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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!

Unlike plastic bags, brown paper bags can be composted along with the leaves; saving time and reducing plastic waste. Paper leaf bags can be found at local hardware stores but call ahead to confirm they are in stock.  Residents unable to get paper leaf bags, may bring their leaves in plastic bags.  

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