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Community & Commercial Recycling Drop-Off – September 23

Saturday, September 23
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Meadows Parking Lot
900 Strings Road

Our annual Community & Commercial Recycling Drop-Off is coming up! At this event, we will be providing options to recycle hard-to-recycle items for a nominal fee. Stay tuned for a complete list of what items will be accepted.

Additionally, for the first time, commercial recycling will be offered by appointment only. If you are a business with hard-to-recycle items, please contact Cameron Hawkins at cameron@yvsc.org or sign-up for your appointment here.

Interested in volunteering? We need you! Sign-up to volunteer online now or email cameron@yvsc.org.

Below is a list of items that will be accepted including information on the hauler and where the items go once collected. We do the work for you by ensuring our haulers are recycling responsibly. This list is on-going, so check back closer to the event for a complete list.


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Items accepted:
Accepts credit cards

  • Computers (laptops & desktops)
  • TV & monitors
  • Printers
  • Keyboards
  • DVD and VCR players
  • Stereos
  • Video game players
  • Cell phones
  • Printers
  • Fax machines
  • AV equipment
  • Small appliances
  • Microwaves
  • Hair dryers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Computer hard drives (with certified shredding)

Fee: $0.55/LB

Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning 501c3 social enterprise with locations in Colorado Springs and Denver, CO. Founded in 2009, our core mission is recycling electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities. 

By Recycling with Blue Star Recyclers you help:

Secure Data Drive Shredding
At Blue Star Recyclers we ensure your data by completely shredding hard drives and other data devices. We —

  • Guarantee data security of assets managed
  • Client-site data drive shredding available
  • Certificates of destruction available
  • Shred or data wipe all data devices
  • Validate data security handling processes through third-party audits



Spring Back Colorado Mattress Recycling
Items accepted: Mattress, box spring & foam-filled pillows only

Fee: $15/mattress or box spring, $7.50/foam-filled pillow
Accepts credit cards

Spring Back Colorado offers intentional, redemptive training and employment to disenfranchised people through environmentally responsible mattress recycling. Spring Back’s two locations process 6,500 mattresses per month and 93% of each mattress and 100% of box springs are recycled.  About 30 lbs of steel/foam/wood come from each mattress. Materials are extracted, bailed, sold and repurposed.

  • Steel – melted down and repurposed into new light weight steel products
  • Mattress ticking (exterior cover) – co-blended with mattress foam and made into carpet pad
  • Cotton – blended with former denim blue jeans and made into cellulose insulation for residential building applications
  • Plastic – melted and repurposed into new plastic products
  • Wood – converted into mulch and given away to the public

Not only is Spring Back making an impact on our environment, but also on the lives of their employees. Check out this video on Spring Back’s mission and achievements.

Brite IdeasBrite Ideas
Items Accepted & Fees: *Businesses see price sheet above
Accepts credit cards

Appliances with freon (small) $50 EA
Appliances with freon (medium) $75 EA
Appliances with freon (large) $125 EA
4’ Fluorescent Lamp Free
8’ Fluorescent Lamp Free
U-Tube/Circline Fluorescent Free
Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL’s) Free
2’ and Under Linear Pin Base Fluorescent Free
HID Lamps (Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium) Free
Large CFL’s (i.e. 125 W Screw Base) Free
Incandescent/Halogen Lamps Free
Shattershield/Shielded Fluorescent Lamps Free
UV Lamps Free
LED Lamps Free
Ni-Cad Batteries (Wet or Sealed) $1.70 LB
Lead Acid Batteries (Sealed) $1.70 LB
Lithium Batteries PRIMARY (Sealed) $5.00 LB
Lithium Batteries SECONDARY (Sealed) $2.50 LB
Mercury Containing Articles $10.00 EA
PCB Containing Ballast $2.00 LB
Non PCB Ballast (Magnetic) Free
Non PCB Ballast (Electronic E-Waste) $0.40 LB


Brite Ideas was started in 2012 to address a need for mercury lamp collection in the Vail Valley. Brite Ideas collects lamps and crushes them in their Glenwood Springs facility before the materials are repurposed. Once processed in Glenwood Springs, all items are recycled responsibly through Region 8 Enviro in Denver. 

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Items accepted/fees: 

Fertilizer $1/unit
Flammable materials TBD onsite
Gasoline $1/unit
Pesticides/Herbicides $1/unit
Aerosol $1/unit
Other materials TBD onsite

Routt County partners with Waste Management to ensure proper disposal and recycling of all hazardous materials.

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Ace Hardware
Items accepted: Paint
Fee: FREE (5-gallon maximum/person)

Ace Hardware, in partnership with Paint Care recycles paint in Colorado. Here is a list of items accepted. There is a 5 gallon max. per person. If you have more than 5 gallons of paint, both Ace Hardware and Sherwin Williams recycle paint locally. Thank you to Waste Management for transporting the paint.


