Friday, January 22, 2016

City of Aurora Recycling info sheet - 2016

City of Aurora Recycling info 2016

The next electronics recycling will be on Feb. 6th, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Central Facilities Recycling Drop-off Site, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave.,  303-739-7173 or  This is open to all Aurora residents and non-residents.  All items free except cathode ray tube televisions ($20) each and cathode ray tube monitors ($10).

Recycling at Home
Curbside Collection

Private companies provide trash collection for Aurora homeowners. Some companies may also provide curbside recycling services. Call the companies directly for details, including what items they may recycle. Cartons can now be recycled in the curbside program, for additional information click here.

Recycling Drop-off Sites (***Also accepting political yard signs)Aurora's two city-owned recycling drop-off sites now require separation, which results in a product that is less contaminated by other materials than what results from single-stream recycling. Paper and magazines go into one bin, glass and plastics (numbered 1 through 7) go into another, and steel, aluminum, copper, brass and other metals may be placed in a 250-gallon tub on site. Political yard signs also are accepted; just place the signs in the plastics bin, and the metal frames in the scrap metal tub.

Central Facilities Center (Separated Recycling)13646 E. Ellsworth Ave. (on the south end of the city's Wastewater/Stormwater lot)
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Saddle Rock Golf Maintenance Center (Separated Recycling)21705 E. Arapahoe Road (across the street from the golf course)
7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday

Single-stream recycling is still available at the Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site.

Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS)

3500 S. Gun Club Road (at Hampden Avenue)
6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
To reach the single-stream recycling drop-off point, proceed to the entry scale house and tell the attendant your destination. The attendant will provide you with a ticket for tracking purposes only. The DADS facility also charges a fee to accept home appliances and electronics, automobile tires and asphalt shingles. In addition, environmental and fuel charge fees apply only when recycling these fee-based items. Call 720-876-2650 for details on fees or more information.

Acceptable Items These items are accepted free of charge at the DADS single-stream recycling site. Items may be combined when placed in collection bins. *** All items must be clean of food contamination.
Aluminum cans, foil and pie tins
Steel or tin cans and empty aerosol cans
Food- and beverage-grade glass
Magazines and newspapers
Office paper, envelopes, junk mail and phone books
Brown paper bags and paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes)
Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
Plastic containers #1 to #7

Household Appliances
Reliable Appliance
988 Dayton St. (east side of Lowry campus)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to noon Saturday
Appliances may be dropped off for free. Please contact them for pricing info regarding home pickup in driveway/garage. Arrangements for an additional fee may be made for basement or second-floor removal.

Electronics Recycling
** State law now requires all electronics to be recycled, not trashed.

E-cycle Events
* Open to Aurora residents and non-residents
* Collected and recycled by Techno Rescue, a veteran-owned green IT company located in Aurora.
* Recycle Televisions, DVD players, computers, VCRs, stereos, printers, fax machines, cell phones, microwaves, small appliances and more.
* All data storage media are wiped and physically destroyed to protect your identity
* Fees:  CRT televisions - $20, CRT computer monitors - $10, All other items, including flat screen televisions and monitors - no charge

2016 E-cycling EventsFeb. 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Facilities Recycling Drop-off Site, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave.
May 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road
July 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Facilities Recycling Drop-off Site, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave.
Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Central Facilities Recycling Drop-off Site, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave.
Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road

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.

Confidential Documents
Shred for free in June and October 2016 (all month long):
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Available for Aurora residents, businesses and city employees (with city ID). Unlimited amount of paper only. To view your paper being shredded, make an appointment for Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and pay $25 for 10 boxes.
Curbside, Inc., 15686 E. Batavia Drive, Aurora
** Military, seniors and first responders may drop off shredding throughout the year for FREE.

Book/DVD/CD/VHS/Cassette/Vinyl RecyclingFriends of the Aurora Public Library (FAPL)
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.

Reading Tree Blue Donation Bins
Due to a change in ownership and operations, these bins are no longer available in Aurora.

Clothing DonationsThis 501(c)3 nonprofit company accepts all types of used clothing, fabrics, bedding, shoes and boots. Footwear does not need to be a matching pair. All donations are tax deductible. The Little Red Schoolhouse bins are located at:
* Central Facilities Single-stream Recycling Facility, 13646 E. Ellsworth Ave.
* Martin Luther King, Jr. Library and Municipal Services Center, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
* Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Ave.
* Saddle Rock Single-stream Recycling Facility, 21710 E. Arapahoe Road
* Tallyn's Reach Library/Municipal Services Center, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road
* Brunswick Zone Bowling Alley, on Peoria just north of Iliff

Mattress RecyclingSpring Back Colorado Mattress Recycling
3875 Steele St., Unit B, Denver, CO  80205
720.515.1328 or
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon

Deliver your mattresses and box springs for proper disposal for $15 per item. Pick-up service is available for $25 per item within the 470 loop. Contact Spring Back for pricing if outside the 470 loop. 

