The Summit County Resource Allocation Park, also known as the SCRAP, is home to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) where all the materials collected from the recycling drop-off centers come to be organized, baled, and shipped. It is also home to the High Country Compost Facility and the landfill.
All recyclables collected at the Summit County drop sites or picked up by local recycling companies are taken to the MRF. Recyclables are then sorted and baled for shipment. To read more about the entire process, including the differences between single stream and the drop-off centers, check out this Ask Eartha article, “What happens to my recycling”. Remember, as a recycler, you ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the process when you rinse your items and recycle only what’s accepted locally.
Hard to recycle items and household hazardous waste materials such as batteries, TVs, and paint are also accepted. If you are a Summit County resident or homeowner, household hazardous waste and electronics are free to drop off! Just bring proof of residency or home ownership.
To learn more about what items are accepted locally, and to find a drop-off center near you, visit our page Recycling in Summit County.
High Country Compost
The High Country Compost Facility is where food scraps from homes, schools, and businesses are transported and transformed into Grade A, high-nutrient High County Compost. This compost (perfect for boosting your garden, house plants, or yard) is available to purchase. Click here for more information about purchasing local compost.
Everything that is thrown into a trash can in Summit County ends up in the landfill. It is a common misconception that materials in landfills break down. Before you throw it into the garbage, make sure your waste cannot be composted or recycled. By keeping waste out of the landfill we are able to make extend its life and keep our pristine mountain environment clean.
See for yourself what happens to recyclables after you drop them off at the recycling center or how food scraps get transformed into High Country Compost. Join HC3 for a tour of the SCRAP. Available to school groups, community groups, students, families, and more.
A big thanks to the Copper Environmental Foundation for generously supporting the design and construction of the interpretive displays at the SCRAP and Breckenridge Recycling Center.