Recycling Center

The Town of Erie Department of Sustainability and Public Works maintains a Recycling Center which accepts single stream recycling (plastic, paper, glass, metal, cardboard, etc.). Single-stream recycling, cardboard only, and yard waste bins are emptied by Western Disposal weekly.Erie Recycling Guidelines Opens in new window

Learn before you visit which items you can and cannot recycle by downloading the Single-Stream Recycling Guide and the Yard Waste Composting Guide. For additional recycling and waste disposal resources visit the Recycling and Waste Disposal webpage. Use the A-Z Guide to learn how to properly dispose of a hundreds of materials.

Yard Waste Accepted Year-round!

Location & Hours

  • 1000 Briggs Street
  • Please respect the gates and posted hours:
    8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 7 days/week (weather permitting)
  • Illegal dumping will result in fines and closure of the facility.

Closure Alerts

To be notified of temporary and holiday closures to the Recycling Center, subscribe to the Alert Center to receive text messages or emails.


Dropping off accepted materials at the Recycling Center is free of charge to Erie residents. The Town does not accept recycling from anyone outside of Erie. 


  • Do not leave anything outside of the bins or on the street in front of the facility. Any items that are not placed in the bins will not be recycled and potentially cause the Recycling Center to close temporarily for cleanup
  • Be prepared to unload your single-stream recycling, break down cardboard boxes and remove any plastic or styrofoam, and make sure all yard waste is clean of plastics, toys, decorations, etc.
  • Remove any plastic bags and styrofoam from recycling and cardboards. These items cannot be recycled at the Town's Recycling Center Drop-off Facility at this time. Check out Eco-Cycle's Center for Hard to Recycle Facility in Boulder for plastic bag recycling options.
  • Visitors must check-in with staff upon entry.
  • Must provide proof of Erie residency. If you pay your water bill to the Town of Erie, you are a resident.
  • Please do not visit the Recycling Center if you feel unwell, have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.


For more information, please call the Waste Diversion Technician at 303-746-0260 or Sustainability at 303-926-2880 or email

Where Does Erie's Recycling Go?

Erie's recycling is transferred exclusively to the Boulder County Recycling Center. To learn more about how the recycling is sorted, sold, and reused please watch a virtual tour or in-person tour through the link above. For more information, view the 2020 Boulder County Recycling Center Annual Report.

  1. Accepted Items
  2. Prohibited Items
  3. Other Facilities
  4. Recycling Resources

Single Stream Recycling Accepted at the Erie Recycling Center
Please flatten all cardboard boxes, empty and rinse all containers (do not flatten containers).

Erie Recycling Guidelines Opens in new windowLearn before you visit which items you can and cannot recycle by downloading the  Single-Stream Recycling Guide

  • Paper egg cartons
  • Cardboard boxes (must be broken down) – Cereal boxes
  • #1-7 Plastic tubs and screw-top jars (No lids, No #7 PLA compostable; Do not flatten)
  • Cans (Do not crush or flatten)
  • Loose metal jar lids and steel bottle caps
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper milk/ juice cartons (No foil pouches; Do not flatten)
  • Clean, balled aluminum foil (2" or larger) and pie pans
  • Loose metal jar lids and steel bottle caps
  • Magazines, brochures and catalogs
  • Phone Books
  • White or pastel office paper
  • File folders
  • Newspapers and inserts
  • Opened mail and greeting cards
  • Paperback books
  • Empty aerosol cans and no caps

Yard Waste Accepted at the Erie Recycling Center

  • Yard Waste Sign Opens in new windowGrass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Sawdust
  • Flowers, plants, and weeds
  • Branches (less than 12" in diameter)

Keep 'em out! 

  • No soil or dirt
  • No sod
  • No rocks or gravel
  • No wood over 12" in diameter
  • No pet waste
  • No food waste

Please do not "wish-cycle"! 

Download the A-Z Recycling Guide App, available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play

NOT accepted:

  • NO Plastic Bags
  • NO materials in Plastic Bags
  • NO Shredded Paper
  • NO Scrap Metal
  • NO Hazardous Waste
  • NO Diapers or Other Bio-Hazardous Waste
  • NO Non-Recyclable Plastics
  • NO Flattened containers
  • NO Caps or Lids on Glass Bottles or Jars
  • NO Liquids
  • NO Ceramics or Non-Recyclable Glass
  • NO Frozen Food Containers

Download the Dirty Dozen Guide for explanations for why each item cannot be recycled and how to dispose of it responsibly. Please help your Town recycle as much as possible and keep our employees safe. As always, thank you for recycling!