to drop off co-mingled recycling at El Paso County
3255 Akers Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80922

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: No shiny paper (such as wrapping paper), no paper smaller than 8 ½ x 11”

  • Porcelain recycling will also be available for drop off at the same time in its own dumpster. (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.) The County is partnering with Colorado Springs Utilities to recycle porcelain for use in local roads.

If the item you are looking to recycle is not listed here, it will NOT be accepted in the bins. You may refer to the online Recycling Directory for alternate options.

Register for an appointment online at the links below or call
719-520-7878 or 719-520-7839

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

Some services may not be available during inclement weather (wind, rain, snow, ice, etc.)

You are encouraged to call 520-7878 or 520-7879 to determine status prior to coming to the facility or visit the following links:



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

(Closed for the season). For alternate options, you may visit the Rocky Top Resources page.

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. You may call 719-520-7878 for information.

For schedules, prices and procedures, please visit

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


Recycle Your Tree and Support Your Community

Choose from Two Weekends!

December 30 & 31, 2023

January 6 & 7, 2024

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Keep your Christmas tree out of the landfill and and turn it into useful mulch at the below six locations for a $5 suggested minimum donation benefiting Colorado Springs Youth Sports, the El Pomar Youth Sports Park and six area youth service organizations:

  • Baptist Road Trailhead (Baptist Rd. & Old Denver Highway)
  • Falcon Trailhead (South 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.)

Extended Hours at Rocky Top Resources

December 26-30, 2023 and January 2-13 & 16-31, 2024

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM Weekdays & 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturdays (Closed Sundays)

1755 E. Las Vegas St. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Donations can also be made at!

TREES ONLY – No stands, stand spikes, garland, plastic, twine, lights, etc.

Personal drop-off only – no commercial drop-offs

Flyer showing various locations for recycling Christmas trees in December 2023 and January 2024.