SustainAbility Recycle Drop Sites
Arvada-based company SustainAbility has two recycling drop sites to help make recycling more convenient for Arvada residents. In addition to its environmental mission to help Arvada be a greener community, SustainAbility’s social mission is to create meaningful work for people with developmental disabilities.
Single stream recycling (meaning there is no need to sort) of the following items is available at no cost:
- Aluminum cans, aluminum foil, pie tins
- Steel cans
- Paper: newspaper, office paper, magazines, junk mail, phone books
- Glass bottles and jars (food beverage grade only)
- Plastic containers #1-7
- Cardboard and paperboard
In addition to household recycling, SustainAbility will accept and ethically recycle electronics (anything with a cord or battery). Fees for this service vary. Please call or visit SustainAbility’s website for information regarding fees for recycling electronics.
SustainAbility's Two Locations:
6240 West 54th Avenue (54th Avenue and Marshall Street)
Hours of operation: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. ***Recyceables can only be dropped during these hours**
6945 Indiana Court
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Closed on Fridays and Sundays. ***Recyceables can only be dropped during these hours**
Where Does My Recycling Go?
Ever wonder what becomes of the items dropped in a recycle bin? The Front Range has several sorting plants called Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs). Most materials are then shipped out of state due to the limited number of processing plants in Colorado. There, materials are broken, shredded, melted, remolded, etc. to make new products. Tin becomes rebar, glass becomes new bottles, aluminum becomes new cans and car bodies, and today’s newspaper becomes next week’s news. Electronic waste is restricted from landfills and must be recycled by a certified processor due to their hazardous components. Recycling has numerous environmental and economic advantages. According to the Colorado Association for Recycling, the recycling industry creates more jobs than the landfilling industry; it saves energy and reduces pollution by reducing the need to extract and transport virgin resources; and it allows for reuse of materials and finite resources, thereby conserving resources for future generations. By recycling in Arvada, we contribute to cleaner air, safer water and a stronger economy in our community. For more information on the City of Arvada’s Sustain Arvada program or to access the new searchable recycling guide, visit www.arvada.org/sustainability.