Boulder County buildings are closed until June 1, but services are available online. BoCo is under a safer-at-home order with face coverings.

Resources are available for those impacted by COVID-19. For help, submit questions or call 720-776-0822 weekdays (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Level 1 Fire Restrictions in place for western Boulder County. View the flyer and map for more details. No fires, no shooting.

Recycling Center
Boulder County’s recycling drop-off centers are still open to the public at this time. Please follow social distancing onsite.
As a health and safety measure, all self-guided and guided tours of the Boulder County Recycling Center are suspended to help prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Recycling Center


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.

Tours & Education

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

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.

Environmental Sustainability Features

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

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

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

All materials are processed and shipped by truck or rail car to recycling mills.

Hazardous materials (such as latex paint, aerosol cans, anti-freeze, etc.) are accepted at the Hazardous Materials Management Facility across the parking lot from the Recycling Center.

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Resource Conservation Division

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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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