Day 6: How to Recycle Almost Anything

If you’re anything like me, you hold onto things you don’t need anymore because you KNOW there’s got to be a better home for them than the landfill.

Good news, often there is!

Nude Foods Market (3233 Walnut Street) takes a few things then there is a magical place called The CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials.)

This post is focused specifically on Boulder’s recycling capabilities and every town is different so please research where to recycle each of these materials wherever you live : )

Candy Wrappers Bring them to Nude Foods Market at 3233 Walnut Street! We send them off to Terracycle
Batteries Nude Foods Market
Mailers (like Amazon envelopes) Nude Foods Market
Electronics • Computer towers (CPUs) and laptops: no charge
• Projection and CRT TVs and monitors: $0.69/lb
• Flat screen TVs and monitors: $0.59/lb
• All other electronics, including audio equipment, mobile phones, fax machines or any other item with a battery or cord: $0.59/lb
• Hard drive shredding: $12/drive
• Printer cartridges: no charge
Plastic Appliances • Electric and battery-powered appliances $0.59/lb

NO vacuum bags, glass (coffee pots, blender carafes, etc.), or food/ liquid residue.

• Items without Freon®: no charge Cables and wires: no charge NO oil or fuel in motors, batteries, or propane canisters.*THERE IS NO FACILITY FEE TO DROP OFF SCRAP METAL • Items WITH Freon® (air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, humidifiers): $15
Paper Shredding Service • Paper materials only • $10 per file box (banker box) full of paper
Plate Glass Windows and Doors • Includes windows, patio doors, shower doors, picture frame glass, glass tabletops, glass block, tempered glass, insulated glass
• Cracked and broken panes are OK
• Plate glass without a frame or jamb, <10 sq. ft.: free with $3 facility fee
• Plate glass without a frame or jamb, >10 sq. ft.: $0.12/lb • Window without jamb: $3.00/unit
• Window with jamb: $10.00/unit • Door without jamb: $12.00/unit
• Patio Door with jamb: $24.00/unit Single-stream recyclables: no chargeCompostables: See for fees. ALSO ACCEPTED AT CHaRM NO glassware (drinking glass, dishes, etc.), mirrors, Pyrex (food containers, microwave dishes, measuring cups), canning jars, or bottles and jars
Plastic Bags, Plastic Bubble Wrap & Foam Packing Sheets PLASTIC BAGS, PLASTIC BUBBLE WRAP & FOAM PACKING SHEETS
• All accepted in the same bin.
• Thin, bendable, translucent foam packing sheets only. See photos of packing sheets accepted at
• Includes plastic shopping, newspaper & ziplock bags
• Must be clean, dry and emptyNO moisture, receipts, or food waste inside bags, biodegradable plastic, tape or packing peanuts
#6 White Block Foam • #6 White block foam packaging and rigid foam insulation only
• Businesses: $6 per cubic yard*NO packing peanuts, Styrofoam® cups or “to-go” boxes, moisture or tape
Big Durable #2 Plastics, including plastic lawn furniture!!!! • Large plastics marked with a #2 such as plastic play structures, plastic watering cans, clean #2 plastic buckets (no residue), clean plastic barrels, crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools, and plastic trash containers with a #2.

Please remove non-plastic parts. Metal handles on buckets are OK.

NO inflatable pools or other inflatable plastics, flower pots without a #2, water beds, chew toys, CD jewel cases, small toys such as action figures, etc. Please cut if necessary so no larger than 3’ in any dimension.

Mattresses and Box Springs (all sizes) • Standard spring or futon mattress: $22.75
• Box spring: $22.75 • 100% foam toppers: $8.75
• Memory foam mattress: $22.75
• Mechanical bed: $41.75 NO mattresses/ box springs with bed bugs or mold
Bicycles and Bike Parts If they’re in working order, take them to Community Cycles. Otherwise

• Any condition
• Includes integral parts such as seats, pedals, etc., and metal accessories such as baskets and Pannier racks.

NO other accessories or sporting goods *THERE IS NO FACILITY FEE TO DROP OFF BICYCLES & BIKE PARTS

Bicycle Tires and Tubes • Tires and tubes, $0.50 each
Books and Manuals • Computer and office manuals, hard-bound books, paperbacks


Concrete • Must be clean. No metal or rocks accepted.
• In pickup truck quantities or less: $0.07/lb
Cooking Oil NO motor oil or any oil used for purposes other than cooking.
Fire Extinguishers • City of Boulder residents with ID: no charge for this item
• Non-Boulder residents: $8
Porcelain Toilets, Sinks and Urinals • Toilet, all non-porcelain materials removed: $6.75/unit
• Toilet with non-porcelain materials attached: $12.75/unit
• Sink or urinal: $3.50/unit; With plumbing attached: $6.50/unit
• Ceramics by weight: $0.07/lb Porcelain MUST be clean. NO biohazards.
Reusable Shoes and Textiles • Paired, reusable shoes (no mud)
• Clothing, sheets, blankets, towels and fabrics Items may be stained or ripped, but must be clean.
Must be 12” square or larger. NO bathing suits, socks, underwear, curtains, or pillows.
Yoga Mats • Plastic foam, rubber foam and jute yoga mats: $1 Mats must be clean.

NO badly soiled, stained or smelly mats, tatami or grass mats, or rugs or carpet.

Challenge 6:

Go dig out those things you’ve been holding onto because you were sure there was a better place for them and take them to The CHaRM TODAY!!! 6400 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder. Mon – Sat: 9am – 5pm.


If you live outside Boulder, do some research and find a similar center in your area.

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