Denver LeafDrop Accepts Fallen Leaves and Pumpkins

Denver LeafDrop Accepts Fallen Leaves and Pumpkins

This year, be a Halloween Hero: save your much loved Jack-o-Lantern from the embarrassment of becoming a squirrel’s snack or the humiliation of being smashed in the street. Instead, give your Jack-o-Lantern a second life as compost! The Denver LeafDrop is now accepting carved and uncarved pumpkins for composting.

Denver Public Works Denver Recycles has partnered with local Ace Hardware stores to encourage residents to compost fallen leaves and Halloween pumpkins. Keeping leaves and pumpkins out of the trash reduces the amount of waste in the landfill, and recycles these resources into a nutrient rich soil additive (compost) that can be used locally to improve soils. Your neighborhood squirrels won’t be happy, but the landfill thanks you!

Recycling your pumpkin (carved or un-carved) is easy. Remove any candles, lights, or additional decorations that may have been added to the pumpkin. Then, Denver residents are invited to bring leaves and pumpkins to be turned into compost at one of the LeafDrop locations listed below.  

Break the plastic bag habit. Choose paper bags instead!  As an extra incentive for residents to compost leaves this year and to encourage the use of paper bags, Denver Public Works and Ace Hardware stores are partnering to give away 10,000 free leaf & yard paper bags.  Unlike plastic bags, paper bags can be composted along with the leaves, saving time and energy.  Denver residents can pick up a FREE 5-pack of leaf & yard paper bags at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores with a coupon.  Visit DenverGov.org/LeafDrop for a list of participating Ace Hardware Stores and to print your free paper bag coupon.  Additional bags can be purchased for about $2.50 per 5-pack at any Ace Hardware store. No purchase necessary, while supplies last, limit one pack per household.  

LeafDrop Locations and Dates.  Please only bring leaves to drop sites during specified dates and times.  Dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping. 

WEEKDAY drop sites are open October 7 through December 4 from 8 AM to 2 PM, Monday through Friday. All leaves brought to weekday sites must be in secured bags. Paper bags are preferred. 
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave.  (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Havana Nursery - 10450 Smith Rd.  (Just south of I-70 on Havana St.
SATURDAY drop sites will be open November 9, 16 & 23 from 11 AM to 3 PM.
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave.  (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Cranmer Park - 3rd Ave. & Clermont St.
  • South High School - Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.
SUNDAY drop sites will be open November 10, 17 & 24 from 11 AM to 3 PM.
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave.  (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
  • Cranmer Park - 3rd Ave. & Clermont St.
  • South High School - Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.
  • JFK High School - Newland St. & Brown Pl.
  • Smiley Middle School - 26th Ave. & Holly St.
  • Sloan’s Lake Park - 17th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd.
Help us manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines: 
  • Drop sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer are only available to Denver residents.
  • Jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins will be accepted for compost at drop sites after Halloween.
  • Please make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.
  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers. 


Posted on November 01, 2013 (Archive on December 31, 2013)
Posted by Manager  Contributed by Manager
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