Want to be greener? Learn more about sustainability in the Yampa Valley:

Recycling Guidelines

A-Z Recycle Guide (Updated for 2017)
A-Z Recycle Guide in Spanish

What can I recycle?
Where can I recycle?
What can go in plastic bag recycling?
Compost Program
Hard to Recycle Items

What can I recycle?

Check your haulers guidelines for accepted materials.

Waste Management – (970) 879-2400
Aces High – (970) 870-6500
Twin Enviro. – (970) 879-6985

*Green Machines in Oak Creek and Yampa are serviced by Waste Management, click here for their guidelines.

Where can I recycle?

1) Curbside Options
These haulers pick up every other week and cost is included in residential trash removal.
Waste Management – (970) 879-2400
Aces High – (970) 870-6500
Twin Enviro Services – (970) 879-6985

2) Drop Off Recycling Centers – fee based
If you are not a customer with Waste Management and do not have curbside pickup available, you can drop off 3×32 gallon bags of recyclables for $8.50 at Waste Management’s Drop Off Site at 2701 Downhill Drive, Steamboat Springs, Monday through Friday 9 AM – 3 PM (no Saturday or Sunday hours).

3) Public Drop Off Sites – “Green Machines”
These containers are for residents who do not have other options, not for businesses or those who can have curbside. See above to get home pick-up of recycling. A full list of dates and locations available here.

  • Yampa: 2nd full week of the month at Ladies Aid Hall, 83 East 1st St.
  • Oak Creek: 4th full week of the month at Oak Creek City Park

If you use these locations, please consider donating to ensure the program continues! Donate now to YVSC now!

What can go in plastic bag recycling?

City Market and Safeway both participate in the Bag-2-Bag® recycling program. The following items can be recycled. For more information on what can and cannot go in the plastic bag recycling, click here.

Please Recycle These In Bag-2-Bag®

  • Plastic retail bags
  • Produce bags
  • Plastic frozen vegetable bags
  • News Paper Bags
  • Dry Cleaning Bags
  • Cereal Box liners
  • Paper towel and toilet paper wrap
  • Over wrap on cases of soda or canned vegetables
  • Sealed air pouches in mailed packages
  • Ziploc and other zipper style bags—please remove zippers prior to recycling

Compost Program

Since 2010, Twin Enviro Services hosts a commercial industrial compost facility at its Milner location that Steamboat Ski Area, YVSC, the City of Steamboat Springs, Routt County, and local restaurants, businesses, and even residential customers participate in.

To sign up for the residential program, email milner@twinenviro.com or call 970-879-6985 to have your food waste picked up.

Through this program, excellent soil amendments are also available.

Hard to Recycle Items?

Computer and electronic equipment that has outlived its useful life should be properly recycled and is illegal to put in the landfills of Colorado per new statute (2013). Businesses, academic institutions, and residents can recycle these items several places in Routt County. Check out the A-Z Recycle Guide for a full list of drop-off locations.

Household hazardous waste and other hard to recycle items are accepted once annually through YVSC’s Community Recycle Drop-Off in October. View the 2017 Recycle Guide for specific local locations for items such as batteries, bike tires, cell phones, fluorescent bulbs, tires, wood, etc..

Questions? Contact Cameron Hawkins, Waste Diversion Director 970-871-9299 ext. 107