex. An assessment from the Waste Reduction and Recycling Assistance Program (WRAP) can help you understand your options.