Bin 2In July of 2021, the City of Steamboat Springs adopted Routt County Climate Action Plan, which identified an ambitious waste reduction target that the County and its partners can pursue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the development of a circular economy within the community.

Increase diversion of waste to landfill to 46 percent by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050.

Although the city does not offer waste hauling services, we do wish to Spur Change by supporting and educating our waste haulers, residents, visitors, and businesses in all their efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.

Recycling Service Information

Commercial and residential waste collection companies operating within the city limits offer their residential customers a voluntary, curbside recycling program with single stream collection at no fee for such service other than their fee for general waste collection services. 

Businesses (to include multifamily properties of three units or more) may subscribe to their waste collection company for recycling services and will be charged by the company based upon service levels and collection frequencies as determined by the collection company. 

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How to Recycle in the ‘Boat

BinFocus on the top five in the recycling bin. Sometimes we get discouraged trying to get everything recycled. The EPA and others tell us that roughly 60% of what is in our waste is easily recyclable. If our goal is 46% by 2030, let’s start with a focus on the top five:

  • Corrugated Cardboard and Mixed Paper (brown kraft paper, newspaper, office paper, junk mail, paperboard) – no frozen food boxes
  • Plastic Containers #1 (PET) and #2 (HDPE)
  • Aluminum drink and cat food cans (empty and clean)
  • Tin/Steel food and drink cans (empty and clean) 
  • Glass Bottles (clean and empty) – no glassware or window glass

Know Before You Throw

Not sure if something is recyclable? Visit the Yampa Valley Recycles App to learn more.


Recycling Drop-off Options

281629603_377318581103599_3494455515096366323_n Opens in new windowYampa Valley Recycles Depot provides an outlet for hard-to-recycle items. These items often contain materials that are banned from landfills because they leach toxic contaminants, spark fires, or otherwise create nuisance conditions. Learn more about the Yampa Valley Recycles Depot. 

Waste Management drop-off location at 2701 Downhill Drive, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487, accepts recyclables at no cost for their customers, and for a fee for non-customers. (Materials from other haulers are not accepted.) 

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Alicia ArchibaldCommunity Recycling Coordinator, at 719-600-8664 or email, with any questions or ideas about reducing waste. Remember, you can start reducing waste by not creating it – consider purchasing gently used items, be a donor of gently used items, and always carry a refillable drink container.