Single Stream Recycling

The Pitkin County Landfill offers Single Stream Recycling at three locations.

The Rio Grande Recycling Center, located in Rio Grande Park in Aspen is open twenty four hours a day (though is closed periodically for up to 30 minutes for servicing) and offers free single stream recycling. See below for list of acceptable items.

The Pitkin County Landfill accepts single stream recycling and scrap metal recycling at no cost to the public.  Where is a also seasonal holiday lights and Christmas tree program.  The landfill is located on Highway 82 at mile marker 32 between Aspen Village and Wildcat Ranch.  Click HERE for hours of operation.  Pull up to the scale window and we will direct you to the appropriate areas.

The Redstone Recycling Center is located behind the fire house on Redstone Boulevard and accepts single stream recycling ONLY on the first Thursday of the month from 1-3 pm and the third Saturday of the month from 1-3 pm.  This program is offered at no cost to the public.


All recyclable commodities are collected together:
Recyclable Plastic #s 1-7 (Look for the triangle w/ the numeral in it on the bottom to determine if it is recyclable)
Metal/Steel/Tin Cans*
Glass Bottles & Jars*
Paper Bags
Phone and Paperback Books
Office Paper
Paperboard (cereal/beer boxes)*
Milk/juice cartons

*Materials should be rinsed out and free of food waste, lids should be off but may be included in the recycling.

Not Recyclable in Pitkin County collections:
Plastic bags of any sort
Bubble Wrap
Plastic Film
Ceramic dishware
Glassware, window glass
Pizza Boxes
Foam Food Containers

Waste Management operates a public drop-off facility on Park Avenue in Willits for residential single stream recycling ONLY.  It is located at the corner of Park Avenue and Willits lane and is open from 9am-3pm Monday thru Friday.

If you would like a brief video cartoon about how recyclables are processed at a MRF similar to the one we send our recyclables to–click on this link.

single stream sorting visual