Recycling & Disposal Centers

The following information offers a guide to local centers, because these vendors are not affiliated with the City and are privately owned operations, their information may change at any time. We suggest calling ahead.

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Curbside Appliance Pick Up Program:  The City of Golden now offers curbside appliance recycling to all single family and townhomes in Golden. Acceptable appliances are limited to full sized:

  • washing machines
  • dryers, dishwashers
  • refrigerators, freezers
  • stove/ovens.

Items not listed here (including microwave ovens and small refrigerators) are not allowed and will not be picked up.

Appliances should be set out in a driveway or in front or side areas of the yard not impeded by a fence or gate. Please do not place items in the street or sidewalk.

Each appliance must be clearly labeled, “FOR CITY OF GOLDEN RECYCLING.” Please fill out the online form OR call (303) 953-5800 and leave your NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, AND TYPE OF APPLIANCE FOR PICKUP.Pickup is the following TUESDAY for calls received by Thursday of the prior week. Calls received after Thursday will be scheduled for the next week. City staff will call to confirm the date. Please place the item out by 8 a.m.

Xcel Refrigerator Recycling Get a $50 rebate for a qualifying refrigerator or freezer! To participate residents must be a residential electric customer of Xcel Energy, have the appliance picked up from the residential address listed on your billing account, and own the refrigerator or freezer you are recycling. Appliance must be working (cooling) order, measure between 10 to 30 cubic feet, and be plugged in at the time of pickup. Only recycle two refrigerators and/or freezers per household, per program year.

Working room air conditioners and dehumidifiers can be picked up in conjunction with a qualifying fridge / freezer. No rebate provided for air conditioners or dehumidifiers. Most miniature and commercially-sized refrigerators do not qualify. Any freezer must be a stand-alone unit. Rebate amount is subject to change.

  1. Schedule a pick up online or over the phone at 866-552-8755.
  2. Before your appointment, move your refrigerator or freezer to your garage, driveway, porch or an outbuilding.
  3. Print and sign the release form and leave it inside your appliance.
  4. Our crew will arrive and pick up the unit without physical contact with you and without entering your home.
  5. You will receive a $50 check by mail for each working fridge or freezer recycled.

Habitat Home Improvement Outlet : For gently used and functional appliances, pickup services available upon request.

10625 W Interstate 70 Frontage Rd, Wheat Ridge

(303) 421-1908

Eco-Cycle: Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials : Appliances of any size that are made of at least 50% metal.

• Items without Freon®: no charge

• Items WITH Freon®: $18

Items that contain Freon® must, by state law, have the Freon chemicals removed by a professional before disposal. The fee helps the CHaRM cover these costs. Items with Freon include refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and freezers.

6400 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder

(303) 444-6634

Rooney Road Recycling Center: Used motor oil, antifreeze, batteries, etc. By appointment only, please schedule online ahead of time or call (303) 269-9448 to schedule.

151 South Rooney Rd, Jefferson County

O’Reilly Auto Parts: Free motor oil and battery recycling drop off at metro-area stores.

17505 South Golden Rd, Golden

(303) 273-5448

*Alkaline batteries can be disposed of in your trash.

Rooney Road Recycling Center:  Ni-Cd, lead acid, lithium and alkaline batteries with co-pay charge. By appointment only, please schedule online ahead of time or call (303) 269-9448 to schedule.

151 South Rooney Rd, Jefferson County

SustainAbility H2R Centers: Limited services due to COVID-19- please check website or call for updated information

6240 W. 54th Ave., Arvada
(303) 425-9226

1270 S. Bannock St., Denver
(303) 424-1719

These locations do not accept paints and stains. Please see the Paint section for further resources.

Habitat Home Improvement Outlet : For gently used and functional appliances, cabinets, flooring, furniture, heating and cooling, insulation, landscaping, lighting and electrical, lumber and trim, mirrors, plumbing, roofing, sheet goods, tools, windows & doors. Pickup services available upon request.

10625 W Interstate 70 Frontage Rd, Wheat Ridge

(303) 421-1908

ReSource Central’s Material Reuse Facility : For gently used and functional appliances, cabinets, flooring, furniture, heating and cooling, insulation, landscaping, lighting and electrical, lumber and trim, mirrors, plumbing, roofing, sheet goods, tools, windows & doors. Pickup services and deconstruction assessments may be available, call or email to learn more.

6400 Arapaho Rd, Boulder

(303) 419-5418

Rooney Road Recycling Center:  Businesses who are small quantity generators of hazardous waste are welcome, and charged for disposal according to the type and amount of waste. By appointment only, please schedule online ahead of time or call (303) 269-9448 to schedule.

151 South Rooney Rd, Jefferson County

Annual Christmas tree recycling is provided by the City of Golden Forestry Division.

Dates and locations published in the December issue of the “Golden Informer”.

(303) 384-8141

Home Depot: Unwanted or non-functioning CFLs may be taken to the returns desk at any Home Depot for free recycling. The CFLs must be intact and not broken into pieces.

16900 W. Colfax Ave, Golden

(303) 384-0875

*Electronic waste is now classified by Colorado Law as a hazardous waste. Waste haulers will not accept these items in the trash and may charge a fee for separate pick up.

