Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site
The Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS) is a regional municipal solid waste landfill owned by the City and County of Denver and operated by Waste Management of Colorado, Inc. (WMC) under contract with the City. DADS is located at 3500 South Gun Club Road, Aurora, CO, just east of the intersection of Hampden Avenue and South Gun Club Road.
The Division of Environmental Quality ensures that DADS operates in a manner consistent with state and federal regulations and the operating agreement between the City and WMC. DADS is fully permitted subtitle D landfill and accepts municipal solid waste, construction & demolition debris, asbestos waste, and some types of industrial wastes such as coal-fired power plant fly ash and petroleum contaminated soils.
DADS is a part of a larger tract of land deeded to the City and County of Denver by the federal government for the purposes of public health. Denver began operating the adjacent landfill, Lowry Landfill, in 1964. In 1990, the Lowry Landfill stopped accepting waste. For more information on the Lowry Landfill click the following link: Lowry Landfill.
DADS began operation in 1990 and continues to operate today as the largest landfill in Colorado and one of the largest in the country. DADS accepts on average 12,000 tons of waste per day or about 3.7 million tons per year.
Please contact the Waste Management DADS Customer Service Center at (720) 876-2620
For questions concerning hours of operation, disposal costs, and disposal requirements at DADS. For questions concerning the management and acceptance of industrial wastes, please contact the WMC industrial sales services group at (720) 977-2113.
For more information on Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment – Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division and the state of Colorado's solid and hazardous waste regulations, access their webpage at Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment - Hazardous Materials & Waste Management Division.
Other Denver metropolitan area landfills and transfer stations open to the public:
D&R Transfer Station
6091 Brighton Blvd, Commerce City, CO 80022, (303) 289-7500
Englewood Transfer Station
2400 W. Union Ave, Englewood, CO 80110, (303) 797-9085
Tower Road Landfill
8480 Tower Road, Commerce City, CO, 80022, (303) 371-5115
Information line including hours of operation and disposal pricing, (303) 371-2886
Denver Regional Landfill
1441 Weld County Road 6, Erie, CO 80516, (303) 673-9431
Front Range Landfill
1830 Weld County Road 5, Erie, CO 80516, (303) 828-9400
8900 HWY 93 Golden, CO, 80403, (303) 371-5115
Information line including hours of operation and disposal pricing, (303) 279-2344
All Recycling North
5350 Washington Street, Denver, CO 80216, 303-293-3333
The City and County of Denver encourages reduce, reuse, and recycling both within Denver and in the surrounding communities. Denver residents can obtain information concerning recycling and household hazardous waste services at Denver Recycles. The Denver Recycles web page also provides information on a variety of recycling options in surrounding areas.
Recycling efforts at DADS and Lowry Landfill includes the reuse of over 7 million shredded tires, collected during the 1960’s and ‘70’s, as tire-derived fuel for a cement kiln operation and a concrete recycling operation under lease agreement with a private company.
WMC and Denver are dedicated to ensuring that the landfill protects the environment by monitoring groundwater through a network of groundwater monitoring wells, operating a landfill gas collection system, and screening waste received to make sure that no regulated hazardous waste is landfilled. These are just a few of the environmental management efforts undertaken at DADS to protect the environment. For further information contact:
Diane Delillio, Project Manager
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