The Public Drop-Off at the City Service Center has bins available for aluminum, cardboard, tin/steel ferrous metals, and #1 and #2 plastics ONLY!  


The Montezuma County Landfill (26100 Road F) does accept "newspapers & books" and "office paper" (as separate commodities).   Call the Landfill at 970.565.9858 with questions.


ALUMINUM CANS:   CLEAN aluminum cans, pans, and foil.

CARDBOARD MIX:   CLEAN brown paper, corrugated cardboard, and paperboard products (cereal boxes, cracker boxes, Kleenex boxes, etc.). 

TIN/STEEL FERROUS METALS:   CLEAN tin and steel cans, as well as small ferrous items (pots, pans, etc.).   If a magnet sticks to it, then it’s a ferrous metal. 

#1 and #2 PLASTICS:  CLEAN and separate #1 and #2 plastics.


Recycling consists of weekly curbside recycling collection service and a public drop-off station at the city service center in the Industrial Park.  Curbside recycling does not run on holidays.

ECortez is a weekly curb-side pick-up recycling program that the city initiated in July 1991. Currently, the city collects cardboard, aluminum beverage cans, tin and steel cans, glass bottles/jars, office paper, and Type #1 and #2 plastics. 

A public drop-off is located at the City Service Center in the Industrial Park for bulk drop-off of some of these items (cardboard, plastics, and metals).  All recycling products need to be separated into the designated dumpster. You can view a map of the weekly recycling routes.

Paint & Appliances:  There are two PAINTCARE sites in Cortez that recycle unwanted paint, stain, and varnish. 

Empire Electric Association (  EEA now offers refrigerator and recycling credits year round.

How ECOrtez Works:  An 18-gallon green recycling bin is utilized by one and two-family dwellings. These bins are the property of the City of Cortez and each one has a number and is assigned to a particular address. Please set a good example for your neighbors by not using the bin for anything other than recycling.

If you move, please leave the bin at your present address. If you do not intend to use the bin provided, please contact the Recycling Division at 565-7320 ext. 3352 and arrangements will be made to have the bin picked up.

It’s easy to recycle…all you do is separate and store your recyclables within the bin provided and put the bin out by the curb in front of your property on the same day your garbage is normally picked up (some locations may vary). Please have the bin out by 6 a.m.  Recyclables must be placed by the curb in front of your property. If you generate more recyclable material than your bin can hold, you can call the Service Center and have a second bin delivered (limit two per household).  Households may provide their own bins of similar size if they require more room.

Holiday Pick-Ups:  Residential recycling bins will not be emptied on holidays. Holiday pick-up schedules will be posted on the City website.

What happens to all this stuff?  The City contracts with the Montezuma County Landfill to bale the cardboard. The landfill then sells the material to recycling brokerage companies, who in turn sells the raw material on the open market. The aluminum, tin, and steel cans are taken to local scrap yards for processing. The trees and bushes that are pruned by city employees are chipped and used at the golf course and in the parks as mulch.

View a list of additional recycling resources or use the Trash/Recycling app for disposal services in Cortez and Montezuma County.

  1. Colby Earley

    Refuse/Recycling Foreman
    Phone: 970-565-7320 ext. 3352

  2. Public Works

    Physical Address
    110 W Progress Circle
    Cortez, CO 81321

    Fax: 970-565-8356


    Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.