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Denver LeafDrop

LeafDrop is a seasonal program offered by Denver Recycles that turns leaves into compost. The final compost product is made available at a discounted price to Denver residents at the Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale each May.

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OCT. 5 – DEC. 4 | 8 AM TO 2 PM

  1. CENTRAL PLATTE CAMPUS - 1271 W. Bayaud Ave.  (Next to the Denver Animal Shelter)
  2. CHERRY CREEK TRANSFER STATION - 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. and E. Jewell Ave.)
  3. HAVANA NURSERY - 10450 Smith Rd. (Smith Rd. and Havana St.)

(All leaves brought to Havana and Central Platte Campus must be in bags.)

Please use paper bags - they're compostable too!

Denver Recycles, Be A Smart Ash, and Ace Hardware stores are teaming up to give away FREE 5-packs of 30-gallon paper leaf bags to help Denver residents streamline the LeafDrop process! Unlike plastic bags, brown paper bags can be composted along with the leaves; saving time and reducing plastic waste. Most importantly, brown paper bags are safer for our employees to handle at drop sites during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

paper leaf bag


  • All participants must comply with COVID-19 State of Colorado Public Health Orders. This could include social distancing, wearing masks, etc. Please be patient.
  • All leaves brought to LeafDrop sites must be in bags. Loose leaves are accepted at the Cherry Creek Transfer Station only.
  • Due to event protocols during COVID-19,  leaf bags (paper or plastic) cannot be emptied and returned to residents during LeafDrop. 
  • Only bring leaves to drop sites during the specified dates and times
  • Dropping off leaves at other times is considered illegal dumping
  • LeafDrop is for Denver residents only
  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers
  • We’ll compost pumpkins after Halloween too!

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For a quarterly fee of $29.25, the City and County of Denver will provide you with a green cart for organic materials (leaves, small branches, food scraps and non-recyclable paper) that is collected weekly. The organic material goes to a commercial facility where it gets turned into a high quality soil amendment known as compost. 

Leaf pile