A-Z Recycling Guide -- Scrap Metal
Scrap metal items must be at least 50-percent metal. Acceptable items include water heaters, microwaves, washers and dryers, metal shelves, enameled cast iron plumbing fixtures and other items that are predominantly metal. See "Fencing" for details on fencing.
The only metals that are recyclable in curbside recycling bins are aluminum and steel cans. OTHER METAL CANNOT GO IN YOUR CURBSIDE RECYCLING BIN and must be dropped off at a local recycling center.
Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, or other appliances containing Freon™ or CFCs may be accepted for a fee. Please call for details.
- NO computers, TVs, or other electronic equipment (click here to recycle these items)
- NO oil
- NO batteries
- NO tires
- NO pressurized containers such as propane, O2, CO2, and Acetylene (Helium canisters are OK, but must be dropped off in a special location designated by warehouse crew. Never allowed in scrap metal.)
- NO O2, CO2, or Acetylene tanks. For O2, CO2, and Acetylene tanks, please contact local welding supply stores. For O2, CO2, and Acetylene canisters, please contact local welding supply stores.
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: Items consisting of 50-percent or more metal can be deposited in the scrap metal receptacles at CHaRM, free of charge (please follow guidelines outlined above).
Please visit the CHaRM website for the full list of accepted materials, fees, current hours and more details.
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.
Longmont Waste Diversion Center
140 Martin St.
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (303) 651-8416
Website: City of Longmont
The Longmont Waste Diversion Center accepts scrap metal during the following regular business hours:
April 15 - October 14: Mon. - Sat., 8:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
October 15 - April 14: Mon. - Sat., 7:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
The Waste Diversion Center is closed on Sundays and the following holidays: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Serving Boulder and the Surrounding Area
Phone: (800) GOT-JUNK (468-5865)
Email: (inquiries only)
Hours: Mon. - Thurs., 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri. - Sat., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Service provided: Will pick up old furniture, appliances, mattresses, refrigerators, carpet, tires, computers, trash, yard waste, electronics, scrap metal, business surplus equipment, construction debris, and more. Will NOT pick up liquid chemicals or explosive materials. Car tires are picked up and recycled with local tire stores. Recycles items that can be recycled. Call or visit website to schedule a pick-up.
Boulder County Waste Transfer Station and Recycling Center
286 Ridge Rd. (E. of Peak to Peak Hwy.)
Phone: (303) 258-7878
Accepted materials: Scrap metal for recycling during staffed hours only. Appliances are accepted for a fee. Call for more information.
Green Girl Recycling
Phone: (303) 442-7535
Service provided: Provides residential and commercial curbside pick-up of hard-to-recycle materials in mountain areas for a fee. Visit website for the full list of accepted materials and more information. Green Girl Recycling brings computers to Eco-Cycle's CHaRM for recycling.
Western Aluminum Recycling
3280 Valmont Rd.
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: (303) 447-0252
Service provided: Offers on-site and drop-off services to recycle non-ferrous metals. They pay cash for all non-magnetic metals. Some of the items they can accept are: catalytic converters, insulated wire, radiators et. Call directly or visit website for hours and directions.
Wise Recycling of Longmont
622 Missouri Ave.
Longmont, CO 80501
Phone: (303) 485-0064
Call or visit website for hours and directions.
Boulder Hauling Company
Phone: (303) 447-8930
Service provided: Picks up and recycles concrete. Provides concrete demolition. Also, picks up and recycles wood and metal from construction and demolition sites.
Atlas Metal and Iron Corp.
1100 Umatilla St.
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: (303) 825-7166
Accepted materials: Chain link and barbed wired fencing. Other kinds of metal and iron accepted. Call for hours.
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.