Recycling Tips

Recycling In Telluride

  • Remove all caps and lids and put them in the blue recycle bin.
  • Remove labels from bottles and tin cans, if possible.
  • Rinse food residue from the item.
  • If it is plastic or metal, crush the item to reduce its volume.
  • If it is a box, flatten it.
  • Place all items in the blue recycle bin.
  • Keep all co-mingles together on the bottom.
  • Keep all paper/fiber together on the top or to the side of the co-mingles.


  • Metal: Aluminum cans, tin cans.
  • Glass: All bottles, jars.
  • Plastic: #1 & #2, only.


  • Paper: copy paper, newspaper, magazines, telephone books, receipts, envelopes-with and without windows.
  • Paper board: cookie boxes, cracker boxes, cereal boxes, pasta boxes, paperboard egg cartons. (Please, do not put loose paper products inside paperboard items.)
  • Corrugated Cardboard: Break down to flat. Limit of 6 pieces per week. Place underneath or next to the recycling bin.

What Not To Put In Your Recycle Bin

  • No aluminum foil or pie tins.
  • No mirrors, drinking glasses, broken windows.
  • No fluorescent paper. No photos.
  • No milk cartons, juice cartons, or butter boxes.
  • No diapers.
  • No dog poop bags.
  • No kitty litter.
  • No food scraps or coffee grounds.
  • No plastic bags of any kind.
  • No batteries or e-waste.


  • Lids = Yes
  • Used Cups = No

Public Service Announcements (PSAs):

Do you have unwanted items of value?

Or Donate To:

335 W. Colorado Avenue, Telluride
(970) 728-1100     or  

309 Sherman Street, Ridgway
(970) 626-3233

Recycle Household Batteries


  • Used household batteries can now be brought for recycling to the MountainFilm offices, located at 122 South Oak Street.  There will be a collection bin inside the door at the bottom of the stairs. 

Regional Electronics Recycling Options