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Disposal/Recycle Guide

Residential/Home Recycling Guide

Mountain Waste & Recycling is proud to serve residential facilities and homeowners as their dedicated recycling partner in Garfield County. We care about a cleaner environment and are increasing our efforts to make recycling in your area easier and more convenient. Our offerings across our network include:

  • Single or multiple-bin collection service
  • Separated or combined recyclables collection programs
  • Green waste recycling programs
  • Cardboard, newspaper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass container, and electronics recycling

To help our customers continue to recycle as much as possible, we’ve developed a comprehensive overview on what you can recycle and how recycling works.

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Mountain Waste & Recycling Disposal/Recycle Guide

It's important to properly prepare your recyclable materials! Knowing what goes in the bin, how it should be prepared, and what NOT to put in the bin produces a better overall result at the processing/sorting facility. Mountain Waste & Recycling employs a two sort system for collecting recyclables and taking them to the nearest recycling processing facility. This system of dividing the recyclables into two main groups is required by the recycling processing facility that we utilize. We do not own the facility, nor do we set the terms of accepting the recyclable materials.


Here is how the processing facility wants each of us to prepare the recyclables:

  • FIBER: newspaper, office paper, uncoated cardboard (flattened), cereal/food boxes, telephone books, magazines, & junk mail
  • CO-MINGLE (everything else that is accepted by the materials recycling facility): aluminum and steel cans, #1 — #7 plastic bottles/containers, and glass bottles


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Two Sort Recyclables Take a Shorter Trip, But They Still Go a LONG Way


Mountain Waste & Recycling transports about 80% of the recyclable materials that it collects to the nearest processing facility, located in Wolcott, CO and owned by the Eagle County government. This is the closest recycling Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), and is about 60 miles from Carbondale. This facility requires us to bring your materials to them sorted into two groups.

Please take a moment to prepare your recyclables for their long journey:

  1. FLATTEN ALL CARDBOARD: cardboard takes up a lot of space in the truck if you don’t break it down; please flatten your boxes.
  2. CRUSH PLASTIC BOTTLES AND CONTAINERS: put the cap back on the bottle once you have flattened the bottle—this traps keeps air out, helping the bottle maintain its smaller size, and best utilizing space in the truck.




Please, please, please, DO NOT PLACE YOUR RECYCLABLES INTO PLASTIC BAGS for collection. The plastic bags cause damage to the sorting equipment at the MRF and can contaminate the load, and an entire batch of recycling can end up in the landfill.

Plastic bags can be recycled at many retail locations such as Walmart, supermarkets, or Ace Hardware.


What is Recycling & Why You Should Recycle

Recycling is when certain materials are collected, processed and made reusable. While not all materials can be recycled, most can. Trash & waste generate toxic chemicals and greenhouse gasses from rubbish in landfill sites. Recycling helps the environment by reducing the overall amount of pollution caused by waste, landfills, etc.

How Does Recycling Work

Recycling first depends on people making the choice to do so. When recycling, it’s extremely important to clean every item so it’s spotless. This prevents other materials from becoming contaminated while being transported to recycling facilities. When blue and green recycle bins are full, they are then collected by Mountain Waste & Recycling at a curbside, multi-family dwelling, or depot.

Once materials are delivered to a recycling facility, or material recovery facility (MRF), they are sorted and organized by material types. Sorted materials are then inspected for final quality control clean-up before being baled (compressed) together and staged for sale to end markets.

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What items you CAN recycle

Please recycle:

  • Newspapers (including inserts)
  • Mixed paper
  • Phone books
  • Steel or tin cans (rinsed)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic milk jug (with caps)
  • Corrugated cardboard (flattened)
  • Chipboard (cereal and tissue boxes)
  • Plastic #1-6 (if not labeled do not recycle)
  • Empty aerosol cans
  • Pie tins
  • Magazines
  • Office paper
  • Brown paper bags
  • Aluminum cans (do not crush)
  • Glass bottles and jars (rinsed)
  • Detergent bottles
  • Bulk or junk mail
  • Clam shells #1-6 (No PLA)

What residential items CAN’T be recycled via curbside collection

While some provinces accept the recycling of materials such as paint, tires and even oil, in general these materials are not safe to place in recycle bins due to contamination of other materials. For these types of materials, please reach out to the closest recycling facility and ask about their capabilities.


