Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials
Directions and Map
NEW LOCATION: 6400 Arapahoe Ave.
Mon – Sat, 9 am – 5 pm
Sun, 11 – 4
Eco-Cycle charges a $3 fee for every vehicle coming to the CHaRM to recycle materials.
Tap the headings to see prices and guidelines for each material.
Samsung Consumer Electronics
- • Accepted at no charge except $3 facility fee! Why? Samsung has made the CHaRM an official partner in its voluntary manufacturer takeback program by paying the recycling costs of their products, an example of Extended Producer Responsibility.
- • Home Stereo Components: $8
- • Car Stereos: $4
Computers & Computer Equipment
- • Monitors 19” or smaller: $10
- • Monitors 20” - 34”: $15
- • Towers/CPUs: $8
- • Printers/Scanners: $8
- • Laptops: $4
- • Universal Power Supply (UPS): $8
- • Keyboards, Mice, Cables
- • Large misc. equip.: 30¢/lb.
Copiers & Fax Machines
- • Fax Machines: $8
- • Desktop Copiers: $8
- • Large Copiers (40lbs.+): 30¢/lb
- • Mobile Phones
- • Office Phones: $4
- • Home Phones: $2
- • Ink Jet and Laser Jet Printer Cartridges
Small Electronic Items
- • Digital cameras: $2
- • PDAs, iPads, tablets
- • Video Game Systems: $4 - $8
TVs & VCRs/DVD Players
- • TVs 19” or smaller: $10
- • TVs 20” to 34”: $15
- • Consoles & TVs larger than 34”: $30
- • VCRs/DVD Players: $8
- • Satellite Boxes: $8
Plastic Bags & Bubble Wrap
- • Includes plastic shopping and newspaper bags, ziplock bags, dry cleaner bags and bubble wrap
- • MUST be clean, dry, and empty of all food, receipts, etc. with tape and stickers removed
- • NO plastic food wrap, packing peanuts or foam wrap
#6 White Block Foam Packaging
- • #6 White Block Foam Packaging and Rigid Foam Insulation only
- • Businesses: $6 per cubic yard
- • NO packing peanuts, "Styrofoam" (polystyrene) cups, “to-go” boxes, meat trays or any other food-grade styrofoam, moisture or tape
NEW: Small Plastic Appliances
View and save full guidelines and pricing for recycling small plastic appliances. Abbreviated guidelines are below.
- *must have electric- or battery-powered (i.e. have cords or batteries)*
- • Handheld: $1 – designed to be held in one hand, such as a walkie-talkie, electric toothbrush, blow dryer, curling iron, handheld electric mixer, electric knife, DustBuster, etc.
- • Small: $2 – Up to the size of a standard slow cooker, including a standard coffee maker, coffee grinder, upright blender, food processor, clock radio, small fan, etc.
- • Medium: $4 – Up to the size of a standard upright or canister vacuum, including a big plastic room fan, portable swamp cooler, etc.
- • Large: $8 – Any other item that weighs more than 13 pounds that could be called a small appliance, such as a a shop vac or carpet steamer.
- • Extra-Large: $0.30/lb. – All other small appliances with plugs or batteries that weigh more than 20 pounds.
- • NO vacuum bags, glass (coffee pots, blenders, etc.), or food or liquid residue
Big Durable #2 Plastics
- • Large plastics such as Big Wheels® and plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets (no residue), crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.
- • Must be the size of a five-gallon bucket or larger but must also be less than 4 feet by 4 feet (can be cut to meet these dimensions).
- • In some cases, these plastics may not be marked with a #2, so look for them
- to be opaque with a matte finish and hollow inside. They are made with a
- mold, so will likely have a seam where two halves were joined.
- • Non-plastic parts must be removed, including straps, padding and fabric. Items requiring disassembly will be charged a $5 fee.
- • NO flower pots without a #2, inflatable pools or other inflatable plastics, water beds, chew toys, CD jewel cases, small toys such as action figures, etc.
Coroplast Political Yard Signs (corrugated plastic)
- • $3 facility fee applies
- • metal stands can be recycled as scrap metal at the CHaRM at no extra charge
- • Any Condition
- • Includes integral parts such as seats, pedals, handlebars, wheels, etc. and metal accessories such as baskets and Pannier racks
- • NO other accessories or sporting goods
Bike Tires & Tubes
- • $.50 per bike tire
- • Puncture-resistant or slime tubes should be kept separately
- • NO automotive or other tires
Books & Manuals
- • Computer and Office Manuals
- • Hard-Bound Books and Paperbacks
- * Call for quantities one pallet and larger
- * There is no fee to drop off books. Learn about our Book Reuse Project
- • Includes canola, corn, vegetable, olive and sesame oils
- • NO motor oil or any oil used for purposes other than cooking.
