A-Z Recycling Guide -- Plastic
Residents and businesses with single-stream recycling can recycle #1 - #7 plastic bottles, tubs, jugs and jars through their curbside recycling. Learn more about single-stream recycling.
The following drop-off centers accept plastic containers as well -- click on a site below for more details:
- Boulder County
- CHaRM--Boulder -- accepts #1 - #7 plastic bottles, tubs and jars
- Longmont -- accepts #1 - #7 plastic bottles, tubs and jars
Compostable plastics, which are made from plants, are NOT recyclable. They will have the words "compostable" on them, or they will be stamped with the #7 AND with the letters "PLA." Compostable plastics are accepted in curbside composting programs and at drop-off centers that accept compostables, including the CHaRM and the Longmont Waste Diversion Center.
Plastic shopping and newspaper bags, ziplock bags and bubble wrap can be recycled at the CHaRM. See the section in this guide under "Plastic Bags" for more detailed information and other locations for recycling plastic bags.
Clean #6 STYROFOAM™ /polystyrene white, block packaging foam and bubble wrap can be recycled at the CHaRM. See the sections in this guide under "Styrofoam" for more detailed information and other ways to recycle this material.
Packing peanuts can be reused through many local shipping stores. See listings.
Large #2 plastics that are hard, durable, and molded with a seam are accepted at the CHaRM. This often includes laundry baskets, outdoor furniture, playground equipment and trash cans.
Corrugated plastic signs (yard signs, political signs) can be accepted at the CHaRM. They can also accept the metal frames as scrap metal. Note: This does not include opaque plastic “bag” signs. This is seasonal only so please contact CHaRM to verify.
Use our A-Z Recycling Guide for ways to reuse and recycle other types of plastic materials or call Eco-Cycle at (303) 444-6634.
Accepted items: Preserve toothbrushes, razors, food containers, plastic utensils, Plum organics caps and any brand of #5 containers are accepted at many locations. These include most Whole Foods. For more locations and recycling information for Preserve Products check their website.