Yampa Valley Recycles DEPOT provides an outlet for hard-to-recycle items. These items often contain materials that are banned from landfills because they leach toxic contaminants, spark fires, or otherwise create nuisance conditions. Hard-to-recycle items, such as electronics, are typically disassembled and sorted into various components for recycling. Recycling these materials achieves two goals. It helps to protect public health and the environment by keeping them out of landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions by reusing in lieu of mining and harvesting virgin materials.

Traditionally Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has offered bi-annual drop-off events for hard-to-recycle materials. These events have been highly successful, diverting more than 65 tons of materials in 2019. Building on that success, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council in partnership with Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs, is making hard-to-recycle diversion convenient and sustainable by offering a year-round drop-off location for these items.

Fee Schedule

How it Works

Bring your hard-to-recycle items to the DEPOT during our weekly drop off hours (see below). Plan to park in a designated parking space and carry all items into the facility unassisted. There will be a wagon onsite for customer use if needed. If no parking space is available, please plan to return later. Do not leave your vehicle in a space not designated for parking. Items will be counted and/or weighed by DEPOT staff, who will then direct customers to designated bins to deposit their items and process payments. Please plan to carry all mattresses to the designated trailer and help DEPOT staff load and stack them. Both our facility and mattress trailer are in a semi-outdoor environment, so please dress appropriately for the weather.

Hours of Operation

Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Noon to 4 p.m.

Recycle Fees

Fees vary according to item type and amount. Some fees are based on the number of items and others are based on weights. Please see the current fee schedule.

Materials Currently Accepted

cannot accept shattered bulbs and electronics or expanded batteries
  • Electronics
  • Fluorescent lamps (4’ and 8’)
  • U tube/ circline fluorescent lamps
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL)
  • 2’ minus linear pin-based fluorescent lamps
  • HID lamps
  • Large CFLs (i.e. 125W screw base)
  • Incandescent/ halogen lamps
  • Scattershield/shielded fluorescent lamps
  • UV lamps
  • LED lamps
  • Batteries (including lead acid)
  • Mercury containing devices
  • CO/Smoke Detectors
  • Ballasts
  • Mattresses/box springs
  • Printer ink cartridges

Item Limitations

If you are dropping off more than three large items (TVs, mattresses), or an excessive amount of any accepted item, please call ahead to ensure that there is adequate capacity. YVR Depot has limited room and reserves the right to refuse large quantities of materials.Email or call our YVSC Waste Diversion Director to learn more.

Our Vendors

Blue Star Recyclers is the vendor used for electronics. Blue Star Recyclers is an award-winning 501c3 social enterprise. Their core mission is recycling electronics and other materials to create local jobs for people with autism and other disAbilities. Your e waste turns into real, local jobs. Your recycling fees help Blue Star achieve over 90% self-sustainability and pay their workers real wages. Blue Star Recyclers provides a 100% solution to two critical problems: less than 20% of electronic waste is recycled and more than 80% of people with disabilities are unemployed. Blue Star receives no government funding, and they keep the income they earn in the communities they serve.

Brite Ideas is the vendor used for light bulbs and batteries. Brite Ideas is out of Glenwood Springs and was launched to provide a mercury lamp collection and disposal service for the state of Colorado after recognizing the need. This service was created for contractors (electrical, general, HVAC) as well as business owners and homeowners to properly dispose of their mercury filled devices and universal waste.

Spring Back Colorado Mattress Recycling is the vendor used for mattresses. Spring Back is a nonprofit social enterprise working to achieve a triple bottom line: people, planet, and purpose. Their mattress recycling process breaks down over 90% of each mattress into individual components (steel, foam, ticking, cotton, wood) and recycles or re-purposes them. Their work doesn’t stop there. Spring Back Colorado’s triple bottom line is to employ the disenfranchised and those with barriers to employment, cultivate environmental stewardship, and work towards social justice. Their program gives employees an opportunity to re-establish themselves and strengthen their path to recovery and prosperity.
Email or call our YVSC Waste Diversion Director to learn more.

Fee Schedule