Resource Recovery

Help Reach Our Zero Waste Goal

Telluride is working hard to divert waste from the local landfill by reducing, reusing, and recycling. We encourage you to help us by joining our efforts.

General Waste Reduction Efforts

  • Trash and Recycling
    • When is my pickup day? If you are renting a home, ask your Property Manager. Each home is likely to have different days and times.
    • What goes into the blue recycling bin? View our Recycling Tips for detailed information.
  • Grocery Bags – To help reduce waste, Telluride has banned plastic grocery bags and placed a 10-cent fee on each recycled-content paper bag that you can buy at the store. If you did not bring a re-usable grocery bag with you or your host has not left some for you to use during your stay, reusable bags are available for purchase at local stores.
  • The Free Box – The Free Box is a great place to find and leave gently used items that can be used again. It is maintained by the Public Works Department. Please respect the Free Box rules. Do not leave anything on the sidewalk next to the Free Box and please do not leave electronics, furniture or heavily used or soiled items at the Free Box.
  • Reusable To-Go Cups – We all love to get a coffee or tea to go! Bring a reusable coffee mug and some coffee purveyors will give you a discount.

Think Conservation

  • Save Electricity – Turn off lights that are not needed, especially in unoccupied rooms or when you are not at home. Do not leave cell phones or computers plugged in unless they are in active use or are being recharged. (You might also consider carrying a head lamp as a handy tool for potential electrical outages.)
  • Save Water – Turn off the water faucet when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. In homes, only run full dishwasher and laundry loads.
  • Save Fuel – Telluride has a “no idling” law. Please turn off your vehicle if you will be in place for 30 seconds or more (i.e., most times). Idling a car for 30 seconds or more uses more gasoline than stopping and restarting.

Never Feed Wildlife, Especially Bears

  • Telluride is incredibly lucky to be surrounded by a variety of wildlife. However, while we live close to wildlife, we never feed them. This keeps wildlife from associating humans with food, maintaining healthy boundaries that keep both them and us safe. Black bears are in and around town from March through November. Their favorite early morning activity is knocking over trash cans to see which are full of food and not locked. Please remember to lock both clips on the lid of outdoor trash cans each and every night.

Be a Responsible Dog Guardian

  • Poop – Guardians must have a receptacle for picking up dog feces at all times and must immediately remove feces dropped by dogs in their care. Please put dog feces in a trash container or a container specifically provided for dog waste. It is unlawful (and yucky) to put poop in storm sewers, water ways or on the property of another.
  • Leashing – Dogs must be on a leash in Town Park and between Columbia & Pacific Avenues (i.e., Main Street). During the ski season, dogs must be leashed on the Gondola Plaza and at the base of Lift 7.