A-Z Recycling Guide -- Medical Equipment and Supplies
For information about disposing of pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over-the-counter medications, please go to the "Medications" section of this guide. Contact your local hospital or pharmacy to find out about take-back programs for medications.
Improper disposal of medical sharps poses a threat to recycling and trash workers as well as to our environment. Sharps are NOT recyclable and should never be placed in a recycling bin. Please see our section on "Sharps" for information on proper disposal.
For information on medical wastes, contact Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at (303) 692-3320 or Boulder County Public Health at (303) 441-1100.
The organizations listed below match good reusable medical equipment with those in need.
Accepted Materials: See full list and guidelines at www.projectvets.org/donate-equipment.
City of Boulder West Senior Center
909 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, CO 80020
Phone: (303) 441-3148
Accepted materials: Medical equipment such as crutches, walkers, canes, toilet seats, wheelchairs for loan closet. Only items in good, working condition are accepted. Items are loaned to anyone who needs them. Also takes eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution via the Lions Club.
Broomfield Senior Center
280 Lamar St.
Broomfield, CO 80038
Phone: (303) 464-5526
Accepted materials: Working cell phones for senior citizen emergency use. Eyeglasses for Lions Club redistribution program. Medical equipment (walkers, canes, crutches, etc) for loan closet.
Sister Carmen Thrift Store
701 W. Baseline Rd.
Lafayette, CO 80026
Phone: (303) 665-4342
Donation Hours: Sun. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit website for any closures.
Accepted materials: Gently used clothing and household items; clean, undamaged and functioning appliances; used car tires in good condition; clean, undamaged and complete (i.e., both skis) ski/snowboard equipment (in-season); medical equipment such as glucose testers, IV poles, and wheel chairs, but nothing larger due to spatial limitations.
More info: Please visit Sister Carmen’s updated list of accepted materials here: http://sistercarmen.org/thrift-store/items-we-accept/
Boulder, Post #10
4760 28th St.
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: (303) 442-9551
Walter Rhoades, Post #111
1150 Pine St.
Louisville, CO 80027
Phone: (303) 666-6314
John Harold Buckley, Post #32
315 S Bowen St.
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (303) 776-2034
Accepted materials: Walkers, wheelchairs, bedside toilets, eyeglasses and other assistive equipment. Will not take personal items such as inhalers or respiratory equipment. Please call before donating to confirm current needs and drop-off locations. Click here to find a post in your area.
Elks Lodge - Longmont
Longmont, CO No. 1055
306 Coffman St.
Longmont, CO 80501-5406
Phone: (303) 776-1055
Accepted materials: Walkers, wheelchairs, bedside toilets, eyeglasses and other assistive equipment. Please call for needs and drop-off locations.
231 E. 9th Ave.
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (303) 892-0241, ext. 210
Accepted materials: Medical supplies for reuse, such as examining tables, braces, slings, crutches, and medical lights. Call for further information.
500 W. 53rd Pl.
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: (720) 377-7700
Toll free: (866) 479-4920
Accepted materials: May take electronic medical equipment. Please call first to determine acceptability and fee.
Crutches 4 Africa
284 S. Franklin St.
Denver, CO 80209
Phone: (303) 877-2803
Service provided: Collects crutches that are no longer being use and ships them to Africa to be given away for free to those in need.
Service provided: Project C.U.R.E. accepts medical and laboratory equipment for medical relief around the world. Project C.U.R.E.'s website describes their mission and items needed.
Service provided: Accepts donations of eyeglasses for international eye health programs.