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Recyclable Materials

Recyclable Materials

These items are all recyclable at local recycling drop-off centers including Boulder County Recycling Center and through curbside recycling collection programs. Scrap metal is not accepted for drop-off at the Boulder County Recycling Center.
Single Stream Recycling Guidelines

Common Household Papers

  • Brown paper bags
  • Magazines/catalogs
  • Newspaper: includes newspaper and inserts only
  • Phone books


  • Cardboard boxes: please flatten
  • Includes cereal/cracker boxes (throw away inside bag)
  • Gift/shirt boxes
  • Hanging file folders
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper tubes (e.g. Paper towel tubes)Shoe boxes
  • Six-pack and 12-pack cartons/boxes
  • Soap/facial tissue boxes


  • Aluminum – do not crush or flatten cans, ball clean foil to 2 inches or larger (no flat or small balled up foil, please)
  • Glass bottles & jars – please rinse, labels are okay, remove and recycle metal lids/caps, avoid breaking glass
  • Steel/tin cans – please rinse, pinch the open end of cans slightly, labels are okay
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Plastic #1-7 bottles, jugs, tubs and screw top jars – includes milk jugs, soda bottles, shampoo bottles, etc. Empty all liquids and rinse. Plastic caps (small, round caps) should be securely screwed onto empty plastic bottles and jugs for recycling. Plastic lids (thin, flat) from tubs and jars can be recycled. Metal caps and lids can be recycled loose; do not reattach to bottle.
  • Paper milk/soy cartons/drink boxes. Please rinse. Do not flatten.

Office Paper & Mail Products

  • Adding machine tape
  • Blueprints
  • Brochures/pamphlets
  • Computer printouts
  • Fax paper
  • File folders (manila or pastel-colored only)
  • Greeting cards
  • Index cards
  • Letterhead
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Memos and sticky notes (pastel-colored, no fluorescent colors)
  • Legal pad paper (pastel-colored)
  • Slick/glossy ads and brochures
  • Stationery and letters
  • White and pastel-colored paper and envelopes


Boulder County contracts with USAgain for placement of textile drop-off boxes. Boxes are currently located at Allenspark Transfer Station and Recycling Drop-off, Nederland Transfer Station and Recycling Drop-off, and Single-Stream Drop-off Centers. USAgain accepts items for reuse/recycling such as:

  • Clothes
  • Footwear
  • Children’s clothing
  • Accessories
  • Linens

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Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd St
Boulder, CO 80301
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Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F

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