The Recyclable Service Program (plastic, glass, tin, cardboard, etc.) and the Free Item Program are separate from hazardous waste and will NOT be available until further notice.

If you need to dispose of household hazardous waste items (paints, household cleaners, automotive products, electronics, etc.), please visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for further information.

Recycling InformationNote on Recycling Bins

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 or refer to the following PDFs:

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, or (719) 520-7878.