EverGreen ZeroWaste partners with multiple municipalities for seasonal yard waste drop-off events:
Yard waste drop-off events begin Saturday April 20, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the 4th and Colorado parking lot. These events occur every other Saturday thereafter with the last one being September 21, 2024. Proof of residency within Carbondale’s town limits is required to participate in this program as it is funded by Town waste collection accounts.
We accept grass clippings, garden cuttings, weeds, leaves, orchard & garden crops, sticks, brush and branches (up to 2″ in diameter and 4′ in length). These items must be emptied from the bins or bags they are brought in. Plastic and paper bags are not accepted.
Event dates: April 20, May 4, May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, August 10, August 24, September 7 and September 21. This summer event flows into the ongoing autumnal leaf drop and holiday tree recycling programs.
The Rio Grande Recycling Center is accessible 24/7/365 and has a drop-off container for leaves and grass clippings. These materials get composted. Users must empty bag and container contents through a grate over the roll-off bin which only allows smaller materials through. As such, bags, branches and brush are not accepted.
Throughout the year, Pitkin County Solid Waste Center will accept yard waste from anyone for a fee. Pitkin County residents receive annual coupons to be put towards disposal rates.
In the spring and autumn there are limited-time leaf drops at the Rodeo Lot, out near the airport. There is also a Christmas tree drop-off following the holidays. These services are managed by Town staff and for residents only.
Throughout the year, South Canyon Landfill will accept yard waste from anyone for a fee. At the landfill there are two piles, one for brush & wood and the other for grass, leaves & small plants; both get composted. Glenwood residents can use their free annual landfill voucher to drop-off up to 3 cubic yards of yard waste materials.
In partnership with EverGreen ZeroWaste, the Town of Basalt offers a yard waste drop-off event in October and early November.
Please see our Zero Waste Guide for the addresses and specific locations near you.
Alternately, you can compost yard waste in your backyard!
Aim for ½ green materials (like fresh grass clippings) and ½ brown materials (dried leaves and grass, shredded paper). Remember to turn the compost pile every 3-9 days depending on the time of year and add water if necessary. The moisture of your pile should feel like a damp sponge. Compost needs heat and the right combo of greens and browns for the micro-organisms breaking it down to thrive.