Community Recycle Center (CRC)

!!!NEW CRC Sponsorship Program!!!

The CRC is located at 1000 East Sand Flats Road (just past the animal shelter), and is OPEN Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm and Saturdays from 8am-1pm (CLOSED on Sundays and Holidays). Due to COVID-19, the CRC is operating with strict protocols for customers (see below).  The CRC is closed for most federal holidays and July 25th for Pioneer Day (see the home page for a list of observed holidays).

Electronics and Universal Waste Recycling is NOW being offered EVERY SATURDAY!!! FEES APPLY!!!

Materials Accepted at the Community Recycle Center

!!!FREE Recycling Drop-off for Loads less than 1 Cubic Yard!!!

As of January 2019, ​the CRC accepts the following source-separated commodities



  • #1 Plastic (threaded bottles and jars ONLY!)
    • Please remove lids and rinse
    • NO clamshells  NO #3-#7 plastics
  • #2 Natural Plastic (milk jugs that are transparent/see-through)
    • Please remove lids and rinse
    • NO clamshells  NO #3-#7 plastics
  • #2 Colored/Rainbow Plastic (detergent containers, solid colored containers)
    • Please remove lids and rinse
    • NO clamshells  NO #3-#7 plastics
  • Look for the recycle symbol and plastics code identifier (typically located on the bottom of the container)
  • Plastics #3 through #7 and clamshell containers are NOT currently accepted at the CRC

​Did you know:

There are 40 classes of plastics? #1 bottles (PET – Polyethylene terephthalate) and #2 Natural (milk) jugs (HDPE – High Density Polyethylene) have the highest value per ton for all plastics and the highest Greenhouse Gas (GHG) savings when recycled.

  • The Society of Plastic Industries in 1988 developed a Resin Identification Code to identify some of the more common plastics used. The codes were quickly adopted for use in recycling. The RIN are as follows;
    • #1 PET or PETE – Polyethylene Terephthalate. Found in water and many soda bottles.
    • #2 HDPE – High Density Polyethylene. Found in Detergent Bottles and milk jugs. Milk jugs are considered, “natural” as no coloring or additional materials are added and therefore they are of higher value.
    • #3 PVC – Polyvinyl chloride. Most often found in plumbing but also shower curtains and some outdoor furniture.
    • #4 LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene. Outdoor furniture, food clamshells, shower curtains.
    • #5 PP – Polypropylene. Bottle caps, drinking straws, yoghurt containers, some Ensure containers, some items are compostable, many are not.
    • #6 PS – Polystyrene. Styrofoam containers, disposable cups/silverware, food containers.
    • #7 Other. Anything that is not a number 1 through 6, such as Polyester (clothing), Polycarbonate (glasses/contacts), Polyamides or Nylon (toothbrush bristles, socks), Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (electronic cases for printers, computers and similar), Polytetrafluoroethylene or Teflon (non stick surface for frying pans), Polyetheretherketone (medical implants), and many more plastics.
  • Diverting one ton of PET water/soda bottles saves 1.02 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  • Recycling one ton of HDPE-natural saves 0.34 metric tonnes of GHG emissions.
  • Plastic can only be recycled about one time and then it can no longer be recycled


  • Newspaper 
    • Please remove rubber bands 
  • Office Paper (copy, computer, and shredded paper)
    • Please remove spiral binders
  • Mixed Paper (magazines/catalogs, cereal/cracker/soda boxes, paper towel rolls, chipboard, file folders, junk mail, phone books)
    • Please remove rubber bands and spiral binders
  • Cardboard (corrugated)
    • Please break down/flatten & remove all non-corrugated materials
    • NO waxed cardboard  NO pizza boxes
  • Books (hard or soft bound)
    • Please attempt to provide for reuse first
    • NO catalogs, magazines, telephone directories

Did you know:

  • The Egyptians began using papyrus which used reeds along the Nile River in about 3000 BC
  • The “official” invention of paper was in China around 105 AD. Before that silk, goat skins, papyrus, and stone/clay tablets were used for record keeping.
  • The toilet paper roll was made in 1890
  • Toilet paper became tissue in 1907
  • The first paper towel rolls were made in 1931
  • Paper is made from evergreen conifers but can also be made from bamboo, cotton, jute, hemp, and other plant material
  • Recycling one ton of clean newsprint saves 2.28 metric tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Recycling one ton of office paper saved 1.95 metric tonnes of GHG emissions
  • Recycling one ton of corrugated cardboard saves 3.12 metric tonnes of GHG emissions
  • Recycling one ton of books saves 2.44 metric tonnes of GHG emissions
  • Paper can only be recycled about 4-7 times before it is no longer viable for recycling. BUT it might be good for composting in the future!


