Recycling Center

Recycling Center

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Next Tuesday, Nov 15, 2022 is officially America Recycles Day and county residents can take part in the celebration by visiting and touring the Boulder County Recycling Center and Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) at 1901 63rd St. in Boulder. Tours of each facility will be available:

HMMF guided tour

Recycling Center self-guided tour

  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • No registration necessary

This is the first time tours have been available at the HMMF and the Recycling Center has been recently reopened for self-guided tours, so we’ll be excited to see everyone who stops by.

Overview

The Boulder County Recycling Center prepares recyclable materials for shipment to recycling mills. The facility processes over 60,000 tons a year and has the capacity to process 100,000 tons a year.

Tours & Education

The facility provides visitors the opportunity to see all aspects of the recycling process by incorporating:

Single-Stream Processing

Boulder County Recycling Center accepts and processes single-stream recyclable materials. Single-Stream Recycling means all recyclable containers and recyclable paper materials are combined in one bin.

Recycling Center Robotics

In 2020 the Boulder County Recycling Center installed two robotic systems equipped with artificial intelligence to help sort recyclable materials more quickly, efficiently, and safely.

These systems allow the Recycling Center to better serve residents and businesses, ensure more recyclable materials get a second life, and continue the resiliency and leadership of the county’s recycling center now and into the future.

Funding

The robotic equipment was funded in part by a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment’s Recycling Resource Economic Opportunity (RREO) Program, which promotes economic development through waste diversion in Colorado.

Naming Contest

Over 200 ideas were submitted for the robot naming contest, and the public voted to name the robots: Sorty McSortface and Sir Sorts-a-Lot.

Technology

The robotic systems were developed by AMP Robotics in Louisville, Colorado, and use artificial intelligence to sort, pick, and place material with high speed and accuracy.

One robotic system sorts metals and plastics on the mixed paper line, and the other sorts PET plastic and cartons on the residue line.

Environmental Sustainability Features

The facility includes a public drop-off center, tipping floor, materials processing center for preparing materials for shipment, rail spur for shipping, and offices.

Environmental sustainability is maximized with special attention to:

  • Daylighting (clerestory lighting) throughout the administration and processing buildings
  • Use of sustainable and recycled materials
  • Reuse of roof water for irrigation
  • Innovative water polishing techniques to protect the wetlands
    Native plant and xeriscape landscaping

Another aspect is the use of a rail spur to reduce truck traffic. Every boxcar filled eliminates four tractor-trailers. A secondary tip area where clean paper products from drop-off centers can be unloaded and fed directly to the baler. This reduces operator costs and enhances revenues for material suppliers.

Accepts Materials From

All materials are processed and shipped by truck or rail car to recycling mills.

Hazardous materials (such as latex paint, aerosol cans, anti-freeze, etc.) are accepted at the Hazardous Materials Management Facility across the parking lot from the Recycling Center.

Contact Us

Resource Conservation Division

720-564-2220
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Location

Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd St
Boulder, CO 80301
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Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F

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