NOTE: This is for “Hard to Recycle” but safe items like cooking oil, fire extinguishers, batteries, clothing, and more. See separate article 11/17/22 for Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) or go to their web site.
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Eco-Cycle’s CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials) – https://www.ecocycle.org › charm The CHaRM facility is located along Recycle Row at 6400 Arapahoe Rd in Boulder, and is co-located with another great Zero Waste facility, Resource Central. They take items from Boulder County residents, with ID.
Eco-Cycle was established in 1976. Eco-Cycle volunteers brought curbside recycling to Boulder that same year, making the city one of the first 20 in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. The Mack LR Electric will help Eco-Cycle achieve another “first,” leading the transition toward electric-powered fleets for haulers, particularly in the waste, recycling and composting industry.
CHaRM charges a $3 facility fee for each vehicle entering the CHaRM. Additional fees may be found below, or on their web site.
==The Longmont Waste Diversion Center 303-651-8416 is free to use for City of Longmont residents, with proof of ID that you are a City resident paying for trash/recycling services. Non-residents may dispose of yard waste items for a fee.
==For Larimer County, you need to contact Larimer County Hazardous Waste Site, Bldg. F, 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd., Ft. Collins (www.larimer.org/solidwaste/haz/household)
NEW ELECTRIC MACK TRUCK:
In February 2022, a Mack LR Electric truck was added to Eco-Cycle. It marks the first electric compost collection truck in the country. “Eco-Cycle is proud to be pioneering the first commercial-scale electric-powered collection truck for compostables to help lead the transition of commercial scale fleet electrification, merging our mission of Zero Waste with that of Zero Emissions for a more climate-resilient future,” Jones said. “This effort is in keeping with Eco-Cycle’s long history of pioneering ‘firsts’ for the recycling, composting and waste industry.”
Eco-Cycle plans for the Mack LR Electric vehicle to travel 15,000 miles each year collecting compostables generated by commercial and residential clients and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 2,500 tons over the vehicle’s lifetime.
See our separate article about HAZARDOUS WASTE RECYCLING 11/17/22. And, answers to questions about what hazardous items can be recycled.
Most asked about items:
===== “sharps” (syringes)=====
NOT RECYCLABLE. Place sharps in a strong plastic bottle (e.g. bleach, liquid detergent) or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid to prevent accidental contact with the waste. No milk containers (jugs). Secure lid with duct tape. Place sealed container in your regular trash. SHARPS: Safe Syringe Disposal Locations in Boulder County – Boulder has 3 locations and Longmont has one; including a kiosk by Boulder City bldg., at Arapahoe & Broadway. The Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) is currently accepting sharps from Boulder County residents free of charge during normal hours of operation.
=====Unused, leftover, or expired MEDICINE=====
§ The Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) offers prepaid envelopes for all unused medication including legally held controlled drugs and narcotics.
§ Find resources for disposal of expired and unwanted prescription drugs at Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) or FDA’s website Using Medicine Safely.
§ For information on proper disposal of controlled substances or other drop-off options, call the Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) Hotline at 303-786-7223.
§ Many hospitals have a box in their main waiting room (call first)
§ Many drug stores have a box near their pharmacy dept. (call first)
== The Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) offers prepaid envelopes for all unused medication including legally held controlled drugs and narcotics. 720-564-2251
Box spring/standard spring, memory foam or futon mattress: $27.00
• 100% foam toppers: $10.00 • Mechanical bed with non-removable metal frame: $41.75
Go to this page for options on pickup services. No one can help you lift it at CHARM.
$8 per item
or go to this page and see 3 companies that will either take them for a lower price, or recharge them.
TRASH DONATED TO GOODWILL costs them money
• REUSABLE ITEMS ONLY; Currently there is no longer a textile recycling option
• Clothing, Towels, Sheets, Fabrics, Paired Reusable Shoes are accepted (No mud)
• NO underwear, bathing suits, or socks
==Goodwill accepts usable clothing, but asks that you not drop off questionable clothes, as they have to pay a fee to dispose of them. This happens a lot!
==Boulder County Transfer Stations – does accept Clothing, including sheets/linens, belts and purses. Non-Accepted Items: Dirty, wet or moldy items or personal hygiene spoiled; Pillows; Bathing suits; Sleeping bags; Blankets; Rugs of any kind.
CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks are accepted at CHaRM at $3/pound. DVD/CD jewel cases are NOT accepted; DVDs and CDs must be removed.
==CD Recycling Center of America
Mail-in recycling services for CDs, DVDs, Blu Ray discs, HD DVDs. No VHS tapes. No charge for recycling, but donations are requested. See website for details.CD Recycling Center of America
==Metech Recycling- CDs & VHS Tapes Metech Recycling, 500 W 53rd Pl, Denver, CO 80216,
==greenDisk- Electronics = Provides pre-paid containers. Visit website or call for costs.
No. Neither the Hard-to-recycle nor Boulder County’s Hazardous Materials Management Facility accept propane cylinders larger than one pound. Contact local gas supply companies. Many accept these for free or a nominal fee. Yes – at Hazardous facility: One-pound propane canisters (typically used for camping)
For household batteries==NOT at hard-to-recycle facility.
Boulder County Hazardous Waste: accepts all alkaline, rechargeable and button cell batteries for recycling or disposal==See our page for Hazardous waste recycling.
Potential Fire Hazard! == Dead batteries should be stored in a cool and dry area in a plastic or cardboard container. See Guide books.
A lot of people don’t know you can recycle cooking oil (this is NOT about automobile oil).
Residential quantities of vegetable-based cooking oil (a maximum of 10 gallons) may be recycled at the CHaRM facility for the standard facility fee. For larger quantities, we recommend reaching out to one of the other businesses listed on their web page. CHaRM can accept only small amounts of vegetable-based (such as canola, corn, olive, and sesame) oils that are liquid at room temperature. The oil can be used or not used, but please note that CHaRM is NOT able to accept motor oil or any oil used for purposes other than cooking.
==Take your automobile oil to a local Auto Parts STORE (call first; ask about the container)
• #6 White Block Foam only
• Businesses: $6 per cubic yard
• NO shipping labels on foam, or moisture or tape. NO packing peanuts, “Styrofoam” (polystyrene) cups, “to-go” boxes, meat trays or any other food-grade foam.
==Lyons Volunteers will take HARD FLAT Styrofoam in the bi-annual collection. Save it up!
==The transfer station in location might take your block foam, when you enter the facility. 303-651-8416
ELECTRONICS: Colorado Law Prohibits Landfill Disposal of Electronics. Go to the list of a dozen places that will take your electronics — from cell phones to tv’s — some charge a fee — some are FREE. == list of places that accept them.
Lyons Volunteers does a convenient, local “recycle” collection twice a year, mainly of scrap metal, hard flat sheets of Styrofoam, and electronics (which does involve a fee). They have done both door-to-door pick up on smaller items == and had separate day with a drop off location for larger items, or that need to have a fee paid, such as electronics. Contact Barney Dreistadt for more urgent information; or watch for the “E-Blasts” coming from Town Hall.
==Go to our Separate ARTICLE November 2022 on Hazardous Items==