Rio Grande Recycle Center

What's Next for the Rio Grande Recycle Center?

Since 1993, the Rio Grande Recycle Center has played an important role in furthering local waste diversion efforts. 

Though free to use, the recycle center incurs expenses that to date have been funded by the Pitkin County Landfill. Due to recent Pitkin County rule changes, funding for the center is being eliminated.

The City must evaluate the future of the recycle center and your input is critical to determining the preferred next steps.

How Aspen Recycles


Current Rules for Use of Rio Grande Recycle Center

Special Collections at Center

  • Textiles (clothes and shoes) go into USAgain bin (white and green)
  • Household batteries in small bins only

Seasonal Collections

Protect Aspen Bears 

  • No food or trash may be left at the RGRC in order to protect bears, violators may be subject to fines and penalties.
  • Rinse your recycling before depositing at the RGRC.

Pitkin County Landfill

Electronics, yard waste, household waste, paint, fluorescent bulbs, and bulky materials that cannot be left at the Rio Grande Recycle Center may be taken to the Pitkin County Landfill