Recycling Center Tours

Recycling Center Tours

Self-Guided Tours (less than 10 people)

  • Self guided tours are open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. The sorting lines shut down daily around 3 p.m., so come before that time if you want to see the fast-action of the workers and machinery sorting items.

Guided Tours for Groups of 10 or More People

Free guided tours are offered to groups of 10 or more people on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Tours include a 15 minute video explaining the inner workings of the recycling facility, as well as an interactive tour of the facility.

  • Schedule a Tour – guided tours for groups of adults, high school age or younger including schools, scouts, summer camps, etc. Please contact : 720-564-2226,
  • Location: Boulder County Recycling Center, 1901 63rd St., Boulder, CO


A 15:15 minute video offering an in-depth look at the single-stream recycling process at the Boulder County Recycling Center. The tour begins at the curbside recycling bin and follows the single-stream materials to the tipping floor of the Boulder County Recycling Center. Mr. Can, the star of the show, continues the recycling journey into the high-tech world of single-stream processing. Newspaper and office paper; corrugated cardboard; aluminum cans; glass bottles and jars; plastic bottles, tubs, jugs and jars; magazines and catalogs; and phone books are separated by a series of conveyors, pre-sorts, screens, cross-belt magnet, air classifier, Eddy current separator, glass cleaning system, organic separator, and finally a fines screen and vacuum. Video provides a behind-the-scenes, up-close view of the equipment in action. Transcript

Educational Exhibits

Educational exhibits at the Boulder County Recycling Center explain how cans, bottles, jars and paper are separated and sorted to be shipped across the country and made into something new. Overlooking the processing center, visitors can also see single-stream recycling technology in action. Other exhibits focus on the natural resources used to make common materials such as soda cans and plastic bottles and the environmental benefits of recycling these items.

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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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1901 63rd St.
Boulder, CO 80301