Rooney Road Recycling Center: A per item fee is charged to cover the cost of disposal. By appointment only, please schedule online ahead of time or call (303) 269-9448 to schedule.

151 South Rooney Rd, Jefferson County

Action Recycling: Computers, laptops, printed circuit boards, keyboards, mice, printers, photocopiers, cell phones, video games, UPS backup power supplies. Many of these items may be dropped off during business at no cost to you, but please understand there may be a fee for some. Not accepting TVs, computer monitors, nor anything containing refrigerants such as fridges, freezers, AC units. (303) 424-1600

7610 W. 42nd Ave, Wheat Ridge

(303) 424-1600

SustainAbility H2R Centers: Limited services due to COVID-19- please check website or call for updated information

6240 W. 54th Ave., Arvada
(303) 425-9226

1270 S. Bannock St., Denver
(303) 424-1719

Best Buy:  Accepts TV and video components (tube TVs up to 32″ only), computers & tablets, cell phones & radios, appliances (vacuums & fans only), ink & toner, rechargeable batteries (no alkaline), audio, music, & movies, video games & gadgets, cameras & camcorders, car audio, video & gps units. *Due to COVID-19 recycling services are temporarily suspended. 

1400 Denver West Blvd, Lakewood

(303) 273-5617

Spring Back Colorado:  Mattress and Box Spring recycling. Per item fee. Pick-up available. Call for current pricing.

4975 Pontiac St, Commerce City

(720) 515–1328

Safeway

1701 Jackson St., Golden

King Soopers

17171 S. Golden Rd., Golden

Private Nurseries: It’s worth checking with the business the plants came from to see if they can reuse the pots.

Various

Home Depot: Unwanted or non-functioning CFLs may be taken to the returns desk at any Home Depot for free recycling. The CFLs must be intact and not broken into pieces.

16900 W. Colfax Ave, Golden

(303) 384-0875

Must be white, unprinted and clean, with no tape or other packing materials. Please bag smaller pieces. No packing peanuts, please!

City Waste & Recycling: Rigid Styrofoam is accepted curbside by the City’s waste hauler- GFL Environmental.

For Golden Waste & Recycling customers only

“Styrofoam Corral” behind the office of Golden Real Estate, 24/7.

17695 South Golden Rd., Golden

SustainAbility H2R Centers: Limited services due to COVID-19- please check website or call for updated information

6240 W. 54th Ave., Arvada
(303) 425-9226

1270 S. Bannock St., Denver
(303) 424-1719

Private Tree Care Providers:  Often these businesses own their own chippers and may be willing to shred slash for a fee. Great option if you would like to keep the resulting mulch.

Various

Clear Creek County:  Fee for out of County residents, open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

1531 Soda Creek Rd, Idaho Springs

(303) 679-2482

Jeffco Mountain Resident Slash Drop OffAny size truck or trailer is welcome and dump fees are based on six cubic yards (162 cubic feet) of material: six yards is one load. The cost to drop off a single “load” is $20. Credit cards only. Accepts limbs, branches and tree debris. Max length – 8 feet. Max diameter – 6 inches. Also accepts pine needles, tree bark, and pine cones (bagged or unbagged). Leaves are accepted at the Thunder Valley Park location only.

Does not accept:

  • Construction material and lumber
  • Household trash
  • Metal material of any kind
  • Rocks
  • Tree stumps
  • Yard waste / grass clippings

Various Jefferson County locations in the summer

(303) 589-4698

Golden Police Department: Offers an official, safe disposal site for unused or expired household medication in Golden City Hall.

Accepts: Prescription medications, including prescribed controlled substances (DEA Schedule II– V), Over-the-counter medications, Liquid medications (small amounts in original, non-leaking containers), Medicated patches (Used Fentanyl and Duragesic® patches are extremely hazardous. They may be folded in half, sticky-side together, and flushed down the toilet.), Medication samples, Medicated ointments, Vitamins, Pet medications, Unused drug injection cartridges, e.g. unused EpiPens® and insulin pens (must be unused with needle still protected inside), Unused inhaler canisters, e.g. Advair®, Spiriva®, ProAir® and Ventolin® (must be unused, no empty canisters or unneeded plastic holders/mouth pieces).

Does NOT accept: Marijuana, Illicit drugs (e.g. DEA Schedule I drugs like heroin, LSD, etc), Needles, syringes, and other sharps, Chemotherapy drugs, Medical tools and supplies, Bloody or infectious waste, Personal care products, Thermometers, Empty containers, Medication wastes generated by health care facilities, including nursing homes.

911 10th St, Golden

Non-emergency line: (303) 384-8045

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Lobby & Jail Lobby: Accepts prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins in the drop box. However, Sharps items, chemotherapy medication, and marijuana products may not be disposed of in drop boxes. Healthcare facility waste is also not permitted.

200 Jefferson County Pkwy, Golden

Non-emergency line: (303) 271-0211

Blue Spruce Pharmacy at the Jefferson Center

9485 W Colfax Ave, Lakewood

Rooney Road Recycling Center: Small co-pay charged. By appointment only, please schedule online ahead of time or call 303-269-9448 to schedule.

151 S. Rooney Rd, Jefferson County

Additional resources for recycling of out of the ordinary wastes can be found at Ecocycle.org.

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