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2024 Springs Disposal + Recycle Guide

Have items you want to declutter/trash/recycle, but can’t donate?

Here is a quick guide to responsibly dispose of trash, recycling, sensitive documents, medications, and hazardous waste.

We have some great community disposal resources in Colorado Springs!
These places make it easy to let go of items that you no longer need or want.

Electronics to recycle loaded up into the back of a car to take to a Colorado Springs recycling center

This picture features two decades of electronics!

We helped a couple whose kids are now in college clear out their attic space.

At the end of a 3-hour, Two Organizer Session, we had a carload of electronics, a carload of donations, and several bags of trash!

You can’t see it clearly, but near the front of the car is an original iMac computer.
It weighs 34 pounds!

We happily hauled all this clutter down two flights of stairs to lighten this couple’s load.

Positive global and local change can be made when you shred, trash, and recycle with care.

Trash Services in Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak Junk Removal

Phone: 719-654-4455

  1. Mattress disposal 
  2. Electronic removal
  3. Tires 
  4. Garage sale cleanup
  5. Dirt, wood, and rocks 
  6. Estate clean outs

$95 minimum.
Free estimates based on volume of items. 
Company says they recycle 60% of items they pick up and donate items to those in need.


1721 Telstar Dr #01-210, 80920
Phone: 719-249-0431

Accepts a multitude of items including:

  1. Fridges and ranges
  2. Hot tubs
  3. Swing sets
  4. Piano removal
  5. Dryers and washers 
  6. Grills
  7. Treadmills and weights

Items they don’t accept:

  1. Wet paint
  2. Fuels like gasoline
  3. Herbicides and pesticides 
  4. Items located in dangerous areas
  5. Any other hazardous materials

Check out the helpful pricing breakdown HERE.

They will load items into their truck.
They also take the time to sort out donations and recycling!

Junk-N-Haul serves the entire Colorado Springs region including neighboring cities such as Briargate, Castle Rock, Fountain, and Monument.

Waste Management Bagster

In just 3 steps, your trash is gone!

  1. Buy the Bagster bag at your local home improvement retailer.
  2. Fill up to 3,300 lbs of debris or waste.
  3. Schedule your collection online or over the phone.

Bags are sold on Amazon and local retail stores such as Home Depot for $25.00. 
$165.00 for a 3,300 lb load.

Schedule online or call. Do not need to have waste management services to schedule.
No electronics, tires, or food waste allowed. 

U Call- We Haul Junk Removal

Phone: 719-460-4600

Hassle-free junk removal including:

  1. Trash
  2. Appliances
  3. Furniture
  4. Estate Cleanouts
  5. and they even do light demolition!

A five-star Google rating is well-deserved! They service many areas around Colorado such as Black Forest, Cascade, Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, Fort Carson, and beyond! Book online and get $20 off.

Just Take it Hauling

Phone: 719-434-0811

Accepts the following (& more!):

  1. Furniture
  2. Air conditioning units
  3. Box springs
  4. Branches
  5. Flooring
  6. Trash
  7. Remodel Junk

$60 minimum pick up, the rest is priced by volume. 

They provide a free on-site quote, then will haul away items immediately!
Everything is loaded into the truck is sent through a “repurposing checklist” before the junk ever sees a landfill. 

Paper Shredding in Colorado Springs

Paper clutter can get overwhelming.

Whether you are a business owner drowning in decades of paperwork or a homeowner with a desire to get rid of miscellaneous paper taking up too much space, we thought of the perfect options for you.

Vital Records Control

2784 Steel Dr, 80907
Phone: 719-227-0877

Open 8 AM – 3 PM Monday through Friday.

Cheapest place we have found in town for volume shredding.
They charge by the pound.

Secure shredding to keep your personal information safe. This service can be done onsite or offsite!


Multiple locations and extended hours make them a more convenient drop-off spot.

When you visit, UPS will weigh your documents and then you’ll place them into the locked shredding bin. You will be charged by weight!

Free Shred Events

Different organizations occasionally host free shredding events in Colorado Springs. 

  1. Schur Success Group offered one in April 2023 to benefit Tri-Lakes Cares in Monument. 
  2. Altitude Docushred offered one in April 2023 in Colorado Springs.
  3. Find future local pop-up shredding events HERE!

