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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Summit County Unveils Silverthorne Recycling Drop-Off Center Below Dillon Dam

Containers for cardboard and plastic at the Silverthorne Recycling Center.

The new drop-off center will expand free public recycling services in eastern Summit County


  • Aaron Byrne, Director, Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP), 970-668-4295 
  • Tom Gosiorowski, Public Works Director, 970-668-4202  

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County opened a new recycling drop-off center Monday, providing easier access to residents and visitors in the northern and eastern sides of the community. The new Silverthorne Recycling Drop-Off Center, located behind the Outlets at Silverthorne, adjacent to the Blue River Ballfields below Dillon Dam, is now open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge.

Summit County and High Country Conservation Center will host a grand opening at 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 18. The event is open to the public, and the first 50 attendees will receive a free resealable food-scrap collection bucket. After a ribbon-cutting at the new recycling center, HC3 will host a recycling education event at 5 p.m. at The Bakers’ Brewery, 531 Silverthorne Ln., Silverthorne.

"We’re so excited to unveil this new recycling drop-off center to our community," Commissioner Thomas Davidson said. "It’s a service that is very much needed on this side of the county, and it’s critical to ensuring we move the needle on waste diversion."

The Silverthorne Recycling Drop-Off Center is made possible by the Summit County Strong Future Fund, approved by voters in 2018. The measure provides $1.7 million per year for waste-diversion services, including food-scrap collection, expanded composting, glass collection, carton recycling, mattress recycling, zero-waste stations in public buildings and increased capacity for recyclable materials at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park (SCRAP).

The new drop-off center offers greater convenience to residents and visitors in the towns of Dillon and Silverthorne and surrounding neighborhoods. Like the Frisco and Breckenridge recycling centers, the Silverthorne site will accept the following recyclable materials:

  • Glass
  • Aluminum
  • Cardboard
  • Mixed metal containers (cans)
  • No. 1 and No. 2 plastics
  • Paper
  • Scrap metal
  • Food scraps
  • Food and beverage cartons (e.g., juice, milk, soup, broth cartons).

The site will not accept household hazardous waste (e.g., pesticide, cleansers, paint, antifreeze, batteries) or electronics, but those items are accepted at the SCRAP, located on Landfill Road in Keystone, free of charge to Summit County residents and property owners. The site does not accept pharmaceuticals, but those items are accepted free of charge at several medication drop-off sites throughout the community, listed at

The Silverthorne Recycling Drop-Off Center is the result of collaboration by several community partners. Denver Water agreed to host the center on its property free of charge to Summit County. The Town of Dillon provided an interim single-stream recycling collection site at Dillon Town Hall for three years, while the County worked to secure funding and identify a long-term location for a full-size source-separated drop-off site. High Country Conservation Center is providing community education on the new location.

"Having this infrastructure in place in the Silverthorne-Dillon area represents a major step forward towards our waste-diversion goals," SCRAP Director Aaron Byrne said. "We know how deeply this community cares about our environment, and this new site will make it more convenient for everyone to protect it." 

For detailed information on recycling guidelines at all three of Summit County’s free recycling drop-off centers, visit High Country Conservation Center’s website at


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