Rio Grande Recycle Center

Curbside Recycling is provided by private haulers and is planned to continue as normal.  Please observe the following changes in safety protocol.

  • 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.

Recycling at Rio Grande Recycle Center

Rio Grande Recycle Center changed

  • The center ONLY accepts: Cardboard, Glass bottles, Grass & Leaves, Household Batteries, Metal, and Textiles.
  • Plastics and Paper are NOT accepted. These may be taken to your home or business recycling or the Pitkin County landfill.  All home and business recycling is Single Stream recycling.
  • Single Stream recycling (including plastics, magazines, newspaper, and office paper) is available to all City of Aspen and Pitkin County residents through one of our local waste haulers.

How to Recycle in Aspen Video

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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.

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

Single stream recycling, electronics, 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