Waste Reduction and Diversion

Reducing and diverting our waste are some of the easiest things we, as individuals, can do to help our environment. We can conserve natural resources, reduce emissions, and create an abundance of jobs right here in our community. We can make an immense difference by reducing and reusing whenever we can, recycling and diverting, and educating ourselves and the community on sustainable waste management.

The nationwide average for Material Solid Waste recycling is 32%. Colorado is well below that at 16% (2022). Eagle County recycles almost more than triple the state-wide average, hitting 30% waste diversion in 2020 – but there is more to be done. Learn more about how you can reduce, recycle, and divert waste in Eagle County through our waste diversion and reduction programs!

Eagle County Waste Wizard

Wondering what you can recycle in your Eagle Valley community? Or where to properly dispose of your waste? Use the Eagle County Waste Wizard! Simply enter the item you are looking to dispose of below and we’ll tell you if it can be recycled or where it can be disposed of properly. Enter the item below or click on the app links to download our mobile app to always have an answer at your fingertips!

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Zero Waste Events

Walking Mountains Science Center provides education and outreach about recycling and composting while supporting special events with their environmental sustainability initiatives. The Walking Mountains Zero Waste program is available to special events in the Eagle Valley on a contract service basis. Each event is unique and requires planning and coordination with event staff and vendors to ensure success. We will provide expertise, coordination, trained staff and volunteers, and so much more to ensure each event is a sustainability success.

In 2022 we diverted 42,250 from the landfill through recycling and composting with an average diversion rate of 81%. Reach out if you’d like to make your event zero waste or volunteer with us!

FREE Recycling Tours

Join us for a FREE guided tour of the Eagle County materials recovery, landfill, and household hazardous waste facilities!

Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycled items after you leave them at the curb or drop them off at a recycling drop-site? Want to find out? Without knowing what happens next, it is hard to truly understand the impact you are making by decreasing your waste sent to the landfill.

Join our Zero-Waste Staff!

Do you want to support the planet, attend fun events, and join an awesome community? Join our Zero-Waste staff! Get paid to keep diversion rates up at Zero-Waste events and HAVE FUN! Email Emily Dennis our Zero-Waste Lead if you are interested: emilyd@walkingmountains.org!

FREE Recycling Locations

Free recycling drop-sites are located throughout Eagle County, in Vail, Red Cliff, Avon, Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum.

If you are living in a single-family or duplex residence in the Eagle Valley and paying for trash service through either Waste Management or Vail Honeywagon, FREE curbside pickup is available for the most common household recyclables.

Vail Honeywagon | Vail Valley WasteWaste Management

Why Recycle?

Save the planet one recycled bottle at a time. There are significant environment benefits to recycling, composting, and overall waste diversion. With international outlets for our recycling closing their doors to US generated waste, Colorado is working to be a part of the solution by creating new end markets for recyclables locally, and by finding additional ways to keep waste out of the landfill beyond recycling.

Composting Options

Organic material, including food scraps and yard waste, can be diverted from the landfill through composting! It is an important tool that can help to reduce the greenhouse gasses being emitted as a result of our waste, all while helping to restore our soil and natural environment. Even better, this process is done locally. There are commercial composting facilities already collecting organics from Eagle County, and it can also be done at home!

Want to get started? There are drop off and collection programs for Eagle County residents and businesses. Reach out to the haulers below for additional information.

EverGreen Zero Waste | Vail Honeywagon

Waste Wizard

Do you need answers of where and how to recycle? Download the app to answer all of your questions. Recycling is an ever-changing process, stay up-to-date with changes in your area.

Actively Green Waste Workshops

Eagle County Recycling Guide (English & Spanish)

E-Waste and Hazardous Materials

Recycling standards are ever-changing, follow these guidelines and download the Eagle County Waste Wizard app for help!

Sustainable Food



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