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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Stack of hazardous waste products

These annual collection events offer Fort Collins residents a chance to safely and properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

Residents can drop off non-leaking household chemicals. Commercial waste is not accepted.

Items Accepted

  • household batteries
  • paint and pesticides
  • fluorescent lighting
  • cleaning and automotive products
  • vitamins and supplements
  • personal care products, including hair products and lotions
  • mercury-containing items such as thermostats, thermometers and button-shaped batteries

Items Not Accepted

  • tires
  • e-waste
  • explosives
  • asbestos
  • bio-waste (needles, bandages)
  • pharmaceuticals.

Mattress Collection

Spring Back Colorado mattress recyclers will collect mattresses and box springs for $15 per item (cash or charge). Details: SpringBackCO.org

Visit fcgov.com/recyclingcenters for disposal options for non-accepted items.

Learn more about year-round recycling options at fcgov.com/trc.


The risk of fire, explosion and spills exists when transporting hazardous waste products, so please prepare items safely for transport, following these rules:

  • store items upright in boxes or tubs, not loose bags
  • keep similar items together (do not stack)
  • containers must be sealed and cannot leak
  • acids and oxidizers must be separated
  • keep items away from children and pets

Prescription drug take-back
Fort Collins Police Services, 2100 S. Timberline Rd., has a year-round prescription drug take-back program that operates Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am.-2 p.m. For information about other disposal options, please visit Who Recycles What.