EverGreen ZeroWaste partners with multiple municipalities for seasonal yard waste drop-off events. We’ll list those and other opportunities below.
Yard waste drop-off events begin Saturday April 22, 2023 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 23, 2023. 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 can be composted in paper yard waste bags or emptied from bins or plastic bags. Plastic bags are not accepted.
Event dates: April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17, July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26, September 9 and September 23.
This summer event flows into the ongoing autumnal leaf drop and holiday tree recycling programs.
On July 29, 2023 Eagle County will host a Town Clean-Up type of event in the Basalt High School parking lot. A variety of hard-to-recycle materials will be collected, including yard waste.
In partnership with EverGreen ZeroWaste, the Town of Basalt offers a yard waste drop-off event over five weekends in October and early November. The times are usually 9am – 4pm, on Saturdays and Sundays. The locations change over those five weekends to make the program convenient and accessible to all areas of Basalt. The 2023 season is yet to be announced.
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.
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.