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Denver LeafDrop 2017 Starts in October


Keep your fall leaves out of the landfill by composting them through Denver Recycles’ annual LeafDrop program!

By participating in the LeafDrop program, Denver residents decrease their environmental impact, help to keep our streets clean, and save space in the landfill. Leaves collected during LeafDrop will be commercially composted, and the final compost product will be sold to Denver residents at Denver Recycles’ annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in early May.

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We want YOU to help Denver break the plastic bag habit. Denver Recycles and Ace Hardware stores are teaming up to give away 25,000 paper leaf bags to help Denver residents break the plastic bag habit and choose paper bags for their fall leaves instead. Unlike plastic bags, brown paper bags can be composted along with the leaves - both saving time and reducing plastic waste. To maximize the quality of the composted leaves and to maximize the efficiency of the LeafDrop program, Denver Recycles is encouraging residents to use brown paper leaf bags in place of plastic bags. To get one FREE 5-pack of brown paper leaf bags, visit and print the 2017 LeafDrop bag coupon. Then, take this coupon to any of the participating Denver-area Ace Hardware stores to get your free bags (no purchase necessary; while supplies last; limit one free 5-pack per household). Additional paper leaf bags can be purchased at Ace Hardware Stores, other home improvement centers, large retailers, garden centers and nurseries throughout the metro area.  


Information regarding our LeafDrop sites is listed below. Remember, only bring leaves to drop sites during the specified dates and times. Otherwise, it will be considered illegal dumping.


NOV. 4 – 19, 11 AM TO 3 PM



OCT. 2 – DEC. 8, 8 AM TO 2 PM



*All leaves brought to Havana during the week must be in secured bags.


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We’ll compost pumpkins too!

Program Reminders:

  • LeafDrop is for Denver residents only.
  • Leaves should never be raked or blown into the street.
  • Only bring leaves to drop sites during the specified dates and times. Leaving your leaves at these locations during other times is considered illegal dumping and penalties may apply.

For more information on the LeafDrop program, visit or call 311 (720-913-1311).

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