Spring Cleanup

Spring clean up is provided at no charge by the City and County and gives residents an opportunity to dispose of large, non-hazardous items that trash haulers do not normally pick up. This is typically held on four consecutive Saturdays in the spring. Watch for details on the 2021 Spring Cleanup.

Materials Accepted for Recycling and Disposal 

Reusable Items - To reduce the amount of waste going to a landfill, ARC Thrift Store will provide FRONT PORCH pick-up of clothes and reusable items on the same day as the waste pick-up. 

Note Western Disposal will have two trucks picking up items - Recycling and Waste. Please divide items into two separate piles - Recycling (wood and metal) and Waste.

Waste Items Accepted

  • Scrap metal, carpet, wood doors, glass doors, cabinets, drywall, fencing materials, and scrap lumber (lightly stained or unpainted only)
  • Non-freon appliances such as washers, dryers, ranges, dishwashers, microwave ovens, hot water heaters
  • Furniture, bed frames, box springs, mattresses          
  • Bicycles, swing sets, kiddie swimming and wading pools, lawn furniture, railroad ties, large tree stumps over 12" in diameter
  • Barbeque grills may be included if the propane tank has been removed.
  • Lawnmowers, combustible engines, and transmissions may be included if all liquids have been drained and if they have been disassembled into parts weighing less than 100 pounds each.
  • Other miscellaneous, non-hazardous large "junk" items

These items will NOT be picked up

(This list is NOT all-inclusive.)

  • No Computers, TVs, Tires
  • Small items that can be picked up by contracted trash haulers
  • Any single item that cannot be lifted by two people
  • Electronic waste of any kind is prohibited
  • Liquid of any kind
  • Any appliance with a Freon unit, such as refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners
  • Car bodies, car batteries, antifreeze, motor oil, NO TIRES
  • Propane tanks from barbeques
  • Concrete, concrete pavers, bricks, soil or sod, grass clippings
  • Tree branches or tree stumps less than 12" in diameter, shrubs (tree branches less than 12" in diameter may be disposed of year-round at the Tree Branch Recycle drop-off facility at 2990 W. 124th Ave., Wednesdays, 1 - 5 p.m., or Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
  • Sealed containers or drums, any items listed as a hazardous material, any corrosives, pesticides, herbicides, paint
  • Radioactive waste
  • Pharmaceutical waste
  • Business, commercial, industrial, or agricultural waste
  • Household trash

Not sure what to do with the items not accepted? Refer to the table below or print this reference sheet regarding how to dispose of those items.

These items should be taken to a landfill

  • Soil
  • Sod
  • Concrete
  • Brick
  • Rock
  • Grass clippings
  • Garbage

These items are treated as hazardous waste and must be disposed of correctly

(Please check the Boulder County Hazardous Material Management Facility Brochure)        

  • Electronic waste (also check with retailers for take-back programs)
  • Batteries (household and automotive)
  • Antifreeze
  • Herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers
  • Paint and paint thinners (check for retailers participating in the PaintCare program)
  • Combustible material or liquid (lighter fluid, solvents, etc.)

Other Items Requiring Special Handling and NOT Accepted

Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners: Freon is hazardous and requires handling by a state-certified operator. Contact your power company, (Xcel Energy or United Power) or certified Freon removal company to properly remove your appliances.

Propane tanks can be recycled at no cost at MetroGas, 790 W 64th Ave. (between Pecos and Broadway). Call 303.428.3036.