Waste & Recycling
The City of Aspen values waste prevention, reduction, and diversion to protect resources, our environment, and extend the life of the landfill.
Although the City does not offer waste hauling services, we are here to support and educate our residents, visitors, and businesses in all their efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.
Scraps Compost Program
This program is a joint effort by the City of Aspen and the Pitkin County Landfill to assist residents and businesses in compost collection by providing collection containers and education.
See what includes electronic waste, how and where to recycle it, as well as who to contact with questions.
Household Hazardous Waste
Household Hazardous Waste are products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable, or reactive substances. Proper storage and disposal of the following materials protects our environment. Find how to dispose of this waste.
Pitkin County Landfill
The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center is adding yet another diversion program to its already robust reduce, reuse and recycling programs. The Solid Waste Center will now accept books, for reuse, through a partnership with Eco-Cycle in Boulder, Colorado.
Recycling costs are included in all trash services for all Aspen residents and most businesses. Each waste hauler may have specific rules, but all haulers collect single stream recycling at the curb.
Find information on what, how, and where to recycle in Aspen.
Single-use bag fee
Distribution of single-use plastic bags is banned from our grocers in Aspen. Use reusable bags, instead!
Rio Grande Recycle Center
Here you can view acceptable recycling items, special collection information, and location details for the Rio Grande Recycling Center.
Solid Waste Ordinance (PDF)
Read the rules and regulations for waste and recycling in Aspen.
The City of Aspen’s Solid Waste 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.
Aspen is serviced by private waste haulers for commercial and residential locations. Each hauler offers different prices and services, but every hauler must include charges for recycling services within their trash fees, even when recycling services are not being used per the City's Recycling Ordinance .
Waste Study 2015 to 2017
The City of Aspen and Pitkin County waste analysis and recommendations for reducing waste buried in Pitkin County Landfill.
The City of Aspen has created Wildlife Protection Ordinances in an attempt to keep you safe and help deter bear and human conflicts.