Hard-to-Recycle Program


Lakewood has launched a new Hard-to-Recycle pilot program to provide convenient solutions for household waste that cannot be recycled through typical curbside recycling. This program does not include all hard-to-recycle materials, but focuses on providing convenient solutions to recycling light bulbs, plastic bags and "junk drawer" items.

How the Program Works

  1. City provides residents with custom cardboard boxes for specific materials.
  2. Residents take the boxes home and collect the specific item until the box is full.
  3. Once the box is full, residents follow instructions on the box for proper disposal. Click the "next" button at the bottom of the page for detailed instructions.
  4. After disposing of the materials at the appropriate drop-off location, residents reuse their boxes to begin collecting again!


How to Get a Box

Please email sustainability@lakewood.org to obtain a box. Supplies are limited during the pilot phase of the program. Follow the steps below to recycle your waste with us and make a positive impact on our planet.


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Recycle: Plastic Bags

What goes in the box: Dry, clean plastic grocery bags only. Plastic Bag Box 1.jpg

What does NOT go in the box: Wet or dirty bags, trash bags, ziplock bags, newspaper bags, plastic film or packaging. 

Where to take the box when full:

Download a PDF with instructions(PDF, 448KB) for recycling your plastic bags through this program.

Click the "next" button for detail on the Light Bulb and Junk Drawer Box.


Recycle: Light Bulbs

What goes in the box: CFL and/or LED light bulbs (LED light bulbs accepted only at Green Mountain Ace Hardware) Light Box 1.jpg

Where to take the box when full: 

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Download a PDF with instructions for recycling your light bulbs(PDF, 414KB) through this program.

Click the "next" button for details on the Junk Drawer box.


Recycle: Junk Drawer

What goes in the box: Junk Drawer Box 1.jpg

  • Small electronic items like cords, chargers, small appliances, ink and toner cartridges, CDs, DVDs and tablets.
  • Miscellaneous items like wine corks, nails, screws, and other metal pieces.

What does NOT go in the box: Batteries, plastic cutlery, pens, pencils, markers, thermostats or smoke alarms. 


Where to take the box when full:



Download a PDF for recycling your junk drawer items through this program. (PDF, 432KB)

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