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City of Fort Collins Cardboard recycling information

April 10, 2019

Cardboard Recycling in Fort Collins

On March 5, 2013, Fort Collins became the first community in Colorado requiring corrugated cardboard to be recycled or reused, diverting an anticipated 12,000 tons of bulky cardboard from cluttering our landfill.

Since it began considering this ordinance in November 2012, the City Council heard extensively from local citizens and businesses on the pros and cons of banning cardboard from the landfill. Ultimately, Council's decision was guided by two main factors: meeting the goal of diverting 50% of the community's waste stream from landfill disposal; and, the opportunity to prevent approximately 42,000 tons of CO2equivalents from being released. This translates into fewer harmful greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and a significant step toward achieving the Fort Collins Climate Action Plan goals.https://www.fcgov.com/recycling/cardboard.php


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