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To protect the health of our building’s community, we have closed the Hard to Recycle Station for the time being. As of August, 2020, the station remains closed. We will make an announcement when we are able to reopen it once again!

Below, we have alternative Hard to Recycle options. Also, you can check out Recycle Almost Everything as a one-stop-shop for your Hard to Recycle needs! With the situation changing daily, you will need to check and see if these facilities are still open at this time. Thank you for your understanding and dedication to waste reduction!

BATTERIES

BlueStarRecyclers |  Accept wide variety of items

Fees: Varies. Please contact them directly for a quote.

SustainAbility |Sealed lead acid, LI-ion Laptop batteries, APC/UPS backup units.

Fee: $2 entry fee

Various types of batteries in front of a white background

LIGHT BULBS

BlueStarRecyclers |  Accept wide variety of items

Fees: Varies. Please contact them directly for a quote.

Lowe’s | CFL lightbulbs only. Recycling station is most often found near the customer service desk.

Fees: None

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WRITING UTENSILS

  • Unfortunately, there are no alternative facilities in and around the Denver Metro Area we are aware of besides shipping to TerraCycle.
  • If you have a large collection that has ZERO contamination, we can provide you with a shipping label so you can send your recyclables directly to TerraCycle. The items must be pre-sorted and ONLY include writing utensils.
  • We must see the collection in-person before providing a label. If there are ANY contaminants, we cannot accept or provide a shipping label. Contaminants aren’t as common for this stream, but if you are feeling unsure please ask.
  • Contact us directly to inquire about receiving a label.
Various writing utensils in front of a white background

INK CARTRIDGES

BlueStarRecyclers |  Accept wide variety of items

Fees: Varies. Please contact them directly for a quote.

CHaRM | Ink Jet and Laser Jet cartridges.

Fees: $3 entry fee

Several types of print cartridges in front of a white background

E-WASTE

BlueStarRecyclers |  Accept wide variety of items.

Fees: Varies. Please contact them directly for a quote.

CHaRM | Accept a wide variety of items.

Fees: $3 entry fee

Goodwill | Computers and components at participating Goodwill locations.

Fees: None

Various types of electronics with a white background.

PLASTIC BAGS AND LINERS

CHaRM | Includes plastic shopping and newspaper bags, ziplock bags, dry cleaner bags and bubble wrap.

Fees: $3 entry fee

Whole Foods | Ask any cashier or team member at a Guest Services booth to direct you to the right recycling receptacle.

Fees: None

Target | Ask any cashier or team member at a Guest Services booth to direct you to the right recycling receptacle.

Fees: None

A plastic grocery bag and a zippable plastic back in front of a white background.

PET FOOD AND TREAT BAGS

2 Blondes All Breeds Rescue | 3-layer and foil bags

If the pet food bag is ONLY made out of plastic, it can be recycled with other plastic bags (see those details above).

Fees: None

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FOIL LINED BAGS AND WRAPPERS

  • Unfortunately, there are no alternative facilities in and around the Denver Metro Area we are aware of besides shipping to TerraCycle.
  • If you have a large collection that has ZERO contamination, we can provide you with a shipping label so you can send your recyclables directly to TerraCycle. The items must be pre-sorted and ONLY include foil-lined bags and wrappers.
  • We must see the collection in-person before providing a label. If there are ANY contaminants, we cannot accept or provide a shipping label. Common contaminants include: food, crumbs, plastic without foil, and bags with wax or clear coating.
  • Contact us directly to inquire about receiving a label.
Snack wrappers and candy wrappers with a white background

HYGIENE AND BEAUTY PRODUCTS

  • Unfortunately, there are no alternative facilities in and around the Denver Metro Area we are aware of besides shipping to TerraCycle.
  • If you have a large collection that has ZERO contamination, we can provide you with a shipping label so you can send your recyclables directly to TerraCycle. The items must be pre-sorted and ONLY include hygiene and beauty products.
  • We must see the collection in-person before providing a label. If there are ANY contaminants, we cannot accept or provide a shipping label. Contaminants aren’t as common for this stream, but if you are feeling unsure please ask.
  • Contact us directly to inquire about receiving a label.
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BABY FOOD AND DRINK POUCHES

  • Unfortunately, there are no alternative facilities in and around the Denver Metro Area we are aware of besides shipping to TerraCycle.
  • If you have a large collection that has ZERO contamination, we can provide you with a shipping label so you can send your recyclables directly to TerraCycle. The items must be pre-sorted and ONLY include baby food pouches or drink pouches.
  • We must see the collection in-person before providing a label. If there are ANY contaminants, we cannot accept or provide a shipping label. Contaminants aren’t as common for this stream, but if you are feeling unsure please ask.
  • Contact us directly to inquire about receiving a label.
Three baby food packages with a white background

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Alternative facilities are limited for this one, and it is not a stream we are offering shipping labels for during the closure. Any EMPTY bottles (without spray pump) can likely be placed in household recycling.

Various cleaning products in front of a white background.

WATER FILTERS

  • Unfortunately, there are no alternative facilities in and around the Denver Metro Area we are aware of besides shipping to TerraCycle.
  • If you have a large collection that has ZERO contamination, we can provide you with a shipping label so you can send your recyclables directly to TerraCycle. The items must be pre-sorted and ONLY include water filters.
  • We must see the collection in-person before providing a label. If there are ANY contaminants, we cannot accept or provide a shipping label. Contaminants aren’t as common for this stream, but if you are feeling unsure please ask.
  • Contact us directly to inquire about receiving a label.
Two water filters in front of a white background

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS STATION

We are honored to offer this free resource to our community. Our diverse partnerships help make the Hard to Recycle station possible, but we need your help to keep this service running and to maintain and increase our 80 percent diversion rate!

If you would like to financially support the Hard to Recycle station, please donate today! Your gift will help maintain and grow this innovative environmental program. Tell your friends and family about the Hard to Recycle station or start a station at your office or home. Please ask us for details about how YOU can start recycling in your own innovative way.

PARTNERS OF THE HARD TO RECYCLE STATION

Thank you to these companies who provide ongoing support to this station. It wouldn’t be possible without you!

Have questions or want additional information about the Hard to Recycle station? Email us at hardtorecycle@thealliancecenter.org.