Recycling in Lake County

Where to Recycle:

The Recycling Center is at the Lake County Landfill. From Hwy. 24, just south of the bend at the edge of downtown Leadville, head south two miles on CR 6. Ryan’s Performance Automotive shop marks the turn off Hwy. 24.

What to Recycle:

See what you can recycle, below, or print a handout (English & Espanol).

Reciclar con Cuidado  Recycle with Care flyer




Recycling Tips:

Businesses and large loads! Please bring larger loads directly to the Recycling Center next to the Landfill up County road 6.


When in doubt, keep it out. Putting in the wrong items, or dirty items, can mean the whole bin goes into the landfill.

Rinse recyclables with care. Please make sure they’re clean so that they can be recycled.

Hard-to-Recycle Items:

Lake County Landfill Tipping Fees

Antifreeze Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center. Cost is $1 per gallon.

Appliances > TVs and computers are NOT appliances; please see Electronics & Computers (below) for information on these. Washers, dryers, refrigerators/freezers (associated fee), hot water heaters, dishwashers, trash compactors, and microwaves are accepted at the Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center for a $12 fee (residents). Any appliance that is approximately 80% metal can be recycled as scrap metal.

Asphalt > Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center. Cost is $5/yard. It is crushed and re-used on County roads.

Batteries > Household batteries and electronic batteries > True Value in Leadville for free, year ’round. Vehicle batteries > Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center for a $5 recycling fee.

Building Materials > Contact the Summit County Habitat ReStore in Silverthorne (970-423-7445) or ReStores in other surrounding communities; they may accept building materials. Unfortunately, there aren’t many options for used building materials in good condition in our community.

CDs > Green Disk or other online services may take back CDs.

Cell PhonesTrue Value in Leadville. It’s free to recycle them.

Christmas Trees > We currently have no available Christmas tree recycling. Want to see something in place where Christmas trees are chipped and then re-used? So do we. We are working on it.

Clothing > Not accepted at any of the Recycling Drop-off Centers. Some thrift and consignment shops accept varying grades of clothes. Please contact Community Threads at 504 Harrison St. (719-486-4000) for details.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs) > True Value in Leadville. It’s free. All fluorescent light bulbs including CFLs and tubes do contain a small amount of mercury and must be handled and recycled carefully.

Construction Wood > Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP). Must be separate loads for lower rates. Raw dimensional lumber only – no creosoted, painted, stained or treated lumber in construction wood – no plywood or OSB. No trash or other construction debris. No metal hardware. Contaminated loads charged at loose trash rate, along with applicable surcharges and additional hauling fees. Slash and stumps must be separate loads for the lower rates (no dirt, rocks, or trash in load). Contact SCRAP for more info at 970-468-9263 x 0.

Electronics, Computers, e-recycling > Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center. A fee is attached to some electronics. Laptops, cellphones, CPUs and digital cameras are free.  These items should NOT be dumped in the landfill as they contain toxic elements that are harmful to human and natural resources. See electronics pricing.

Fluorescent Tubes > Fluorescent tubes also contain mercury and should be brought to a proper disposal facility. True Value in Leadville takes 2 foot tubes for free and charges $1 for 4-8 foot tubes. Lowes in Silverthorne takes tubes up to 4 feet for free. The Summit County recycling facility takes small and large tubes at a cost ($1 per tube for 8 footers, $.50 per tube for 4 footers).

Household Hazardous Waste

Ink-Jet and Toner Cartridges > The manufacturer is the best choice for recycling these items. Many toner and ink cartridges (Dell and Hewlett Packard, for example) come with handy pre-paid shipping labels to send the old cartridges directly back to the manufacturer.

iPods, iPhones, and other iThings > Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center is now accepting iPods, iPhones and cellular phones for a small fee. Apple retail stores accept old iPods and such for free recycling, and you’ll even receive a 10% discount for a replacement. You can also jump on the Apple website and request a free, pre-paid mailing label to ship your iThing back to them. This is truly the best option, because when the manufacturer is in charge of recycling, that manufacturer just might begin to make more recyclable and less toxic iThings.

Mercury Thermometers and Switches > These are perhaps the nastiest of the little toxic things. As we know, mercury is a potent neurotoxin and should be handled with great care. Currently, you can take these materials to Summit County any day for disposal.  Bring up to 4 of these mercury-containing devices for free to Summit County’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) program, located at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP). Commercial businesses, please call SCRAP at 970-468-9263 x 0.

Oil Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center. You can bring up to 5 gallons for free. Over 5 gallons, call for appointment and pricing.  Oil filters currently cannot be taken to the Lake County Landfill.

Paint Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center is a Paint Care collection site. They will accept up to 10 gallons per day and will recycle it. Find more on paint recycling.

Pharmaceuticals > Leadville City Hall Lock Box at 800 Harrison Ave. Thank you City of Leadville! The Safeway Pharmacy and St. Vincent Hospital will NOT take these back. NEVER flush pharmaceuticals down the toilet. Flushing or trashing unused or unwanted medications can pollute our lakes, streams, and water supplies!

Plastic Bags > Safeway takes plastic bags for recycling.

Propane TanksLake County Landfill and Recycling Center. Less than 25 lbs = $8, over 25 lbs = $16.

Refrigerators/Freezers > If it is still working, and you get electricity through Xcel Energy, they will pick it up for free and give you a $50 rebate towards a new refrigerator! Have your Xcel Energy account number handy. XcelEnergy Rebate Program.  If it is not working, Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center will take it. A fee is charged for recycling of refrigerators and freezers ($30/residential, $75/commercial) because the coolant must be removed by a certified technician. Coolant is a hazardous substance and should not be deposited in the landfill or anywhere else where it may potentially contaminate human and natural resources.

Scrap Metal > Lake County Landfill and Recycling CenterRocky Mountain Recycling (303-288-6868) and All Recycling (303-922-7722) are metal yards in Denver that pay for scrap metal.

Skis/Sports Equipment > Frisco and Breckenridge Drop-off Center collect skis seasonally; call for status of program (970-668-5703). Recycle Sports (970-668-5150) accepts items for consignment. Place an ad or in the Swap for Charity section of the Herald Democrat or Leadville Today.

Slash and Yard-Clippings > Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center; first 2 yards are free.

Styrofoam Packaging > Leadville’s B & B Shipping Store at 518 Harrison (719-486-7373) will accept clean and dry packaging material in good condition. This includes bubble wrap and peanuts. Cardboard boxes are not accepted. Take them to the Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center or a County recycling drop site.

Televisions > See Electronics and Computers above.

Tires > Lake County Landfill and Recycling Center. The fee is between $4 and $30. See Landfill Fees.

Questions? Call us (719-465-6164) or email us.

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