Waste / Recyclables

Household Hazardous Waste

Many of the products we use around the house and yard can be hazardous to the environment as well as to humans, pets and wildlife. Some of those products are listed below:

  • Batteries
  • Cleaning agents and solvents
  • Drain and oven cleaners
  • Fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides
  • Fluorescent lamp bulbs
  • Gasoline, kerosene and propane
  • Mercury thermometers and thermostats
  • Paint strippers and thinners
  • Paints, stains and sealers
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Used motor oil, antifreeze and other automotive fluids

Tips for Reducing Household Hazardous Waste

  • Always read and follow label directions for use and disposal.
  • Buy only what you need.
  • Give left over products to others that can use them. Make sure to always leave the product in the original container with proper labeling.
  • Never dispose of household chemicals by dumping them down the sink or toilet, in the street or storm drain or on the ground. Follow label directions for proper disposal or contact your waste disposal company for direction.
  • Use environmentally friendly substitutes for cleaning agents or the least hazardous products.


Hazardous Spills

If a hazardous chemical is spilled call 911 for proper clean-up.


The City of Cañon City participates in the Upper Arkansas Area Regional Recycling Program. The recycling drop-off stations accept newspapers, all glass, tin and aluminum cans. The bins are located at the following sites:

  • 330 Royal Gorge Boulevard
    Cañon City, CO 81212
  • Fremont County Family Center, located at:
    1401 Oak Creek Grade Road
    Cañon City, CO 81212
  • The Museum parking lot, located at:
    612 Royal Gorge Boulevard
    Cañon City, CO 81212
  • Parking lot across the street to the North from Safeway
    1427 Main Street
    Cañon City, CO 81212

For more information on the Upper Arkansas Recycling Program, email Beth Lenz or call 719-275-1675.


Keep trash picked up and don’t place liquids into garbage cans. Leaks from garbage dumpsters can result in excess nutrients and chemicals washing into the river. Other tips include:

  • Business owners and employees should know their site, where storm drain inlets are located, and where stormwater runoff from their property goes.
  • Do not place dumpsters near storm drain inlets or where runoff can pick up contaminants from the dumpster and carry them to a storm drain.
  • Do not place liquids in the dumpster unless they are in closed leak-proof containers.
  • Keep the lid closed on all dumpsters to prevent trash from blowing out.

Grease Management

Restaurants should have a separate leak-proof dumpster for grease and oil disposal. These dumpsters should have secondary containment around the dumpster such as a concrete berm to capture any spills.

Leaks and spills should be cleaned up immediately using absorbent pads or by spreading cat litter over the spill then sweeping up the absorbent and disposing of it in the garbage dumpster.

See the Grease Management (PDF) for more information.

Cigarette Butts

Did you know that cigarette butts are one of the most widespread forms of trash in storm drains and waterways? One estimate puts the annual amount in the U.S. as 90,000 tons! And it can take anywhere from 18 months to 10 years for it to decompose! Learn more by reading from the Environmental Protection Agency's website.

Septic Systems

For those who may have septic systems – make sure they are properly maintained. Leaking septic systems can release bacteria, other pathogens and nutrients which can be washed into drainages and eventually to the river. To get more information, see the following links: