By participating in the LeafDrop program, Denver residents decrease their environmental impact, help to keep our streets clean, and save space in the landfill. Leaves collected during LeafDrop will be commercially composted, and the final compost product will be sold to Denver residents at Denver Recycles’ annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in early May.
We want YOU to help Denver break the plastic bag habit. Denver Recycles and Ace Hardware stores are teaming up to give away 25,000 paper leaf bags to help Denver residents break the plastic bag habit and choose paper bags for their fall leaves instead. Unlike plastic bags, brown paper bags can be composted along with the leaves - both saving time and reducing plastic waste. To maximize the quality of the composted leaves and to maximize the efficiency of the LeafDrop program, Denver Recycles is encouraging residents to use brown paper leaf bags in place of plastic bags. To get one FREE 5-pack of brown paper leaf bags, visit DenverGov.org/LeafDrop and print the 2017 LeafDrop bag coupon. Then, take this coupon to any of the participating Denver-area Ace Hardware stores to get your free bags (no purchase necessary; while supplies last; limit one free 5-pack per household). Additional paper leaf bags can be purchased at Ace Hardware Stores, other home improvement centers, large retailers, garden centers and nurseries throughout the metro area.
Information regarding our LeafDrop sites is listed below. Remember, only bring leaves to drop sites during the specified dates and times. Otherwise, it will be considered illegal dumping.
For more information on the LeafDrop program, visit DenverGov.org/LeafDrop or call 311 (720-913-1311).
Are you ready to put your waste sorting skills to the test? Denver Recycles is excited to announce the launch of its brand new online waste sorting game. The Denver Recycles’ Waste Sorting Game allows Denver residents the opportunity to polish their waste sorting skills while also brushing up on recycling and composting knowledge in a fun new way. The sorting game is great for people of all ages and all levels of recycling understanding.
For your waste sorting convenience, the game is accessible two different ways:
The Denver Recycles Waste Sorting Game includes four waste streams: a purple recycling cart, a green compost cart, a backyard compost bin, and a black trash cart. Game players make their way through five levels by correctly sorting various materials into the proper waste streams. If your home doesn’t have a backyard compost pile or doesn’t subsribe to the Denver Composts program, don’t worry! The game is still applicable because any materials accepted in a backyard compost system or our green cart program are also accepted at the FREE Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off, which is open to all Denver residents.
Denver Public Schools are also encouraged to utilize the Denver Recycles Waste Sorting Game to help reinforce school sorting practices. Since Denver Recycles provides waste collection services to participating DPS facilities, the sorting rules for DPS students are the same at school as they are at home!
For additional information about Denver Recycles’ programs and services, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles, or call 311 (720-913-1311).
Here in Denver, bicycling can easily be a year-round pursuit for both bicycle commuters and recreational riders alike. In a city known for its active lifestyle and its prioritization of environmental practices, cyclists and (re)cyclers are in good company. Even though bicycle components and pieces are not accepted in Denver’s purple carts, Denver does have plenty of options when it comes to reducing, reusing and recycling bicycles and cycling equipment.
Below are a few REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE tips for Denver cyclists.
Cycling, as a form of transportation, minimizes our impact on the environment by reducing consumption of natural resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Even though cycling is already less resource-intensive than other modes of transit, there are still ways for cyclists to further minimize waste. Repairing a flat is a great example. Just because a bicycle tube has a small hole, it doesn’t mean it should be trashed. Repairing your flat (when it’s possible) will extend the life of your bicycle tube, reduce waste and save money! Not to mention, flat-repairing is a great skill for any cyclist to have in their repertoire.
Re-Cycle that bicycle! All puns aside, bicycles do easily lend themselves to reuse. After all, bicycles are simple machines that can easily be repaired. Try a tune-up before buying a new bike, or, try finding a used bike before purchasing a new bike.
If a bike or bike part is truly beyond repair, there are many options for recycling.
Keep riding, and keep recycling. For additional information about Denver Recycles’ recycling guidelines and other recycling resources, please visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
Have you ever wondered how to recycle some of the big, bulky items from your home? Denver’s single-stream program (a.k.a. the purple cart program) is very well-equipped to recycle the majority of regular household material and packaging—such as paper, cardbaord, metal cans, aluminum foil, glass bottles and jars, and plastic food and beverage containers. However, the big, bulky and hazardous recyclables require a slightly different approach.
Here are just a few options for recycling several categories of the big stuff. These options range from free collection programs to listings of local businesses that can provide fee-based recycling pick-up services:
Take advantage of free reycling collection for appliances. Denver offers a free appointment-based recycling collection program for appliances such as stoves, refridgerators, washers & dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, hot water heaters, and microwaves. Freon gases, from refrigerated appliances, are collected through the program in an environmentally safe manner, and the metal is recycled with other scrap metal. Always consider selling or donating functional appliances before pursuing this free recycling option. For those that no longer work, recycling pick-up appointments can be scheduled by calling 1-800-479-4159 or online at www.ecoprojex.com/denver-pick-up.
Utilize the E-Cycle Coupon for discounted electronics recycling. Did you know that it’s illegal to throw electronics in the trash in Colorado? Don’t just stockpile old TVs in your basement. Request an E-Cycle Coupon instead, and recycle your old electronics the responsble way! Still not convinced there should be a fee for this service? Fees collected by electronics recyclers help to ensure that hazardous components of the electronics are dealt with in an environmentally resposible manner. As the owners of materials that contain hazardous ingredients such as lead, cadmium and mercury (just to name a few), it the consumer’s responsibility to ensure that these materials are recycled responsibly. Learn more about responsible electronics recycling and the E-Cycle Coupon Program at DenverGov.org/ecycle.
Support local businesses that recycle used mattresses and boxsprings. On average, people buy a new mattress every eight years. That means, in Denver well over 10,000 mattresses are disposed of each year. Instead of trashing these items, consider recycling them instead. Both of the businesses listed below offer fee-based pick-up and drop-off options for mattress and boxspring recycling.