Fraser's "The Drop" Offers Convenient, Year-Round Pay-As-You-Throw Trash + Free Recycling  

Whether you call Grand County home year-round or part-time, The Drop just might be the solution for your trash and recycling needs here in the Fraser Valley. The Fraser Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) program incentivizes recycling while also giving homeowners and visitors flexibility with waste disposal. We call that a win-win! If weekly trash pick up services through companies like Ranch Creek Waste, The Trash Company, and Waste Management aren't ideal for your situation, The Drop offers this welcome alternative. And by offering free single-stream recycling, they reduce quantities of trash going to the landfill AND save you money - the less you throw away and the more you recycle, the more you save!

The initiative is a realized vision of The Town of Fraser and its vision for sustainability and lowering greenhouse gases. They partnered with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to build the facility and now manage its operations. Opened for public use in summer of 2018, The Drop continues to grow in popularity. 


You can pick up the official "The Drop" 40-gallon yellow trash bags (complete with a map to the facility conveniently printed on each one) all over town. Stop in Safeway, Murdoch’s, Fraser Ace Hardware, Fraser/Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Fraser Town Hall, Winter Park Town Hall, and The Drop (during open hours) to grab as many as you need. Offered in packages of five or individually, bags run $8.50 each and are good until you're ready to use them! 


Recycling is free of charge for household/residential use. But since the facility is run on PAYT trash bag purchases, donations are appreciated (but not required!) for recycling. 

The single-stream recycling maximizes user efficiency and makes recycling as easy as it gets. No need to sort - just bring the approved items and add them to the mixed recycling container.

Items accepted:

  • Flattened Cardboard
  • Plastic Bottles and Containers Labeled #1 - #7
  • Office Paper and Junk Mail
  • Phone Books
  • Paperboard
  • Brown Paper Bags
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Glass Bottles and Jars
  • Steel or tin Cans and Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Aluminum Cans, Aluminum Foil, and Pie Tins
  • Wrapping Paper without bows (no glittery wrapping paper)


The Drop is located right across from the Historic Fraser Tubing Hill at 440 GCR 72 in Fraser about a quarter mile south of the light by Safeway and Murdoch’s. 


The Drop is open for waste and recycling drop off Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. 


We'd love to share more details about the ins and outs of using The Drop. Or if you're looking for more information about trash and recycling options for your mountain home, we'll point you in the right direction! Reach out with any questions - we're always here as a resource for you!

Posted by Leah Bishop on


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