Recycling Opportunities

Recycling Events and Resources

There are a number of programs and resources to help you recycle or dispose of household hazardous chemicals and other items that cannot be disposed of safely in the trash. Just scroll down to the buttons below. 

What is household hazardous waste? 

Products such as batteries, cleaners, oils, paints and pesticides, just to name a few, contain hazardous ingredients and require special care when disposing of them. Help do your part to protect you, your family and the environment from these potentially harmful chemicals by safely disposing or recycling them.

Although not all of the items listed below are hazardous, Aurora residents can also help cut down the amount of items ending up in landfills.  

Batteries

  • Although alkaline batteries manufactured in the United States no longer contain mercury, the EPA recommends recycling these batteries with battery recyclers or your state or local solid waste authority. 
  • Batteries, such as cellphone and rechargeable batteries, can be recycled at a number of stores that participate in the national Call2cycle program. Find a recycling location.
  • Lead acid car batteries can be recycled for free at Auto Zone, Advance Auto and O’Reilly auto parts stores. 

Books, DVDs and other media

This organization is looking for donations of gently used hardbound and paperback books, DVDs, CDs, videos, audio tapes and records to sell at its Book Outlet retail store to raise funds for the Aurora Public Library. Donations are tax deductible. Drop off materials at any Aurora Public Library during regular operating hours, or on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Book Outlet, 2243 S. Peoria St.

Christmas Tree Recycling

After the holiday season comes to a close, bring your Christmas tree to one of the drop-off sites from Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, through Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, for free recycling.

The tree recycling site locations are:

Please remove all nails, decorations and stands from trees prior to drop-off. No artificial trees will be accepted.

Free mulch is available anytime (while supplies last) at all drop-off locations. Please bring your own truck, bags, shovel and containers.

Call 303.739.7177 for more information.

Electronics Recycling

Did you know that electronics are banned from landfills in Colorado? To help Aurorans recycle their electronics and do so responsibly, the city of Aurora hosts a series of e-cycle events each year.

Electronics are collected and recycled by Techno Rescue, a local veteran-owned IT company. Techno Rescue can recycle more than just TVs and computers. Most items with a cord or a battery are accepted, including: desktops, laptops, cell phones, tablets, gaming equipment, consumer electronics and more. Please see below for the list of non-acceptable items. All data storage media are wiped and physically destroyed to protect your identity.

2023 Event Pricing

For questions, please contact Techno Rescue at 303.482.2207.

$5 car/individual for small load (one standard grocery bag)
$10 car/individual for large load (any load greater than one grocery bag)

Additional charges (subject to change):

$5 each LCD Monitors

$30 each TVs and CRT Monitors (32 inches and under) AND all sizes of flat screen TVs

$40 each Floor Model Printers

$50 each TVs and CRT Monitors (33 inches and up)

$100 each Projection, DLP and Console TVs

Cash or credit/debit card is preferred as payment. Please contact Techno Rescue for more information. Prices are subject to change.  Items NOT Accepted or Unlawful to Accept:
Alkaline or household batteries
Light bulbs
PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) ballasts or other PCB containing material
Freon equipment
Mercury or equipment containing Mercury
Gasoline or other combustible fuel equipment
Pressurized tanks or canisters
Aerosol cans
Office furniture
Paper
Books
Cardboard
Plastic
Glass
Tires
Fluids
Paint
Solvents
Chemicals
Smoke detectors
Carbon monoxide detectors
Thermostats
Neon signs
Radioactive equipment or materials
Unsanitized healthcare or medical equipment
Items containing asbestos

If these options don’t work for you, there are electronics take-back programs available. When evaluating these alternatives, please consider the environmental certifications, sustainability practices, and any exporting policy associated with each company and program.

Lawan Mower Exchange

This year, we will offer several voucher types through Ace Hardware and Home Depot, but note that only one voucher per household is allowed per year. You need to select the type of voucher you want at the time of application.

The voucher options are as follows:

  • $75 voucher for handheld electric equipment: Recycling of a gas item is mandatory.
  • $75 voucher for electric lawn mower: No recycling is necessary, as we want to encourage eco-friendliness.
  • $150 voucher for electric lawn mower: Recycling of a gas mower is required.

Vouchers are redeemable at participating Ace Hardware and Home Depot stores. Click here to view a map of participating stores.

Mattress Recycling

Between 20 and 40 million mattresses end up in landfills each year in the United States, according to Spring Back Colorado Mattress Recycling. Mattress recycling reduces demand on overburdened landfills by breaking down over 90 percent of each mattress into individual components and recycling or repurposing them. 

 For mattress recycling questions please contact:

Spring Back Colorado Mattress Recycling

4975 Pontiac St., Commerce City, CO 80022
720.515.1328 or springbackco@gmail.com
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visit the website at SpringBackCO.org for information on fees.

Organics and Yard Waste

It’s a violation of city code to blow or sweep your fallen leaves, lawn clippings or weeds into the street, sidewalk, gutter or alley, but there are other environmentally friendly ways to take care of yard waste besides putting it into the landfill.

Compost and Yard Waste Recycling Services
In Aurora, we have two licensed waste hauler that offers organics and yard waste recycling to customers, Waste Management and Wompost. These services are available to a limited number of Aurora zip codes. Waste Management customers may call 303.797.1600 to find out if organic and yard waste recycling is available for your residence. For Wompost composting services, call 720.446.8948 or email them. 

Composting at Home
There are a variety of methods for turning food and other organic waste into rich, nutrient-laden soil for use in gardens. There’s also a lot of information out there on how to get a compost pile, bucket, or bin started. Check out the Denver Urban Gardens composting basics overview, which is straightforward and accessible.

