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ALERT: Colorado is on a statewide Stay-at-Home order (effective March 26-April 11) asking residents to stay home unless they are performing critical activities. All City of Commerce City facilities and rec centers remain closed to the public through April 17. Visit c3gov.com/covid-19 for updates.

The new trash & recycling program is here

Republic Services logoCommerce City's residential trash and recycling program switched to a new service provider in January, with Republic Services taking over as the citywide hauler. The city’s previous contract with Waste Management expired at the end
of 2019. Following a competitive bid process, the city awarded Republic Services a five-year contract for the program starting in 2020. Trash and recycling is still provided to residents at no additional cost, and most aspects of the service remain the same.

This page is being updated throughout the transition with the latest information, and residents will also receive additional details in the mail. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience as the city works to integrate Republic Services into our community.

Trash Transition Fast Facts

  • Republic Services took over the city's trash and recycling program on Thursday, Jan. 2
  • All homes in the program should have received new trash and recycling carts from Republic Services in December 2019.
    • Residents should have received two blue, 95-gallon bins
      (trash = black lid, recycling = blue lid)
  • Most residents have the same service day and recycling week, but about 2,000 homes in the city have a new service day (details below).
  • If you still have green Waste Management cans at your home, call them at 800-482-6406 to arrange pickup for your empty green cans.
  • More information about the new program will be mailed to residents in the coming weeks and months. 

If you have questions or concerns about the new service, please call Republic Services at 303-286-1200.

Frequently asked questions about the Republic Services trash and recycling program can be found here:

Republic Services program details

2020 Commerce City Trash and Recycling Program Overview

Republic Services recycling guide

Most aspects of the city’s trash and recycling program are staying the same:

  • Trash will be collected weekly in the 95-gallon can with the BLACK lid
  • Recycling will be collected every other week in the 95-gallon can with the BLUE lid
  • All items must fit inside the can with the lid closed
  • Additional can service is available for a small fee
    • $2.75 per month for an additional trash cart ($33 for the year)
    • $1.75 per month for an additional recycling cart ($21 for the year)
  • Large-item pickup is still included. Residents can schedule one bulk pickup per quarter for free. Additional pickups can be scheduled for $15 each. In addition, Republic Services will hold one citywide bulk item day per year to collect up to five items from each home (details to come).

NEW elements of the program include:

  • Opportunity to opt-out of the recycling program and swap your recycling can for a second trash can with no fees (details coming in spring 2020).
  • More FREE landfill days at Republic Services Tower Landfill - a total of four per year.
  • Additional yard waste disposal opportunities in partnership with A-1 Organics (details to come).

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Calendario en Español

Service Day Changes

gr_RS_service_day_change_map_191218Most residents have the same service day and recycling week under the new program. About 2,000 homes in the city have seen their service day change. The list of neighborhoods experiencing a change is below, along with the new service day. Select the area name for a close-up view of affected streets 

Residents in these neighborhoods should have received more information in the mail about the service day change.

If you are unsure of your service day, visit RepublicServices.com/Schedule and enter your address to find out your service day and recycling week.

Waste Management can pickup

Waste Management collected most of their trash and recycling cans on their last 2019 service day or during the first week of January 2020. If you still have the green cans at your home, please call Waste Management at 800-482-6406 to arrange a pickup. Since Waste Management is no longer servicing Commerce City, cans MUST be empty in order to be picked up. 

Waste Management can collection schedule - Dec. 2019 

City Disposal Events

Free Days at Tower Landfill

Under the city's new trash and reycling program, residents can take advantage of FOUR free days per year at the Republic Services Tower Landfill to dispose of large quantities of trash or large/oddly-shaped items without using your large-item pickups from Waste Management. No hazardous waste allowed.

Location: Republic Services Tower Landfill,19260 E. 88th Avenue

March 2020 event details and restrictions

2020 event dates and times

  • Saturday, March 14 from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • 3 more dates to be announced

 Free Green Yard Waste Drop-Off Events

Residents can dispose of compostable yard waste (i.e. grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs and other plant debris) at these free events held twice per year. Collected green waste goes to a composting facility instead of the landfill. Proof of residency required, no businesses or contractors allowed.  

Fall 2019 details and restrictions 

  • 2020 event dates and times TBD

Partner Events Open to Commerce City Residents

Veolia Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Days

These events help residents dispose of household items that are not safe to discard in your regular trash. Drop off items such as household cleaners, gasoline, pesticides, weed killers, rechargeable batteries, fire extinguishers and many more. On the select days listed below, the normal $20 per vehicle fee is waived and the per-pound disposal fee is only 85 cents per pound (down from the normal $1.25 per pound rate).

Cash and credit cards accepted. Proof of residency required. No charge for paint and stains. 

  • 2020 event dates and times TBD

Electronic Recycling (hosted by Adams County & City of Thornton)

For a small fee, residents can discard unwanted electronics that are not accepted in your regular garbage. From TVs and computers to rechargeable batteries and microwaves, this event ensures components are properly recycled to avoid environmental harm. Large appliances are not accepted.
Learn more and register for a drop-off time

  • 2020 event dates and times TBD

Paint Drop-Off 

The PaintCare program offers free drop-off locations and events to help you get rid of unwanted, leftover paint where it can be reused, recycled or safely discarded. Visit paintcare.org to learn more.

The PaintCare program accepts free paint drop-offs from residents at both Commerce City Ace Hardware locations:

  • Commerce City Ace Hardware
    6900 Eudora Dr. (near E. 69th Avenue and Vasquez Boulevard)
  • Reunion Ace Hardware
    15181 E. 104th Ave. (in the King Soopers shopping center)