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Mountain Waste & Recycling Commercial Recycling

Mountain Waste & Recycling Commercial Recycling Services

We’re proud that each year, most of our customers recycle! Our customers have two different ways to recycle, determined by their community. While the shift toward single stream recycling makes recycling incredibly easy (single stream = all items going into one bin or cart), a few of our service areas are serviced by the co-mingle or dual-stream system. No matter how you recycle, when Mountain Waste & Recycling picks up your recyclables, they are taken away to one of two sorting centers that are as far away as Denver, Colorado.

Let us show you the Mountain Waste & Recycling difference. Our advanced processing technologies recover waste efficiently and cost-effectively. Call us today or fill out our request a Commercial Recycling Quote form to start your commercial recycling services.

Recycling with Mountain Waste & Recycling

Roaring Fork Valley Communities

The recyclables we collect from Aspen through Glenwood Springs to Silt are taken to a single-stream​ sorting facility in Denver –Altogether Recycling (about 180 miles away). Using just one collection bin for all your recyclable items increases the ease and convenience of recycling so that more people participate and more resources are saved also making recycling easier for you — at home or at work. Material Recovery Facilities (called MRFs, which rhymes with “smurfs”) have gotten pretty good at doing that sorting for you with a combination of machines and human manpower.

For a look behind the scenes, watch this video​ of the MRF that serves the Roaring Fork Valley.

Rifle Area

A large portion of the Rifle, Colorado community is still serviced with the dual-stream system. This means that residents keep paper in one container and other recyclables—such as plastic and metal—in another.

These recyclables are taken to the Eagle County processing center in Wolcott, CO (about 60 miles away). This facility requires us to sort all recyclables into two major groups:

  • Fiber (paper, cardboard, cereal boxes, etc.)
  • Co-mingle (plastic, glass and metal mixed together)

In both cases, recyclables collected on route are loaded into a larger truck and hauled to one of the two processing centers. We reduce transportation costs and fuel use, as well as improve operation efficiency, through the transfer station, which helps ensure trucks are full on each trip to the processing center. We are working toward using only the single-stream method to collect recyclables; for now, we will continue to use two methods.

Cardboard Recycling at Your Business

We provide metal containers at businesses for cardboard recycling. Cardboard is currently taken to a compost facility at South Canyon where it is used as an additive to produce compost for the City of Glenwood Springs. The cost of this service is less than the cost of disposing of the cardboard into a local landfill. Not only does it save you money, it diverts the materials from the landfill.

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)

Download your recycling guide here!

Recyclable Guidelines Spanish​ | Recyclable Guidelines English

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 (loose)
  • NO Pizza boxes
  • NO Hazardous waste
  • NO Electronics (call for electronics options)
  • NO Plastic plates, forks, spoons or knives
  • NO Six pack holders
  • NO Oils, paints, or batteries
  • NO Hazardous or bio-hazardous 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 un-cushioned.

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.

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 & Recycling 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.

Benefits Of A Commercial Recycling Program

Businesses and their communities benefit from commercial recycling programs. At Mountain Waste & Recycling, we’re committed to improving the environment, and commercial recycling is a big part of the initiative. Since our employees live and work in their local communities, we’re proud to offer sustainable commercial recycling services.

As environmental issues become more prominent, employees are becoming increasingly conscious about how their actions impact the environment. Employees want to work for a company that aligns with their values. Companies with waste recycling programs can find and retain better employees.

Consumers want to buy from companies that align with their values, too. Starting a commercial recycling program creates goodwill with your customers and improves public perception.

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Start Your Commercial Waste Recycling Services With Mountain Waste & Recycling Today

Mountain Waste & Recycling is committed to responsible waste management. Start your commercial waste recycling service with us today. Call us or request a Commercial Recycling quote on our website.

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What Can I Recycle?

Mountain Waste & Recycling will pick up a variety of recyclable items:

  • Beverage bottles
  • Jugs
  • Jars
  • Food containers


  • Newspaper
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Office paper


  • Most bottles
  • Jugs
  • Jars


  • Aluminum cans
  • Steel cans
  • Aluminum bottles
  • Steel bottles


Mountain Waste & Recycling offers two types of commercial recycling: single-stream and cardboard-only.

Mountain Waste & Recycling makes commercial recycling easy and convenient with single-stream recycling services. With single-stream recycling, there is no need for sorting your recycling materials. Put all your recyclables in the same container - saving you and your employees time!

Cardboard-only commercial waste recycling is for businesses with a lot of cardboard waste. It’s an excellent addition to regular commercial recycling for retail stores, restaurants, and shopping malls.

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