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Trash & Recycling

The City of Westminster is here to help residents and businesses reduce their material waste and provide information, resources, and services to assist in the proper and safe disposal of waste.

Learn below about the services and programs the City and other organizations provide. 

The Large Item Pickup program will not be available for 2022. Please refer to our Hard to Recycle Guide to help you with your large item recycling needs. 

Seasonal waste programs 

Holiday Zero-Waste Guide

Did you know Americans create 25% more trash during the holidays? 

But we don’t have to! This green holiday guide will help you have a meaningful, waste-free holiday season. Look inside to fnd ideas for reducing holiday waste and green gift giving ideas!

Christmas Tree Recycling 

Residents may recycle their Christmas trees at the lower parking lot of City Park Fitness Center (10475 Sheridan Blvd.). Please remove ornaments and plastic bags before disposal. 

Dates and Hours: December 25, 2022 to January 24, 2023

This lot is self-service, so the hours are flexible.

Location: City Park Fitness Center lower parking lot, 10475 Sheridan Blvd.

 

Other Holiday Items

Consult the Hard-To-Recycle Guide on what items goes where

Waste Managment Heirarchy:  Pollution Prevention and Waste Management | US EPA

The hierarchy ranks the various management strategies from most to least environmentally preferred. The hierarchy places emphasis on reducing, reusing, and recycling as key to sustainable materials management.

Reduce!

The most effective way to save money and reduce your waste stream is to reduce your consumption and/or purchasing of materials. A great way to start is cutting out plastics! Check out this Guide on How to Avoid Plastics

Dive Deep into Waste

Eco-Cycle’s ZERO WASTE series is a weekly webcast about recycling, composting, reducing waste, and more! These short and informative video lessons are accompanied by a variety of age-appropriate activities for you and your family—like doing a waste audit at home, recipes and DIYs for commonly-packaged foods and products to help you avoid plastic packaging, and viewing documentaries for an in-depth look into a topic.

Access Zero-Waste Videos and Learning Materials here! 

The Dirty Details

See below about waste sorting facts, common issues, and other information about materials

Why is it important to follow recycling guidelines? 

Most processing facilities are a complex of sorting mechanisms designed to produce the highest quality materials at a manageable cost. Too much time spent handpicking contaminants out of the material stream or unclogging machinery increases our expenses and decreases our ability to subsidize other materials and improve recycling in our area.

It is important to remember that your recycled materials will be used to make new products. Quality matters and the better you do following the guidelines, the less sorting and contamination we will face at the drop-off center and the more money that can go back into the community to improve recycling. 

What happens to the materials that aren’t recyclable? Don’t they just get recycled anyway? 

As much as we would like to recycle everything we receive, it’s a matter of market demand. Recyclers cannot collect and process materials if there is no one to buy them. Similarly, if we include too much “junk” with our materials, we risk losing buyers or getting a lower price for our materials.

Whare are microplastics in compost? 

The plastic-coated paper products currently being collected by many composting programs produce both macro- and micro-fragments of non-biodegradable plastic which contaminate the finished compost. Once these plastics are dispersed into the environment, they have not been shown to biodegrade and are suspected of causing detrimental effects to organisms in a variety of ecosystems. We can expect these fragments to persist indefinitely and to be so widely dispersed that it will be impossible to clean them up. Compost collection programs and compost facilities must exclude plastic-coated paper products from their guidelines to prevent future harm. Learn more here