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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.   There may be an addtional 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.

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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.


Intro to Composting Class

Event Date:  Thursday, April 12, 2018

Event Time:  6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Thornton's Infrastructure Maintenance Center (IMC) 12450 Washington Street, Thornton, CO  80241. 

Details: Please join us for a FREE class to learn some different composting methods, how it conditions the soil for healthy plants, and how you can save money and water!  We will have a guest speaker give tips on tree care and a drawing for great giveaways!  Space is limited!  Please click here to register. 


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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 Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and there are 5 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays in January, 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.

2018 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 28
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, September 3
  • Thanksgiving Day, November 22
  • 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.