Question — If there are no recycling centers in Greeley and I can’t use the one in Windsor, where can I recycle now?
Answer — After Northern Colorado Disposal closed and sold its waste collection service to Waste Management of Colorado, the last recycling center in Greeley also closed.
Windsor’s recycling center is available for only Windsor residents, who must provide a proof of residency before using the facility. The changes came following misuse which increased the city’s costs to operate it. In March, Greeley City Council said they were not interested in opening a city recycling facility.
With those options unavailable, what’s an environmentally conscious person to do?
There are a couple of alternatives. Waste Management, Bunting Disposal and Gallegos Sanitation offer curbside recycling pickup in Greeley.
Outside of regular trash pick-up, residents in northern Colorado can also drop off recyclables at the North Weld Landfill operated by Waste Management, 40000 Weld County Road 25 in Ault.
For free, residents can drops off commingle consumer recyclables such as empty plastic bottles, jars, jugs, steel and aluminum cans, clean paper and clean cardboard. For a fee, residents can also drop off electronic waste ($16 to $64 per unit, depending on size), appliances ($30, additional $50 if the appliance is refrigerated) and other scrap metal.
The landfill is open from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Beyond consumer goods, there are also options for specialized recycling in Greeley. Here is a guide for some common goods and where to take them:
- Food waste: Common Good Compost collects food waste weekly for $15 a month serving residents in Greeley, Windsor and Fort Collins.
- Yard waste (grass clippings, plants, branches and other organic materials): Greeley Organic Waste Center accepts organic materials at 1130 E 8th St. for various rates depending on the material, which can be found in their flyer.
- Plastic grocery bags: Weld Food Bank, 1108 H St., and most local grocery stores have plastic bag recycling bins.
- Appliances: Andersen’s Sales & Salvage, 1490 E. 8th St., and Martin Supply, Inc., US Hwy. 34, Windsor.
- Electronics: Schaefer Enterprises, 500 26th St., (excluding television or computer monitors) and Best Buy, 4210 Centerplace Dr.
- Tires: For small quantities, Big O Tires at 3325 23rd Ave., Agfinity at 1641 2nd St., and J & D’s Tire Factory at 3018 W. 10th St.
- See more recycling resources in the recycling guide provided by Weld County.