Denver LeafDrop 2014 - Compost Your Leaves at Free Drop Sites

Compost your leaves at one of Denver Recycles’ LeafDrop sites.  WEEKDAY (Monday - Friday) drop sites open October 1st and will stay open through November 30th.  WEEKEND (Saturday & Sunday) drop sites will open starting November 1st for three weekends of November. By participating in the LeafDrop program you can make less trash, keep our streets clean and help to make compost for Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May.
Please only bring leaves to specified drop sites during specified dates and times.  Dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping. 

Drop sites are open October 1 through November 30 
from 8 AM to 2 PM.
All leaves brought to the 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) - Use the entrance on the Jewell Avenue side.
    • Havana Nursery- 10450 Smith Rd.  (Just south of I-70 on Havana St.) - Use Northeast District Office entrance on the Smith Road side.
Drop sites will be open November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16 
from 11 AM to 3 PM.


  • Denver residents only.
  • Leaves should never be raked or blown into the street.
  • Make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.
  • Dropping off leaves at any other time is considered public dumping.

Compost made from LeafDrop will be sold in May at the City’s Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale.

 We’ll compost Jack-O-Lanterns and pumpkins after Halloween too!

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Break the Plastic Bag Habit - Choose Paper Bags Instead!

Unlike plastic bags, paper bags can be composted along with the leaves, saving time and energy.  Starting October 1, 2014, Denver residents can pick up a FREE 5-pack of leaf & yard paper bags at participating Denver Ace Hardware stores with coupon.*


*No purchase necessary, while supplies last, limit one free pack per household. Need more bags, pick up extras for about $2.50 per 5-pack at any Ace Hardware Store.

Outside Denver?  Go to to find out where to get paper leaf & yard waste bags and compost your leaves.

Make Leaf Recycling in Denver a Success

Participation in the LeafDrop program continues to grow each year and Solid Waste Management would like to see that trend continue.  To ensure that we maximize the amount of leaves collected and composted while also minimizing the City’s costs and use of resources, it is critical for participants to follow our guidelines.

Please only bring leaves to drop sites during specified dates and times.  Dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping. The City sets specific dates and times for weekend LeafDrop sites so that we can ensure we have adequate staff and resources on site to properly collect, prepare and transport leaves for composting. Illegally dumped leaves do not get recycled.

Leaves should never be blown or swept from your yard into the street.  Street sweepers are not designed to pick up large quantities of leaves, and those that do get picked up are mixed in with street litter so they are too contaminated to compost. Leaf piles in the street or curb can also clog storm sewers and lead to storm drain issues in your neighborhood.