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Trash and Recycling

Trash and Recycling

This page includes some valuable information about trash Collection Schedules, Billing, Recycling, Frequently Asked Questions, and the upcoming transition to the Town of Carbondale.
Transition to Town of Carbondale
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the Board of Trustees approved a contract with Mountain Waste & Recycling to provide residential trash and recycling service within the Town of Carbondale. Though most of the town will transition to this new service on September 30th, River Valley Ranch has a contract with Mountain Waste & Recycling through March 31, 2020. Therefore, RVR homeowners do NOT need to sign up with the Town of Carbondale until Spring of 2020. We will provide further details as the time approaches. In the meantime, you can read about the service and pricing options on their website here.

Additional Services

Mountain Waste & Recycling is extending its services to the RVR community by offering additional services at a discounted rate. Click HERE for a preferred pricing sheet! Mountain Waste & Recycling can also be reached at 970-963-3435.

Collection Schedule

Trash will be collected one day a week, every Tuesday between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:30 pm. As always, your trash may be placed curbside NO EARLIER THAN 6:00 a.m. and must be taken in NO LATER THAN 8:00 p.m. on collection day. Trash and recyclables are picked-up on the same day.

Click here to view the 2020 Trash Collection Calendar.

Initiate Trash Collection Service or Trash Service Holds

If you need to Initiate Trash Collection Service, click HERE. Please provide 7 – 14 days notice.

Trash Service Holds will be considered only on the basis of full calendar months with a minimum of 7 days notice.
Please click HERE to request a Trash Service Hold or Restart.

Holiday Collection Schedule

MRI observes the following holidays: Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. (Note: This is due to the landfills being closed on these holidays.)

Trash will be picked up on Wednesday when one of these holidays falls on a Tuesday.

Trash Containers

RVR residents will receive a 96-gallon container and recycling tub. The trash containers are wildlife resistant, but not wildlife proof. Please take adequate precautions to ensure your trash is contained totally within the trash cart and the lid is closed firmly.


RVR residents receive one recycling tub and may request a second tub at no additional charge.  Residents requiring a third bin will be charged $15.00 per month.  Convenient single-stream recycling at RVR means that you do not need to sort your recycling.  

What Recyclable Items Are Allowed?

  • Number 1 – 7 plastics (see description below)
  • Mixed color glass bottles and jars
  • Aluminum cans and foil
  • Tin and steel cans
  • Newspaper, cardboard, and magazines bundles on top, beside, or below the tub (see illustration above)

Allowable Plastics:

Plastic #1 -PET or PETE (Polyethylene terephthalate)
Soft drink/water/beer/mouthwash bottles; peanut butter,salad dressing,vegetable oil; oven containers

Plastic #2 -HDPE (High density polyethylene)
Milk/juice bottles; bleach/detergent/household cleaner/shampoo/motor oil bottles, butter/yogurt tubs

Plastic #3 -V (Vinyl) or PVC
Window cleaner/detergent/shampoo/cooking oil bottles, clear food packaging; medical equipment/siding/windows/piping

Plastic #4 -LDPE (Low density polyethylene)
Squeezable bottles; bread, frozen food, dry cleaning and shopping bags; tote bags; clothing; furniture; carpet

Plastic #5 -PP (Polypropylene)
Some yogurt containers, syrup bottles, ketchup bottles; caps, straws, medicine bottles

Plastic #6 -PS (Polystyrene)
Disposable plates and cups; meat trays; egg cartons; carry-out containers; aspirin bottles; compact disc cases

Plastic #7 -Miscellaneous
Three and five-gallon water bottles, ‘bullet-proof’ materials, sunglasses, DVDs, ipod and computer cases, signs/displays, nylon

What Recyclable Items Are NOT Allowed?

  • Aerosol cans
  • Batteries of any kind
  • Household chemicals, motor oil, anti-freeze
  • Light bulbs, mirrors, window glass
  • Medical waste
  • Plastic items that do not have a recycling symbol
  • Styrofoam
  • Tyvek shipping envelopes (the kind used by over-night shipping companies)

Billing and Customer Service

Trash and Recycling Collection will become part of the Master Association Services that are provided to all RVR homeowners. The $24 per month Trash Collection assessment will be added to your monthly Master Association dues.

The RVR staff members are happy to be your point-of-contact for Trash and Recycling service needs. Because we are on-site and available daily to all members of the RVR community, we feel we are in the best position to respond to your questions and needs and ensure that you get the very best, problem free service possible. 

If you have trash collection related problems or questions. Just call (970)963-6300, extension 302. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Unimproved Lots
Q: I own a lot; will I be billed for trash/recycling service?
A: No. Empty lots or a home without a Certificate of Occupancy will not be billed.

Q: I dispose of my trash at my nearby business; will I be billed for RVR trash/recycling collection?
A: No. Residents who dispose of their refuse themselves will sign an agreement that they will not have service at their residence by another hauler. Keep in mind that the Town of Carbondale does not permit garbage drops anywhere.

Alternative Hauler
Q: Can I choose to use another trash hauler?
A: While residents may use a hauler other than MWR, you will still be billed for the RVR community contracted service as well. So, you would be opting to pay twice for trash and recycling services. Please remember that the primary purpose of this program is to reduce truck traffic on our streets. 

Concerns and Questions
Q: Who should I contact with a trash/recycling problem or question?
A: RVR staff will be providing all the Customer Service for Trash and Recycling program…and we are just a phone call away! Call (970) 963-6300, extension 302 and we will help you resolve any issue you might have!

Service Stops
Q: When I am not in town, can I put a stop on my trash service?
A: Yes. Service and billing can be stopped for a full calendar month with at least 7 days notice to RVR staff. You will receive quarterly refunds for all documented service stops.

Policy for Trash and Recycling Collection at River Valley Ranch