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It’s Here! New center opens for city and county residents, households, small business, and visitors/tourists

Accepting: Cans, Newspaper, Flat cardboard, Office paper, Plastics containers, Glass bottles and jars

Click HERE to City of Pueblo website link

Fees charged to recycle tires and mattresses, and disposal of large items Click HERE to Large Item website link


Saturday, September 22

Pueblo West Community Clean-Up
Pueblo West Public Works compound lot, 280 E. McCulloch Blvd.

Pueblo West residents may pre-purchase tickets to dispose of large waste items like furniture, mattresses, old lumber, and scrap metal.  Yard waste, such as leaves, weeds, and cut grass must be bagged.  Branches must be cut to 6’ long or shorter.  Used tires will be recycled for a fee of $2/each, with or without rims. No hazardous items or electronics!  $15/Tickets go on sale September 5 for a level pick-up truck load/small trailer at Pueblo West Metro District office or Health Dept. 2nd floor.  Trailers may be charged more, depending on size.  

Saturday, October 6

Runyon Lake Sweep

This is the final sweep during “Creek Week” for citizens to volunteer to collect litter and debris to reduce water pollution.  Creek Week is a program of the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District and over 20 community partners from Palmer Lake, CO to Pueblo, COPueblo individuals, families, schools, church groups, service clubs, sports teams, and scouts are encouraged to form a ‘Creek Crew’. Equipment, supplies, and snacks are provided for those that work at least 2 hours. Call City Parks and Rec Department (719) 553-2810, or go to for more information. Free online registration goes live September 7. 


5th Annual CREEK WEEK- Begins September 30 through October 7, 2018

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Individuals, Families, Groups - 6 years and Older

Fountain Creek begins in Woodland Park, Teller County and flows through El Paso County to Pueblo County. An annual clean-up is planned to keep the creek clean and beautiful.
Mark your calendars to be part of the BIGGEST clean-up in Colorado. The goal is to rally 3,000 volunteers in removing more than 30 tons of litter from parks, trails, open spaces, and greenways along the 75-mile long creek that flows to meet the Arkansas River, just east of downtown Pueblo.
Interested in getting involved?  Contact Creek Week-Pueblo Team Coordinator by calling 583-4309 or go to the Fountain Creek Watershed and Flood Control District. Online registration for individuals, families, adult and youth groups begins August 15, 2018.  Volunteers work approximately 2-3 daylight hours any day they choose. This event is the perfect activity to build group spirit, provide a service to the community, and get outdoors.
The big clean-up day in Pueblo will be held at Runyon Lake, Saturday, October 6, 9:00 a.m.-Noon. Supplies, giveaways, and snacks for volunteers are provided.


  • 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 the 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