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​Trash & Recycling

​The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 27,700 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.

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! 

Household Chemical Roundup

Event Date:  Saturday, May 6, 2017

Event Time:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location:  Hyland Hills Water World, 8801 N. Pecos Street, Federal Heights, CO

Guidelines:  Adams County residents may drop off chemicals, pesticides, motor oil, tires, and more to safely dispose off.  Electronics are no longer accepted at this event.  Proof of residency required.  $25 per vehicle.  Restrictions and limitations apply.  Please call the Tri-County Health Department at 303-846-6249 for more information.  To register online for the event, please click here.

Tree Branch Drop-off

Event Date:  Saturday, May 13, 2017

Event Time:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:  Thornton's IMC, 12450 Washington Street, Thornton, CO 80241.  Please use the north entrance with access on 126th Avenue.

Guidelines:  Thornton residents may drop off tree branches and limbs at no charge.  No branches wider than 8 inches in diameter or longer than 6 feet in length. Restrictions and limitations apply.  Proof of residency is required.

Intro to Composting Class

Event Date:  Thursday, May 25, 2017

Event Time:  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Thornton's Infrastructure Maintenance Center, 12450 Washington Street, Thornton, CO 80241

Details:  Learn about turning your 'garbage' into gold for your garden!  In this class you'll learn different methods of backyard composting, how it conditions the soil for healthy plants, and how you can save money and water!  Space is limited.  Please click here to register for your spot!


Question:  Can I place yard waste in my green recycle container?

Answer:  Grass clippings, tree branches, etc., do not belong in the recycle container and have the potential to contaminate an entire load of recyclables.  Consider mulching your grass clippings and bring your branches to the IMC on the next drop-off date.  Click here for a list of eligible recycle items to be placed into your green container.


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 Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday of the month, and there are 5 Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in March, your recycle will not be collected on the 29th, 30th or the 31st.

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.

2017 Holiday Delay Schedule

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

  • Memorial Day, May 29
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, September 4
  • Thanksgiving Day, November 23
  • Christmas Day, December 25          

There will be NO delay in trash/recycling collection for city customers the week of January 1, 2017.  Please have your containers at the curb by 7 a.m. on your normal collection day.                                        


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.

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