Local governments in Colorado have a responsibility for promoting and protecting public health, and as such have a role in solid waste systems. This does not mean that local governments must be owners or operators – but that governments are ultimately responsible for making sure that that existing waste-related programs and facilities (whoever provides them) meet the health and waste management needs of their communities.

Electronic Devices Banned from Landfills

In order to encourage recycling of electronics and to protect the environment in Colorado, certain electronic devices are banned from landfill disposal after July 1, 2013. Find out more, download the Electronics Law Fact Sheet.

The State of Colorado provides a list of certified e-cyclers and resources and toolkits for sharing this information with residents and businesses.

Recycling Arguments and Answers

Common Facts and Misconceptions About Recycling
NWRA, Dispelling Myths about Recycling Plastics

Local Government Case Studies

The following are case studies from Colorado governments that have evaluated and/or changed their collection systems. Contact information is included, so you can talk to individuals about their experience.

Local Government Ordinances


On March 5, 2013, Fort Collins became the first community in Colorado requiring corrugated cardboard to be recycled or reused

Zero Waste

On June 16, 2015, Boulder adopted new universal zero waste requirements that seek to expand recycling and composting to all Boulder residents, employees and visitors

Public Space Recycling

Recycle On The Go was an EPA initiative to encourage recycling in public places such as parks, stadiums, convention centers, airports, and shopping centers. Keep America Beautiful provides a public space recycling guide.