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16550 Hwy 285
Salida, CO  81201



The Landfill will be CLOSED to the General Public on WEDNESDAYS





8 am - 3:30 pm

No vehicles allowed after 

3:30 pm.  All loads must be unloaded by 4 pm 



Chaffee County Landfill


The Landfill will be CLOSED to the General Public on WEDNESDAYS

About the Chaffee County Landfill

The Chaffee County Landfill is located off of Highway 285 approximately eleven miles north of Salida and 14 miles south of the Town of Buena Vista.  Many County residents contract with private haulers to pick up and dispose of household trash. 

See Landfill Fees for general operating and fees associated with the operation of the landfill.

The Chaffee County Landfill recycles electronics, also known as "e-waste".  Click on the link above for rates and items accepted.

Payment is expected at time of services.  Credit cards, Cash or local checks only.  Charge accounts may be set up for businesses by filling out an application (Credit Application for Chaffee County Landfill).  Please include fax numbers for all references; references are checked and applications will not be approved until references clear.  Applicant will be notified by phone or fax upon approval or denial of application.  Submit all credit applications to Chaffee County Waste Disposal, Accounts Receivable, PO Box 699, Salida, CO 81201 or email to; note it's a credit application on the subject line.   

Chaffee County Landfill Closed on Wednesdays for Public Drop-offs, Beginning May 1st

Landfill Closed to General Public on Wednesdays for Regular Maintenance

Effective Wednesday, May 1st, 2024, Chaffee County Landfill will no longer be open to the general public on Wednesdays. This schedule change will allow adequate time for Landfill staff to address on-going equipment maintenance and repair needs, update its tracking systems and regulatory reporting compliance requirements, and manage wind-blown litter pickup. Commercial waste hauler customers will still be able to utilize the Landfill on Wednesdays upon making arrangements with the Landfill manager.

The public is welcome to utilize the Landfill during regular business hours, which will be 8:00 am – 3:30 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (closed Sundays, holidays, and Wednesdays as of May 1st). 

The Landfill looks forward to serving you during its regular open hours. Thank you for your understanding and support of these schedule adaptations that will allow the Chaffee County Landfill to operate more effectively.

Chaffee County Landfill Wind Closure Policy

The Chaffee County Landfill is required to pause operations and close the facility when conditions warrant it, including times of excessive winds that are detected by on-site instruments and/or verified by the National Weather Service.

The safety of landfill customers and employees is very important to Chaffee County Landfill, and conditions are constantly monitored. If the area has increased risk due to high winds or other inclement conditions such as lightning, the facility will close.

If it is a windy or stormy day, customers are advised to call the Landfill at 719.539.3738 before visiting to confirm the facility is open and operating.

In accordance with Colorado regulations, the Chaffee County Landfill will cease accepting refuse during the following conditions:

1. When sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (measured at 5 to 10 minute intervals) are measured for a 30 minute duration.

2. When wind gusts equal or exceed 55 miles per hour that are expected to persist.

3. As otherwise deemed necessary by Chaffee County to prevent nuisance and safety conditions as required by regulations.

Chaffee County will use on-site wind monitoring devices to determine the wind strength and duration in evaluating whether facility closure is required.

Local Radio Stations will be contacted immediately with all closings and re-openings.

County Administration will be contacted before a closure is implemented.

Chaffee County Landfill will not reopen on days of high wind-related closures due the impacts of wind-blown materials, including the cost of labor and materials required to manage debris.

Landfill crew will remain on premises during closures.

Chaffee County Awarded 4 Million Dollar EPA SWIFR Grant for Recycling Facility

Shannon Wilcox
Landfill Manager

Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable

Please note: The Landfill is closed on County Holiday dates.




Chaffee County Government Technology Accessibility Statement: Chaffee County Government is committed to providing equitable access to our services to all Coloradans. Our ongoing accessibility effort works towards being in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1, level AA criteria. We welcome your requests for accommodations and feedback about the accessibility of Chaffee County Government's online services. Please let us know if you encounter accessibility barriers. Chaffee County Government is committed to responding as soon as possible to any outreach. Contact us via Phone: 719-539-2218; E-mail:; Main Address: 104 Crestone, Salida, CO 81201

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