Trash & Recycling

Waste Management of Colorado collects garbage on Wednesday mornings. Pickup may be delayed by one day if any of the following holidays fall between Sunday and Wednesday:
  • New Year's
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas

Trash Collection is a mandatory fee
under Town Code section 9-3. (Every owner or occupant of premises within the town shall provide for the collection and disposal of ashes, garbage and trash subject to the regulation of this chapter; provided, however, that the owners or occupants of residence structures, as defined in this chapter shall be required to pay the town for the collection and disposal of ashes, garbage and trash upon the schedule and in such amounts as are prescribed by the town manager. In the event of new residence structures being constructed within the town, such scheduled and prescribed amounts shall commence no later than one (1) year from the date of the building permit for such residence structure.)

In most cases issuance of a TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) or CO (Certificate of Occupancy) will activate a residential trash account. Once an account is activated you may contact the Town Clerk to have Waste Management deliver a 96 gallon non bearproof trash can and 2 recycle bins.

Note: Effective January 1, 2018, Waste Management fees for all Mt. Crested Butte residents are $64.00 per quarter.

Wildlife-Resistant Waste Container Requirement

In 2007 Town Council amended Chapter 15 of the Town Code by passing Ordinance No. 6, Series 2007 which addresses requirements and allows for violation penalties pertaining to wildlife-resistant trash containers, feeding of wildlife, and bird feeders. Please refer to the Town Code to review the complete ordinance. The following are important highlights of the ordinance related to trash containers:
  • All waste containers, which receive edible waste shall be wildlife resistant. The container must be fully enclosed and the lid or door must have a latching mechanism which prevents access by wildlife. If the container is not wildlife resistant, it must be stored within a building, house, garage, or approved wildlife resistant dumpster.
  • Residential waste containers shall be placed curbside no earlier than 5:30 a.m. on the day of pick up. After pick up, any non-wildlife resis­tant container must be resecured inside the building, house, garage, or approved wild­life resistant dumpster enclosure by 6:00 p.m. of the day of pick up.
  • Mt Crested Butte Curbside Recycling

Waste Management has increased recycling service in Mt. Crested Butte to include the following:
  • Aluminum - No Foil
  • Tin - No sheet Metal
  • Glass - All colors accepted - remove lids
  • Plastic #1 -7 (with the following exceptions) - frozen entree microwave trays, party platters, plastic wrap, plastic bags, pesticide containers, chemical containers (automotive), styrofoam containers and anything marked compostable....these may be stamped with #1-7.
  • Newspaper/Magazines  - Glossy junk mail, inserts, catalogs,spiral notebooks and phone books are accepted
  • Office Paper - no neon paper, paper towels or craft paper, no window envelopes unless the plastic windows have been removed, no tissues.
  • Cardboard  - No frozen food containers or beer boxes

Waste Management will provide up to two recycle bins per household
One container can hold co-mingled aluminum, tin, glass, and #1- #7 plastics. The second container can hold bundled newpapers and magazines and mixed office paper (no paper towels or tissues). If you only have one bin you may place all newspapers/magazines etc in a bag and place on top of the co-mingled (glass/plastics/metal) and you may either bundle any cardboard and place inside the bin or wedge any cardboard under the one bin.

Please place your recyclables out by 7:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. Since recyclable materials must be kept dry, please do not set them out the night before if snow or rain is likely, and please do not place them in the path of a snowplow. Please note that recycled items will not be picked up if contaminated with garbage.

To obtain your free recycle bins, contact Jill Lindros, Town Clerk at 970-349-6632 and they will be delivered to your residence.

Want to drop it off yourself?

In Gunnison, the County Recycling Center is located at 195 Basin Park Dr.

Thanks for participating in our recycling program! 
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