Facilities That Accept a Variety of Hard-to-Recycle Stuff

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Action Recycling Center – 7610 W. 42nd Ave, Wheat Ridge, 303-424-1600, accepts printers and monitors (fee), computers, keyboards, small appliances, auto batteries (pay customer), tin and steel scrap metal (free), non-ferrous metals (pay customer).  See http://actionrecyclingcenter.com for more info on items accepted.

Arvada Recycling – 9630 Ralston Road, Arvada, 303-900-3461, recycles metals, purchases all grades of non-ferrous metals. Call for prices. See http://www.arvadarecycling.com/denver-metal-recycling.html for more info.

Blue Star Recyclers – 935 Decatur St, Denver, 303-534-1667, accepts electronics, fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs, computers, TVs and monitors, batteries, cell phones, other items. Fees apply. See http://www.bluestarrecyclers.org/items-accepted.htm for more info.

Clear Creek County Transfer and Recycling Center – 1531 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs, 303-679-2482, accepts batteries, fluorescent and grow bulbs, microwaves, smoke detectors, TVs and other items. Different fees apply to in-county and out-of-county residents. See http://www.co.clear-creek.co.us/index.aspx?NID=142 for more info.

Evergreen Rotary Recycle Roundup – annual event normally held in the fall. A variety of items are accepted, some for free, others for a fee. See evergreenrotary.org for more information.

Goodwill Industries Donation Center – 1250 Bergen Parkway, Evergreen, 303-650-7700, accepts laptop/small computers, cell phones, batteries, ink cartridges and more, NO TVs. Larger items can be brought to Goodwill stores.  See http://www.goodwilldenver.org/about/impact/recycling.html for more info.

Rooney Road Recycling Center – 151 S. Rooney Road, Golden, 303-316-6262, available to Jefferson County residents, accepts hazardous household items, electronics, paint and other items. Fees apply. See http://www.rooneyroadrecycling.org/recycling-disposal-services/hazardous-materials/ for more info.

SustainAbility – 6240 W. 54th Ave, Arvada, 303-425-9226, accepts printer ink and toner cartridges, CDs and DVDs, VHS tapes, TVs, batteries, paint, wine corks, metals. Drop-off sites in Denver and Arvada. Fees apply to some items. See https://www.sustainability-recycling.com/hard-to-recycle for more info.


Item Types

NOTE: Because the recycling industry changes depending on a variety of factors, it is best to contact the facility to verify it is still accepting items before dropping them off.

Antifreeze (in a container with a lid) Big O’Tires, Evergreen, 303-526-1100 (free); Firestone Complete Auto Care, Evergreen, 303-674-2447 (free).

Appliances Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Evergreen, 303-674-4917, (metal appliances); Goodwill Industries, Evergreen, 303-650-7700 (small appliances); Xcel electric customers, 1-866-552-8755 (free pick-up of refrigerators/freezers and $50 cash rebate).

Art, Craft, and School Supplies – Recreative, Denver, 720-638-3128, is a non-profit that accepts clean and usable art, craft, and school supplies and sells them at their retail store located at 765 Santa Fe Drive.

Batteries, Auto Big O Tires, Evergreen, 303-526-1100 (free); Firestone Complete Auto Care, Evergreen, 303-674-2447 (free); Tom’s Auto Clinic, Kittredge, 303-674-0830 (free); Walmart, Golden, 303-526-1649 (free).

Batteries, HouseholdHome Depot, Golden, 303-526-4347 (rechargeable, free); Battery Giant, Denver, 303-832-1454 (alkaline for a fee, rechargeable free): Batteries Plus Bulbs, Lakewood, 303-238-5264 (alkaline for a fee, rechargeable free); Rooney Road Recycling Center, Golden, 303-316-6262 (alkaline and chargeable) (fee); Green Mountain Ace Hardware, Lakewood, 303-988-1883 (lithium – free).

BicyclesBlue Spruce Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Evergreen, 303-674-4917; The Bike Depot (nonprofit), Denver, 303-393-1963; Trips for Kids Denver Metro (nonprofit), 720-454-9722; Recycle Bicycles (nonprofit), Pine, 303-908-7982; Evergreen Rotary Annual Recycle Roundup (contact Evergreen Rotary for date).

Books Jefferson County Public Library, Evergreen, 303-235-5275; Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) Resale Shop, 303-679-8280; Evergreen Animal Protective League (EAPL) Thrift Shop, 303-679-2504; Mountain Books, Conifer, 303-838-4096 (used books for store credit).

