There are so many items around our homes that require special disposal. Batteries, paint, medicine, light bulbs, automotive items and so many others, need to be considered hazardous waste and properly disposed of, not thrown in the dumpster. There is a special hazardous waste collection event happening in Fort Collins on May 14th and again on September 10th to help you correctly get rid of these items. Over 1100 people participated last year, with over 90,000 pounds of hazardous waste collected.

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Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, May 14, 2016 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 (9 a.m.-3 p.m.)


City of Fort Collins Streets Department
625 Ninth Street (map)

Residents are invited to drop off non-leaking household chemicals. Commercial waste is not accepted.

Items accepted:

  • household batteries
  • paint and pesticides
  • CFL bulbs
  • cleaning and automotive products
  • vitamins and supplements
  • personal care products, including hair products and lotions
  • mercury containing items such as thermostats, thermometers and button-shaped batteries.

Items not accepted include tires, e-waste, explosives, asbestos, bio-waste (needles, bandages) and pharmaceuticals*. Visit for disposal options for non-accepted items.

*Pharmaceuticals – Safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications at Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Rd., weekdays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and weekends, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Items not accepted: needles/sharps, oxygen containers, mercury thermometers, pressurized canisters, chemo/radioactive substances or illicit drugs.

The risk of fire, explosion and spills exists when transporting hazardous waste products, so please prepare items safely for transport, following these rules:

  • store items upright in boxes or tubs, not loose bags
  • keep similar items together (do not stack)
  • containers must be sealed and cannot leak
  • acids and oxidizers must be separated
  • keep items away from children and pets

Prescription Drug Take-Back

Fort Collins Police Services, 2100 S. Timberline Rd., has a year-round prescription drug take-back program that operates Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 am.-6 p.m. For information about other disposal options, please visit Who Recycles What.