Recycling in Lakewood

Recycling is a vital component of environmental, economic and social sustainability. It reduces waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills, creates economic and job creation opportunities and provides residents with a greater sense of community responsibility.


The City of Lakewood currently offers its residents two locations to drop off recyclable materials. The newly remodeled and expanded Quail Street Recycling Center is for smaller, household items while the Rooney Road Recycling Facility is available for larger item and hazardous materials.  More information about recycling in Lakewood is available in the section below or in the Quick Links to the right. 

Quail Street Recycling Center




Rooney Road Recycling Center


Earth Day Electronics Waste Recycling 


Lakewood Recycling Centers:

1068 Quail St. Recycling Center

The recycling center is open 7 days a week with the exception of the following holidays:  New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Individuals and businesses are welcome to recycle accepted materials at no cost during the following hours:


  • Winter: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., October through April
  • Summer: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., May through September


Containers are available to sort recyclables into the following categories:


  • Scrap metal (large bin)
  • Glass bottles and jars (large bin)
  • Paper (large bin)
  • Plastic bottles, caps, tubs and lids (large bin)
  • Aluminum cans (small plastic bins)
  • Cardboard (cardboard shed)


Please see a complete list of accepted and non-acceptable items.


List of hard to recycle materials and recyclers


Containers are still available for unsorted recyclables and for users who prefer not to sort their recyclables.


As always, bags containing recyclables, trash, electronic devices and hazardous materials are not accepted.


City of Lakewood employees staff the center seven days a week, excluding major holidays. The staff provide direction on sorting recyclables, physical assistance when necessary, education on accepted recyclables and operate the solar-powered compactors.


The recycling center was remodeled to provide more convenient access to the site, allow part-time site attendants to assist site users and provide additional recycling services to users in the future.


For more information, please call 303-987-7974 for a recorded message on times, accepted materials and other information; or call 303-987-7190 for other questions.


Map to Lakewood Recycling Center

Rooney Road Recycling Center

City of Lakewood Environmental Services helps operate the Rooney Road Recycling Center. The facility, located in Golden, has received numerous state and national awards.


The center is owned and operated by a coalition of cities and towns in Jefferson County. The facility gives citizens a place to legally and safely dispose of many household chemicals along with other services including:


  • Waste generated by small businesses and electronic items.
  • Solvents, paints, waxes, insecticides, used oil, etc.
  • e-waste - including microwave ovens, cell phones, computers, small appliances, printers, scanners and more (fee may apply).
  • Automobile and other batteries.  Electronics Recycling Pricing
  • The Rooney facility no longer accepts yard waste such as tree limbs. See Alternate Organic Disposal Sites


Call 303-316-6262 for an appointment for recycling of household hazardous wastes and chemicals.




Contact Information:

Environmental Services
480 S Allison Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80226
Direct: 303-987-7190

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