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.
220 Collyer Street
Longmont, CO 80501
Accepted materials: See website for items taken and drop-off hours.
655 Aspen Ridge Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026
Drop your donations off at the above address.
Please go to the east side of the building.
Donations accepted Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Accepted Materials: See website for items taken.
Longmont Food Rescue
Longmont Food Rescue’s mission is to redistribute nutritious food that retailers have deemed food ‘waste’ to feed hungry, homeless, and low-income populations directly. Fill out the form at www.freshfoodconnect.org to have fresh food picked up from your residence.
Nederland Waste Transfer Station
286 Ridge Road
Nederland, CO 80466
Phone: (303) 258-7878
See website for a list of acceptable foods and materials for composting and fees.