- Free Compost Classes: Take a free two-hour class and learn how you can get your backyard composting pile kick started, then apply your knowledge and your garden will thank you! Backyard composting is a fun way to reduce the amount of yard waste you throw away and improve your lawn at the same time. In partnership with Denver Urban Gardens, Denver Recycles offers “Learn to Compost” classes through October at the Denver Compost Demonstration Site (13th and Colorado). To review the class schedule and register for a class, visit dug.org/compost or call 303-292-9900.
- Free Appliance Recycling: Recycle your unwanted household appliances by scheduling a free pick up through Denver Recycles. Discarded appliances not only take up a lot of space in the landfill, they are also completely recyclable! All Denver residents serviced by Solid Waste Management are eligible for free appliance recycling collection service. By scheduling your collection through Denver Recycles you ensure that all metals are recycled and Freon gases from refrigerated appliances are handled in an environmentally safe manner. To schedule a pick-up, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call call 1-800-479-4159.
- Free Recycling at Parks: If your travels take you to Washington Park, Cheeseman Park or City Park this summer take the opportunity to recycle your materials in one of the new large purple recycling containers. Denver Recycles is partnering with Denver Parks & Recreation to pilot this recycling program in three parks. Recycle your cans, plastic bottles and containers, cardboard, paper and other items. Remember, plastic bags, pet waste, Styrofoam, food or trash are not recyclable and should not be placed in these containers.
- Free Residential Recycling: Of course, Denver residents can always recycle at home in their purple carts. In 2013, 71% of eligible Denver households had recycling services. While this number is high, it still means that nearly 30% of eligible households in Denver are not recycling at home! If you live in a single family home or multi-family home with 7 or less units, you can get free recycling. If you already have service, please let your neighbors know that they can get free recycling too. Remember, you do not need to own your home to sign-up for service.
To take advantage of any or all of these FREE recycling opportunities offered by Denver, call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.