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Recycling Services

 We Practice True Recycling!

Residential Recycling

   

  • All recycling is picked up weekly.

  • Carefree provides a complementary 65 gal or 95 gal rolling recycle tote for all customers (while you may use your own cans, we do prefer that you please use our free totes for recycle to accommodate our recycle trucks).

  • Your recycle will be picked up same day as trash.

  • No need to separate your items, all recycle can be placed in one single bin!

  • Do not place any type of plastic bag in your bin, all items should be loose and not bagged.

  • Residential recycling is billed quarterly (3 months in advance).

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Items you recycle are formed into large compact bales before being transported to be remade into new products Photo curtesy of Melissa Rose Photography

Residential Recycling for curbside pickup is Only $10 per month!

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Bales of crushed aluminum cans and bottles from local Colorado Springs, Co MRF. Photo curtesy of Melissa Rose Photography

Commercial Recycling

We have many options for your business and would love to speak directly about your needs! 

  • We offer weekly, bi-weekly, or even 3x's a week pickup when you add recycling to your trash service.

  • We have 2 cubic yard, 3 cubic yard, 6 cubic yard, and 8 cubic yard dumpsters. 

  • Carefree Disposal provides receptacles free of charge.

  • Keep out the trash with a locking bar for a one time charge of $15.

  • All of our commercial receptacles and trucks are rear load, so we ask that one of our representatives stop by your property to survey accessibility. 

  • Commercial accounts are billed 30 days in advance.

Each business' situation is unique, so please contact us to explore the best options for YOU! Check out our commercial service page for more!

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Recycling Practices

What Does True Recycling Mean?

Recycling Bottles

Just because it has a recycle symbol, it doesn't mean its truly recyclable. Your local Material Recovery Facility (MRF) may not process some of these items. In addition to that, many people recycle what they think should be considered recyclable, or may be putting things in their bin that have not been handled properly. These items can end up causing whole loads to be discarded back to the landfill. (Click here to see our blog "Are You a "Wish" Recycler?)

In Colorado Springs, our local Material Recovery Facility is where all recycling waste goes to be sorted before being shipped off, broken down and recycled into things we use everyday. They accept plastics #1-7, but with True recycling only bottles and jugs marked with #1-7 are able to be properly broken down. Pill bottles, bottle caps, food tubs and more are taken in, but some of these plastics are much harder and denser than a bottle, and have a much higher melting point to break down properly for recycling. Many times they will end up sorted and sent to the landfill. 

Magazines are another example. Yes they are accepted, but the glue on the binding, the glossy paper and sample inserts make the recycling process on these harder to sort. They end up in a mixed media bin that is more difficult to process. If you are in question of an item and wondering if it should be recycled, make sure it is clean and labels are removed and put it in your bin. If it is unable to be processed it will be sorted and sent back to the landfill...but if you want to be a True recycler we suggest leaving anything with glue, colored paper and glossy coating, UV coating or poly-coating, and plastics other than those of bottles out of the recycle. 

Top Tips for Recycling

CARDBOARD

  • Corrugated Cardboard (Packing boxes)

  • Cereal/ food boxes (Remove plastic food bags)

  • NO wet or soiled cardboard

  • NO frozen boxes (these have a coating to prevent freezer burn)

PLASTIC

  • Plastics #1-7 (the number inside of the chasing arrows symbol for recycle)

  • Remove label from bottles

  • Rinse all drink and food from plastics

  • NO lids (these are a harder plastic and not recyclable)

  • NO to-go containers

  • NO PLASTIC BAGS/GARBAGE BAGS/GROCERY BAGS!

  • Bottles are great, containers such as butter tubs are not

#1 No Plastic Bags!

Do NOT put your recycle in a bag!

NO GROCERY BAGS!

PAPER

  • Newspaper

  • Magazines/Mailers

  • Loose-leaf paper

  • Printer paper

  • Paperback books

  • NO plastic coated paper

  • NO wrapping paper

  • NO gift bags

  • NO Hardcover books

GLASS

  • All Colors of glass are accepted

  • Remove any lids/stoppers from bottles and Jars

  • NO loose broken glass!

ALUMINUM

  • Canned food (Rinse)

  • Aluminum drink cans (Rinse)

  • Pet food cans (Rinse)

  • Clean pie/baking pans

  • Aluminum foil without food debris

Colorado and Recycling

Did you know that Colorado falls way behind most other states when it comes to recycling? Colorado Springs is one of the top tourist destinations in the nation, known for our beautiful mountains and healthy lifestyles. Despite our love of open trails and spaces, our community fails to rise to the occasion when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint through basic recycling. 

 

Colorado has now created the Erase the Waste statewide education campaign on recycling. Visit https://www.erasethewasteco.com/ to learn more! Click to Download and share the Erase the Waste PDF to tell your friends and neighbors how easy it is to recycle in Colorado. (Erase the Waste PDF flyer)

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Looking for More on Recycling? 

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CDPH - Recycling

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