Recyclable Items

Preparation of Recyclable Materials 

The material we sell to processors must conform to very specific guidelines and be free from contamination. Since you are providing the raw material for a manufacturing process, please help the City keep the cost of recycling down by using the following guidelines to separate your recyclable materials. Failure to meet these guidelines may result in the rejection of entire loads.

E-Waste is only accepted at the Montezuma County Landfill .

Office Paper Mix - 
Our office paper mix includes magazines, junk mail, phone books, hard cover books (need covers removed), office paper, and plain paper.  We are not accepting newspaper at this time.  The plastic wrapping on some magazines is not recyclable so please dispose of it in your regular trash. Paperboard (i.e. cereal Boxes and tissue boxes) are not taken in the paper, they may be placed in our cardboard mix.  

Mixed Glass - We accept clean glass bottles and jars.  Please rinse jars and remove lids and all Styrofoam type labels.

Aluminum - We accept aluminum beverage cans, aluminum pans, and foil.

Tin and Steel Cans - We accept tin and steel cans (i.e. vegetable cans, dog & cat food cans, etc.) and small ferrous items (pots, pans, etc.) If a magnet sticks to it, it is a ferrous metal and needs to be separated from the Aluminum cans.

Cardboard Mix - The City accepts brown paper, corrugated cardboard (broken down flat), and paper board products (think cereal boxes, cracker boxes, etc.) as part of our cardboard collection program.  This mix is used in manufacturing the paper backing on sheetrock for the construction industry.  If you have a large quantity of cardboard, please contact the Recycling Coordinator at the City Service Center and make an appointment to drop it off.  Please note: a pizza box is considered a contaminated item. Check out the pizza box recycling mystery.

Plastic - The City accepts Type 1 and Type 2 plastic only. Please read Plastic Recycling for more information.

Drop-off Station: As part of the City’s recycling program, a drop-off station has been provided for those who are not able to participate in the City’s curbside pick-up program. There are twelve dumpsters at the drop-off station, each one labeled for the item to be collected. In addition, each dumpster has a sign stating which materials are acceptable and which ones are not. The drop-off station is located in the Industrial Park next to the RV Dump by the City Service Center, 110 West Progress Circle, and is open 24/7.

View a list of additional recycling resources for Cortez and the surrounding area.