  • Propane canisters
  • Needles
  • Flammable liquids
  • Helium tanks
  • Knives
  • Butane canisters
  • Bear spray
  • Ammunition
  • Flares
  • Electronics
  • Batteries for e-cigarettes
  • Lighters and matches
  • Household batteries
  • Paint


  • Hardcover or paperback books (donate or sell)
  • Ribbons or bows
  • Musical greeting cards with batteries
  • Rubber bands

Paper Packaging/Cardboard:

  • Cardboard boxes with wax coating, such as empty boxes, made available for residents to transport their groceries home
  • Paper bags with multiple layers that include a foil layer
  • Paper bags with a plastic layer
  • Paper towels, napkins (include with green waste, if applicable)
  • Tissues

Cartons & Paper Cups:

  • Straws
  • Juice cartons and boxes can be returned to depot for deposit refund or included in container recycling

Plastic Containers:

  • Containers for motor oil, vehicle lubricant or antifreeze products (Check Recyclepedia)
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Liquid-absorbing pads, e.g., in trays of meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills
  • Ceramic plant pots
  • Lawn edging, tarps, plastic furniture or toys
  • Garden hoses
  • Plastic string or rope
  • Plastic paint cans (Check Recyclepedia)
  • Pails larger than 25L
  • Pails for lubricants and oils (Check Recyclepedia)
  • Microwavable bowls with metal rims
  • Plastic or foil lids from coffee and tea pods
  • Beverage bottles or jugs for flavoured tea, juice, or other beverages can be returned to depot for deposit refund or included in container recycling

Aluminum Containers:

  • Spray paint cans (Check Recyclepedia)
  • Aerosol cans with any contents remaining
  • Propane cylinders (Check Recyclepedia)
  • Foil-lined cardboard take-out containers and lids

Steel Containers:

  • Steel paint cans
  • Coat hangers (return to dry cleaners)
  • Pots, pans and baking trays
  • Propane cylinders
  • Metal toys
  • Appliances
  • Metal hardware or other scrap metal
  • Wiring or metal cords, extension cords
  • Steel beverage cans can be returned for deposit refund or included in container recycling

Glass Bottles & Jars:

  • Drinking glasses or dishes, cookware
  • Whole or broken window glass or mirrors
  • Ceramic products
  • Light bulbs and light fixtures

Plastic Bags/Overwrap:

  • Kitchen stretch wrap
  • Packaging labelled biodegradable or compostable
  • Lumber or construction wrap
  • Garbage bags (all colours)

Foam Packaging:

  • Liquid-absorbing pads used in trays for meat, poultry, fish, etc.
  • Labels, tape, paper and cardboard on foam packaging
  • Foam peanuts, packing chips, or noodles
  • Blue or pink foam board insulation
  • Napkins, cutlery
  • Squishy or flexible foam
  • Furniture cushions

Misc. Flexible Plastic Packaging:

  • Plastic squeeze tubes
  • Plastic-lined paper
  • Cellophane wrap
  • Plastic strapping
  • 6-pack ring
  • Biodegradable plastic
  • PVC/vinyl
  • Squishy foam
  • Plastic blister packs e.g. plastic/foil protective packaging for chewing gum and pills

What happens to my recycling?

When recyclable materials are organized, they are shipped off to different markets for processing into new raw materials.

Many of the most common items/materials - plastic bottles and papers - are recycled back to their original state/product. This effectively eliminates the ‘life cycle’ of these products, as they can continue to be recycled and reused. Other more complex materials that are recycled are used in creating totally new products, ranging from furniture to clothes.

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