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Town of Carbondale Trash & Recycling Program

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Board of Trustees approved a single trash hauling contract to provide residential trash and recycling service within the Town of Carbondale. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers related to the new residential trash and recycling service.

Since fall 2017, the Carbondale Trustees have discussed offering trash hauling services at 15 Town Board meetings open to the public. At these meetings public input was gathered, and considered every step along the decision-making process. Public input was also gathered via on-line survey, at the Farmers Market, during First Friday festivities, and at an open-house meeting at Town Hall.

This environmentally friendly initiative, will be implemented this summer! Citizens can enroll in trash hauling services in 2 ways:

  • On the Town of Carbondale website at
  • In person at Town Hall (Weekdays: 9 AM-4 PM)
  • Here are some frequently asked questions and answers related to the new residential trash and recycling service. If you have additional questions please email or call the Town of Carbondale Trash Hauling Services Department direct at 970-510-1202.


Sign Up Now (Only for those within the Carbondale town limits)

Additional information:

Map & Collection Days

Zone A is east of Highway 133

Zone B is west of Highway 133

Town of Carbondale trash collection is weekly* on Tuesdays, and recycling collection is every-other week

Please have your cans on the curb by 7 a.m. with the lids completely closed.

For more information, please call: 970-510-1202

*If you have the Super Saver option, your trash collection day is the same as your recycle collection day.



Container Sizes

*If you chose the wrong container size for you and the lid doesn’t close on trash day then you will be assessed a $25 fine per incident.



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

Roaring Fork Recycling guide

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 →



Super Saver Info

This is a service for only a few people that have very little trash each week.

Details: $16 – 32 gallon container – collected every other week – holds 2 bags of trash which is less than 1 bag of trash per week. This option saves you $36/year.

**The perils of choosing this option is that is if your lid doesn’t close on the day of collection a $25 fine per episode will be assessed by the Town of Carbondale. So if you go over twice in a year then you have already surpassed the savings from choosing this option.**



Thisha McBride
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm