Sustainability Tips For Your Next Trip To Breckenridge

Breckenridge Grand Vacations believes that we have an important role to play in our community. That is why we are so committed to our sustainable efforts. Our mission is to dedicate ourselves to responsible business practices that ensure minimal impact to the local mountain environment by mindful development, resource conservation, and waste reduction.

Check out these tips to make your next visit to the mountains as green as possible! With your help, we can continue to meet and exceed our sustainability goals.

Recycling in the high country can present unique challenges and regulations. The rules here in Breckenridge are likely different from your hometown. One of the fundamental goals of BGV Sustainability is to increase our waste diversion rates. By following signage and guidelines, you can help us to meet our goals while having a positive impact on our environment! Let this recycling how-to be your green guide!


  • Plastic: Bottles, jugs, and tubs
    • Plastics 1 and 2 are accepted in single-stream recycling bins. Please remove lids! 
  • Aluminum and tin cans
  • Paper and cardboard


  • Jars and bottles
  • Glass must be separated from single-stream recycling bins. Glass-specific bins are available at your resort!
  • Please remove lids or corks

Do Not Recycle

  • Cartons
  • Plastic bags
  • Plastics 3-7
  • Straws
  • Napkins, tissues, paper towels
  • Pizza boxes
  • Used coffee cups
  • Plastic film

When in doubt, throw it out! It is better to throw away an item you are unsure of than to contaminate an entire bin of recycling.

Did you know that over 20% of our garbage is actually compostable? Not only that, organic matter in landfills is the third leading cause of human-caused methane emissions in the U.S. By diverting your compostable waste, you can reduce landfills and lower trash costs, reduce carbon output emissions, and create jobs as we move toward a carbon-neutral future.

Compost bins are available for your vacation. Stop by or call Front Desk to request a bin for your stay! 


  • All food! Fruit pits and peels, meat, bones, coffee grounds, spoiled food, and baked or processed foods.

Not Accepted

  • All paper, plastic, and ‘compostable’ products
  • Any inorganic material

With mindful decision-making, you can do your part to reduce waste and avoid unnecessary energy and water consumption! Every small action adds up to a big difference.

  • Reusable Water Bottles: Over 50% of all plastic (over 380 million tons) is produced for single-use. Summit County water is perfectly safe to drink directly from the tap! Save money and reduce plastic waste by bringing a reusable water bottle on your trip. 
  • Toiletries: Continue to reduce your plastic consumption by opting for zero-waste toiletries rather than travel bottles. Shampoo bars are a great alternative. BGV refills body wash, shampoo, and conditioner in our units to further reduce waste!
  • Reusable Bags: There is now a ban on plastic bags in Breckenridge to reduce plastic bag waste. Recycled paper bags are still an option. Bring a reusable bag with you to the grocery store or shopping downtown! 
  • Energy Consumption: While on vacation, it can be easy to forget about your personal energy use. Be mindful of your impact by turning off lights, TVs, ceiling fans, and other devices while not in your unit. 
  • Reuse Towels: Laundry accounts for 16% of total hotel water usage and is also highly energy-intensive. Help save water and energy by reusing your bath and pool towels!

Traveling is a very carbon-intensive activity. By being mindful of your consumption and footprint, you can help to reduce your impact!

  • Get There Greener: This vacation travel carbon guide analyzes CO2 emissions based on distance traveled, type of vehicle, and group size. Find the method of travel that will be best for your group (and the environment)!
  • Offset Carbon: Several organizations provide options to calculate and offset your travel-related carbon emissions. Your contributions can support various projects such as planting trees or building renewable energy farms. Cool Effect and The Good Traveler are a couple examples!
  • TreadshareThis Colorado-based rideshare app provides an option for visitors traveling from the Front Range to and between the ski resorts. Their goal is to reduce traffic as well as environmental impact.
  • Shuttle: Options such as Summit Express or Epic Mountain Express are a great option to carpool from Denver International Airport directly to your resort in Breckenridge!
  • Public Transportation: Summit County has an extensive public transportation system. Breck Free Ride can transport you around Breckenridge and Summit Stage services the rest of the county! 
  • Electric Vehicle: There are charging stations available for a small fee at every property for owners and guests with electric vehicles!
    • If you rent a car, consider a hybrid or high gas mileage vehicle.

Breckenridge and Summit County residents are passionate about protecting and caring for our beautiful alpine surroundings. There are several local organizations that do amazing conservation work. By supporting these organizations through donations, volunteering, or awareness, you are supporting our community and environment!

  • High Country Conservation Center: The mission of HC3 is to promote practical solutions for waste reduction and resource conservation in our mountain community.
  • Friends of Dillon Ranger District: FDRD is a non-profit that ensures that our National Forest is not negatively impacted by its immense popularity. FDRD volunteers contribute thousands of hours maintaining and improving trails, planting trees, pulling invasive weeds, educating visitors, and much more.
  • Blue River Watershed Group:  Their mission is to promote, protect and restore a healthy Blue River watershed through cooperative community education, stewardship, and resource management. 

Check out some of the successes of our BGV Sustainability program!

Waste Diversion: Breckenridge Grand Vacations implemented its recycling program in 2013. Since then, the program has grown significantly and BGV’s average annual waste diversion rates meet or exceed the Town of Breckenridge and Summit County averages. BGV has a waste diversion rate of nearly 40%!

Renewable Energy: Partnering with the Town of Breckenridge and Clean Energy Collective, BGV purchased enough solar panels to offset 100% of the electricity consumed at the company’s corporate offices. 

Green Globes Certification: Grand Colorado on Peak 8 has been recognized by Green Globes during the planning and building process for implementing sustainable building practices and energy performance efficiency.

Climate Action Plan: Breckenridge Grand Vacations is a stakeholder in the county’s Climate Action Plan, where goals are discussed to help make Summit County a more sustainable mountain town.

Partnership with Utilities: BGV works closely with Xcel Energy and other utility companies to track our usage and make sure all buildings are as efficient as possible. We were awarded Highest Energy Savings – Business Solutions Center by Xcel Energy, recognizing us for our efforts in reducing CO2 production.

Resource Wise Certified: Resource Wise is a program offered through the partnership of the High Country Conservation Center, Summit County Government, and the Towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, and Silverthorne. The program helps businesses improve their sustainability efforts and increase energy efficiency. Each of our properties has achieved the highest status possible in this program — Gold.

Renewable Energy: BGV now partners with Pivot Energy to invest in offsite solar energy. This partnership will help us to reduce utility bills and reduce our environmental footprint.

We appreciate your dedication to helping us reach our goals!