Recycling and Waste Diversion
Recycling and waste diversion is the easiest thing we, as individuals, can do to help our environment. It’s accessible to everyone, it saves energy, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Although recycling is not the answer, it’s a proven step to the solution! We can make more radical changes by reducing and reusing, and educating ourselves and the community on waste management.
The nationwide average for Material Solid Waste (MSW) recycling is 34%. Colorado is well below that at 12%.
Eagle County recycles at more than twice the state-wide average, hitting 26% waste diversion in 2018. However, this still puts us well behind the nationwide rate with almost 10% more of our waste going to the landfill than the rest of the country’s average MSW diversion to recycling or compost facilities.
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!
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.
Volunteer with Us
Join the team and become part of the increasing movement to educate the public about the importance of waste diversion, especially composting. Volunteers are crucial with an expanding calendar of sustainable events. Grab a group of friends, spend the day outdoors and help our community with waste reduction and recycling.
Save the planet one recycled bottle at a time. There are significant environment benefits to recycling. 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.
FREE Recycling Tours
Join us for a FREE guided tour of the Eagle County Materials Recovery & 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.
FREE Recycling Locations
Free recycling drop-off locations include: 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.
Meet some of the program team members
Latest Recycling Blog Posts
- How to Recycle your Christmas Tree in Eagle CountyWell, the holidays are now over and we’ve officially made it to 2021. While some of us like to stretch out the festive season by keeping our decorations up as long as possible, eventually, it comes time to take them down. If you have a natural Christmas tree at home,... Read more
- Sustainability Tips: Reduce Your Waste this Holiday SeasonThe holidays come with some sustainability challenges. Stanford University reports that, Americans throw away about 25% more trash than usual between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Consider all the single-use wrapping paper, the shipping and packaging, the feasts, the trips back and forth to the store… …it can really add up.... Read more
- Stop Using Single-Use PlasticsThe world looks different these days, but one thing still stays the same—single-use plastics are avoidable. No matter if you are working from home, an essential worker or waiting for work to start back up – you can make the effort to avoid single-use plastics. Business Today describes, single-use plastics... Read more