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Where to Recycle in the Estes Valley

This resources page outlines many of the recycling services available in the Estes Valley. Using these services will minimize the quantity and toxicity of the materials that are disposed in a landfill.  
Not all recyclables can be handled at our local facilities, so we include information about recycling locations in nearby communities.

Drop-Off Sites Curbside Services Planet Partners Difficult to Recycle Beyond Estes

Drop-Off Sites

Residential Recycling Center

Established through the work of Estes Recycles, in cooperation with the Town of Estes Park and Larimer County, the Residential Recycling Center is open to residents and visitors in the Estes Valley.  It accepts separated glass and single-stream (mixed) recyclables. Accepted recyclables are: metal cans, plastic bottles/jars/jugs/tubs only, and newspaper, office paper, magazines, and paperboard. 

Shredded paper is not accepted; drop it at the transfer station for a fee. Common contaminants not accepted include plastic clamshells, plastic bags, Styrofoam, and recyclables with food debris.

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640 Elm Road, Estes Park

Hours: T, W, Th 8-4:30; Sat 8-4:30 (closed 12-12:30 each day for lunch)

Weather closure information can be found at: 

How It Works

1. Separate glass and place in designated roll-off container.

2. Flatten all cardboard (double layer) for the cardboard-only container.
3. Place other acceptable items in one of the single stream bins (do not separate).
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Estes Park Transfer Station

Transfer Station Signage
The Estes Park Transfer Station offers recycling and landfill drop off for area businesses. Fees are assessed depending on the type and quantity of materials brought in.

Location:  455 Elm Road, Estes Park
  • Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec: 8am - 4pm, 3 days/week (Tue, Thu, Sat)
  • Oct & Apr: 8am - 4pm, 5 days/week (Tue - Sat)
  • May - Sep : 8am - 4pm, 6 days/week (Mon - Sat)


Curbside Services

Wildlife Protection

Any curbside service in the Estes Valley has unique challenges and rules that must be observed to protect local wildlife.

Doering Disposal

Doering Disposal Services
For curbside recycling, purchase roll of clear bags in advance; single stream (do not separate); place filled bag in hard-sided can on pickup day.

About Doering Disposal »

Waste Management

Curbside recycling available with garbage pickup contract.

About Waste Management, Inc. »


Planet Partners

Estes Recycles Logo
What is a Planet Partner? A Planet Partner is a local business that helps reduce our waste stream by taking items that you bring to their businesses for reuse or recycling. Some businesses have reusable items available to give to you at their store locations.

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Businesses Taking Items

Bestway Painting
– Takes paint, varnish, stains, and paint supplies

Cliffhanger Used Books—Takes gently used books, DVDs and music CDs. Used book donations to the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation may be dropped off inside the store site at 191 W. Riverside Drive, Estes Park.

Estes Park Light and Power Takes residential style refrigerators and freezers with a $35 rebate, must be an Estes Park Light and Power customer.  

Estes Park Non-Profit Resource Center
—Takes vehicles

Ed’s Cantina – Takes cloth napkins

Enchanted Forest – Takes vases

Healing Waters Foundation —Takes empty printer or toner cartridges

Safeway – Takes single-use shopping and grocery bags, zip-locks, bread bags, frozen food bags, plastic film, dry-cleaner bags, etc.

Simply Christmas —Takes shipping supplies: packing pillows, bubble wrap, and packing paper

Springback Colorado – Mattress recycling (fees apply)

Uncle Benny's Building Supplies (Loveland, CO)—Buy, sell and trade anything for creating or remodeling buildings

UPS Store—Takes cardboard boxes and shipping supplies: packing pillows, bubble wrap, and packing paper

Businesses Giving Items

Estes Park Brewery
– Give used cardboard boxes for moving, storage, etc., as available

Smith Sign Studio—Give scrap vinyl and art supplies, as available

Snowy Peaks Winery—Give used cardboard boxes for moving, storage, etc., as available


Thrift Shops

Elizabeth Guild & Lizzies Thrift Shop

Elizabeth Guild & Lizzie's Thrift Shop

437 W. Elkhorn Avenue, Estes Park

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The shop will accept a wide range of items on consignment, if they are clean and operational, including: clothing, jewelry, linens, paired shoes, bedding, bicycles, toys, dishes, household items, decorations, and small appliances (toasters, coffee pots, blenders, blow dryers).

Village Thrift Shop

Village Thrift Shop

1138 Manford Avenue, Estes Park 

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The shop takes clean, operational items in several categories:
  • Furniture--tables, chair, desks, bookshelves, sofas
  • Electronics--printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, VCRs, CD/DVD players
  • Small electronics--PDAs, gameboys, video gaming systems, cell phones, MP3s, speakers, keyboards, mice, cables, etc.
They do not accept  computers, TVs, or larger appliances--dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, space heaters, refrigerators.

Call to confirm delivery times.


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Estes Recycles Day

Estes Recycles Day Volunteers
Once a year, the Community Recycling Committee sponsors a day where hard-to-recycle items can be dropped off for recycling right here in Estes Park. These typically include scrap metal, paint and paint-related products, electronics, paper shredding, and off-site mattress pick up. For details, go to the Estes Recycles Day page.

Many of the items accepted at Estes Recycles Day can be recycled year-round at CHaRM in Boulder. Fees may apply. See CHaRM details below under Boulder County in Beyond Estes Valley.


Beyond Estes Valley

For items that are more difficult to recycle and not accepted at locations in Estes Valley, some facilities in nearby Larimer County and Boulder County communities accept a wider range of materials for recycling, as well as hazardous materials disposal.

Larimer County

Larimer County Recycle Center
Location: Larimer County Landfill, 5887 South Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins 80526 (2 miles south of Harmony Road)

Larimer County Hazardous Waste
Household hazardous wastes like pesticides, paint thinners and cleaners must be taken to the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility at the Larimer County Landfill. 
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Hazardous waste includes:
  • Liquid wastes
  • Chemical waste
  • Paint
  • Flammables
  • Household cleaners
  • Aerosols
  • Fluorescent bulbs

City of Loveland Recycling Center
Location: 400 N. Wilson Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537

City of Fort Collins Timberline Recycling Center
Location: 1903 S. Timberline Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525 

Boulder County

EcoCycle CHaRM: Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials
Location: 6400 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, 80303

CHaRM collects unusual materials like electronics, plastic bags, small appliances, scrap metal, many miscellaneous materials, and compost for recycling and reuse. There is a per/vehicle fee for entering the Charm facility.

Boulder County Recycle Center
Location: Boulder County Recycling Center, 1901 63rd St., Boulder, CO 80301

Boulder County Hazardous Waste   
Location: West behind the Boulder County Recycling Center; follow signs to  Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF). 

Allenspark Recycling Center
Location: 14857 Hwy. 7, Allenspark, CO 80510

Community Forestry Sort Yards
Meeker Park Sort Yard (State Hwy 7)
Location: 8118 S St Vrain Ave, Allenspark, CO 80510

Lyons Recycling Center
Location: 198 2nd Ave., Lyons, CO 80540

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