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.
Upcoming Events and Announcements
To view or print your trash/recycling collection schedule please click here!
Looking for your 2020 Trash & Recycling Collection Calendar to arrive in the mail? Thornton's Environmental Services Division is continuing its efforts in going "green" and is saving over 100,000 pieces of paper with its new online calendar and reminder system! If you still prefer a paper calendar, one can be printed out at the link above, but customers can also embed it in their personal iCal, Google Calendar, or Microsoft Outlook Calendar.
*Please note this system applies to city of Thornton trash and recycle customers only.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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 click the Trash & Recycling Calendar tab on the left hand side of this page.