Public Drop-Off Services

Why drive all the way to a landfill when Western offers a convenient public disposal site in east Boulder? Bring your waste to our Trash & Recycle Center at 5880 Butte Mill Road. You’ll save time by not driving to the landfill while reducing your carbon footprint.

Hours

Monday – Friday: 7AM – 5PM

Saturday: 7AM – 2PM
Sunday: CLOSED

What Can I Take to the Trash & Recycle Center?

Our Trash & Recycle Center is a one-stop drop for commercial and residential trash, scrap metal, appliances, yard waste and wood waste. Compost and mulch are also available for purchase. Call 303-444-2037 — we’re happy to give you details about pricing.

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TRASH

TRASH

Household, commercial and construction debris. If it's landfill bound, you can drop it at our facility.

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APPLIANCES & SCRAP METAL

APPLIANCES & SCRAP METAL

Western customers recycle more than 500,000 pounds of metal through our facility each year. Bring us your scrap metal and appliances — rather than taking them to a landfill or putting them out for trash — and you’ll not only avoid waste, but you’ll also save virgin materials for future generations to utilize. Fees apply.

Trash Rates Effective January 1, 2021

Cars $51.50 – $64.00
Vans $91.75
Small pickups & small pickup-sized trailers $76.25 bed level; $99.00 cab level
Standard pickups & standard pickup-sized trailers – note detail $91.75 bed level; $114.50 half level; $138.25 cab level

Household Items:
Appliances (non-Freon), furniture, etc.
Per item:

Small (smaller than a living room chair) $21.00
Large (size of a living room chair or larger) $36.00

All pickups and pickup-sized trailers loaded above cab level, all vehicles and trailers loaded with 6 cubic yards or more and all heavy construction debris will be weighed and charged by the ton:

Loose trash $109.25/ton
Construction trash/wood $132.00/ton
Heavy construction debris/shingles/compacted loads $186.75/ton

Purchase Compost & Mulch at Western

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Compost

Compost is a soil amendment made from organic matter and is integral to keeping your soil thriving and your plants healthy. For overall soil health and plant vigor, the U.S. Composting Council recommends augmenting your soil to a minimum of 5% organic matter.
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Mulch

Mulch performs important work in the garden: retaining moisture, keeping the soil cool and suppressing weeds. It also helps improve soil structure and nutrient-holding capacity as it breaks down. Western’s mulch is made from ground yard waste dropped at our Trash & Recycle Center — 100% local!

Wood Waste

Drop your clean wood waste (unpainted, unstained, untreated lumber and pallets) at Western Disposal. We’ll grind it then repurpose it as feedstock for local composters. City of Boulder and Boulder County residents receive a 40% discount on published wood waste drop-off pricing.

Wood waste delivered by contractors from construction job sites or generated by commercial businesses are not eligible to receive a subsidy from the city of Boulder or Boulder County.

ACCEPTED

The following clean wood waste, meaning UNTREATED, UNSTAINED AND UNPAINTED, is accepted at the wood waste drop-off:

  • Dimensional lumber
  • Cutoffs
  • Pallets
  • OSB
  • Plywood
  • Particleboard
  • Other engineered wood products (I-joists and microlams)

NOT ACCEPTED

The following materials are NOT ACCEPTED at the wood waste drop-off and must be processed as trash:

  • Painted or stained wood
  • Chemically treated wood (CCA, Creosol, others)
  • Plastic wood products (wood-polymer lumber)

Why aren’t these items accepted? This material is ground and sold as mulch and the toxicity of treated lumber is not suitable for this purpose.

Yard Waste

Yard waste dropped at Western Disposal is converted into mulch rather than being landfilled. Yard waste materials taken to a traditional landfill decompose anaerobically, emitting methane — a potent greenhouse gas. Many of our residential customers have options for disposing of yard waste by way of our curbside collection service, but residential curbside collection is not an option for everyone — so bring your yard waste material to us! The yard waste drop-off is subsidized by the city of Boulder and Boulder County, so residents receive a 40% discount on normal yard waste drop-off pricing.

Yard waste delivered by commercial landscapers is not eligible to receive a subsidy by the city of Boulder or Boulder County.

ACCEPTED

The following materials are accepted at the yard waste drop-off:

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Flowers
  • Sawdust
  • Branches less than 12″ in diameter

NOT ACCEPTED

This material is NOT accepted and should be processed as trash:

  • Sod
  • Woody waste over 12” in diameter
  • Animal droppings
  • Dirt
  • Rock