What We Recycle


We accept most types of cardboard.  This includes corrugated and paperboard cardboard. Drop off is free at all of our locations.

Cardboard is the single largest component of waste from businesses going to our landfill and it is one of the easiest items to recycle. So don’t throw it in the dump – recycle it!

  1. Break down and flatten your cardboard, corrugated cardboard or paper-board (cereal boxes, etc) and stack in an intact box.

  2. Do not include any cardboard contaminated with oil, grease, food or chemicals.

  3. Bring your cardboard to one of our drop-off locations.

  4. We would be happy to come and pick up cardboard at your place of business for a minimal fee. Call us to set up a schedule 719-468-0254.

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If it plugs in, it’s recyclable! Bring your electronics to our Swink location

Recycling Fees:

  • No charge:  computer towers*, laptops, servers, ink cartridges, cell phones, small appliances
  • 20 cents/lb:  general E-waste: printers, AV equipment, IT components, scanners, keyboards, mice, flatscreen monitors
  • 40 cents/lb:  TV’s,  CRT monitors

* For data destruction, take your computer to Triad Computer Systems at 1321 E 3rd in La Junta. They will certifiably erase all personal data and then recycle your computer through Clean Valley.

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We accept glass bottles and jars of any color.  Our glass is recycled by MillerCoors into beer bottles.


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Metals (free drop off at our Swink Location): Aluminum, Steel, Copper, Brass, Tin Cans, Appliances (except for appliances with Freon), and other metals

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The Paint Recycling Program at CVR makes recycling your leftover paint easy and drop-off is FREE!  All that is required is that containers have the original labels on them and lids are secure.  

clean valley recycling paint

Usable paint will be re-purposed and sold at a much reduced price of between $5 and $10 per gallon!  This is a great opportunity to avoid the high cost of paint at retail stores by buying good recycled paint.  Unusable paint will be disposed of ethically through the state-wide paint recycling program PaintCare.



We accept shredded paper, junk mail, newspapers, magazines, books, catalogues, and office paper. 

Our newspaper is recycled into blow-in insulation for homes.  Office paper and magazines are recycled into toilet paper.  

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Pay-Per-Bag Plastics Recycling.  We accept plastic bottles, jar, jugs, tubs, and buckets.

Simply purchase a recycling bag, fill it with your clean recyclables, and drop it off at one of our drop-off locations.

  • Cost: $3.00 per 40 gallon bag
  • Make sure containers are empty & clean.
  • Please don’t cut up plastic as we sort it by type before baling & shipping


Acceptable Plastics:  bottles and containers #1 #2 #5

Some common examples of these numbers can be (but are not limited to):

#1 PET: soda bottles, water bottles, most single use drinking bottles

#2 HDPE: milk jugs, detergent jugs, soap bottles, large supplement tubs, triple-rinsed chemical jugs

#5 PP: medicine bottles, dairy tubs

PVC irrigation pipe: Pipes need to be fairly clean, Remove gates & Cut to approximate 4 ft lengths


Non Acceptable Plastics:

#3 PVC: bottles, containers

#4 LDPE: bottles, containers

#6 PS: compact disc jackets, tableware, containers, styrofoam

#7 Other: reusable bottles, etc.

No plastic film – bubble wrap, clear plastic wrap, 6-pack plastic, ziplock bags, trash bags, pet food bags, or   frozen vegetable or meat bags.

A portion of the proceeds from our plastics recycling program benefits student organizations and other nonprofits who volunteer to help recycle on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in scheduling your organization to help, visit our volunteers page.

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Don’t throw your books away – Clean Valley Recycling wants them! The best books are saved and placed in our library. Hard back books are sold for $1 each and soft back books are sold for 25 cents each.


Reclaimed Building Materials

Looking for supplies for your home improvement project?  Stop in at Clean Valley’s recycle center to see what we’ve got available. 

If you’re doing some remodeling or demolition you can donate your used/surplus building materials to Clean Valley Recycling at our Swink location on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-4pm.  We also do pickups.  There may be a pickup fee of $25 depending on the value of the material(s) to be picked up.  Call us if you have any questions about what we accept and how to schedule a pickup.

Phone: 719-468-0254   Email: [email protected]

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We accept beverage cartons and shelf stable cartons.

You can turn cartons into recycled wallboard
You can turn your cartons into high performance wall material! ♻️ When you bring your cartons to CVR we send them to GFL Environmental in Colorado Springs. They are made into 100% recycled, High-Performing, Healthy Green Building Materials. All ReWall products feature 100% recycled content, moisture and abuse resistance, highest mold resistance rating by ASTM D3273 (10), no VOCs, and Class C or higher flame spread rating. Their zero-water, zero-waste process with a miniature carbon footprint differs vastly from manufacturing of the traditional materials they replace. ReWall uses no formaldehyde glues or hazardous chemicals. They take a typically hard-to-recycle composite material (cartons) and upcycle them into very durable, moisture- and mold-resistant composite panels.