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COMPOST CART SERVICE GUIDELINES

 

Denver Composts participants are provided with one green cart with wheels. The crews collect the material from these carts in automated trucks equipped with a specially designed arm that grasps and empties the container.

  • picture of green compost cart being set out for collectionSet your green compost cart out for collection by 7 AM on your collection day, but no earlier than 7 PM the night before. Collection vehicles will not be able to return for late set outs, as service resources are extremely limited.
  • Allow 2 feet of clearance on all sides of your green compost cart. Obstructions such as cars, fences, poles, overflow trash, LIP items or other collection containers may prevent the automated trucks from emptying your cart.
  • Be sure to set your cart away from any garage overhangs or obstructions above the cart.
  • Keep your cart lid closed whenever possible.
  • Use your cart to full capacity, but do not overfill the cart.
  • Do not place unacceptable items in your green compost cart.

Using Your Green Compost Cart

To find out your cart set out location enter you home address at Your Pickup Schedule, call  311 (720-913 -1311) or email DenverRecycles@DenverGov.org.

CURB SET OUT:

  • Place your cart in the street adjacent to the curb in front of your house. The front of the cart should face the street.

ALLEY SET OUT:

  • Do not block access to your neighbor’s driveway, gate, garage or property.
  • Place your cart at least four feet away from any trash containers, fences, cars or other obstructions.
  • Make sure the front of the cart faces the alley.

Be sure to always set out your cart by no later than 7 AM on your scheduled collection day.

The time a driver arrives to empty your compost cart depends on many factors and may not always be  the same. Having your cart set out by 7 AM ensures your cart will be ready for collection no matter what time in the day the driver comes.

Compost cart collection service is weekly.

Compost collection is once per week and is year round, even during the winter months.  Compost collection is generally on the same day of the week as your trash collection day.

All service carts must be stored on your property, out of public view as best as you can on non-collection days.

  • Do NOT store your green cart in the alley or on the street.
  • Store your green cart in your garage, breezeway, side of house, shed, or other location.
  • Carts continually left in alleys or on the street may be removed.

If our cart was lost or damaged, please call 311 (720-913-1311) or email Denver Recycles to schedule a repair or replacement.

Each compost cart has a unique alphanumeric serial number and each unique serial number is assigned to a specific address.  

This serial number is printed on the front of each cart in white lettering.

Please be sure to contact Solid Waste Management prior to moving to update your account status. Outdated account information could result in you continuing to be billed for services, payments made under the wrong account number or lost compost carts.

Composting carts are the property of the City and County of Denver.  Each cart is assigned by serial number to an exact address.

What do I do when my collection is on the same day as my scheduled street sweeping?

When your collection day and street sweeping day are both scheduled for the same day you have three options for setting out your containers.

image of a street sweeper
Option 1: Set your containers on the apron (edge) of your driveway.
  • Your containers should be placed on the apron of the driveway only when collection days conflict with designated street sweeping days.
  • Make sure that containers are as close to the street as possible and not on the sidewalk.  If containers are placed too far away from the street the automated collection trucks will not be able to reach them.
  • The handle of the container should be facing away from the street.
  • Make sure that your containers are at least 2 feet from any obstructions such as other containers, lampposts, trees or mailbox posts.
image of trash cart at end of driveway

Option 2: Set your containers off the street on the edge of the curb-line.

  • Your containers should be placed off the street only when collection days conflict with designated street sweeping days.
  • Make sure that containers are as close to the street as possible and not on the sidewalk.  If containers are placed too far away from the street, the automated collection trucks will not be able to reach them.
  • Make sure that containers are at least 2 feet from any obstructions such as other containers, lampposts, trees or mailbox posts.
image of recycle cart and trash can off curb

Option 3: Set your containers on the opposite side of your street.

  • Your containers should be placed on the opposite side of your street only when collection days conflict with designated street sweeping days.
  • Container wheels should be against the curb and the handle of the container should be facing away from the street.
  • Make sure that your recycling containers are at least 2 feet from any obstructions such as other containers, lampposts, trees or mailbox posts.
  • Collection trucks will run both sides of the street on overlapping collection/street sweeping days.
image of recycle and trash cart curbside
 
Moving your containers off the street on sweeping days will reduce the in & out "snaking" by the sweepers and enable Public Works to keep your street clean.