It's always hard to know what to do with the leftover paint from a project or a toxic cleaner you no longer use. It's not okay to just throw them in the garbage. Fort Collins is hosting a Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, September 10th. Please read through the list below and dispose of these items properly.

Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, September 10th at the City of Fort Collins Streets Department, 625 Ninth Street (map).

From City of Fort Collins webpage:

Residents are invited to drop off non-leaking household chemicals. Commercial waste is not accepted.

Items accepted:

  • household batteries
  • paint and pesticides
  • CFL bulbs
  • 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 include tires, e-waste, explosives, asbestos, bio-waste (needles, bandages) and pharmaceuticals*. Visit fcgov.com/recyclingcenters for disposal options for non-accepted items.

*Pharmaceuticals – Safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications at Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Rd., weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Items not accepted: needles/sharps, oxygen containers, mercury thermometers, pressurized canisters, chemo/radioactive substances or illicit drugs.


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.-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am.-6 p.m. For information about other disposal options, please visit Who Recycles What.