- • Boulder Residents with ID: No additional charge
- • Non-Boulder Residents: $4
- • Paper materials only
- • $10 per file box
ZERO WASTE TIP: Rip it, Don’t Shred It!
Please avoid shredding paper whenever possible. Shredding shortens the paper fibers and therefore cuts the recycled life of paper in half. Instead, consider ripping off sensitive elements of your documents and shredding or ripping only that piece, leaving the rest of the page whole.
Toilets, Sinks, Urinals and other Ceramics
- • Toilet, porcelain only (all other materials removed): $6.75
- • Toilet, whole (other materials still attached): $12.75
- • Sink or urinal, porcelain only: $3.50
- • Sink or urinal, plumbing attached: $6.50
- • Porcelain with biohazards will NOT be accepted.
- • Other ceramics such as ceramic tile and pottery: $.04/lb
- • NO glass, rebar, tile backing material, or other non-ceramics.
Clean concrete -- must be free of aggregate, metal, rocks and dirt -- accepted in small quantities: less than small pickup truck bed size: $.07/lb
NOTE: Concrete is NOT accepted at local hard-to-recycle events.
- • Plastic foam, rubber foam and jute mats: $1/each
- • NO badly soiled or smelly mats
- • NO Tatami or other grass mats
Clothing, Bedding, Towels, Fabrics, Paired Reusable Shoes
- • No mud
- • Items may be stained or ripped, but they must be clean. Must be 12” square or larger.
- • NO underwear, bathing suits, carpet, rugs or socks
- • Items without Freon®: no charge
- • Items WITH Freon®: $15
- Items that contain Freon® must, by state law, have the Freon chemicals removed by a professional before disposal. The $15 fee helps the CHaRM cover these costs. Items with Freon include refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and freezers.
- NO oil or fuel in motors, batteries, or propane canisters. Electronics are not scrap metal but can be recycled at the CHaRM for a fee.
- Single-stream recycling is accepted at the CHaRM at no charge.
CHaRM accepts food scraps, soiled paper, Zero Waste event supplies and small quantities of yard debris for composting. Learn more about what can be composted and why composting is important. A small charge helps us offset the cost of the program:
Less than 5 gallons compost, no other CHaRM materials - free with a $1 facility use fee
Less than 5 gallons compost w/other CHaRM materials - compost is free, charge $3 facility use fee
5 gallons to 32 gallons (1/2 toter) compost: $5 + $3 facility use fee
$10 per 64 gallon toter of compost, + $3 facility use fee
$30 per cubic yard + $3 facility use fee
CHaRM opened in 2001 and was the first facility of its kind in the nation to collect unusual materials for recycling and reuse. We recycle electronics domestically and responsibly. Learn more.
The CHaRM is funded in part by city of Boulder trash tax dollars.
The CHaRM is financially subsidized by three partners: the city of Boulder, Eco-Cycle and dedicated recyclers like you. In these difficult economic times, the city of Boulder and Eco-Cycle are not able to cover the cost increases for CHaRM services without you, our third partner.
The benefit of the facility fee is economic and environmental. Some visitors to the CHaRM come in a virtually empty car just to drop off a bit of white block foam or a small bundle of plastic bags. We don’t want the environmental gains of the CHaRM to be negated by the carbon emissions of vehicles, so our hope is that the fee will encourage recyclers to economize their trips to the CHaRM by storing their materials until they have one big load.
We know times are hard for you, too, so we have three suggestions for saving on the facility fee.
- Frequent Recycler Card: Purchase this virtual card that gives you five trips for $10, saving $1 per visit. The card doesn’t expire, and we keep a record of it at the CHaRM, so it’s Zero Waste and you won’t lose it.
- Carpool: Pool your materials together with your neighbors’ and friends’, so you only have to pay one facility fee.
- Bike it in: If you are one of the many recyclers who visit us on a bike, you will not be charged a facility fee. The CHaRM is right by the junction of the Goose Creek Path and the Boulder Creek Path, so it’s easy to get to us. (Fees to recycle specific materials, such as electronics, bike tires and porcelain, will still apply.)
There will be no charge for customers dropping off only single-stream recycling or scrap metal.
Typically once a year or more, Eco-Cycle offers residents of Boulder County the opportunity to drop off, at their local recycling center, hard-to-recycle materials typically accepted only at the CHaRM. We call these events "Hard-to-Recycle Round-Ups."
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Materials collected during hard-to-recycle events cannot be left at drop-off centers other than the CHaRM at any other time. The CHaRM facility in Boulder is open to all residents and businesses, regardless of origin, so if you can't make the next hard-to-recycle roundup or you need to recycle any of these materials throughout the year, you are always welcome to do so at the CHaRM.