Trash cart service customers are provided with one large black trash container with wheels (approximately 95 gallons in size). City crews collect the trash from these trash carts in automated trucks equipped with a specially designed arm that grasps and empties the container.
|CURB SET OUT: Set your black trash cart in the street with the wheels against the curb and front facing the street. The automated trucks cannot service containers set out backwards.||ALLEY SET OUT: Set your black trash cart in the flow line of the alley and the front facing the alley. The automated trucks cannot service containers set out backwards.
As Solid Waste Management continues to expand cart-based trash service to Denver neighborhoods, it’s a good time to start thinking about what trash cart size best fits your home. Solid Waste Management now offers three different trash cart sizes:
Maximizing recycling opportunities offered through the Denver Recycles program can help make a smaller trash cart possible. Residents that are not already participating in the recycling program are encouraged to take advantage of this service.
Existing recyclers are encouraged to look further to maximize recycling efforts by making sure they are capturing all the recyclables they can. Recyclers with the original 65-gallon recycle cart can upsize to a 95-gallon cart if more capacity is needed, or even get a second recycling cart.
Many household don’t need the largest cart size and we encourage residents to right-size their carts by requesting smaller trash carts. Residents can request a different sized cart by calling 311 (720-913-1311).
35 gallon = Cart weighs 25 lbs. empty
Height = 40”, Width = 21”, Depth = 24”
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.
The time a driver arrives to empty your 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.
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.
Residents are responsible for:
Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments remind homeowners that they are responsible for trees on the public right-of-way. If a Public Right-of-Way (PROW) tree or tree part is blocking a roadway, it must be removed immediately. Removal can occur one of three ways:
Residents are responsible for the removal and disposal of tree stumps and all branches over 4 inches in diameter and/or 4 feet in length. A list of registered haulers is available on this page. These are private companies and fees are charged.
Denver residents serviced by Solid Waste Management may schedule a FREE appliance collection by appointment. Appliance collections are done by the city's contractor (EcoProjex) to ensure that metals are recycled and Freon gases from refrigerated appliances are handled in an environmentally safe manner. For more information on this program and to schedule an appliance collection appointment visit FREE Appliance Collection.
For Non-SWM customers: Contact EcoProjex or another private appliance recycler ( Recycling Directory) to set up a collection appointment These are private companies and all fees are the responsibility of the resident
Dead animal removal in streets or alleys, please call 311 (720-913-1311) or go to online to 311 Help Center.
Below is a list of private trash drop-off facilities in the metro-Denver area in which the general public may dispose of household trash and large items (furniture, mattresses, etc.) for a fee. Recycling drop-off sites can be found in the online Recycling Directory. Call ahead to check hours and fees.
Waste Management, Inc. - D&R Transfer Station
6091 Brighton Blvd.
Commerce City, CO
(303) 288-5115, Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 AM – 6 PM, Sat. 5 AM – 2 PM
All Recycling North Transfer Station
5350 Washington St.
(303) 293-3333, Hours: Mon.-Fri 5 AM – 5 PM, Sat. 7 AM – 3 PM
Allied Waste Tower Road Landfill
8480 Tower Rd.
Commerce City, CO
(303) 459-8740, Hours: Mon.-Fri. open 24 hours, Sat. closes at 3 PM
Waste Management, Inc. - South Metro Transfer Station
2400 W. Union Ave.
(303) 797-9085, Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 AM – 6 PM, Sat. 5 AM – 2 PM
Waste Connections of Colorado - Jordan Road Transfer Station
7120 S. Jordan Rd.
(303) 766-9219, Hours: Mon-Fri. 7 AM - 5 PM, Sat. 7 AM - Noon
Waste Management, Inc. - Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS) - Landfill
3500 S. Gun Club Rd.
(303) 690-4303, Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 AM to 7:30 PM, Sat. 7 AM – 5 PM
As of July 1, 2013, in accordance with Colorado’s Electronic Recycling Jobs Act (SB 12-133, 4/20/12) which bans the disposal of electronic waste in Colorado landfills, the City can no longer accept electronic devices in the trash.
Non-acceptable electronic devices set out for collection will have an orange sticker placed on them and left uncollected by service crews. It is the resident's responsibility to remove the non-acceptable electronic material from set out and arrange proper recycling of the materials.
Denver Recycles offers resources like an E-cycle Coupon and special collection events to assist you with recycling your unwanted electronics. There are also free and low cost recycling options through local retailers and manufacturers. For more details on properly recycling your old electronics visit Electronics Recycling.
Below is a list of the holidays observed by Solid Waste Management.
For example, for a Monday holiday, collections will be on Tuesday, Tuesday's collection on Wednesday, etc., etc., with Friday's collections on Saturday for that week only.
Veterans Day Holiday: Normal waste services will occur on Veterans Day, Friday, November 10 (observed).
The private companies listed below provide hauling service within the City & County of Denver and have been certified throught the City's Hauler Licensing Program. Hauling and disposal fees are determined by the individual company.
Solid Waste Management is an agency of the City & County of Denver's Public Works Department. The Public Works Manager's Rules & Regulations
for Trash Collection services only authorized Solid Waste Management to provide services to residential homes of seven or fewer units and municipal facilities.
Please note that 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.
Visit the Recycling Directory to find collection or drop-off alternatives for these materials.