Use Fallen Leaves in Your Garden
If having your yard waste commercially recycled is not an option, turn your yard waste into an asset for your property by using shredded leaves or grass clippings to amend the soil in your garden.

Did you know that 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients that trees extract from the ground end up in the leaves? Using nutrient-rich leaves to amend soil can improve the size and health of your plants and condition the soil to retain more water — so you will use less water. Gardening in many Aurora soils without soil amendments is difficult to impossible, and using yard waste in the place of commercially available soil amendments can save you money and could reduce your environmental impact as well.

Not all leaves are equally beneficial. Some leaves (black walnut and eucalyptus) can actually harm a garden or lawn. Be sure a tree’s leaves will help a garden before trying these strategies. If leaves make a soil too acidic for plants, bring down the pH level by adding an alkaline substance.

Options for using yard waste in the garden include:


Leaf Mold
This soil amendment is a longer-term strategy, taking a year or more to produce, but it yields a nutrient rich amendment that can help soil retain water.


Leaf Mulch
To protect soil and insulate it from the cold, pile a few inches of shredded leaves directly under trees, shrubs and other plants. The more air between the shredded leaves, the better it will insulate the soil.  You can also spread some of the leaf mulch directly into the grass; however, be careful where placing the shredded leaves so they are not taken by the wind onto a neighbor’s lawn or into the street.


Leaves and Grass in Compost
Shredded leaves and grass clippings can help balance the proportion of carbon and nitrogen in a compost pile. The pile should be two-thirds carbon and one-third nitrogen. Shredded leaves will provide more carbon or “brown” material. Grass clippings and other “green” material will add nitrogen to the compost pile. For an introduction to composting, take a look at this Composting Basics guide prepared by Denver Urban Gardens.


Grass Clippings as Fertilizer
Grass clippings are full of nitrogen, the nutrient most frequently used by grass. So don’t bag it, reuse it. Using a mulching mower, mulching blade attachment or mowing twice, grass blades can be chopped up fine enough that they will quickly decompose, adding nutrients and organic matter back into the soil. This does not result in a build-up of thatch. Tall grass will be more difficult to chop up finely. Grass clippings may also be used to top dress vegetable gardens. Avoid this practice if you use herbicides or pesticides on your lawn. 

Mulching blades are available for some mowers. 

Paint & Household Chemicals

There are a number of programs and resources to help residents recycle or dispose of household hazardous waste. If these chemicals are not properly disposed of, they can harm sanitation workers, create problems in sewage treatment plants and landfills, or pollute the water or air. Help do your part and take advantage of the opportunities available in and for Aurora residents. 

At Your Door – Curbside Collection Program
Aurora Water entered into a contract with Waste Management and offers a year-round recycling and disposal service for household hazardous chemicals and waste. This option keeps hazardous materials out of landfills, where they may leach into our water systems. Safely dispose of household chemicals such as lawn care products, pesticides, motor oil, household chemicals and more through the At Your Door Curbside Collection HHW program. After scheduling a pick-up, residents receive a disposal bag, a list of materials accepted and complete instructions. The At Your Door program fee is $10, with a limited number of monthly appointments available. For information or to schedule a pick-up, call 800.449.7587 or visit WMatYourDoor.com.

Drop-off program 
Waste Management offers a drop-off program for residents who find themselves in a time crunch, (e.g., relocation or home sale). Residents can call the Waste Management hot-line, at 800.449.7587, and provide the operator with the reason for the drop-off request. Additional information on materials accepted through the program can be found on the Waste Management website.


Household Chemical Roundups
 

PaintCare Program

  • Through the FREE PaintCare program, unused paint can be returned to many of the locations where it was purchased. For a complete list of locations and items accepted, visit PaintCareThere are limitations on how much paint you can drop off at each visit, and not all retail stores accept paint for recycling. Contact the store directly to confirm business hours and their ability to accept what you would like to recycle.
  • For larger amounts, mix in kitty litter or paint hardener, which is available at most paint stores. Once dry, it can be thrown away.

Household Chemicals

  • Businesses throughout the city also offer recycling options for certain items which may offer a quicker and more cost-effective solution, depending on your specific waste. Call ahead to confirm that the location nearest you is currently accepting these materials for recycling.
  • To recycle propane cylinders 1lb or under, visit Metrogas Inc. They will recycle them for $0.25 each. Metrogas Inc is located at 790 W 64th Ave, Denver CO 80221. Call 303.428.3036 or visit from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Trash and Recycling Curbside Collection

Residential trash and recycling pick-up is not a city-provided service. It is the responsibility of the individual residents, homeowners associations, or multifamily building management company to arrange for service with one of the city’s permitted trash and recycling haulers. The following companies are licensed with the city of Aurora to provide residential curbside services. 

Apex Waste Solutions 303.841.7144

Best Cleaner Disposal 303.659.3779

Eastern Dispose All 303.690.0151

GFL 303.744.9881

Republic Services 303.286.1200

Waste Connections 303.288.2100

Waste Management 303.797.1600

Compost & Yard Waste Service

Wompost 720.446.8948


Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement or recommendation of any individual company by the city of Aurora. Check with the individual companies to determine services offered in your area; not all companies may be providing service in your neighborhood. 

All homes in the city of Aurora are required to have weekly trash service. Trash needs to be in an approved, secure trash container, which some trash companies will provide for a small fee. Trash containers should be stored in the garage, backyard or properly screened in the rear side yard out of view of the adjacent street.

PODS/Dumpsters/Rolloffs on the street

Do you allow storage PODs or dumpsters on the street?
No, storage pods and dumpsters are not allowed on the public street. These items may be considered for placement on private property, including driveways, through the city’s Temporary Use Permit program. 



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