2018 Resident Information Packet (English and Español)

Be a can fan tips

  • Program guidelines
  • Recycling tips
  • 2018 service calendar
  • Large-item pickup
  • Yard waste disposal
  • Hazardous waste options

What should I recycle (and NOT recycle)?

To schedule a large-item pickup,
call Waste Management at 800-482-6406.

Waste Management Service

Recycle binAll homes in the city are provided with two 96-gallon cans: one for trash (green lid) and one for recycling (yellow lid). For items that do not fit completely inside the can, the service includes five large-item pickups per year for each household. Check the resident information packet for guidelines. The same Fully Automated Collection (FAC) service is provided throughout the city by Waste Management at no additional cost to residents.

What if I don’t know my service day or recycling week? Check the map!

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about trash and recycling service

City Disposal Events

Free Days at Tower Landfill

Take advantage of two free days per year at the Republic Services Tower Landfill to dispose of large quantities of trash or big/oddly-shaped items without using your large-item pickups from Waste Management. No hazardous waste allowed. 

Fall 2018 event details and restrictions

  • Spring: Saturday, April 28, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Fall: Saturday, Oct. 27, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Republic Services Tower Landfill
    8480 Tower Road (enter using E. 88th Avenue, 1/2 mile east of Tower Road)

Free Green Yard Waste Drop-Offs

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 2018 details and restrictions 

  • Spring: Saturday, May 12, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Fall: Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
    former Mile High Greyhound Park site
    (enter at E. 62nd Avenue and Parkway Drive)

Tire Recycling Event

This event allows residents to dispose of up to four car or pickup truck tires (off-rim) free of charge. Tires must be free of excess dirt and debris. Tires from tractors, semi-trucks or other heavy equipment will NOT be accepted. Proof of residency required, no businesses or commercial operations allowed. Thanks to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for helping the city host this event.

2018 Fall event details and restrictions

  • Saturday, Sept. 15, 8 a.m. - Noon
    former Mile High Greyhound Park site
    (enter at E. 62nd Avenue and Parkway Drive)

Partner Events Open to Commerce City Residents

Household Chemical Roundup (hosted by TCHD)

Dispose of household hazardous waste items that aren't accepted in the trash at these events hosted by the Tri-County Health Department. For $25 per vehicle, safely discard harmful items such as: motor oil, car batteries and tires, oil-based paint, household cleaners, fertilizers, fluorescent light bulbs, propane tanks and much more. 

Visit TCHD.org for details and restrictions.

2018 Events

  • Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Hyland Hills Water World, 8801 N. Pecos Street (Federal Heights)

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.

2018 Events

  • Saturday, April 7, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    Thornton Infrastructure Maintenance Center (IMC),
    12450 Washington St. (Thornton)
  • Saturday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m
    Riverdale Regional Park,
    9755 Henderson Rd. (Brighton)
  • Saturday, Aug 25, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m
    Riverdale Regional Park,
    9755 Henderson Rd. (Brighton)

Waste Management truck