The purpose of the Recycling Activity is to provide drop off, pick up, processing and educational services to the public and government offices so they can live in a more sustainable environment through diversion and reuse of recyclable materials.

Dropping Off Items

The Gunnison County Recycling Center is located at 195 Basin Park Drive just before the Public Works building. You may drop off all products, Monday through Sunday, 24 hours per day.

Acceptable Products

  • Aluminum - Cans only
  • Batteries - Alkaline batteries
    • Drop-off at Gunnison and Crested Butte post offices
  • Corrugated Cardboard
    • No waxed cardboard is allowed
    • Does not have to be bundled, tied, or collapsed if delivered to the Recycling Center
    • No styrofoam, packing peanuts, or paper
    • Please review the updated Recycle Center Brochure (08.2019) (PDF) for changes to acceptable cardboard
  • Glass - Brown, green, and clear
    • Remove lids and plastic or metal rings
  • Magazines and Catalogues - May be recycled with newspaper
    • Includes magazines and catalogues with glued and stapled backs
    • This does not include phone books
    • Does not have to be bundled or tied if delivered to the Recycle Center
  • Newspaper - Including all supplements from the paper
    • Does not have to be bundled or tied if delivered to the Recycling Center
  • Office Paper - Must be delivered to the Recycling Center between Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while an attendant is on duty
    • Paper may be brought in bags, boxes, or containers that you empty and reuse
    • May include all office papers except:
      • Neon bright papers
      • Manila envelopes
      • Paper with excessive amounts of red ink
      • Copied items that are mostly black
  • Plastics - Number 1 and 2 plastics, rinsed, and smashed
  • Tin / Steel Cans - Remove paper labels and rinse cans

If you have any questions about what is acceptable, please call the Gunnison County Public Works Department at 970-641-0044.

Unacceptable Items

The Gunnison County Landfill cannot accept any items that are in liquid form, this includes but not limited to:

  • Acrylics (unless dried)
  • Anti-freeze
  • Artist Oils
  • Asbestos (unless approved by special permit)
  • Auto Body Filler
  • Brake Fluid
  • Broken Smoke Detectors
  • Ceramic Glazes
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Electronic Waste
  • Engine Degreasers
  • Epoxy
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Kerosene
  • Lamp Oil
  • Lubricating Oil
  • Motor Oil
  • Paint
  • Paint Stripper
  • Paint Thinner
  • Pesticides
  • Regulated (non-residential) Computer Monitors
  • Swimming Pool Acid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Treated Fence Posts
  • Treated Railroad Ties
  • Turpentine
  • Varnish
  • Vehicle Batteries
  • Weed Killers