Recycling Education



  • Walgreens, 2900 Northern Avenue, 561-9728
  • Unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications
  • Look for the kiosk located near the pharmacy, inside the store

FREE PAPER RECYCLING BINS:  PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN Midtown office–in back lot, near 8th and Blake Streets

  • A public service of The Chieftain with a private contractor
  • UPDATED JANUARY 2016: Accepts PAPER ONLY; newspaper, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, office paper and phonebooks
  • NO cardboard, NO plastic containers, NO metal cans; NO plastic bags, NO glass, NO foam
  • Do NOT leave recyclables on the pavement or on bin lids
  • Loose shredded paper is NOT good!  It creates litter in the wind.  Contain shred in a stapled, paper sack
  • Report overflow and illegal dumping to the Chieftain front desk

FREE RECYCLING TRANSFER STATION:  Owned and Managed by C&C Disposal and Recycling   (719) 924-1884

  • 1401 Quartz Road (off I-25 Exit #104 Eden) Take I-25 frontage road north of Love’s Travel Stop
  • Accepts newspaper, catalogs, magazines, junk mail, office paper, plastic containers #1-7, metal cans, flattened cardboard, paperboard 
  • Accepts glass bottles and jars in a separate dumpster---sort by color
  • Hours:  Monday-Friday 7am-5pm; Saturday 7am-2pm


Drain Crawl at First Friday Art Walk, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Meet the artists and view their vibrant inlet murals that raise awareness about protecting our rivers and creeks. Four locations: Victoria Ave. at the Riverwalk, Grand Ave. and Sister Cities Plaza, Union Ave. and Grand Ave., Alan Hamel Ave. and Grand Ave.
Live music, complimentary snacks and drinks provided at each location. A grant funded project coordinated by the City of Pueblo Stormwater Utility, Pueblo Arts Alliance, and Pueblo City-County Health Department.
Avondale Community Clean-Up
Avondale Water and Sanitation District office lot, 321 3rd Street
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-Noon
Avondale residents may pre-purchase tickets to dispose of large waste items like furniture, mattresses, lumber, stoves, and scrap metal. Yard waste, such as leaves, weeds, and cut grass must be bagged. Used tires will be recycled for $2/each, with or without rims. No hazardous items or electronics. 
$15/ticket for a level pick-up truck load or small trailer. On sale August 15 at Avondale Water office and Health Dept., 2nd Floor
Pueblo West Clean-Up
Pueblo West Public Works Dept., 280 E. McCulloch Blvd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Pueblo West residents may pre-purchase tickets to dispose of large waste itmes like furniture, mattresses, lumber, stoves, and scrap metal. Yard waste, such as leaves, weeds, and cut grass must be bagged. Used tires will be recycled for $2/each, with or without tims. No hazardous items or electronics.
$15/ticket for a level pick-up truck load or small trailer. On sale September 5 at PW Metro District office and Health Dept., 2nd Floor
Take the Recycle Survey! Booth at Chile and Frijole Festival
Downtown on Union Ave. 9:00 5:00 p.m. daily
Pueblo residents are invited to share their opinions on local recycling habits and services! Pick up recycling information and free giveaways. Complete the survey electronically and be eligible for one of eight $25 gift cards. This is a state grant-funded study conducted by private consultants for the Pueblo Area Council of Governments.
Creek Week Cleanup on the Fountain!
Nine days during daylight hours at various areas along the creek.
Pueblo citizens are invited to volunteer to collect litter and debris for a few hours along the Fountain Creek and Arkansas River trails, local parks and public areas. Get your school, church group, service club, sports team or troop to form a "CREEK CREW". Equipment and supplies are provided. A public event is planned for Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m.-Noon at Runyon Lake.

Register here beginning August 15 or call the Health Department, 583-4924 or Pueblo City Parks, 553-2810 for more information.



Picture of a bee and trash can. Caption: Bee the one...Keep colorado clean!Picture of billboard with message: We Can Do It. Keep Pueblo Clean! Dont Litter!

The “LitterBee” is available to travel to Pueblo city and county schools, daycare centers and youth groups to spread the anti-litter message and good earth practices. 

This 1-hour program is designed for preschool-2nd grade level.  Call the Environmental Coordinator at 583-4309 to schedule.                                        


All citizens, schools and businesses can protect our waterways by taking some simple actions.  

What is a Watershed?

What is Stormwater? 


he Pueblo City-County Health Department's Environmental Coordinator (EC) assists the city stormwater utility to educate the general public in pollution prevention on land and in waterways. Presentations are made to school children at the annual Discovering Water in Pueblo Festival, and the anti-littering message is shared at many local preschools. The EC manages the community-wide Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in the spring, promotes waste diversion, and coordinates the annual Fountain Creek Week cleanup in September.  For information on these and other activities, call (719) 583-4309 or send an email

The EC serves on  Southern Colorado Stormwater Committee with other professional staff from the City of Pueblo, City of Canon City, Pueblo County, Pueblo West  Public Works. The Committee coordinates the annual Stormwater Regional Educational Seminar, held in February.  This one day event offers industry guest speakers who share Best Management Practices, Engineering Design and details, and lead discussions on issues affecting the stormwater community.  It’s aim is to provide continuing education to engineers, utility companies and installers, contractors and builders within the Fountain Creek Watershed and Arkansas Valley River Basin.  For more information on the seminar, call the Pueblo Stormwater Inspector at (719) 553-2291 or send an email

For more information visit City of Pueblo Stormwater Utility

“Creek Week”

Cleanup aims to bring the Fountain Creek Watershed communities together to foster the health of our local waterways for its citizens and wildlife alike.  This is a 9-day effort held each fall since 2014.  In Pueblo,  groups of all ages, families, schools and individuals do litter patrol and debris clean-up along the Fountain Creek bike trail, in parks and around Runyon Lake.  Pueblo had over 250 volunteers involved who removed 3 tons of trash in 2016.  Reserve September 30-October 7, 2017 on the calendar, and get involved! Supplies and equipment are provided, free registration begins in late August.  For more information, go to or

Recycle Hotline: Call 719-583-4924