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​Trash & Recycling

​The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 27,000 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.

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! 


Electronic Recycling Event

Event Date:  Saturday, April 1, 2017

Event Time:  9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location:  Adams County Regional Park , 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton, CO 80601. 

Guidelines:  Adams County residents may bring their televisions, computer monitors, DVD players, and other electronics in for recycling.  There will be a $5 fee per vehicle for all electronics including up to one TV or computer monitor.  A $10 fee will be assessed for each vehicle carrying up to three TVs and/or computer monitors.  There will be a maximum of three TVs and/or computer monitors accepted per vehicle.

Registration:  Please click here to pre-register for the April 1 event.


Tree Branch/Limb Drop-off

Event Date:  Saturday, April 8, 2017

Event Time:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location:  Thornton's Infrastructure Maintenance Center (IMC), 12450 Washington Street, Thornton, CO 80241  Please use the north entrance with access on 126th Avenue, east of Washington Street.

Guidelines:  Thornton residents may bring in tree branches and limbs to the IMC on specified dates only.  No branches longer than 6 feet in length or wider than 8 inches in diamer will be accepted.  Proof of residency 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!


Reminder:  No hot embers in trash/recycle containers

NEVER put hot fireplace ashes in your city trash or recycle containers because they can easily ignite combustible items. All ashes should be stored in a fire-resistant, metal container with a tight fitting cover to keep air from blowing through which can leave hot coals exposed for re-ignition. After sitting for a week in the metal container the ashes are then safe to dispose of in your trash. 


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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