Sign up for recycling services at New Customer Signup. Recycling is free to all City of Denver Solid Waste Management customers.
Place only items listed on our What Can Be Recycled list in your recycling cart.
Please do not overfill your cart or stack materials on or around it as this can cause litter. Materials left outside the cart, including cardboard, will not be collected for recycling.
The Denver Recycles program accepts food and beverage cartons. Please empty all liquids and food and remove plastic caps and straws (they are not accepted for recycling). Do not flatten cartons before recycling.
Recycle rigid plastic bottles, jugs, jars, tubs, cups, trays and containers marked with the # 1 through #7 in the recycling symbols in the Denver Recycles program. Please empty all liquids and food when possible. Remove plastic caps, lids, straws and foil tops as these items are not accepted for recycling.
The resin identification code isn't required by federal law and is absent from some pieces of plastic especially those that aren't easily recyclable like dishes, toys or bottle caps.
Remember, only plastic containers with a resin code of #1 through #7 are is accepted for recycling in the Denver Recycles program.
For questions on if a specific material is recyclable in your purple cart, please contact us at 311 (720-913-1311) or DenverRecycles@DenverGov.org.
Maximize space in your cart by flattening all cardboard boxes and then lay them flat across the top of the rest of your recyclables and then close the lid. This will help ensure that cardboard doesn't get stuck in your cart and will enable you to fit more cardboard in your cart.
If you still regularly have significant amounts of extra recycling that will not fit in your cart, please call 311 (720-913-1311), visit online at 311 Help Request or PocketGov to see about "UPSIZING" to a larger recycling cart or receiving a second recycle cart if you already have the larger cart size.
NOTES: Denver Solid Waste Management only services residential homes of seven or fewer units that are located in the City and County of Denver. If you reside in a larger apartment or condominium property, please contact your landlord or HOA for collection information.
Approximate cart measurements are as follows:
65 gallon = Cart weighs 32 lbs. empty
Height = 42”, Width = 27”, Depth = 32”
95 gallon = Cart weighs 40 lbs. empty
Height = 46”, Width = 30”, Depth = 36”
All trash, recycling and compost carts must be stored on your property in between collections. You may set your carts out as early as the night before your collection day and then return your carts to your property within a day after collection occurs.
|Keeping carts out of the alley and off the streets will:
It is your responsibility to manage and care for your city-issued carts. Take pride in your neighborhood and bring your carts back.
Denver Recycles reserves the right to remove recycling carts that are improperly used. Improper use includes trash in carts, carts left in the public right-of-way (including the alley), abuse or destruction of carts outside of normal wear and tear, and other uses deemed inappropriate by the City.
In order for Denver Recycles automated truck to be able to empty your cart, it must be set out in the correct location. To learn where to set your cart on your service days, look up your address at View My Service Schedule or call 311.
Place your cart in the street with its wheels up against the curb and the front of the cart facing the street. Leave at least 2 feet from any obstructions.
Place your cart in the alley with the front of your cart facing towards the alley and at least 2 feet from any obstructions including your garage, dumpsters or cars. Do not block access to your neighbor's driveway, gate or garage.
The time a driver arrives to empty your recycling cart depends on many factors and may not always be the same. This is why it is important to set out your cart by no later than 7 AM, as it ensures your cart will be ready for collection no matter what time in the day the driver comes. Carts may be set out as early as the night prior to your collection day and should be returned to your property within a day after collection has occurred.
We provide every other week collection. Call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit View My Service Schedule to determine your recycling collection schedule.
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.
|Option 1: Set your containers on the apron (edge) of your driveway.
Option 2: Set your containers off the street on the edge of the curb-line.
Option 3: Set your containers on the opposite side of your street.
Has time and weather washed out or made it hard to read the decal on the lid of your recycling cart? If so, we can mail you an updated decal that you can apply to your purple cart.
To get a recycling cart lid decal, complete the online request or call 311 (720-913-1311).