Recycling Centers in Colorado Springs

Recycling items you no longer need is important because it’s an environmentally-friendly and safe way to give items a new life. It’s a win-win!

Scrap metal can be reused and dangerous liquids found in appliances can be recycled correctly.

Urban Recycling

3341 N. Cascade Ave, 80907
Phone: 719-644-6419

Items accepted include, but not limited to:

  1. Appliances
  2. Metal items
  3. Cardboard
  4. Air conditioners
  5. Furniture

Pickup Fee$60 plus specified item fees.

Same-Day Pickup Fee – Additional $20. $0.50/mile for pickups outside Colorado Springs.

Items are picked up curbside or directly from your garage.

Galvanize Recycling

For-fee residential pickup service.
Phone: 719-645-4165

Locally owned and operated business accepts:

  1. Most hard-to-recycle materials
  2. Thrift donation items for resale
  3. All electronics will be recycled through Blue Star Recyclers

Pickup Fee- $30 plus specified item fees.

Recycling service to provide local jobs for those with developmental disabilities.

The recycling rate in Colorado is 15% and they are working to increase it!

El Paso County – Household Hazardous Waste

Municipal drop off location with recycling fee subsidies.

An appointment is required.

Items Accepted:

  1. Paints
  2. Fertilizers
  3. Lead Acid Batteries
  4. Porcelain
  5. Automotive
  6. Electronics
  7. Medical Sharps

Also offers seasonal community recycling events in El Paso County.

Best Buy

Recyclable items:

  1. Cell phones and radios
  2. Ink and toner
  3. Music and movies
  4. Video games and gadgets
  5. Cameras and camcorders
  6. Car audio, video, and GPS

At most Best Buy stores, you can recycle up to three items per household per day.

You can save in-store by bringing in certain recyclable items.
Haul-away options are available for larger items in your home.

For $199.99, they can remove and recycle up to a total of two large products, along with an unlimited number of select smaller products.

Hazardous Waste Disposal in Colorado Springs

Hazardous Waste

3255 Akers Dr. Colorado Springs, 80922
Phone: 719-520-7878

Examples of things you can dispose:

  1. Paint, stains, solvents
  2. Lawn and garden fertilizers/pesticides
  3. Batteries
  4. Aerosols
  5. Some alarms
  6. Propane tanks
  7. Motor oil
  8. Toilets
  9. Medical sharps

Free hazardous waste disposal is available for all El Paso County residents.

All individuals bringing household hazardous waste will be required to remove each item from their vehicle and place them onto a cart provided by staff. 

You must make an appointment on their website.

Medication Disposal in Colorado Springs


Items accepted:

  1. Prescription medications, ointments, and patches
  2. OTC medications, ointments, lotions and liquids
  3. Pet medications
  4. Vitamins
  5. Aerosol cans
  6. Inhalers

Items not accepted:

  1. Needles and thermometers
  2. EpiPens
  3. Hydrogen peroxide
  4. Illegal drugs

Simply bring your unwanted, unused or expired medication to a Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosk and drop it in — just like putting a letter in a mailbox.

Use this store locator (here) to find the nearest Walgreens with a medication disposal drop off.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Choosing to transform your space from clutter-filled to clutter-free is no small feat. We couldn’t be more proud of you!

These trash, recycling, shredding, and hazardous waste disposal options in Colorado Springs are sure to lighten your load.

We encourage you to cherish the items you need, use, and love every day – while properly disposing of or recycling items holding you back or weighing you down.

Have items you want to donate?

You can donate more than you think!

We list a variety of donation spots in our 2024 Colorado Springs Donation Guide.

Let’s make space for peace and productivity in your life!

At Joyful Spaces, we provide low-stress organizing sessions in Colorado Springs to help you conquer your clutter, and transform your space to make it creatively efficient, so you can get back to what you actually love!

We know that you want to be an organized person who has it all together.
In order to do that, you need less stress from mess.

The problem is — you're surrounded by clutter, which makes you feel overwhelmed. We believe that getting your space organized shouldn't be so hard.

You shouldn't have to do it alone either!

January 1, 2024

  1. Priscilla says:

    Do you know if there’s a place in Colorado Springsthat recycles textiles? I have clothes that aren’t good enough to donate to goodwill.
    Thank you

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