Trash & Recycling Services
The city's new Single-Stream Curbside Recycling Program began on January 2, 2013. This service is provided, without additional cost, to all of the city's residential sanitation customers.
Billing is coordinated by the city's Finance Department.
The Residential Sanitation Services Guide provides information about the city's sanitation services.
Residential trash is collected on a fixed, once-a-week schedule. Trash collection routes have been established for maximum efficiency of operation. Contact the Sanitation Division for the pickup day for a specific location.
All trash containers must be at curbside no later than 6 a.m. am on the scheduled collection day. The city is not responsible for missed collections resulting from late placement of the container.
Non-residential customers can arrange pickup for up to four days per week, Monday through Thursday. Contact the Sanitation Division for pickup schedules for a specific location.
Scheduled trash collections that fall on a City-observed holiday will be rescheduled to occur on another day of the same week, as described in the Holiday Schedule and Routes Map document. Customers with questions about holiday collection schedules can also call 970-240-1480.
The holidays observed by the city are: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Rates & Additional Services
The city organization views recycling as an important part of responsible stewardship of the environment. Recycling is also compatible with the city's efforts to maintain low-cost sanitation services. Reducing waste volume by recycling, composting, and waste avoidance helps to reduce sanitation disposal costs.
Single-Stream Curbside Recycling
The City of Montrose rolled out it's new Single-Stream Recycling program on January 2, 2013. This service is being provided, without additional cost, to all of the city's residential sanitation customers. Green and blue recycling carts have been distributed to residences throughout the city.
Single stream recycling means that all recyclable materials will go into one 90-gallon cart for collection. Plastics (Numbers 1 through 7), aluminum, tin, paper, and cardboard will be accepted. Glass will not be accepted. The Single-Stream Recycling Guide (also available in Spanish) provides additional details about the program.
View the current Waste Management Audit Report to how Montrose residents are doing with keeping contaminants out of the recycling stream.
Expanded Recycling Services
City residents can recycle used tires, green waste in residential quantities, fluorescent tube lamps and CFLs, and electronic waste with glass screens at the Public Works facility (1221 6450 Rd), Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
These new recycling services are being provided without charge as a courtesy to City of Montrose residents only. Prior to unloading any materials, customers must check in at the Public Works reception desk and present a current Colorado driver’s license and a copy of their recent city utility bill.
Electronic Waste Recycling Guidelines:
- Only electronics with glass screens
- Limit of two units per residential address each calendar year
Used Tires Recycling Guidelines:
- Limit of eight tires per residential address each calendar year
- Quantities are not limited
- Lawn clippings, garden plants, weeds, leaves, hedge/tree trimmings, and tree branches under six inches in diameter are accepted
- Food, pet waste, plastic bags, trash, rocks, metal, soil, sod, hazardous wastes, and other non-green wastes are not accepted
- Green waste compost is available to residents free of charge, based on availability.
More detailed information is available in the Expanded Recycling Services Information Sheet.
The City of Montrose Recycling Guide provides a listing of area businesses and organizations that provide recycling services for a wide variety of materials including automotive fluids, electronics, batteries, textiles, and other materials that are not included in the city's Single-Stream Recycling program.
For more information, visit the Recycling Services Page.
Illegal dumping increases the cost of city sanitation services and spoils the appearance of our community. It is illegal to deposit refuse on streets, alleys, or any other public area or to use any city trash container without authorization.
Illegal dumping is punishable by a maximum $1000 fine and up to one year in jail.
Your cooperation is needed to stop illegal dumping. If you observe illegal dumping, collect vehicle license numbers and any other information that will help identify the offender. Then contact the city's Code Enforcement Officer immediately.
Federal, state, and local laws limit the types of waste that can be placed for collection by the city. Items that should not be included in routine trash collection include toxic, explosive, hazardous or extremely flammable materials, materials contaminated with contagious diseases, and dead animals. The Sanitation Division of Public Works to provides special collection services for construction waste, furniture and appliances, tree limbs, freight packaging and other materials that are not allowed under the routine trash collection service. Fees will be charged on the customer's monthly utility bill according to the amount and type of materials that are collected. To schedule a special pick up, call 970-240-1480 or 970-240-1400.
Local businesses and organizations provide recycling services for some types of special waste. These recycling services are listed in the City of Montrose Recycling Guide. Helpful disposal information is available for the following types of waste:
When funds are available, the city schedules special events for the collection of household hazardous waste. No events are scheduled at this time.
Special Guidance for Businesses
It is important for business owners to be informed about waste handling and disposal regulations that apply to their operations. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) “Guide to Generator Requirements of the Colorado Hazardous Waste Regulations” is a particularly helpful resource to helping businesses comply with the law.
Other valuable compliance information and resources are available from the CDPHE website.