Special Waste Disposal

Electronic Waste

Electronic devices contain lead, chromium, cadmium, mercury, and other toxic materials. When discarded in a landfill, toxic substances from these devices can leach into the soil and groundwater.

Colorado residents are no longer allowed to place electronic devices in the trash, under the Electronic Recycling Jobs Act (SB 133). Instead, e-waste must be taken to a recycling facility. Electronic devices included in the Act are: television sets, computers, computer monitors, peripherals, printers, fax machines, laptops, electronic tablets, DVD players, VCRs, radios, stereos, video game consoles and video display devices with viewing screens greater than four inches diagonally.

An E-Waste Fact Sheet provides additional information about the act.

Recycling Options

The following businesses provide convenient, local e-waste recycling services:

City of Montrose Public Works
1221 6450 Road
Ph: 970-240-1400
Electronics with glass screens only
Recycling page for restrictions
Montrose County Landfill
67999 Landfill Road
Ph: 970-249-8078
$0.45 fee per pound
Office Depot
2201 S. Townsend Ave.
Ph: 970-240-3859
Fee for shipping box
Recla Metals
136 S. Maple Ave.
Ph: 970-249-7922
Monitors and TVs not accepted

Other Disposal/Waste Reduction Options

Donate it - If an electronic item is still usable, consider donating it to a friend, neighbor, or charity that could put it to good use. Before donating electronics to a charity, be sure to confirm with them that they will accept the item.

Sell it - Selling electronic items frees up storage space around your home and puts money in your pocket. At the same time, it allows someone else to use the item without purchasing new equipment that will eventually add to the e-waste stream. Electronics tend to lose value quickly - the longer they are stored, the less they are worth.

Purchase wisely - Research electronic purchases and buy quality products that are more likely to last. Better quality translates into lower cost over the lifespan of the item and helps reduce e-waste.


While not considered to be hazardous waste, leftover paint can be a toxic substance in landfills. Paint waste must be dried before it is considered to be non-hazardous. It can then be safely thrown in the trash. Paint can be dried more quickly by mixing sand into the wet paint and allowing the mixture to harden. 

Alternatives to Disposal

Swap paint – Donating unused paint to a project is a cost-effective and gratifying way to ensure that paint does not go to waste. 

Purchase wisely – By measuring the right amount of paint for a specific job, you can cut your costs and lower the amount of unused paint a project can produce. A paint calculator is an effective tool to estimate how much paint you will need.

Recycle it – Take unused paint to a Paint Care drop-off location near you. View the Paint Care program flyer

Household Hazardous Waste

Household hazardous waste includes products that contain toxic, corrosive, highly reactive or flammable materials. According to the EPA, items such as batteries, household cleaners, and paint are considered to be hazardous.

Improper disposal of household hazardous waste can be a serious detriment to yourself, your community, and the environment. Throwing these materials away, dumping them down the drain, and storing them improperly can lead to water contamination, environmental damage, risk of explosion, and other dire consequences.

The city holds special events for the collection of household hazardous waste. Event notification is provided on the city's website and Facebook page.

Alternatives to Disposal

Try these alternatives to disposing household hazardous waste:

Buy only what you need – Reducing the amount of hazardous materials you purchase will reduce the amount left over from a project. 

Try alternatives to hazardous materials – Common household items (vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice) work very well to scrub surfaces, deodorize, and clean glass. The EPA has some handy tips for using these items to clean your home.

Use it! – There is no better disposal for a product than using it for its intended purpose.