Trash & Recycling
The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 29,000 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.
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Thornton residents 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.
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 concrete or masonry demolition (driveway concrete, wall blocks or gravel).
NO dirt or sod. NO ammunition.
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*Certain Saturdays are now available on a first come, first served basis.
Event date: August 10, 2019
Event time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Thornton's Infrastructure Maintenance Center, 12450 Washington Street, Thornton, CO 80241. Please use the north entrance to the facility with access on 126th Avenue, east of Washington Street.
Guidelines: On specified Saturdays, Thornton residents may bring their tree branches, limbs, and compost materials to the IMC. Restrictions and limitations apply. Proof of residency is required.
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS OF ADAMS COUNTY ONLY. NOT ACCEPTED: TVs AND MONITORS WITH EXPOSED TUBES. ANYTHING THAT CONTAINS FREON OR OTHER CHEMICALS.
Adams County and city of Thornton are pleased to partner with Techno Rescue for recycling services on this event. For specific questions on certain electronics and data destruction, please call Techno Rescue directly at 303-482-2207.
CLICK HERE to register for the event.
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What can I bring to the IMC?
The Infrastructure Maintenance Center (IMC) is located at 12450 Washington Street. Thornton residents only may bring drop-off the following on weekdays during business hours:
- Motor oil, antifreeze, and cooking oil - in sealed gallon (or smaller) containers
- Appliances such refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters
- Compost material such as grass clippings, leaves, flowers, coffee grounds, food scraps in fully compostable BPI certified bags or paper bags. Be prepared to open all other bags on site.
Please call ahead of your arrival 720-977-6200.
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, Thursday, and Fridays in May, your recycle will not be collected on the 29th, 30th, or 31st.
To have your recycle pick up schedule sent electronically, please email your physical home street address to
RECYCLE CALENDAR REQUEST in the subject line.
2019 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 27
- Independence Day, July 4
- Labor Day, September 2
- Thanksgiving Day, November 28
- 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.