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Recycling at Your Home

Waste Management's curbside recycling program is a result of the environmental commitment that we share with our customers. We are the largest provider of recycling services in Colorado, as well as a national leader in curb-side recycling, with over 600 programs serving over 5.2 million American house-holds.

Curbside recycling is the most convenient method for our residential customers to return materials to commerce. This activity does not occur without cost. A second truck and crew collects specific materials from the homes of our recycling customers. The recycled materials are handled repeatedly and transported before they are ultimately used for re-manufacture. This combination of activities increases the cost of re-use and, in some cases, results in higher prices for items that have recycled content.

The materials included in our curb-side recycling program are chosen for their ability to be returned to commerce in a method that is economically viable to re-manufacturers. We encourage you to make your purchasing decisions with this in mind

Where do the recyclables go?
As part of Waste Management's nationwide Recycle America program, your recyclables are collected, sorted and baled. They are then shipped by rail and truck to various recycling mills within the U.S. and overseas. Your recyclables are then remanufactured into new products.

When are the recyclables picked up?
Recycling pick-ups are made every other week on the same day as your trash collection. If your recycling pick-up day falls on a holiday, revise the schedule as you would for your trash pick-ups. As is required for your trash service, recyclables are to be put out by 7:00 a.m. on your scheduled pick-up day. We are unable to provide alley service for recycling.

 All recycling should be rinsed and clean.

  • Aluminum cans and clean aluminum foil
  • Steel or tin containers
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Plastic containers that are labeled #1-#7
  • Office paper, junk mail and newspaper,
  • Newspapers, brochures, catalogs and magazines
  • Envelopes, sticky notes and folders
  • Cardboard, cereal boxes and paper board

Non-Acceptable Materials in Residential Single Stream and Drop-off Recycling Centers

  • Plastic bags
    Of any kind- even if used to hold recyclables. Simply place recyclables loose in your collection container.
  • Polystyrene and foam
    cups, packaging materials and peanuts.
  • Video and cassette tapes
  • Plastic film
    Shrink wrap, saran wrap, film etc.
  • Food or yard waste
    No organics (anything that grows or can be eaten).
  • Electronic waste
    Small appliances, microwaves, computers, cell phones, batteries, TV’s, radios etc.
  • Wire cords and rope
    Extension cords, rope, cable, chains, garden hoses, Christmas lights, etc.
  • Textiles
    Fabric, clothing, carpet, etc.
  • Aerosol Cans (Unless Empty)
    Including camping fuel containers (small green camping fuel tanks).
  • Medical/bio hazardous waste
    Syringes, used oxygen hoses and masks, IV hoses etc.
  • Wax-coated containers (milk and juice cartons OK)
    Hot/cold beverage cups, paper to-go boxes.
  • Soiled paper products
    Food-soiled cardboard, plates, paper towels and tissues. 
  • Construction debris
    Bricks, wood, sheet rock/drywall, concrete, rebar, shingles, plastic fencing etc.
  • Auto parts
    Brake shoes and disc pads, batteries, tires and rims, windshields and plate glass, engine blocks, radiators, alternators and starters (Metal can be recycled by scrap metal recyclers. Batteries can be recycled at auto parts stores. Check for local recycling options.)
  • Miscellaneous household items
    plates, dishes, cooking utensils, pots, pans, coffee mugs, thermos bottles, ceramic pots
  • Liquids
    No liquids of any kind.