Recycle Estes

We invite VOLUNTEERS to help on Estes Recycles Day, June 8, 2019 Volunteer by contacting: Alice Reuman ( or Cathy Alper (

Thank you for being a part of our community effort to reduce the amount of trash that goes into the landfill by practicing the 3Rs:  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!  Even simple practices such as using reusable shopping bags can make a big difference.

The League of Women Voters & Community Recycling Committee has concentrated on making recycling VISIBLE in the Estes Valley. Many, many ways to recycle exist here, and have existed for years, thanks to Jean Weaver, one of our founders, but many of our citizens and business did not know how to go about really recycling in such a way that recycled materials got reworked or reused.

The Committee took it as our mission to discover who recycles what and share it by means of our Planet Partners program.   One can view the Planet Partners document at the bottom of this page, or click on the link above to download it.

A town employee finishes raising the Estes Park’s 28-foot recycling banner for the first time.  (CRC photo)

A town employee finishes raising the Estes Park’s 28-foot recycling banner for the first time.  (CRC photo)

Options for Recycling in Estes Park
1. Sign up for residential trash and curbside recycling from these Estes Valley providers:

  • Doering Disposal, Loveland, 970-566-2651 or 970-667-9338,

  • Waste Management, Estes Park, 970-586-5740

    These businesses provide convenient single-stream recycling which means that all recyclable materials (e.g., bottles, cans, plastics, cardboard) can be collected together.  Cans, bottles, and jars should be rinsed and cardboard boxes flattened.

Turn right off Elm Road at this sign.  (CRC photo)

Turn right off Elm Road at this sign.  (CRC photo)

2. Drop off recyclables at the Estes Park Transfer & Recycle Station located off of Moraine Ave at 455 Elm Road.  While there are fees for waste disposal, recycling for residential customers is provided at no charge. Traffic flows one way through the facility.  Other things to know before you go:

Days of operation vary by season:

First station for phone books, cardboard, and mixed office paper.  (CRC photo)

First station for phone books, cardboard, and mixed office paper.  (CRC photo)

Second station for newspaper, magazines, glass, plastic and cans.  (CRC photo)

Second station for newspaper, magazines, glass, plastic and cans.  (CRC photo)

What items can be recycled?

Materials accepted at the Estes Park Transfer Station & Recycling Center:

  • Glass bottles and jars: clear, green or brown (must be clean)
  • Aluminum and steel cans, aluminum foil (clean, flat), aluminum food trays

  • Newspaper (clean and dry), magazines, and catalogs

  • Mixed office paper (white or pastel colored paper, computer paper, envelopes, glossy paper)

  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened, dry, clean, and no wax-coated boxes), brown paper bags

  • Cartons: wax-lined milk & juice cartons (not foil-lined as used for products like soup stock)

  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, shoe boxes, etc. – flattened, no wax-coated packaging)

  • Phone books

  • Used motor oil, up to 5 gallons (container must have a lid)

  • Acceptable Plastic Containers

    • Narrow-necked containers #1 and #2, caps removed

    • Wide-mouth containers stamped #1 through #7 (e.g., butter/cottage cheese tubs); snap-on lids are okay

    • Yogurt containers stamped #1 through #7; snap-on lids are okay

    • Any container stamped #3 through #7 (except “Unacceptable Plastics” listed below)

    • Clear clamshells stamped #1 through #7 (e.g., sandwich or cookie containers from the deli or bakery)

    • Personal care/prescription bottles stamped #1 through #7

    • Pails stamped #1 through #7; snap-on lids are okay

    • Flower and garden pots stamped #1 through #7

    • #7 Nalgene bottles, a brand of polyethylene plastic used as a water container

      Unacceptable Plastics

    • Microwavable entrée trays

    • Plastic bags (#2 and #4 can be recycled at Safeway, including plastic grocery store bags, clean bread bags, and clean sandwich, food storage, and freezer bags)

    • Food trays or party platters (even if stamped #1-#7)

    • Film (e.g., shrink wrap, Saran wrap, etc.)

    • Automotive chemical containers, including motor oil or antifreeze bottles

    • Pesticide containers

    • Styrofoam

    • Compostable bottles or cups

      In addition to Unacceptable Plastics, other materials not accepted at the Recycle Center:

    • Plate glass, drinking glasses, oven-proof cookware, ceramic products

    • Light bulbs

    • Paint or aerosol cans

    • Packing paper

    • Chemical or pesticide bottles

      Household hazardous waste (paints, pesticides, fluorescent tubes, cleaning products, etc.) can be disposed of at the Larimer County Landfill (Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 970-498-5760) 

Where can you recycle the other stuff (not accepted in Estes Park)?

Following are addresses and websites for area recycling and HAZMAT facilities that take items which Estes Park’s Recycling Center does not.  Recycling guidelines change frequently, so check the websites or call ahead to verify your materials can be accepted and whether there will be a charge.

Larimer County Recycling Center: The Larimer County Landfill, 5887 South Taft Hill Road, (Mon-Sat, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed Sundays and major holidays), 970-226-1101.  A simplified Estes Park recycle guide can be downloaded from the site. The landfill also takes trash for a fee.  High winds close landfill and recycling center, so call before heading here on windy days: recorded info line 970-.

Loveland Recycling Center: 400 N. Wilson Ave (Tue-Sun, 7:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays), 970-962-2529.   

Allenspark Recycling and Drop-off Center (part of Eco-cycle): Off County Rd 84 & State Hwy 7.  (Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sun, 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m.), 303-747-2107

Lyons Recycling and Drop-off Center (part of Eco-cycle): 426 Railroad Ave, (open dawn to dusk), 303-444-6634

Longmont Recycle and Drop-off Center (part of Eco-cycle): 140 Martin St,  (open 24 hrs), 303-772-7300

Boulder Recycle and Drop-off Center: 1901 63rd St. between Arapahoe & Valmont, (open 24 hrs), 303-444-6634

CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials):  6400 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303, Boulder, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 303-444-6634

Hazardous Waste-Larimer Ct Landfill, Recycle Center (Tue, Thur, Fri, Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.); 970-498-5771; 970- 498-5770 (24-hour information line).  Paints, pesticides, cleaning products, antifreeze, ammunition, long & compact fluorescent tubes, over-the-counter medicines, etc.

Other Options for disposing of items no longer useful to you:

ESTES PARK businesses:


Businesses IN THE VALLEY:


Thrift Shops and places to recycle Shipping Supplies:


Paint Care and Scrap Metal Recycling



EP News will publish freecycle information (FREE) for items not accommodated by thrift shops.

Trail Gazette offers FREE classified ads (to individuals) for items priced at $100 or less. 

Information current as of July 2018, but residents are advised to call businesses before going to ensure all information remains valid.