Rio Grande Recycle Center

Seasonal Collections

Naked Christmas Trees (no decorations or lights on trees) are accepted from mid December through February 14 in tree corral area.  No Wreaths and No Garlands.

 Holiday lights are accepted in the red Metals Only dumpster.  

RGRC Sign 2020The center ONLY accepts:

  • Glass bottles
  • Metal
  • Grass and Leaves in the Yard Waste bin only (No branches, brush or trees. These must be taken to the landfill)
  • Batteries 
  • Textiles

What can you do with Cardboard and Other Items?

  • Single Stream Recycling (including cardboard, plastics, magazines, newspaper, and office paper) is part of your curbside trash service. Contact your trash hauler for more information.
  • Free drop off for cardboard and single stream recyclables at the Pitkin County Landfill. Electronics, household waste, paint, fluorescent bulbs, and bulky materials are accepted at the Landfill for a fee.
  • Budget cuts brought on by Covid-19 have required this change at the Recycle Center.

Rules for Use of Rio Grande Recycle Center 

  • Acceptable Recycling Materials (listed above) can be dropped off free of charge during daylight hours every day of the year.
  • Disposal of items including food and trash could be subject to fines and penalties.
  • No Christmas trees are accepted March through November.

Seasonal Collections

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Protect Aspen Bears 

  • No food or trash may be left at the RGRC in order to protect bears and other wildlife. Violators may be subject to fines and penalties.
  • Rinse your recycling before depositing at the RGRC.
  1. Ainsley Brosnan-Smith

    Waste Reduction Specialist