Yard Waste

The City of Aspen’s Solid Waste Ordinance (PDF) prohibits anyone from throwing away yard waste including grass and leaves in the trash. This is because organic wastes make up the second largest volume of material at the landfill and can be converted into a valuable soil amendment (compost). 

Properly Dispose of Yard Waste

  • Take them to the Pitkin County Landfill where they will be composted. 
    • Yard waste collected in compostable bags may be dropped off, bags and all at $45 per ton (average residential yard waste is $15). 
    • Pitkin County residents have a $100 per year credit to use for disposal costs.
  • Aspen residents can recycle leaves in the fall at the Rio Grande Recycle Center
    • Commercial landscapers and property managers must take yard waste to the landfill. 
    • Leaves must be removed from bags and dropped into the bin through a grate to prevent 'contamination' of the bin. 
    • Compostable bags may be crumpled up and put in bin.leaf bin horizontal