A-Z Recycling Guide -- Food
Leftover food can be donated; see locations below.
Food waste can be composted through curbside composting programs, where available. Learn more about what's accepted, guidelines and why to compost your food scraps.
Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials)
6400 Arapahoe Rd. (co-located with ReSource)
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: (303) 444-6634
Accepted materials: Food scraps, including meat, dairy and bones for composting. Fees apply. Vehicles that come to CHaRM are charged a facility use fee per visit in addition to any per-item fees.
Please visit the CHaRM website for the full list of accepted materials, fees, current hours and more details.
5880 Butte Mill Road
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: (303) 444-2037
Hours: Summer (April - Thanksgiving) -- Mon. - Sat., 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Winter (Thanksgiving – March 31) -- Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Service provided: Western Disposal’s Trash and Recycle Center provides a one-stop shop for your recycling and composting needs. Fees may apply. Call for rates.
Accepted materials: Construction materials. Large appliances including air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, washing machines, dryers, water heaters, and dishwashers. In addition, we also accept pallets, scrap metal, single-stream recyclables, yard waste, wood waste, and food waste.
Not Accepted: Electronics, hazardous waste.
Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Services (businesses only)
Phone: (303) 444-6634
Services provided: Collection for all traditional recyclables (mixed paper including bagged shredded paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, aluminum and tin cans, scrap metal), hard-to-recycle materials (computers, fax and copier machines, other electronics, plastic bags with a #2 or #4, stretch wrap, #6 white block foam, wooden pallets, textiles, books and paired shoes) and compostables (all food and landscaping waste, uncoated paper products and compostable food service products made from plant materials). Dumpsters, wheeled carts, roll-off boxes, compactors and other collection equipment available. Visit website, call or e-mail for more information. Businesses only.
Community Food Share
650 S. Taylor Ave.
Louisville, CO 80027
Phone: (303) 652-3663
Service provided: Community Food Share serves the nutritional needs of people in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. Accepts non-perishable foods at the above address. Please call for hours and directions. No items more than two years old.
Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA)
1575 Yarmouth Ave.
Boulder, CO 80304
Phone: (303) 442-3042
Accepted materials: Household furniture (tables, chairs and dressers are needed most), mattresses, box springs, non-perishable food items, toiletries, some kitchen appliances in good condition. Does not accept clothing. Call to schedule a pickup.