Building MaterialsBlue Spruce Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Evergreen, 303-674-4917.

Cars Evergreen Fire Department, 303-674-3145 (uses them for training, must have title); Cars Helping Charities, Morrison, 303-423-2277 (supports Mount Evans Hospice); Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Evergreen, 303-674-4917.

Car SeatsColorado State Patrol, Golden, 303-273-1616; Drive Smart, Evergreen, 303-674-9683 (appointment only).

Carpets/Padding UsediCarpets Inc, Denver, 720-252-7731, carpet (fee), scrap pad (no charge), pick-up available.

Cassette Tapes – METech Recycling, Denver, 720-377-7700. Also accepts the plastic cases; check for fees.

CDs and DVDs SustainAbility Recycling, Arvada, 303-425-9226; METech Recycling, Denver, 720-377-7700. Both places take the plastic cases; check for fees.

Cell Phones – Best Buy, Lakewood, 303-273-5617; Jefferson County Public Library, Evergreen, 303-235-5275 (has a drop-off box); Goodwill Industries, Evergreen, 303-650-7700; Staples, Golden, 303-278-4258; Call2recycle, www.call2recycle.org.

Clothes Hangers Dependable Cleaners, Evergreen, 303-670-3329 (wire hangers only).

Corks, Wine Bottles – SustainAbility, Arvada, 303-425-9226.

Electronics (computers, printers, TVs, etc.)Best Buy, Lakewood, 303-273-5617 (fees apply to computers and TVs); Blue Star Recyclers, Denver, 303-534-1667; Goodwill Industries, Evergreen, 303-650-7700 (no TVs); Staples, Golden, 303-278-4258 (no TVs); Evergreen­ Rotary Annual Recycle Roundup (fees) – contact Evergreen Rotary for date.

Eyeglasses Evergreen Vision Clinic, Evergreen, 303-674-4143; Walmart, Golden, 303-526-1649; many eyeglass providers collect for Lions Club.

Furniture Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) Resale Shop, 303-679-8280; Evergreen Animal Protective League (EAPL) Thrift Shop, 303-679-2504; Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Evergreen, 303-674-4917; Mountain Resource Center Resale Store, Conifer, 303-816-9255. Call all of these organizations ahead of time to inquire about pick-ups.

Hazardous Household Waste Rooney Road Recycling Center, Golden, 303-316-6262.

Hearing Aids – Some audiologists; Starkey Hearing Foundation, Eden Prairie, MN, 866-354-3254.

Ink CartridgesStaples, Golden, 303-278-4258; Office Depot, Lakewood, 303-277-1553; Goodwill Industries, Evergreen, 303-650-7700; Walmart, Golden, 303-526-1649.

Lawn Chairs, PlasticClear Creek County Recycling and Transfer Station, Idaho Springs, 303-679-2482 (chairs must be 100% plastic – no metal or wood parts).

Light bulbs Home Depot, Golden, 303-526-4347, compact fluorescent bulbs only, no tube or incandescent bulbs (free); Batteries Plus Bulbs, Lakewood, 303-515-7353, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent, incandescent bulbs (fees may apply); Rooney Road Recycling Center, Golden, 303-316-6262, fluorescent bulbs (fee); Green Mountain Ace Hardware, Lakewood, 303-988-1883, fluorescent bulbs and tubes (free).

Mattresses – Spring Back Colorado Mattress Recycling, Denver, 720-515-1328, will pick up (fee).

Motor Oil (in a container with lid) Big O’Tires, Evergreen (free), 303-526-1100; Firestone Complete Auto Care, Evergreen, 303-674-2447 (free); O’Reilly Auto Parts, Conifer, 303-838-0534 (free); Rooney Road Recycling Center, Golden, 303-316-6262 (must be less than 5 gallons); Walmart, Golden, 303-526-1649 (free).

Moving Boxes (clean and in good shape)U-Haul Box Exchange (U-Haul helps customers sell, give away or find boxes and moving supplies – see http://www.uhaul.com/Exchange/); Craigslist; The Freecycle Network, https://www.freecycle.org/browse/US/Colorado; Nextdoor.

Musical InstrumentsBringing Music to Life (nonprofit), SteveB@BringMusic.org; Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Denver, 303-573-5152; Rocky Mountain Music Exchange, Evergreen, 303-670-1500 (donates instruments to schools on occasion); schools.

