El Paso County Recycling
We accept cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum, tin, etc. Refer to the flyer below for complete information and requirements. The program is free to El Paso and Teller County households (no business). Registration is required. Please call 719-520-7878 for further questions.
Recycling is available Wednesdays and Fridays ONLY from 8:00 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. (or until the bins are full) at 3255 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80922.

Recycling Information.pdf


Shredding Services

Do you have sensitive documents to dispose of? The Environmental Division offers a shredding service for El Paso and Teller County household residents. The shredding bins are secured, self-loading containers that are shredded onsite by our vendor Shred-it® once a month.

  • The cost is 13 cents per pound. Payment is cash or check only.
  • Shredding is limited to a total of 100 lbs. per person per year.
  • Please remove and discard any rubber bands, paper clips, and envelopes. We are unable to accept the following for shredding: Bags, credit cards, folders, paperwork with metal clasps attached, any items with binding (such as paperback/hardcover books, spiral notebooks, checkbooks, etc.)
  • Hours for shredding are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call 719-520-7878 for further questions.

Tree Debris and Pine Needle Recycling at Black Forest Slash and Mulch
The El Paso County Black Forest Slash and Mulch Program is a wildfire mitigation program co-sponsored by El Paso County, the Slash and Mulch Committee (SAMCOM) the State of Colorado Board of Land Commissioners, Colorado State Forest Service, and the Colorado Forestry Association. The program runs from May through September of each year. Please call 719-520-7878 for further questions.

Black Forest Slash and Mulch Information 2019.pdf

Yard Waste Recycling at Rocky Top Resources
El Paso County Sponsors a yard waste collection program at Rocky Top Resources every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. El Paso and Teller County Residents can drop off most yard waste (not including sod, dirt, or topsoil).

Rocky Top Resources has partnered with El Paso County since 2001 to provide free residential yard waste collections on Saturdays. This program has also collected food donations for Care and Share resulting in over 3.2 million pounds of food being collected.

Due to rising costs and expanded use of the program, both Rocky Top and El Paso County can no longer provide the financial support needed to sustain this free program. Starting January 1, 2020, Rocky Top will accept residential yard waste on Saturdays only, but a $5 per load fee will be collected by Rocky Top. (cash or check only)

Rocky Top will no longer collect canned food donations for Care and Share. However, cash or check donations to Care and Share are still encouraged but not required.

Please contact Rocky Top Resources at 719-579-9103 or El Paso County Environmental at 719-520-7879 for more information.

Accepted Organic Waste:

  • Branches (maximum size 8-foot-long, 8-inch-diameter)
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Plant prunings
  • Fruit and vegetable trimmings

Not Accepted:

  • Railroad ties
  • Treated lumber
  • Tree stumps
  • Household trash
  • Sod, Dirt, Topsoil

El Paso County, Colorado Springs Utilities, Rocky Top Resources, Colorado Springs Gazette, and Colorado Springs Youth Sports will be operating a TreeCycle event to reduce landfilled tree waste, provide free mulch and support youth sports. For a suggested minimum donation of only $5 per tree, area residents can drop off trees at seven convenient locations.

Keep your Christmas tree out of the landfill and pick up free mulch while supplies last.

Trees and donations will be accepted at the following locations from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 28 & 29 and January 4 & 5 at:

  • Baptist Road Trailhead (Baptist Rd. & Old Denver Highway)
  • Falcon Trailhead (SW of Woodmen Rd. & McLaughlin Rd.)
  • Cottonwood Creek Park (Dublin Blvd. & Montarbor Rd.)
  • Sky Sox Stadium (Barnes Rd. & Tutt Blvd.)
  • Rock Ledge Ranch (Gateway Rd. & 30th St.)
  • Memorial Park (Pikes Peak Ave. & Union Blvd.)

Additionally, trees and donations can be made at Rocky Top Resources (1755 E. Las Vegas Street) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, from January 2-31. Rocky Top Resources is closed on Sundays.

All decorations must be removed from trees before drop-off.

Find more information at www.TreeCycleCOS.org, www.elpasoco.com or (719) 520-7878.