Axis SteelAxis Steel logo
Items accepted/Fees:

Scrap Iron / Light Tin FREE
Appliances without freon (Ovens, Stoves, Etc…) FREE
Refrigerator/Freezer WITH certified freon removal (must have tag of freon removal) FREE
Old Exercise Equipment FREE
Old Equipment that is Steel FREE
Car batteries (housing must be in tack) FREE
Old Steel Drums (No Fluid) FREE
Propane tanks, fire extinguishers & beer kegs (MUST be depressurized with valve removed) FREE
Camping canisters (MUST be depressurized with valve removed) FREE
Bikes FREE

Located in Craig, CO, Axis Steel collects items, sorts them based on material before it is shipped to a larger facility or Steel Mill in Utah.

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Ski Haus
Items accepted: Bike tires/tubes, gently-used shoes, wine corks

Ski Haus is dedicated to recycling gently-used shoes, wine corks and bike tires and tubes. The shoes go to Soles for Soles in Golden, CO where they clean the shoes, put in new insoles and laces as needed, and then distribute to shelters and homes in need. The dress shoes go to homeless individuals or young women interviewing for jobs. The corks go to Sole foot beds and they are turned into new insoles for shoes that Ski Haus sells! Now that’s full circle. The bike tires and tubes are taken to Yampa Valley Tire Pros.

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Classic Crank Bike Shop
Items accepted: Bikes

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Items accepted: Books

The CHaRM collects books for recycling and reuse. Reused books support a whole network of good in our community through our CHaRM Book Reuse Program. Books are donated and recycled as stated below: 

Children and Charities: Books are shared with more than 40 local charities to promote literacy in at-risk populations. The books are made available for children to take home at locations including Attention Homes, Boulder County Headstart, Casa de la Esperanza, Samaritan House, People’s Clinic and Emergency Family Assistance Association.

Local Schools: Books are given to preschools and 34 schools that participate in Eco-Cycle’s Green Star Schools program.

A Local Book Reuse Company: An expert sorts through the books for valuable text and reference books to sell.

Eco-Cycle: The book reuse company splits the book sale profits with Eco-Cycle to help support the CHaRM.


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Items accepted: Motor oil & antifreeze

Advance Auto Parts collects motor oil and antifreeze, which is picked up by Safety Kleen and sold to refineries to be recycled.

Aces High
Items accepted: Single stream recyclingAces High logo

Locally owned and operated since 2001, Aces High offers trash, waste removal and recycling in Routt County. Their recycling is compacted and transported to Alpine Disposal in Denver, CO where it is sorted and materials are taken to market.


Twin Enviro. ServicesTwinEnviro_Logo
Items accepted:

Organics (Yard Waste & untreated wood 4’+ ONLY)
Milner Mall Items- 
All items must be in good working condition. We do not repair or accept broken items.

Wood Dimensional lumber (6’and longer), sheets goods (1/2 sheets and larger), timbers, unpainted trim, engineer wood, barn wood with NO NAILS
Doors Steel clad, solid core, hollow core, pocket doors, full light, multi-pained, storm and screen doors, old doors.
Cabinets Must have all drawers and doors attached.
Flooring Wood, sub-floors, decking, hardwood, linoleum. NO NAILS
Masonry and stone Tile(unbroken and with out mortar or grout), granite, marble and slate.
Antique Items Windows, doors, collectibles, ornaments, tools, etc
Other Items Tools, Indoor and Out Door Furniture (NOT UPHLSTERED ITEMS), Hardware, Electrical, Plumbing (All items most be in a box or bags)

*Twin staff has right to turn items away

Fees: All FREE

Twin Enviro collects all sorts of items for the Milner Mall and then sells it at a very discounted price to the community. A list of commonly accepted items is available here. Due to limited space at the Mall, Twin Enviro. staff have the right to turn away items at the drop off event. No skis, bikes or broken items will be accepted.


Items accepted: Packing peanuts


Item accepted: Plastic bags

Safeway collects plastics bags and then sends them to a company that makes decking, railing, fencing and furniture.
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Funding Factory

Items accepted: Ink cartridges & cell phones

Founded in 1997, FundingFactory and its participants have helped keep over 43.3 million pounds of items out of landfills, simply by collecting used toner and inkjet printer cartridges. Our mission is to recycle and remanufacture used toner and inkjet printer cartridges, giving items the second life that they deserve, while providing a simple way for organizations to earn money. Each and every item we receive is carefully inspected to determine if it can be reused or recycled. In 2014, FundingFactory’s facility reused, remanufactured or recycled 99% of all incoming material.

Empty toner and inkjet printer cartridges undergo a stringent six-point inspection to determine whether they can be reused. Reusable cartridges are then shipped to accredited remanufacturers and eventually returned to the marketplace. Damaged cartridges are sent to a licensed, state-of-the-art facility to generate electricity and steam, which is then sold as renewable energy. Click here for a Real-Time Sustainability Report.


Thank you 2017 Community Recycling Drop Off Sponsors!

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