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!
GO GREEN. NEARLY 50% OF DENVER’S TRASH IS COMPOSTABLE.
GO SMALL. REDUCE THE SIZE OF YOUR BLACK TRASH CART.
GO PURPLE. NEARLY 25% OF DENVER’S TRASH IS RECYCLABLE.
For more information about Denver’s Solid Waste services, or to upsize, downsize and request additional services, please visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
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.
Last year, Denver residents recycled more than 20,000 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help Denver recycle even more!
To help round our your holiday recylcling, Denver Recycles is accepting holiday lights at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off.
The 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 dug.org/master-composter or call 303-292-9900.