The City of Aspen’s recycling ordinance prohibits anyone from throwing away grass and leaves in the trash. This is because organic wastes make up the second largest volume of material at the landfill. If your hauler finds grass and leaves in your trash, they will not pick it up and will leave an audit card instructing you to call the Environmental Health Department.
- Take them to the landfill where they will be composted. Leaves and grass collected in compostable bags may be dropped off, bags and all, prorated at $45 per ton (average residential yard waste is less than 10% of a ton). Remember, Pitkin County residents have a $100/year credit.
- Recycle them at the Rio Grande Recycle Center. This bin is NOT for commercial landscaper use. Commercial landscapers are not permitted to use this bin even if the material comes from a residence (commercial landscapers must use the landfill). Only residents may drop off their own grass and leaves. Leaves must be removed from bags and dropped into the bin through a grate to prevent 'contamination' of the bin.
- Compost your grass and leaves in your yard. If you only compost yard waste, you do not need to worry about attracting bears.
Please contact Liz O'Connell at 970-429-1831 with any recycling questions.