  • Aluminum Cans (will not stick to magnets)
    • Please rinse
    • NO tin foil  NO foil trays 
  • Tin/Steel Cans (sticks to magnets)
    • Please rinse
    • NO excessive food residue
  • Small Propane Cans (camping stoves)
    • See District staff at the CRC if dropping off these potentially hazardous items
      • Compressed and flammable gases can constitute serious safety risks
  • Scrap steel is accepted at the Moab Landfill for free!

Did you know:

  • Recycling one pound of tin/steel cans can save enough energy to light a 60 watt light bulb for 26 hours or run a TV for 3 hours
  • Tin/steel cans can be recycled over and over again
  • About 12.3 million tons of steel waste is generated in the United States each year and only about 15.4% of the steel in the waste stream is recycled
  • Every day Americans use ​enough steel and tin cans to construct a steel pipeline running from Los Angeles to New York City and back again!
  • For every ton of steel cans recycled, there is a 75% reduction in energy consumption and the following materials do not need to be mined: 1.246 tons of iron ore, .697 tons of coal, and .059 tons of limestone
  • Recycling one ton of tin/steel cans saves 1.24 metric tons of GHG emissions
  • Aluminum cans are the most recycled product and can be recycled and back on the grocery shelf as a new can in 60 days
  • Recycling one ton of aluminum reduces the need to mine raw materials equating to 4 tons of bauxite ore, saves about 14,000 kilowatt hours (roughly 40 barrels of oil), and saves about 8.60 metric tons of GHG emissions
  • Aluminum foil and trays are prepared in a different manner and have other items to make them flexible, so they cannot be recycled with aluminum cans


  • Glass Bottles and Jars
    • Please remove lids and rinse
    • Separate by color (clear, brown, blue/green)
    • NO excessive food residue  NO windows  NO Plate Glass  NO lightbulbs

Did you know:

  • Glass is made from sand, soda ash, limestone, and cullet
  • Glass is heavy and is being replaced by plastics for transportation
  • Health concerns regarding silica dust were addressed by OSHA in 2017 by OSHA; silica dust is created when glass is crushed into fine sand like particles.


  • Please see our events page for information
    • Electronic Waste
    • Batteries
    • Mercury Containing Devices
    • Household Hazardous Waste

History of the Community Recycle Center

The recycling center was created in 1991 by a non-profit group known as Canyonlands Community Recycling. This wonderful group brought recycling to life in Moab.  Their hard work and dedication to the environment has made recycling a household word in Moab.  In July of 2010, Canyonlands Community Recycling transferred the management and operation of the CRC to the Solid Waste District so that they could pursue the goal of furthering education and recycling in the community. Canyonlands Community Recycling now functions under the non-profit organization known as the Resiliency Hub.

The Solid Waste District took over the CRC operation in July 2010 and is committed to continuing, promoting, and expanding recycling in Grand County and northern San Juan County.  At the Community Recycle Center, the District accepts a variety of recycling products and processes them for shipping to domestic markets/brokers and processing plants, where available.  Residents may drop off recyclables for free, whereas commercial entities are charged a fee to offset the recycling costs.  Source-separated products are stored in a staging area until enough is accumulated for processing into bales.  A pricing and shipping contract is then negotiated.  A primary goal of the District is to ensure that the CRC is financially supported as much as possible by the sale of products.  When the prices are not favorable, products may be stored on site or the District may make the unfavorable decision to not accept products, such as plastics #3 through #7.

A key District goal is to encourage the saving of resources by increasing the materials diverted from the waste stream:  In 2017, the estimated regional recycling rate was over 13 %; however, the overall waste diversion rate for the District reached 23% because of the diversion of clean green waste at the Moab Landfill.  The diverted material is chipped into mulch.  Some of the material has been diverted into windrows with the first composting effort conducted in 2017 as a learning project.  The District does have a permit to conduct composting operations at the Moab Landfill and will make another attempt in 2019.  At the present time, the District has unscreened compost as well as mulch available for purchase.  Due to personnel shortages and the global economy impacts starting first from China, the recycling rate has decreased as many commodities are no longer accepted for recycling as there are no reasonable markets.  Efforts are underway to find recycling markets as well as to encourage REFUSE, REUSE and REPURPOSE philosophies, instead of simply relying on recycling to reduce material into the local landfills.