Recycling

Mountain Waste & Recycling will collect your recyclables and transport them to processing facilities.

We are committed to doing our part for the planet by providing affordable, convenient recycling services.

 

What We Recycle:

Properly sorted materials ensure that we can process your recyclables. We Accept:

  • Newspapers (including inserts)
  • Mixed paper
  • Phone books
  • Steel or tin cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic milk jugs
  • Corrugated cardboard (FLATTENED)
  • Chipboard (cereal and tissue boxes)
  • Plastic (#1 – #7) plastic bottles or tubs (if it’s not labeled it can’t be recycled)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Pie tins
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Aluminum (do not crush)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Detergent bottles (Tide)
  • Bulk or junk mail

Things to Keep Out of Recycling Bins

Please, NO PLASTIC BAGS. We cannot accept them, and they gum up the processing machines. Even if other recyclables are put inside a plastic bag, we still cannot take them. Plastic bags among otherwise recyclable materials can cause us to have to dump the entire batch of recyclables into the landfill instead of taking the load to the processing facility.

  • NO Plastic bags!!!
  • NO Packing material (bubbles, plastic, foam…etc.)
  • NO shredded paper
  • NO Food
  • NO Broken glass & dishes
  • NO Styrofoam
  • NO Scrap metal
  • NO Light bulbs
  • NO Caps and lids
  • NO Pizza boxes with food stuck to them
  • NO Freezer food boxes (wax prevents recycling)
  • NO Hazardous waste
  • NO Electronics (call for electronics options)
  • NO “To Go” plastic containers
  • NO Plastic egg cartons
  • NO Plastic plates, forks, spoons or knives
  • NO Six pack holders
  • NO Oils, paints, or batteries
  • NO Hazardous or biohazardous waste products such as needles or syringes
  • NO ceramics or Pyrex containers
  • NO Windshield glass

We cannot recycle things like: bowling balls, couches, radios and electronics, clothing, chain link fencing, most athletic equipment, or houseplants. If you have furniture that’s in relatively good condition, consider donating it to Habitat For Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, taking it to a nearby thrift store, listing it on local internet sites where people sell and trade goods, or giving your well-used couch to a person in college whose front porch is uncushioned.

Helpful Tips on Recycling Certain Products

Not sure whether the item is recyclable or not? Here are some quick rules of thumb to consider for each type of material many would consider recyclable:

Plastics: Only recycle plastic bottles and tubs. This is typically a #1 through #7 plastic and only pertains to the bottles and tubs. Here are some examples of plastic bottles that are okay to recycle:

  • Soda, water, and juice bottles
  • Liquid detergent and other cleaning supply bottles
  • Condiment bottles (ketchup, mustard, etc)
  • Milk jugs and orange juice jugs (no paper cartons)
  • Shampoo bottles and liquid soap dispensers
  • Peanut butter jars (please rinse out)
  • Butter and yogurt tubs

Steel: Please make sure any aerosol cans are completely empty. This includes containers such as shaving cream and hairspray cans. Labels are okay.

Office Paper: All types of office paper are accepted. If you can tear it, we can take it. All colors are fine as well. Don’t worry about paper clips, staples, tape, and sticky notes. These are all okay in the mix. NO TYVEK (polyethylene fiber) plastic or overnight mailing folders.

Bulk or Junk Mail: This material is okay as well. Do not worry about any stamps or staples or sticky notes in this material, either. Remember, if you can tear it, we can take it. Again, NO TYVEK (polyethylene fiber) plastic or overnight mailing folders.

Magazines, Catalogs, Phone Books: Please discard plastic bags around these items and items such as CDs and magnets. Everything else is okay.

With Single-Stream Recycling You No Longer Have to Sort

We currently provide Single-Stream recycling as a part of our recycling program from Aspen to New Castle. Silt and Rifle Remain on Dual-Stream recycling and will transition to Single-Stream recycling in the future.

Single Stream recycling allows all recycling to be placed in one container with sorting done at the recycling plant. This makes it easier for anyone to make recycling part of their daily routine.

With Dual-Stream recycling, residents use one container for paper and another container for all other recyclables.

Video: How Single-Stream Recycling Works →

Recycling Costs

This area of the country poses transportation challenges when it comes to recycling. There are no local processing centers, which means we have to transport loads of recycling materials at least 60 miles to the nearest sorting center. Additionally, these locations charge a fee to deposit recycling materials, which is based on weight. The more we bring to recycle, the more it costs. Much of the material collected in the Roaring Fork Valley must be sent to other cities where it is further prepared for ultimate re-use or taken to manufacturing facilities directly. All of these factors affect the cost of our recycling service. 

Learn more about the Challenges of Recycling

Mountain Waste is fully committed to doing our part for the planet by reducing waste and recycling by providing affordable convenient recycling services to customers throughout the area.

Recycling Challenges →

Sign Up for Recycling Services Today!

Are you already a Mountain Waste & Recycling customer who would like to add recycling services or are you a new customer looking for a dependable local waste management company in the area?

Contact Mountain Waste & Recycling today or give us a call at (970) 963.3435 to get more information and get started!