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Town of Carbondale Trash & Recycling Program

Mountain Waste & Recycling proudly serves the community of Carbondale with residential trash pickup and recycling services.
Setting up services
Carbondale residents can enroll in trash pickup and recycling services in 2 ways:
     1) On the Town of Carbondale website at
     2) In person at Town Hall (Weekdays 9 AM-4 PM)

Frequently asked questions about new residential trash and recycling services

     Q: How does billing work for my trash and recycling services?
     A: Billing for trash and recycling will be included on your monthly town water & waste water utility bill.

     Q: What container options do I have for residential trash and recycling?
     A: We offer 4 trash container options per our contract with Carbondale: Super Saver, Small, Medium & Large. Additionally, 2 recycle container options are available – Medium and Large. 

     Q: Is recycling included in the cost of service, or is it an additional charge?
     A: Recycling is included in the cost at all service levels.

If you have additional questions please email or call the Town of Carbondale Trash Hauling Services Department at 970-510-1202.


Sign Up Now (Only for those within the Carbondale town limits)

Additional information:

Map & Collection Days

Collection Schedule
Residential trash pick-up occurs weekly on Tuesdays.
Recycling pick-up occurs every other week on Tuesdays, with Zone A pickup on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month and Zone B pickup on the first, third and (if applicable) fifth Tuesdays of the month. Yard waste is collected the first and third Saturdays of the month, from May to September.
     • Zone A is east of Highway 133
     • Zone B is west of Highway 133

If you have the Super Saver option, your trash collection day is the same as your recycle collection day.
Please have containers curbside no later than 7 a.m. on pickup day. All lids should be completely closed.
For more information, please call us at 970-510-1202





Container Sizes

*Please note: You will be charged a $25 fine per instance that your trash or recyclable material is overflowing from your container and your container lid is not completely closed.


What We Recycle 

We are committed to doing our part for the planet by providing affordable, convenient recycling services.

Roaring Fork Recycling guide

Helpful Tips on Recycling Certain Products

Unsure whether an item is recyclable? Here are some quick rules of thumb to consider for each type of material many would consider recyclable:

Plastics: Only recycle plastic bottles and tubs. This is typically a #1 through #7 plastic and only pertains to the bottles and tubs. Here are some examples of plastic bottles that are okay to recycle:
     • Soda, water and juice bottles
     • Liquid detergent and other cleaning supply bottles
     • Condiment bottles (ketchup, mustard, etc.)
     • Milk jugs and orange juice jugs (no paper cartons)
     • Shampoo bottles and liquid soap dispensers
     • Peanut butter jars (please rinse out)
     • Butter and yogurt tubs

Steel: Please make sure any aerosol cans are completely empty. This includes containers such as shaving cream and hairspray cans. Labels are okay.

Office Paper: All types of office paper are accepted. If you can tear it, we can take it. All colors are fine as well. Don’t worry about paper clips, staples, tape, and sticky notes. These are all okay in the mix. NO TYVEK (polyethylene fiber) plastic or overnight mailing folders.

Bulk or Junk Mail: This material is okay as well. Do not worry about any stamps or staples or sticky notes in this material, either. Remember, if you can tear it, we can take it. Again, NO TYVEK (polyethylene fiber) plastic or overnight mailing folders.

Magazines, Catalogs, Phone Books: Please discard plastic bags around these items and items such as CDs and magnets. Everything else is acceptable.

With Single-Stream Recycling You No Longer Have to Sort

With single-stream recycling, it’s easy for residents to make recycling part of their daily routine! All recycling can be placed in one container, and sorting takes place at the recycling plant. Thank you for recycling!

Video: How Single-Stream Recycling Works →

We know that every dollar counts! With rural mountain life comes a higher cost of living. We work diligently to keep our costs down in what is arguably the toughest physical environment for a waste management company like ours to thrive. Our distance from population centers impacts the cost of our services, because we are miles away from materials processing centers. Our loads of recycling are regularly transported at least 60 miles away to the nearest sorting facility. These locations charge a fee to deposit recycling materials, based on weight.

The challenges of transportation in high-mountain rural Colorado impact our trash and recycle service fees. When you pay for our services, your money stays right here in Colorado. It keeps local people employed.


Super Saver Info

This is a service for only a few people that have very little trash each week.

Details: $16 – 32 gallon container – collected every other week – holds 2 bags of trash which is less than 1 bag of trash per week. This option saves you $36/year.

**The perils of choosing this option is that is if your lid doesn’t close on the day of collection a $25 fine per episode will be assessed by the Town of Carbondale. So if you go over twice in a year then you have already surpassed the savings from choosing this option.**



Thisha McBride
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm