Project Overview

In Boulder, curbside collection of trash, recyclables and compostables is required for every home and business. While this provides a more convenient way to recycle than is available in most other parts of the country, there are many materials that are not able to be collected mixed together with our cans, bottles and paper.

These “harder to recycle” materials include everything from scrap metal, building materials, bicycle tires and old books to outdated or broken electronics. For these types of products, we have a special recycling drop-off and reuse center located at 6400 Arapahoe Avenue.

Currently operated by two long-standing, community-based nonprofits, Eco-Cycle and Resource Central, the city’s property is undergoing a facelift and planning for an expansion!

Adding to the existing used building material yard operated by Resource Central, and the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) operated by Eco-Cycle, the expansion has two distinct phases.

Artist's rendering of a recycling and reuse facility comprising a covered donation area on the left, a large covered parking area in the center and building to the righthand side of the image.
An artist's rendering of Phase I construction.

The site expansion includes a Phase I, currently being built, that will add a covered retail area for reusable building materials, on-site solar to offset energy usage, an extra bathroom, efficiency upgrades, site work and traffic flow changes to improve the customer experience.

Phase II of this expansion, currently in its community engagement and planning stage, will create an ‘Innovation Garage’ designed to engage entrepreneurs and problem solvers who can transform Boulder into a more “circular” city: one with local markets for all its collected materials.

As it’s currently envisioned, the Innovation Garage will include maker spaces; small business support services including flexible, mid-scale manufacturing space; retail for upcycled materials; and community gathering areas.

Project Status

  • Phase I is underway. Construction of bathrooms, warehouse efficiency upgrades and covered retail is expected to be complete by October 2021. On-site solar construction will continue through the end of 2021.
  • Phase II is in the engagement and planning stage.

Upcoming Engagement Opportunities

None scheduled at this time. Please check back here toward the end of 2021.

News & Updates

The Future 6400 Arapahoe Ave.

2021 Priorities

In 2021, the city is working with Resource Central, Eco-Cycle and Milo Construction to oversee completion of Phase I of this project, which includes:

  • a covered retail area for reusable building materials
  • on-site solar to offset energy usage
  • an extra bathroom
  • efficiency upgrades,
  • site work
  • traffic flow changes to improve the customer experience.

Implementation Status

In 2022, the city will initiate an engagement process to design Phase II site improvements and operations for the Innovation Garage site buildout.


6400 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303


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