Trash & Recycling
The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 32,000 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.
*Please note this system applies to city of Thornton trash and recycle customers only.
We've gone Mobile!
City of Thornton trash/recycling customers are now able to download a mobile app to their cell phone or tablet! Please look for
City of Thornton
Recycles in the App Store and on Google Play.
What do I do with... NEW!
Not sure how to properly dispose of something? Simply type the name of the material into the Wizard and find out!
Click & Haul Online Registration
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.
Make an appointment today!
How to Order an Additional Container
City of Thornton trash & recycling customers can use the online system for some of the most common service requests!
Order an additional black trash container
Order an additional green recycle container
Schedule a lid replacement
Remove a container from service address
Login and get started. Fees and restrictions may apply.
All Other Requests
environmentalservices@ThorntonCO.gov. with all other requests including:
Setting up brand new service
Replacing a cracked or badly damaged container on your next collection day
Assistance is needed in locating a missing container
If you've missed your trash/recycle collection and want to request a pickup. Fees may apply.
Fall Leaf Drop-off for Compost
Guidelines: Thornton residents may bring in leaves and organic material for composting. Proof of residency is required. Residents are responsible for unloading all compost material. Leaves and compost material may be placed in paper lawn & leaf sacks. Be prepared to open and empty all other bags on site. NO commercial or landscaping companies.
The compost bin is available on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please enter through the north gate at 126th Ave., east of Washington Street. Once at the second gate, press the button for access into the yard and let the operator know you are there to drop off compost.
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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 (no commercial or landscaping companies) may bring or drop-off the following on weekdays during business hours:
- Motor oil, antifreeze, and cooking oil - in sealed gallon (or smaller) containers
- Appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, & water heaters
- Compost material such as grass clippings, leaves, flowers, coffee grounds, food scraps. Be prepared to open all bags on site. Only 3 gallon compostable kitchen bags will be accepted.
Please call 720-977-6200 ahead of your arrival for instructions or head to the north gate entrance with access from 126th Avenue, east of Washington Street. Once at the gate, press the button for access into the yard and let the operator know you are there to drop off compost.
***Access to the north gate from 126th Avenue is now restricted other than on event days.***
2023 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
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 every other week 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.
- 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 click the Trash & Recycling Calendar tab on the left hand side of this page.
Order an additional container or lid replacement.