All items must be clean prior to drop off (free of food, liquid, dirt, etc.)
* Cardboard: Old Corrugated Cardboard [OCC] only (must be flattened)
* Glass: Food & Beverage only (no lids/corks)
* Aluminum Cans
* Tin Cans (must discard paper)
* Newspaper
* Office Paper: ONLY no paper smaller than 8½ x 11

  • Porcelain recycling (Toilets, sinks, ceramic tiles, granite, and marble countertops, etc. All non-porcelain parts must be removed prior to drop off. Items must be put in 4 ft. dumpster without staff assistance.

NO plastic, foam, paperboard, or any item other than the six materials listed above is accepted. If the item you are looking to recycle is an item that is not accepted, you may refer to the online Recycling Directory for other options.

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

Household Recyclables Accepted during the Following Days/Hours:

– Wednesdays: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM or when the bins are full. (Closed County Holidays)

– Second Saturday of each month: 8:00AM – 11:00AM or when the bins are full.

Visit the Household Hazardous Waste page for paint, chemicals, certain electronics, etc.

For faster service, complete, sign/date, and print the Customer Release Form and bring it with you. Paperwork is also onsite.

Proof of El Paso/Teller County residency is required at drop off. (Driver’s License, State ID, lease, utility bill, etc.)

To ensure the safety of staff and protect the personal property of customers, staff will not enter your vehicle. All individuals bringing household hazardous waste are required to remove each item from their vehicle and place them onto a cart. Ensure that someone in the vehicle can accomplish this. Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), El Paso County will provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with a disability who need assistance, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship to the County or fundamentally alter services. Services can be arranged with at least seven (7) business days’ notice by emailing or calling 719-520-7878. “Walk-in” requests for auxiliary aids and services will be honored to the extent possible but may be unavailable if advance notice is not provided.

Some services may not be available during inclement weather (wind, rain, snow, ice, etc.) Call 520-7878 or 520-7879 to determine status prior to coming to the facility. You may also visit the following links for county-wide closures:



HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE LIABILITY RELEASE & CERTIFICATION STATEMENT: I hereby declare and affirm of my own personal knowledge that the items delivered to the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility was, in fact, generated through household use and is not business or commercial subject to federal or state waste regulations. I understand that should I surrender any data containing device to the El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Facility for recycling it is solely my responsibility to protect my personal information. I further agree to defend, indemnify, and hold El Paso County harmless from and against any and all liabilities, demands, claims, damages, suits, judgments and decrees, and court awards including costs, expenses and attorneys’ fees, on account of injuries to or death of any person or persons or damage to any property or personal information arising out of or related to my willful misconduct or negligent acts, errors or omissions for the duration of my participation. I understand that the items will be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility in reliance on the accuracy and truth of my foregoing declaration / affirmation.

Tree Debris Recycling at Black Forest Slash & 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.

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2024 Operations Changes

2024 Pine Beetle Flyer

2024 Slash Bash Flyer

For alternate options, you may visit the Rocky Top Resources page.

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. Rocky Top will accept residential yard waste on Saturdays only, but a $10 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


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