Where to Recycle in El Paso County
Recycling is the processing of used materials into new products to prevent the end-of-life of potentially useful items. This is accomplished by redirecting an item that has already provided initial value and creating something usable, either for the original purpose or another. There are many benefits to recycling: it saves energy, decreases emissions of greenhouse gasses, and conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals. Many things that you see around you every day can be recycled. To assist in this effort, El Paso County publishes a Recycling Directory designed to provide residents options to recycle many different materials.
Yard Waste Recycling
Grass clippings, leaves, tree limbs, twigs, uprooted weeds, and other yard waste materials make up approximately 18% of the annual municipal waste stream taken to landfills. These materials are valuable resources when they are properly recycled. El Paso County encourages all citizens to bring their yard waste to the collection site which is open every Saturday year-round.
The Black Forest Slash / Mulch Program operates May to September each year. The site is located on the east side of Herring Road, just south of Shoup Road. Materials accepted are; tree and bush trimmings, pine cones and pine needles. No stumps, roots, grass or sod. The mulch drop-off cost is $2 a load.