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​Trash & Recycling

​The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 30,000 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! 

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.

We've gone Mobile! - NEW!!!

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.


Click & Haul Online Registration 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.

What is 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 tires. NO concrete or masonry demolition (driveway concrete, wall blocks or gravel). NO dirt or sod. NO ammunition.

Click here to get started now!  

Tree Branch/Limb & Composting Drop-off

Event dates:   Saturday, June 13, 2020

Event times:  8 a.m. - Noon  New Time!

Location:  Thornton's Infrastructure Maintenance Center (IMC) 12450 Washington Street.  Use the north entrance with access on 126th Avenue east of Washington Street.

Guidelines:  On specified dates, Thornton residents may bring tree branches, limbs, and compostable material to the Infrastructure Maintenance Center (IMC) 12450 Washington Street.  Proof of residency is required.  Residents will be responsible for unloading their branches and all compost material.  Compost material must be placed in BPI certified fully compostable bags, paper sacks, or be prepared to open other types of bags and empty on site. Residents must follow social distancing guidelines, staying at least six feet away from City employees and others at all times.

Veolia Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Days

Event dates:   Wednesday, June 17 & Saturday, June 20

Event times:  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location:  Veolia Colorado Household Waste Recycling Center located at 9131 E. 96th Avenue, Henderson, CO 

Guidelines:   On specified dates, Adams County residents may bring their unwanted household chemicals to the Veolia Colorado Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center. Most items will be recycled safely, keeping them out of our natural environment.  Adams County residents will pay a discounted fee of $.85 per pound to drop off their items and the normal $20 vehicle fee will be waived on event dates only.  Proof of residency is required.  Cash and credit card will be accepted.

No charge to drop off architectural paints and stains only.

Acceptable Items include:  insecticide, bathroom cleaners, rust remover, photo chemicals, degreasers, weed killer, latex paint, stains, furniture polish, fire extinguishers, laundry products, fuel, solvents, rodent poison, oil filters, floor cleaners, oven cleaners, moth balls, lacquers, rechargeable batteries.

Unacceptable items include:  radioactive material (smoke detectors), used needles, prescription pain killers, explosives (fireworks, ammunition), tires, trash.

Click here to register for the Wednesday, June 17, 2020 event.

Click here to register for the Saturday, June 20, 2020 event.

Landfill Day

Event dates:  June 27

Event time:  7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location:  Republic Services Tower Landfill located at 88th Avenue and Tower Road in Commerce City

Guidelines:  Thornton residents may take non-hazardous debris to a designated landfill and the gate fee is waived.  One vehicle load per household.  All loads must be covered. Commercial loads are subject to applicable fees. Pickup trucks, cars, and small single-axle trailer loads only.  Proof of residency is required and limitations apply. Freon charged units (refrigerators, A/C units, and freezers) and electronics such as televisions and computer monitors will not be accepted.  No tires, car batteries, medical waste, ammunition, fireworks, fluorescent bulbs, or liquids of any kind.  Mattresses are subject to an additional fee of $30 each.  

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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 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 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.



2020 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 25
  • Labor Day, September 7
  • Thanksgiving Day, November 26
  • 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.