Recycle Guidelines



We have gone SINGLE STREAM . This means all the recyclables we collect can go into one container. Please make sure to note the NO, Do Not Include below. 

Recycle must be in a recycle  container or a paper bag. Pitkin County WILL NOT accept recycle in plastic bags.

NO, DO NOT INCLUDE: PLASTIC BAGS, Styrofoam, Bubble wrap, Plastic Film, Ceramic dishware, Glassware, PIZZA BOXES, Foam food containers.


Cardboard  (all boxes must be broken down flat and fit in recycle container)

Newspaper, Magazines 

Metal/Steel/Tin Cans, Aluminum

Plastic Containers #1-7 Glass bottles & Jars

Paper bags, Phone books, Paperback books, Office paper

Cereal/beer boxes, Milk/juice cartons (Please break down/ collapse cartons and boxes when possible)

If you would like to compost contact EverGreen Zero Waste at  or call Alyssa at (970)987-3140.  They are our very own locally owned compost company and offer a variety of composting services for residential, business and special events.

Recycle Drop Off Locations:

click on the link below for a map to the recycling locations up and down the valley. Choose the recycling tab above the map.

Rio Grande Drop-off Center (Aspen)
· Office Pack Telephone Books
· Newspaper Magazines
· Cardboard Co-mingled containers

Pitkin County Solid Waste Center
· Office Pack Newspaper
· Magazines Cardboard
· Co-mingled containers

Glenwood Springs Recycling Center
· Office Pack Magazines
· Cardboard Co-mingled containers
· Newspaper

Where to recycle old books.

What Happens to City of Aspen’s Recycling?

Log on to the City of Aspens Website   to download Brochures, Recycling Newsletter - Aspen’s Recycling Ordinance, Drop-off Sites, Info on Hard to Recycle Items, Recycling Tips, Holiday Tips and more

Hard to Recycle Items:

If you have electronic equipment to recycle, you can bring it to the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center (landfill) for a nominal fee. Residents can also bring computers to City Hall – go to the finance window to fill out a donation form and pay the nominal fee ($20 for a complete computer, $10 for just a monitor or keyboard).

 If you have printer toners you should call or go on the manufacturer’s website. Most companies offer free return shipping to recycle toners and cartridges. You can stop by the Environmental Health Office and pick up a pre-paid mailing envelope to send the cartridges off to be recycled

The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center (landfill) accepts various types of hazardous waste. Check out these websites, or call 923-3487, to get more information on what can be accepted and how to handle your hazardous waste.

If you have questions about other hard to recycle materials, please contact the City of Aspen at 920-5039.

Yard Waste Recycling 

The City of Aspen’s recycling ordinance prohibits anyone from throwing away grass and leaves in the trash. This is because organic wastes make up the second largest volume of material at the landfill. If your hauler finds grass and leaves in your trash, they will not pick it up and will leave an audit card instructing you to call the Environmental Health Department. Click the link below for more information.


Recycling facts


Facts from the City of Aspen:

· The Pitkin County landfill has an estimated remaining lifespan of 15 to 20 years under current use rates.     Recycling will extend this lifespan, postponing increased disposal costs     associated with exporting waste.

· In 2004, Pitkin County collected 4,471 tons of traditional recyclables (office paper, cardboard, newspaper and magazines, plastic, glass, and aluminum and tin).

· Resource savings from all this     recycling includes: 21,204 trees, greenhouse gas emissions reductions equivalent to taking 2,070 cars off the road, enough energy to power 575 houses for one year. (calculations performed by the National Recycling

Recycling Facts

Using recycled cans instead of extracting ore to make aluminum cans produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.

Recycling and remanufacturing are 194 times more effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions than land filling and virgin manufacturing.

Recycling is more than a waste management strategy: it is an important strategy for reducing environmental effects, save precious resources, and keeping waste out of landfills.

About 80% of what Americans throw away is recyclable, yet our recycling  rate is just 28%. (EPA)

The energy saved each year by steel recycling is equal to the electrical power used by 18 million homes each year – or enough energy to last Los Angles residents for eight years. (Steel Recycling Institute)

The US is 5% of the world’s population but uses 25% of its natural resources (EPA) 


Recycling one ton of newspaper saves 17 trees, 2 barrels of oil (enough for the average car to run 1260 miles), 4100 kilowatts of energy (enough to power the average home for 6 months), 3.2 cubic yards of landfill space, and 60 pounds of air pollution. (Trash to Cash)

About ½ million trees are saved each year by recycling paper in Boulder County. (Eco-Cycle)

There are more roads in our National Forest than the entire U.S. Interstate Highway system. (National Forest Protection Alliance)

If we recycled all the newspapers printed on a typical Sunday in the US we would save 550,000 trees, or 26 million trees per year. (California Dept of Conservation)


Americans throw away enough luminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months. (Environmental Defense Fund)

Recycling just one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours. (Eco-Cycle)


Recycling glass instead of making it from silica sand reduces mining waste by 70%, water use by 50%, and air pollution by 20% (Environmental Defense Fund)