Trash Removal

Trash & Recycling

The Cordillera Property Owners Association (CPOA) provides residential trash and recycling services to Cordillera Property Owners. This program is not intended for contractors or construction debris. Cordillera’s designated contractor is Vail Honeywagon. 


Trash is picked up every Tuesday except when a holiday falls on either Monday or Tuesday, in which case Cordillera’s trash will be picked up on Wednesday. Recycling is picked up every other week. For complete schedule visit Vail Honeywagon’s website

Trash Containers

Cordillera and Eagle County have imposed regulations addressing how trash and garbage are handled in order to protect people and wildlife. Cordillera property owners each receive one 90-gallon bear resistant trash container and one recycling container. Cordillera Property Owners are required to use bear-resistant containers when their trash and garbage is at the street. Bear-resistant containers are intended to “resist” the efforts of a bear to gain entry. When trash containers are at the street, the lids must be completely closed and the latches secured. Trash containers may be at the curb between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. the day of pickup; they may not be left out overnight. Trash containers left out past authorized hours will be tagged. Property owners who leave trash containers out repeatedly will be fined.  

Recycling containers are not required to be bear resistant. Additional trash outside of the one container is subject to additional charges. Examples include lawn debris, bags of trash, appliances, construction material, carpet, etc.

Cordillera's regulations refer to Bear Proof and Bear Resistant Containers. A bear proof container is any container that a bear cannot access, typically a steel container with a lid that can be secured. Any garbage or other food source left outdoors, except for the day of trash pickup, such as at construction sites, must be stored in bear proof containers or enclosures. 

A bear resistant container is designed to restrict a bear's access to a trash container, but given enough time and energy, a bear will get in. Bear resistant containers must be used when garbage is at the curb. Lids must be closed and properly secured. 

Contact Public Safety at 970-926-2335 or Vail Honeywagon at 970-476-3511 for repairs to lids and latches.

Community Operations Dumpsters (Single Stream Recycling)

The CPOA administers Community Dumpsters and Recycling for property owners who cannot use the scheduled pickups or who have extra garbage/recycling. Community dumpsters are not for construction debris, landscaping debris of hazardous materials or chemicals. Community dumpsters are located above the Cordillera Post Office, behind the Cordillera Metro District maintenance facility on the left side of Carterville Road. 

This area is secured by a gate that will only open for property owners' transponders/gate access devices. Property managers and others cannot access this area.

Acceptable Items for Cordillera Dumpsters

Trash: Non-hazardous residential solid waste e.g. household trash. 

Recycling: All glass beverage containers (all colors); aluminum, steel and tin cans; rinsed and empty plastic containers (#1 through #7); cleaned and flattened corrugated cardboard boxes (corrugated means it has an undulating layer between two flat layers); office paper (not shredded); magazines and newspapers. 

Please remove recycling items from plastic bags. Plastic bags are not recyclable when holding other recycling materials. Plastic bags contaminate the whole dumpster, thus rendering the whole dumpster trash.

Unacceptable Items for Cordillera Dumpsters

Trash: No hazardous waste including paints, motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, fuels, household cleaners, pesticides, pool chemicals, solvents and thinners; batteries; fluorescent light bulbs; refrigerators and freezers; e-waste, televisions, computers and printers; prescription drugs; tires and yard waste.

Recycling: No plastic bags or materials in plastic bags; plastic utensils; needles or syringes; ceramics or Pyrex; Styrofoam; hazardous materials; napkins or paper towels; box board (cereal boxes); shredded paper; mirrors; light bulbs; dishes; six-pack holders; #7 PLA plastics.
When in doubt, keep it out!

Unacceptable trash and recycling items can be taken to the Eagle County Solid Waste & Recycling facility (the dump) located in Wolcott.