Nursery Pots, PlasticEchters Nursery and Garden Center, Arvada, 303-424-7979; Jared’s Nursery, Gift and Garden, Littleton, 303-979-6022.

Packing Material (Styrofoam peanuts, bubble wrap) – Evergreen Shipping Depot, Evergreen, 303-670-0190; UPS Store, Evergreen, 303-670-8700; UPS Store, Conifer, 303-838-8200.

Paint – Aspen Park Hardware Inc., Conifer, 303-697-4778; Clear Creek County Transfer Station, Idaho Springs, 303-679-2482; Rooney Road Recycling Center, Golden, 303-316-6262; Sherwin-Williams, Evergreen, 303-526-0628. See https://www.paintcare.org/drop-off-locations/#/find-a-drop-off-site for more info.

Pet Accessories – Evergreen Animal Protective League (EAPL) Thrift Shop, 303-679-2504.

PharmaceuticalsClear Creek County Sheriff’s Office, Georgetown, 303-679-2376; Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Colorado Household Medication Take-Back program. See https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/colorado-medication-take-back-program for more information.

Plastic Bags – King Soopers, Evergreen, 303-674-8249; Safeway, Evergreen, 303-674-6625; Walmart, Golden, 303-526-1649; Dependable Cleaners, Evergreen, 303-670-3329 (polyurethane dry cleaner garment bags).

Plastic Film – Visit https://www.plasticfilmrecycling.org/ for locations – most Safeways collect plastic film.

Scrap Metal – Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Evergreen, 303-674-4917; Action Recycling Center, Wheat Ridge, 303-424-1600.

Shoes, AthleticRunner’s Roost, Lakewood, 303-991-1851.

Smoke Detectors (containing mercury)  – Green Mountain Ace Hardware, Lakewood, 303-988-1883.

Sports Equipment Evergreen Animal Protective League (EAPL) Thrift Store, 303-679-2504 (no large exercise equipment); Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) Resale Shop, 303-679-8280 (no exercise equipment); Goodwill Industries, Evergreen, 303-650-7700 (no large exercise equipment at this location); Mountain Resource Center Resale Store, Conifer, 303-816-9255 (no skis or exercise equipment); also check with local sport-specific leagues.

Styrofoam (Polystyrene), Rigid – ACH Foam Technologies, Denver, 303-297-3844 (clean, white, rigid non-food containers); Alpine Waste, Denver, 303-744-9881 (customers only); Golden Real Estate, 303-525-1851 (has an unlocked dog kennel next to building where you can drop off clean white rigid Styrofoam – no plastic peanuts, no food containers, no tape or stickers on Styrofoam, must be in bags); SustainAbility Recycling, Arvada, 303-425-9226.

Televisions – Clear Creek County Transfer and Recycling Center, Idaho Springs, 303-679-2482 (fee). Best Buy, Lakewood, 303-273-5617 (fee).

Tires Big O’Tires, Conifer, 303-816-7088 (fee); Big O’Tires, Evergreen, 303-526-1100 (fee); Goodyear Tires, Evergreen, 303-674-0400 (fee); Firestone Complete Auto Care, Evergreen, 303-674-2447 (fee), Walmart, Golden, 303-526-1649 (fee).

Towels, Bedding, etc. Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) Resale Shop, 303-679-8280; Evergreen Animal Protective League (EAPL) Thrift Shop, 303-679-2504; Mountain Resource Center, Conifer, 303-816-9255.

Toys, Clothes, Shoes, Household GoodsGoodwill Industries, Evergreen, 303-650-7700; Evergreen Animal Protective League (EAPL) Thrift Shop, 303-679-2504; Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO) Resale Shop, 303-679-8280; Mountain Resource Center Resale Store, Conifer, 303-816-9255.

Wood Slash, Concrete, Asphalt Oxford Recycling, Englewood, 303-762-1160 (call for fees).

Vacuum Cleaners – Goodwill Industries, Evergreen, 303-650-7700.

Other Resources for Hard-to-Recycle items:

Eco-cycle’s Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM), Boulder, 303-444-6634. CHaRM accepts many items and also maintains a list of hard-to-recycle items in Boulder County on its website. There is a $3 per-visit facility user fee as well as additional fees for some items. See http://www.ecocycle.org/charm/overview.

Earth911: http://search.earth911.com .

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Updated October 5, 2017: C. Pfaff