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Transfer Station and Recycling Center
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Bob Tiedemann
Transfer Station Facility Manager

1531 Soda Creek Road
Idaho Springs, CO  80452

Ph: (303) 679-2482
Fx: (303) 567-9628

Tues.-Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed:Sunday, Monday and
County Holidays:
Tues. May 30
Tues. & Weds. July 4 & 5
Tues. Sept. 5, Sat. Nov. 11
Thurs. & Fri. Nov. 23 & 24
Phase II Fee Increase
Effective April 4, 2017 there will be a second waste disposal fee increase, see the link on the left.

About the Transfer Station

The Clear Creek County Transfer Station accepts various sorts of materials and offers an extensive recycling program.  The Transfer Station handles household trash, construction debris, furniture, appliances and other materials for a fee.  The facility’s Recycle Center collects, at no charge, glass bottles and jars, numbered 1~7 plastics, cardboard, paper, various metals,and cooking oil.  Our facility offers electronics recycling for your old TV’s, computers, and other miscellaneous electronics as well as batteries, fluorescent and grow bulbs for a fee. The professional and courteous staff will assist and guide you. In 2016 over 27,000 people utilized the Transfer Station; please stop by and visit our facility.For complete details on any program see the links to the left.

Free Recycling Program:
The Clear Creek County Recycling Center accepts recyclable products free of charge; your recycles must be clean and sorted.  This does not include electronics, batteries or bulbs.  In 2016 the public recycled over 421 tons of plastic, paper, cardboard, glass and metal at the facility.  Excellent job Clear Creek!

Electronics Recycling:
Our electronics recycling program offers the public a place to bring their unwanted or broken electronic devices to be properly recycled for a fee. This program includes batteries, fluorescent and grow bulbs, ballasts, microwaves and smoke detectors.  Colorado State law prohibits electronics in landfills.

The Transfer Station offers screened compost.  The compost material is low in salts and high in organic matter making it an excellent soil amendment for reclamation of disturbed soils, gardening or planting trees.  The material is available for $12.50/cubic yard for Clear Creek residents and $15/cubic yard for non-residents.  See the link below for the compost analytical results.

 Analysis Report

2017 Fire Mitigation Program
Beginning April 15 through September 30, half price tree branches and pine needles ($6.00 per cubic yard). This program is for Clear Creek County residents only, proof of residency is required, commercial or out of county is $18 per cubic yard.  No rocks, dirt or trash, no construction debris.  All loads must be covered, branches should be less than 4 inches in diameter and less than 8 feet in length.  Hand unload only, use of the concrete blocks for tying off loads is not allowed. Transfer Station personnel has the right to refuse any load.

Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program
The Clear Creek County Transfer Station will host a one day event for collection of Household Hazardous Waste on Saturday June 10, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. This program is for Clear Creek County Residents only.  Proof of residency is required.  The fee is $0.30/lb. of material. Absolutely NO group collections accepted.  Transfer Station personnel have the right to refuse any load.  We cannot accept unlabeled or unknown products, leaking containers, commercially generated waste, prescription medication, lab waste, asbestos, shock sensitive materials, ammunition, fireworks, explosives or any other HHW deemed unsafe for storage and disposal by facility staff.  Do not mix products.  Some paints and stains are accepted year-round for free, see the PaintCare link for further details. 

Do you have only paint, stain and varnish to recycle?

Clear Creek County Transfer Station is now a PaintCare drop off location.  Check the link to the left to view acceptable items.

Many paint stores now take back paint, stain, and varnish year-round during their regular business hours as part of the PaintCare program. The program is free for all residents and most businesses. To find participating drop-off locations and details about which products are accepted, please visit or call (855) 724-6809.

Chipper Program
The Clear Creek County Chipper Program allows homeowners to rent a 6” Vermeer Wood Chipper.  The chipper is available for $125/8 hours or $250/16 hours.  The chipper rental is available to all Clear Creek County citizens.  The minimum age to rent the chipper is 25.  All renters are required to watch a safety video prior to the rental, and must sign a release form.  There is a $250.00 damage deposit required, as well.  To schedule rental of the chipper, please call (303) 679-2482.  The chipper must be picked up and dropped off at the Clear Creek County Transfer Station located at 1531 Soda Creek Road, Idaho Springs, CO  80452.