Trash & Recycling Services
The city's Single-Stream Curbside Recycling Program began in 2013. This service is provided without additional cost to all of the city's residential sanitation customers.
Billing is coordinated by the city's Finance Department.
The Residential Sanitation Services Guide provides information about the city's trash collection services.
Residential trash is collected on a fixed, once-a-week schedule. Trash collection routes have been established for maximum efficiency of operation. Contact the Sanitation Division for the pickup day for a specific location.
All trash containers must be at curbside no later than 6 a.m. am on the scheduled collection day. The city is not responsible for missed collections resulting from late placement of the container.
Non-residential customers can arrange pickup for up to four days per week, Monday through Thursday. Contact the Sanitation Division for pickup schedules for a specific location.
Scheduled trash collections that fall on a City-observed holiday will be rescheduled to occur on another day of the same week, as described in the Holiday Schedule and Routes Map document. Customers with questions about holiday collection schedules can also call 970-240-1480.
The holidays observed by the city are: New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Rates & Additional Services
Visit the Recycling Services page for complete information about the city's programs for reducing waste volume by recycling, composting, and encouraging waste avoidance.
Illegal dumping increases the cost of city sanitation services and spoils the appearance of our community. It is illegal to deposit refuse on streets, alleys, or any other public area or to use any city trash container without authorization.
Illegal dumping is punishable by a maximum $1000 fine and up to one year in jail.
Your cooperation is needed to stop illegal dumping. If you observe illegal dumping, collect vehicle license numbers and any other information that will help identify the offender. Then contact the city's Code Enforcement Officer immediately.
Federal, state, and local laws limit the types of waste that can be placed for collection by the city. Items that should not be included in routine trash collection include toxic, explosive, hazardous or extremely flammable materials, materials contaminated with contagious diseases, and dead animals. The Sanitation Division of Public Works to provides special collection services for construction waste, furniture and appliances, tree limbs, freight packaging and other materials that are not allowed under the routine trash collection service. Fees will be charged on the customer's monthly utility bill according to the amount and type of materials that are collected. To schedule a special pick up, call 970-240-1480 or 970-240-1400.
Local businesses and organizations provide recycling services for some types of special waste. These recycling services are listed in the City of Montrose Recycling Guide. Helpful disposal information is available for the following types of waste:
When funds are available, the city schedules special events for the collection of household hazardous waste. No events are scheduled at this time.
Special Guidance for Businesses
It is important for business owners to be informed about waste handling and disposal regulations that apply to their operations. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's (CDPHE) “Guide to Generator Requirements of the Colorado Hazardous Waste Regulations” is a particularly helpful resource to helping businesses comply with the law.
Other valuable compliance information and resources are available from the CDPHE website.