Solid Waste & Recycling

Contact Us

  • Phone: 970-328-3470
    Fax: 970-328-3466

    Solid Waste and Recycling
    P.O. Box 473
    Wolcott, CO  81655-0473 

    815 Ute Creek Road
    Wolcott, CO  81655 

    landfill@eaglecounty.us 
      

        


Valleywide recycling and waste diversion rates increase

Contacts:
Jesse Masten, Solid Waste & Recycling Operations Manager, 970-328-3472 or jesse.masten@eaglecounty.us

Melissa Kirr, Walking Mountains Science Center, 970-827-9725 x133 or melissak@walkingmountains.org

June 5, 2015 – A project led by Walking Mountains Science Center to track local recycling and waste diversion rates indicate both have increased every year for the last five years - good news for environmental efforts underway throughout the Eagle Valley. Trends at Eagle County’s landfill, materials recovery facility, and household hazardous waste facility show the residential and commercial recycling rate rose from 14.7 percent in 2010 to 24.8 percent in 2014. The industrial waste diversion rate, which includes construction and demolition debris, increased from 11.2 percent to 18.4 percent during the same period.
 
According to the Colorado Association for Recycling, the statewide average recycling rate is approximately 11 percent.  Ken Whitehead, managing director for Eagle County Public Works & Transportation, says the county’s higher rates reflect recycling as a community priority. The county recently partnered with the towns of Eagle and Gypsum to upgrade their collection sites. In addition, the Town of Vail adopted townwide recycling regulations in 2014, requiring mandatory recycling for residents, multi-family, and commercial customers.

Entities throughout the county are encouraging residents and businesses to continue efforts toward increased recycling rates. Opportunities for recycling, diversion and disposal include:

Curbside Recycling
Curbside recycling is available from all commercial waste haulers serving the Eagle Valley and is mandatory within the Town of Vail. Contact your provider for more information:

  • MRI - 970-476-7789
  • Vail Honeywagon -  970-476-3511
  • Waste Management - 970-524-1800

Recycling Collection Sites
All sites are open to the public for residential recycling. Accepted items include plastic containers #1 through #7, glass bottles and jars of any color, aluminum and tin cans, corrugated cardboard, and paper including newspaper, phone books, magazines, junk mail and mixed office paper.

  • Avon – Nottingham Ranch Rd., across from the Church of Latter Day Saints
  • Eagle – Town of Eagle Public Works, 1050 Chambers Ave.
  • Edwards – Edwards Rest Area, south of I-70 on the Edwards Access Road
  • Gypsum – Bella’s Market, 210 Crest Wood Dr.
  • Red Cliff – Red Cliff Community Center, 400 Pine Street
  • Vail – Town of Vail Community Development, 75 S. Frontage Rd.
  • Wolcott – Materials Recovery Facility, 605 Ute Creek Rd.

Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste
The Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility accepts common products found around the home that require extra care for disposal. To keep these chemicals out of soils and waterways, residents may bring up to 20 items per visit for free to the HHW for recycling or proper handling. Examples include lawn and garden products such as herbicides; paint and related products like thinner and rust removers; cleaning products including ammonia and bleach-based cleaners; automotive fluids and batteries; and miscellaneous items such as mercury thermostats and swimming pool chemicals.

In addition, statewide regulations prohibit the disposal of electronic devices, or e-waste, in Colorado landfills. Eagle County residents and businesses may recycle e-waste at the HHW for 20 cents per pound. The regulations apply to televisions, computers, printers, DVD players, stereo equipment, video game consoles and more.

Contact the HHW facility at 970-328-3463 or visit the HHW page for a complete list of accepted household hazardous waste and e-waste items. The facility is located adjacent to the Eagle County Landfill at 815 Ute Creek Road in Wolcott and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The HHW is closed on Sundays and all major holidays.

Landfill
For items that cannot be recycled, Eagle County residents may dispose of up to 1,600 pounds of trash and 4 tires per year at the landfill for free with proof of residency. Visit the landfill fees and accounts page or call 970-328-3470 for information on how to obtain a free punch pass. The landfill is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The landfill is closed on Sundays and all major holidays.