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Apartment and Commercial Recycling


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Denver Recycles, a program of the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Solid Waste Management, is only authorized to provide services to residential homes of seven or fewer units and our own municipal facilities. Denver Recycles is not authorized to provide services to commercial properties such as businesses and apartment communities. 

(See DOTI Rules and Regulations: Governing the Preparation, Storage, and Collection of Household and Yard Rubbish)

Pilot Program

Are you part of the MFU 2019-2020 Recycling Pilot Program? 

Denver has a lofty goal of increasing recycling rates by 11% in less than two years. To achieve this, participation from multi-family unit (MFU) buildings is critical. Currently, MFU buildings around Denver have difficulty implementing recycling programs and still face high contamination rates when recycling is available. Denver Recycles seeks to improve recycling education through a three-month pilot with the Coloradan, an apartment building located downtown. Denver Recycles will provide educational materials for residents and bi-weekly data collection, hoping to increase recycling rates and decrease contamination in this building. Recycle Colorado is also conducting a pilot through which several MFU buildings across the city will begin recycling who did not previously have collection. Both pilots will provide valuable information on how to best support MFU recycling in the future and ultimately, increase the recycling rate for the City of Denver. 

Please reach out to Denver Recycles to find out how you can receive educational materials such as flyers, recycling decals, and posters for your MFU building.


Haulers for the MFU pilot vary among different recycling providers unlike our residential collection.  Different recycling facilities have different capabilities when it comes to certain materials.  

 Unfortunately, due to budget constraints, we cannot provide another basket, but we encourage you to buy a bin or container to replace it.

If you are not living in one of the chosen buildings, we ask you to hang tight! These buildings have been picked based on specific qualifications for the study. However, our hopes are that by conducting this pilot, we can then better understand how we can provide improved recycling services to the entire city in the future. 

If you live in a pilot participating building, contact: with the subject line “MFU Ambassador” to help make recycling a success in your building.

Tips for Setting Up a Recycle/Compost Program:

  1. Start a conversation with the landlord, property management team or HOA about getting recycling and/or composting.
  2. Encourage other tenants to obtain a commitment from the property owners to add either of these services.
  3. Find out if the current waste hauler also provides recycle and/or compost services.
  4. Negotiate the costs of recycle and/or compost collection service with existing hauler or another hauling company.  NOTE: These costs might be offset by reduced trash collection services.
  5. Select a hauler and determine a collection schedule.
  6. Be sure recycle and/or compost containers are placed in common areas and are clearly identified.
  7. Appoint a recycling coordinator to monitor services.
  8. Kick-off the launch of the recycling/composting program with a ceremony and memo from property management.