Fort Collins is one of the most forward thinking cities in the United States as far as recycling goes. In order to handle hard-to-recycle items and more items in general, a new facility was needed. That facility now has a date to begin operation. August 22nd, 2016 the new Fort Collins recycling center will open on Timberline Road. The old Riverside facility will close and all their operations will move to the Timberline location. Know what you can recycle and do your part!

Free Services (open seven days a week):
·         Accepted at no charge: Cardboard, paperboard, phone books, aluminum and “tin” cans, beverage cartons, newspapers, shredded paper, office paper, junk mail, magazines, and glass bottles/jars.
·         Free, self-load wood mulch as available from City’s Forestry department surplus.
New “Hard to Recycle Materials” Yard - $5 per visit (open five days a week):
·         Scrap metal and non-refrigeration appliances (no refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners).
·         Concrete (no rebar), asphalt, porcelain.
·         Paint (no entry fee when ONLY paint to drop off). For more details on what paint products will be accepted, go to
·         Used motor oil, antifreeze and batteries.
Extra fees apply for other hard-to-recycle materials (in addition to the entrance fee):
·         Organic debris (per-cubic-yard charges, two-yard maximum loads):
o   Unpainted/untreated scrap lumber ($5.75/cubic yard).
o   Branches ($6.50/cubic yard).
o   Yard trimmings ($4.75/cubic yard).
·         Electronic equipment (per-item charges).
While the free services will be open seven days a week, the new services area will be open during business hours, five days per week, Tuesday through Saturday:
  • Summer hours (April 1 thru October 31): 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Winter hours (November 1 through March 30): 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.