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Resolve to Recycle Even more in 2018 — Here’s How

A new year is upon us, and as with tradition, it’s time to reflect, set goals, and make commitments for the new year.  This year, Denver Recycles encourages Denverites to make their 2018 New Year’s resolution to reduce their trash by recycling and composting even more! Doing so not only keeps our community and environment clean, it also supports Denver’s recycling and composting goal of keeping 34% of our waste out of the landfill by 2020. Currently, Denver recycles and composts about 21% of its waste. Let’s do better in 2018!

Here are some ideas for getting the year off to a great start: 

image of various cart and sizesGO GREEN. NEARLY 50% OF DENVER’S TRASH IS COMPOSTABLE.

  • Sign up for DENVER COMPOSTS! The Denver Composts program is now offered city-wide and is perfect for keeping food waste, yard debris and non-recyclable paper out of your trash (and out of the landfill). Compost collection service is provided by the City for a small fee, and the green cart is emptied weekly.
  • Compost Correctly: Learn how and what can be composted in the Denver Composts program at
  • Discover the Many Ways to Compost: Find out more about all your composting options, including backyard composting, at


  • Downsize Your Trash Cart: Your black trash cart comes in three sizes (35, 65 and 95 gallon). If you don’t need a big trash cart, there’s no reason to keep it. Downsizing to a smaller cart will save space around your home and encourage you to recycle and compost even more!


  • Maximize Recycling: Brush up on the list of materials accepted in the Denver Recycles’ program at This way, fewer recyclable items will mistakenly be placed in the trash. 
  • Increase Recycling Capacity: Increase your recycling capacity by upsizing to a larger purple recycle cart. Many residents have 65-gallon purple carts that can be exchanged for larger, 95-gallon purple carts.
  • Double Your Recycling Capacity: Double your recycling capacity by requesting a second recycle cart and recycling twice as much!

For more information about Denver’s Solid Waste services, or to upsize, downsize and request additional services, please visit or call 311 (720-913-1311).

It's Time to Treecycle!

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With the holidays behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to recycling. Fortunately, recycling your holiday tree is as easy as ever thanks to Denver Recycles’ annual Treecycle program. For every tree recycled with Treecycle, Denver residents help keep organic material out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create mulch that is made available to Denver residents for free at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May.


Participating in Treecycle is easy, free, and truly a no-brainer. After the holidays, follow these easy steps to recycle your tree:

  1. Remove all decorations, lights, and the tree stand from your tree.
  2. Set your tree out for collection at your normal trash set-out location by 7 a.m. on Friday, January 5th or by 7 a.m. on Friday, January 12th.
  3. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May 2018!

graphic of Treecycle Collection Schedule for 2018

Program Reminders:

  • Only natural, real trees are collected byTreeCycle crews. No artificial or flocked trees.
  • Trees set out by 7 a.m. on Friday, January 5th will be collected by 5 p.m. Monday, January 8th.
  • Trees set out by 7 a.m. on Friday, January 12th will be collected by 5 p.m.  Monday, January 15th.
  • Trees will not be collected by Extra Trash crews during the first two weeks of January.
  • Trees must be placed at least two feet away from collection carts, structures and other obstacles. Do NOT place trees inside bags or trash carts.
  • Trees may also be dropped off at one of two Treecyle drop-off sites, open through January 31st.
  • Treecycle is for Denver residents only.

Last year, Denver residents recycled more than 20,000 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help Denver recycle even more!

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New This Year!

To help round our your holiday recylcling, Denver Recycles is accepting holiday lights at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off. 

  • Recycle your holiday lights: Bring your old or broken holiday lights to Denver Recycles’ Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off between now and January 20, 2018. Be sure to check detailed program guidelines and hours of operation before making the trip. 

For more information about Treecycle, the Annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale or other Denver Recycles programs, visit call 311 (720-913-1311).

Apply Today to Become a Denver Master Composter

Now is your chance to become an expert composter and recycler, and to help curb the culture of waste in Denver!

image of master composters on tourThe Denver Master Composter Training Program offers Denver residents a unique opportunity to learn about composting and recycling topics, and to give back to the community by sharing this information with others. Through classroom seminars and hands-on experiences, Master Composter participants study a broad range of topics, including the science behind the composting process, compost pile construction, resource conservation, and recycling. In return, Master Composters share this newly acquired knowledge with the community by teaching free “Learn to Compost” workshops and by participating in outreach events at community gardens, schools and local farmers’ markets.  Through learning and giving back to the community, Master Compost volunteers also build a community of their own – one of like-minded individuals that are motivated to make positive changes in Denver.  

No prior composting experience is required for this program, but all program participants must be able to commit to the following:

  • In-Depth Compost Education – 40 hours. Classroom sessions are held on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., March through April. Additional sessions are held on weekends in late April. An all-day Friday field trip in mid-April is also required.

  • Community Outreach – 40 hours. Volunteer give-back hours are self-paced, but include some weeknights and weekends from May through October.

  • Hands-on Work Days – Ongoing. You’ll want your boots and gardening gloves for these, May through October.

The Master Composter Training Program is a significant commitment, but a very rewarding experience for those selected to participate. Applications for the 2018 program are accepted now through January 2018. To view more detailed program information and application details, visit or call 303-292-9900.

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