Rio Grande Recycle Center

RGRC Sign 2020The center ONLY accepts:

  • Glass bottles
  • Metal
  • Grass and Leaves in the Yard Waste bin only (No branches, brush or trees. These must be taken to the landfill)
  • Batteries 
  • Textiles

What can you do with Cardboard and Other Items?

  • Single Stream Recycling (including cardboard, plastics, magazines, newspaper, and office paper) is part of your curbside trash service. Contact your trash hauler for more information.
  • Free drop off for cardboard and single stream recyclables at the Pitkin County Landfill. Electronics, household waste, paint, fluorescent bulbs, and bulky materials are accepted at the Landfill for a fee.
  • Budget cuts brought on by Covid-19 have required this change at the Recycle Center.

Rules for Use of Rio Grande Recycle Center 

  • Acceptable Recycling Materials (listed above) can be dropped off free of charge during daylight hours every day of the year.
  • Disposal of items including food and trash could be subject to fines and penalties.
  • No Christmas trees are accepted March through November.

Seasonal Collections

How to Recycle in Aspen Video

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Protect Aspen Bears 

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

Recycling Guidelines during Covid-19

  • Do Not Recycle any items that have been in contact with a sick person’s mouth, nose or eyes (with any illness) such as:
    • beverage bottles and cans
    • food containers and cartons
    • tissues
    • napkins
    • Put these items in a bag and in the trash and then wash your hands.
  • Please refer to the CDC guidelines for specific recommendations on waste disposal in households with people exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19.