Recycling is the act of converting waste into reusable material. In other words, the collection and processing of materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products (EPA). There are many benefits of recycling for our community, including reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills and combustion facilities, conserves natural resources, prevents pollution by reducing the use of new raw material, saves energy, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emission. Here at Valley Garbage Solution, we are committed to recycling the right way along with the help of our community.

If done correctly, recycling can create a sustainable loop. The loop includes the collection and processing, manufacturing, and the creation of new products from these recycled materials. Valley Garbage Solution works in conjunction with Pitkin County Landfill in the collection of recyclables using a single stream method.

In single stream recycling there is no need to sort the recyclables.  All recyclable commodities may be collected together at home and placed in the same bins at the recycling center.  These materials are collected and then go to Denver where they are sorted and baled for market. (Pitkin County Landfill)


Below are the items that are accepted for single-stream recycling:

  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Recyclable Plastic #s 1-7 (Look for the triangle w/ the numeral in it on the bottom to determine if it is recyclable)
  • Magazines
  • Metal/Steel/Tin Cans*
  • Glass Bottles & Jars*
  • Paper Bags
  • Phone and Paperback Books
  • Office Paper
  • Aluminum
  • Paperboard (cereal/beer boxes)*
  • Milk/juice cartons

The following items may not be recycled:

  • Plastic bags of any sort
  • Styrofoam
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Plastic Film
  • Ceramic dishware
  • Glassware, window glass
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Foam Food Containers
VGS Trucks

Please note that Pitkin County Landfill requires that all materials be rinsed out and free of food waste, lids should be off (but may be included in the recycling), plastic liners, for instance in cereal boxes, should be removed and discarded as trash. We continuously strive to work with our community in recycling the correct way.

Together we can work towards a cleaner planet.