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​Trash & Recycling

​The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 29,000 homes in the City, as well as a number of other collection services for our citizens. The collection service program is operated as an enterprise fund, meaning that all costs associated with providing the various services are covered by user fees.


Upcoming Events and Announcements 

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Thornton trash and recycle customers can use this service to get rid of clutter in the garage or basement, plan a do-it-yourself room remodel, clean up the yard or storage shed, get rid of recently replaced furniture or appliances, or for a rental property cleanup! This service is available by appointment only.  

The minimum fee is just $65 per collection for up to 6 cubic yards of stuff, which would approximately fill two standard pickup truck beds. The cost of service is placed on the next utility bill for payment. Got more junk? More than two full pickup loads = $109 or more.   There may be an additional diversion fee for mattresses and/or boxsprings.

What is eligible?  Furniture, appliances, mattresses/box springs, hot water heaters, fence panels, branches, remodeling debris, yard waste, etc.

What is NOT eligible? Certain electronics such as televisions, computer monitors, printers, laptops, DVD players, stereos, and video game consoles. NO hazardous materials or liquids (i.e., flammable liquids, oil, paint, fertilizer, chemical cleaners, etc.). NO tires. NO concrete or masonry demolition (driveway concrete, wall blocks or gravel). NO dirt or sod. NO ammunition.

Click here to get started now!  

*Certain Saturdays are now available on a first come, first served basis.

Recycling Basics

Does it really matter if you toss leftover food scraps or other trash into your green recycle container? Click here to find out!

New for 2019!

Thornton is now offering a compost drop-off at all tree branch/limb recycling events!  Click here for more information and to find out how you can help in our diversion efforts! 

Landfill Day

Event date:  March 30, 2019

Event time:  7 a.m - 2 p.m.

Location: Republic Services Tower Landfill at 88th Avenue & Tower Road in Commerce City

Guidelines:  Thornton residents may take non-hazardous debris to a the Republic Services Tower Landfill and the gate fee will be waived on this date only.  One load per household.  Cars, pickups, and small single-axel trailers only.  All loads must be covered.  Commercial loads are subject to applicable fees.  Proof of residency is required and limitations apply.  Freon charged units (refrigerators, A/C units, and freezers) and electronics such as televisions and computer monitors will not be accepted.  Mattresses and box springs are subject to an additional fee of $30 each.   

Electronic Recycling Drop-off

Event date:  Saturday, April 6, 2019

Event time:  9 a.m - 2 p.m.

Location: Thornton's Infrastrucutre Maintenance Center  12450 Washington Street, Thornton, CO  Please use the north entrance with access from 126th Avenue, east of Washington Street

Guidelines: On specified dates, Adams County residents may bring their DVD players, computer monitors, televisions, and other electronics in for recycling.  Fees apply:  $15 per vehicle for all electronics including up to one TV or computer monitor.  $25 fee for each vehicle carrying up to three TVs or monitors.  Please CLICK HERE to pre-register for the event.  

Not accepted at the event:  TV's and monitors with exposed tubes, anything that contains mercury, freon or other chemicals, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, thermostats, radioactive equipment, neon signs, alkaline batteries, light bulbs, trash, etc.

Mattress Recycling - Spring Back Colorado

If you are trying to dispose of a mattress and/or box spring, please check out Spring Back Colorado Mattess Recycling.  They make disposing of your mattress easy and simple. You can drop your end-of-life mattress and/or box springs at the Denver warehouse or schedule a home pick-up.  Click here to be taken directly to their website, or for more information please call 720-515-1328.  Fees do apply.

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Need an additional black trash container?

If you have one black trash container and would like a second black container, your trash service fee increases by only $2.50 per month.  Please email with your home address and ADDITIONAL TRASH CONTAINER in the subject line.  One will be delivered to your home within one to two business days!


Please see the Solid Waste Fee Structure below for additional container rates.


Looking for your Recycle Collection Schedule?

REMINDER:  Recycling is a twice a month service for city of Thornton trash customers; not every other week.  For example: if your recycle collection schedule is every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, and there are 5 Fridays in March, your recycle will not be collected on the 29th.

To have your recycle pick up schedule sent electronically, please email your physical home street address to with RECYCLE CALENDAR REQUEST in the subject line.

2019 Holiday Delay Schedule

Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day on the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • Memorial Day, May 27
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, September 2
  • Thanksgiving Day, November 28
  • Christmas Day, December 25

Solid Waste Fee Structure 

The current fee for Thornton’s Solid Waste Collection Program is $13.50 per month, and will appear on your water bill. The $13.50 per month charge includes a weekly collection of solid waste and a twice-monthly collection of recycling materials. This service is limited to ONE black container for solid waste. There is an additional charge for each additional black container with a maximum of four containers. However, green containers filled with trash will not be emptied.

Rates for the Solid Waste Collection Service as of January 1, 2003.

  • One black container - $13.50
  • Two black containers - $16.00
  • Three black containers - $25.20
  • Four black containers - $34.40

Solid waste collection dates are address specific. If you are unsure of your trash/recycle collection day, please contact the Thornton Environmental Services office.