Where to dump your trash in Boulder

As communities begin the slow process of cleaning up from this flood, there will be a lot of trash to dump.

We are starting a list of where you can go in the city or county where you live


The City of Boulder and Boulder County have been working collaboratively throughout the day to order and place trash receptacles (roll-off containers or dumpsters) at various locations that have been impacted by the floods. These are expected to be delivered Sunday, Sept. 15.

Residents are encouraged to use this resource for safe removal of spoiled food, damaged carpet, household goods and other flood-related debris. The trash receptacles will be emptied daily and will remain in place for a limited period of time, based on need.

Materials that CANNOT be placed in the receptacles include:

-Electronics, such as computers, monitors and televisions. By state law these cannot be disposed in landfills. They can be recycled at various locations in the county including Western Disposal or the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) at 5030 “Old” Pearl St. (1 block north of Pearl Parkway off 49th Street.) 1-800-GOT-JUNK or Green Girl Recycling offer collection services for electronics.

-Hazardous waste, such as paint, motor oil, car batteries and pesticides. Residents can take these materials to the Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility at 1901 63rd Street. This facility is open additional days on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 16 and 17, and will then revert to its regular Wednesday to Saturday schedule starting on Sept. 18. For more information on residential and business services visit www.bouldercountyrecycles.org.

-Refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioners and other appliances that require Freon removal. Facilities that will accept these items for special handling include: Western Disposal Services, CHaRM and Bizzy B’s in Longmont.

-Lawn mowers and other equipment containing gasoline. Gas must be removed prior to recycling.  These items can be recycled as scrap metal at Western Disposal or CHaRM.

In addition, Western Disposal will continue to offer curbside recycling, composting, and trash pick-up services, assuming that crews can access the streets. Their transfer station at 5880 Butte Mill Road will be open Sunday, Sept. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will then resume their Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. 

More information on recycling and other waste diversion opportunities can be found at www.bouldercountyrecycles.org, www.ecocyle.org, www.westerndisposal.com


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