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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 picks up your recyclables, they are taken away to one of two sorting centers that are as far away as Denver Colorado.

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 –All Together 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.

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.

How to Prepare Your Recyclables