Recycling being handled at the Garfield County Landfill

Customers can bring their recyclables in beginning Monday, June 8

June 5, 2020

Recycling can be brought over to the Garfield County Landfill on County Road 246 in Rifle starting June 8, creating a one-stop shop for residents dumping trash at the site. The recycling center on Highway 6 remains closed, as it has been since early March, when it was discovered that biohazardous waste was dumped there illegally.

Recycling receptacles are being spread out at the landfill. Customers must drive through the scalehouse, show their recycling to staff and then may proceed to deposit it without charge.

“Recyclables will be inspected to ensure that our loads are as clean as possible,” said Garfield County Landfill Manager Deb Fiscus. “Even if an item isn’t acceptable as recycling, a customer can simply dump it in at the landfill, though they’ll have to pay the cost.”

Recycling is accepted whenever the landfill is open, which is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, during the summer. The service is only open to households, not businesses.

Acceptable items include cardboard, which must be broken down and flattened to maximize space; co-mingle, including cans, glass and plastic – all preferably rinsed out to avoid food contamination; and mixed paper.

Contact the landfill at 970-625-2516 with questions or find information online at