Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials
5030 “Old” Pearl St. (1 block north of Pearl Parkway off 49th St.)
OPEN Mon – Sat, 9 am – 4 pm
Closed on Sundays.
CHaRM opened in 2001 and was the first facility of its kind in the nation. It collects unusual materials like electronics and plastic bags for recycling and reuse. We recycle all of our electronics domestically and responsibly. Learn more.
New Colorado Electronics Landfill Ban Goes into Effect July 1, 2013. Learn more.
The CHaRM is funded in part by city of Boulder trash tax dollars.
NOTE: For folks outside our region, please don't mail us CHaRM materials! While we so appreciate your commitment to recycling unusual materials, the environmental impact of shipping the items will probably outweigh the envrionmental benefits of recycling them. Please visit www.earth911.com for recycling opportunities closer to you.
Samsung Consumer Electronics
• Accepted at no charge (except $3 facility fee).
• Samsung has made the CHaRM an official partner in its voluntary manufacturer takeback program by paying the recycling costs of Samsung consumer electronic products, an example of Extended Producer Responsibility.
• Home Stereo Components: $8
• Car Stereos: $4
Computers & Computer Equipment
• Computer Monitors 19” or smaller: $10
• Computer Monitors 20” to 34”: $15
• Computer Towers/CPUs: $8
• Printers/Scanners: $8
• Laptops: $4
• Universal Power Supply (UPS): $8
• Keyboards, Mice, Cables
• Large* misc. computer equip.: 30¢/lb.
*More than 40 lbs.
Copiers & Fax Machines
• Fax Machines: $8
• Desktop Copiers: $8
• Large Copiers (over 40lbs.): 30¢/lb
• Cell Phones
• Office Phones: $4
• Home Phones: $2
• Ink Jet and Laser Jet Printer Cartridges
Small Electronic Items
• Digital cameras: $2
• PDAs, iPads, tablets
• Video Game Systems: $4 - $8
(depending on size)
TVs & VCRs/DVD Players
• TVs 19” or smaller: $10
• Mid-Size TVs 20” to 34”: $15
• Consoles and TVs larger than 34”: $30
• VCRs/DVD Players: $8
• Satellite Boxes: $8
Plastic Bags & Bubble Wrap
• Includes plastic shopping and newspaper bags, ziplock bags, dry cleaner bags and bubble wrap
• MUST be clean, dry, and empty of all food, receipts, etc. with tape and stickers removed
• NO plastic food wrap or black bags; no packing peanuts or foam wrap
#6 White Block Foam Packaging
• #6 White Block Foam Packaging and Rigid Foam Insulation only
• Businesses: $6 per cubic yard
• NO packing peanuts, "Styrofoam" (polystyrene) cups, “to-go” boxes, meat trays or any other food-grade styrofoam, moisture or tape
NEW: Small Plastic Appliances
View and save full guidelines and pricing for recycling small plastic appliances. Abbreviated guidelines are below.
Our flat CHaRM facility entrance fee of $3 applies to these hard-to-recycle plastic appliances, in addition to the fees outlined below. These fees help us cover the costs we incur for processing these materials, which are similar to the complex processes used to recycle electronics.
*must have electric- or battery-powered (i.e. have cords or batteries)*
• Handheld: $1 – designed to be held in one hand, such as a walkie-talkie, electric toothbrush, blow dryer, curling iron, handheld electric mixer, electric knife, DustBuster, etc.
• Small: $2 – Up to the size of a standard slow cooker, including a standard coffee maker, coffee grinder, upright blender, food processor, clock radio, small fan, etc.
• Medium: $4 – Up to the size of a standard upright or canister vacuum, including a big plastic room fan, portable swamp cooler, etc.
• Large: $8 – Any other item that weighs more than 13 pounds that could be called a small appliance, such as a a shop vac or carpet steamer.
• Extra-Large: $0.30/lb. – All other small appliances with plugs or batteries that weigh more than 20 pounds.
• NO vacuum bags, glass (coffee pots, blenders, etc.), or food or liquid residue
Big Durable #2 Plastics
• Large plastics such as Big Wheels® and plastic play structures, plastic lawn furniture, plastic watering cans, laundry baskets, clean plastic buckets (no residue), crates, rigid backyard kiddie pools and plastic trash containers.
• Must be the size of a five-gallon bucket or larger but must also be less than 4 feet by 4 feet (can be cut to meet these dimensions).
• In some cases, these plastics may not be marked with a #2, so look for them
to be opaque with a matte finish and hollow inside. They are made with a
mold, so will likely have a seam where two halves were joined.
• Non-plastic parts must be removed, including straps, padding and fabric. Items requiring disassembly will be charged a $5 fee.
• NO flower pots without a #2, inflatable pools or other inflatable plastics, water beds, chew toys, CD jewel cases, small toys such as action figures, etc.
Coroplast Political Yard Signs (corrugated plastic)
• $3 facility fee applies
• metal stands can be recycled as scrap metal at the CHaRM at no extra charge
Bicycles and Bike Parts
• Includes integral parts such as seats, pedals, handlebars, wheels, etc. and metal accessories such as baskets and Pannier racks
• NO other accessories or sporting goods
Bike Tires & Tubes
• $.50 per bike tire
• Puncture-resistant or slime tubes should be kept separately
• NO automotive or other tires
Books & Manuals
• Computer and Office Manuals
• Hard-Bound Books and Paperbacks
*Call for quantities one pallet and larger
*There is no fee to drop off books. Learn about our Book Reuse Project
• Includes canola, corn, vegetable, olive and sesame oils
• NO motor oil or any oil used for purposes other than cooking.
• Boulder Residents with ID: No additional charge
• Non-Boulder Residents: $4
• Paper materials only
• $10 per file box
Toilets, Sinks, Urinals and other Ceramics
• Toilet, porcelain only (all other materials removed): $4
• Toilet, whole (other materials still attached): $10
• Sink or urinal, porcelain only: $2
• Sink or urinal, plumbing attached: $5
• Porcelain with biohazards will NOT be accepted.
• Other ceramics such as ceramic tile, pottery, and pickup-truck quantities of concrete: $.04/lb
• NO glass, rebar, tile backing material, or other non-ceramics.
• Plastic foam, rubber foam and jute mats: $1/each
• NO badly soiled or smelly mats
• NO Tatami or other grass mats
Clothing, Bedding, Towels, Fabrics, Paired Reusable Shoes
• Items without Freon®: no charge
• Items WITH Freon®: $15
Items that contain Freon® must, by state law, have the Freon chemicals removed by a professional before disposal. The $15 fee helps the CHaRM cover these costs. Items with Freon include refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and freezers.
NO oil or fuel in motors, batteries, or propane canisters. Electronics are not scrap metal but can be recycled at the CHaRM for a fee.
Single-stream recycling is accepted at the CHaRM for no charge. Learn more about what's accepted in single-stream recycling.
CHaRM accepts food scraps, soiled paper, Zero Waste event supplies and small quantities of yard debris for composting. Learn more about what can be composted and why composting is important. A small charge helps us offset the cost of the program:
- Less than 5 gallons compost, no other CHaRM materials - free with a $1 facility use fee
- Less than 5 gallons compost w/other CHaRM materials - compost is free, charge $3 facility use fee
- 5 gallons to 32 gallons (1/2 toter) compost: $5 + $3 facility use fee
- $10 per 64 gallon toter of compost, + $3 facility use fee
- $30 per cubic yard + $3 facility use fee