Recycle it at home
In most Boulder County towns, a wide variety of recyclables – including, even, those high-number plastics, paperback novels and blueprints — are picked up at the curb. And, in most cases, the recycling is single stream, meaning the days of dilligently separating your empty aluminum cans from your old newspapers are over.
Boulder: If you live in Boulder, your trash hauler is required to pick up your single-stream recycling at the curb, and you’re allowed to fill up as many bins as you want at no extra charge. But if you want to toss more trash, you’ll have to get out your checkbook. Get more information at www.ecocylcle.org.
Longmont: The recycling in Longmont, which is also single-stream, is provided by the city, and if you live in Longmont, you’re automatically on the schedule. If you don’t yet have a recycling bin, call the city at 303-651-8416 and they’ll deliver a cart to you. Get more information at www.ecocycle.org.
Louisville and Lafayette: Western Disposal provides single-stream recycling pickup to folks who live in both Louisville and Lafayette. Like in Boulder, the program in both towns are pay-as-you-throw, meaning you can recycle as much as you want, but more trash will cost you. If you live in an HOA, however, you’re on your own. Check with your association to see how trash and recyclables are handled. To learn more about the program in Louisville, visit the city’s Web site here. Information on both towns’ programs can be found at www.ecocycle.org.
Erie: Recycling services in Erie are provided by individual trash haulers, so contact the company that picks up your bin to find out the rules. Get more information at www.ecocycle.org.
Superior: Everyone who lives in Superior has access to curbside recycling, which is provided by the individual trash hauler. Get more information at www.ecocycle.org.
Can’t drop it off at the curb? If you need to recycle something that’s relatively standard — aluminum, glass, paper, etc. — and you can’t get it picked up on the curb, you can take it to one of the more than a dozen dropoff centers in the county. Check out a map with hours and addresses for local centers here.