Trash & Recycling
The Environmental Services Team provides curbside trash and recycling collection services to over 31,000 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.
To view or print your trash/recycling collection schedule please
*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.
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.
here to get started now!
Trash & Recycling Service Requests -
City of Thornton trash & recycling customers can now use our 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
Click here to login and get started. Fees and restrictions may apply. For all other requests or concerns please email
Weekday Fall Leaf Composting Drop-off - Thornton Residents Only
Please consider bringing in leaves for composting during the week! The compost bin is accessible weekdays during business hours 7a.m. - 4p.m. and located at 12450 Washington Street. Please use the north entrance with access from 126th Avenue, east of Washington Street. Leaves must be in paper sacks or BPI fully compostable bags. All other bags must be opened on site.
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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. Click here for drop-off location map.
2021 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 31
- Labor Day, September 6
- Thanksgiving Day, November 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.
Click here to order an additional container or lid replacement.