Recycling Center 

Recycling Center

Road Closure due to construction - beginning 10/8/2014 and continuing through March 2015. Access the Hazardous Materials Managment Facility and the Boulder County Recycling Center from Arapahoe Ave. and 63rd Street intersection only. Note: 63rd Street is closed at the Leggett Ditch and there is no access to the Recycling Center or the Hazardous Waste Facility from the north (Valmont Rd).


The Boulder County Recycling Center prepares recyclable materials for shipment to recycling mills. The facility processes over 45,000 tons a year and has the capacity to process 75,000 tons a year.

Facility Includes

The facility includes a public drop-off center, tipping floor, materials processing center for preparing materials for shipment, rail spur for shipping, and offices.

Tours & Education

The facility provides visitors the opportunity to see all aspects of the recycling process by incorporating:

Environmental Sustainability Features

Environmental sustainability is maximized with special attention to:

  • Daylighting (clerestory lighting) throughout the administration and processing buildings
  • Use of sustainable and recycled materials
  • Reuse of roof water for irrigation
  • Innovative water polishing techniques to protect the wetlands
  • Native plant and xeriscape landscaping (1MB)

Another aspect is the use of a rail spur to reduce truck traffic. Every boxcar filled eliminates four tractor-trailers. A secondary tip area where clean paper products from drop-off centers can be unloaded and fed directly to the baler. This reduces operator costs and enhances revenues for material suppliers. 

Accepts Materials From

  • Recyclable materials can be dropped off by residents and small businesses at the public drop-off center, 24 hours and seven days per week.
  • Recycling rebates - local haulers that deliver recyclables from residential curbside collections, recycling drop-off centers, and business recycling programs receive recycling rebates.
All materials are processed and shipped by truck or rail car to recycling mills.

Single-Stream Processing

Boulder County Recycling Center accepts and processes single-stream recyclable materials. Single-stream recycling means all recyclable containers and recyclable paper materials are combined in one bin. This involves an automated baler for paper that produces larger and denser bales for efficient rail shipment, several sorting platforms, a double deck paper screen followed by a French Screen and a system to optically remove stones, ceramics and porcelain from the glass.

Single-Stream Recycling Guidelines for Curbside 
Single-Stream Recycling Guidelines for Drop-off Centers

 Related Links


Resource Conservation Division

720-564-2227 (fax)
Resource Conservation Division


Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd St.
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F
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Mailing Address

1901 63rd St.
Boulder, CO 80301