Mercury and Alkaline Battery RecyclingThe city of Aurora collects devices containing liquid mercury, barometers, jars and containers for safe and proper recycling during the America Recycles Day event. ** This does not include compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or fluorescent tube lighting.

America Recycles Day – Nov. 15, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Central Facilities Recycling Center
13646 E. Ellsworth Ave. (on the south end of the city's Wastewater/Stormwater lot)
Residents may drop off these same types of mercury-containing devices (excluding CFLs and fluorescent tubes) and alkaline batteries.

CFL Bulb RecyclingAce Hardware, Home Depot and Lowe’s all accept compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) for recycling.

Chemical Recycling
Household Chemical Roundup
Aurora residents may bring unwanted or excess household chemicals and fluorescent tube lighting to be recycled or disposed of properly. Please check back for the 2016 date for the Household Chemical Roundup, which will take place at 13645 E. Ellsworth Ave. – one block north of Alameda and Potomac. Learn more!
At Your Door Special Collection
For $20, 250 Aurora residents can schedule a pickup from home. Call 800.449.7587 email for details.
Paint Recycling
The Colorado Paint Stewardship Law is increasing the number of opportunities available for recycling paint, stains, lacquers, varnishes, and some other architectural coatings through a paint retail store take-back program. Please visit the PaintCare website and the CDPHE website for more information. There are limitations on how much paint you can drop off each visit, and not all retail stores will be accepting old paint for recycling. For a map of drop-off locations near you, visit this webpage and enter your ZIP code. You may wish to contact the store directly to confirm business hours and their ability to accept the type of architectural coating you wish to recycle.

Prescription Drug Disposal
Aurora residents can dispose of most prescription medications through the Colorado Medication Take-Back Program. A secure collection box is located here in Aurora, at the King Soopers at 4271 S. Buckley Road. See this page for a list of accepted medications.

Cooking Oil Recycling
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Behind Fire Station No. 9, 17200 E. Mexico Ave.
This free event allows Aurora residents and non-residents to drop off used cooking oil from turkey fryers for proper disposal to divert the oil from municipal water systems and landfills. Oil must be kept indoors and warm so that it can be easily poured.

Christmas Tree Recycling
Dec. 26 to Jan. 11
Tree drop-off locations include:
• Del Mar Park, East Sixth Avenue and Peoria Street (west parking lot)
• Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave. (east of Chambers Road)
• Saddle Rock Golf Course, 21705 E. Arapahoe Road
Please remove all nails, decorations and stands from tree. Free tree mulch will be available at the tree drop-off locations starting Dec. 30, while supplies last, during dates to be determined. Bring a truck, bags, containers and shovels for self-loading. Call 303.739.7177 for more information.
Disposal of Trees and Shrubs
Throughout the year, citizens who wish to convert tree and shrub trimmings into mulch have a few options in Aurora. You can try

Free mulch from routinely trimmed city-owned trees is available for self-loading near the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and Dawson Street, near the water treatment facility. The mulch pile is located outside, just off of Dawson Street on the west side. The site is accessible at any time, any day of the week. Bring your own shovel to load the mulch and containers or bags for loading. For questions about free mulch, call the Forestry Division at 303-739-7177.

The city does not take tree trimmings from private citizens to make into mulch.
Most trash companies will pick-up branch and tree debris, as long as the bundles of wood are no longer than 4 feet in length and 12 inches in diameter. Call and check with your residential trash hauling company. Most trash haulers will accept tree branches as long as they are cut, stacked and/or bundled in certain manners. As an alternative option, Aurora is served by two landfills; Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site at 3500 S. Gun Club Road and BFI Tower Road Landfill at 88th Avenue and Tower Road.

The Forestry Division does take part in Christmas Tree Recycling each year. Drop off locations and dates vary; please check the main Recycling Opportunities web page as the winter holidays approach each year for the schedule.

Marsha W. Osborn
Neighborhood Liaison | City of Aurora
office 303.739.7402 | fax 303.739.7191