Free Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale - May 3, 2014

Denver Recycles will be holding its annual 
“Free Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale”
on Saturday, May 3rd, from 8 AM to 2 PM (while supplies last)


FREE Mulch

Dig-Your-Own Sites:


FREE Mulch & Compost Sale

Main Site:

    • Southeast:  Veterans Park, Iowa Ave. & Vine St.
    • Southwest:  Bear Creek Park, South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.
    • Northwest:  Sloan’s Lake Park, Sheridan Blvd. & 17th Ave.
    • Northeast:  Fred Thomas Park, Quebec St. & 26th Ave.

  • Northeast: Havana Nursery
    10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St.

- Dig-your-own Mulch and loader service for trucks and trailers at this site.

- Compost prices: $3.50 per pre-bagged (1.25 cubic ft.) or $30 per cubic yd. for trucks and trailers (tax included).

- 20 compost bag maximum per vehicle.


Mulch is ground wood chips (in this case, from reclaimed Christmas trees and storm debris) that can be used to:

  • control weeds
  • help soil retain moisture
  • protect shallow-rotted plants from weather extremes
Compost is a nutrient-rich soil amendment made from decomposed organic material (in this case from leaves) that can be:
  • mixed into soil to help reduce water and fertilizer needs
  • spread thinly over lawns to help grass roots retain moisture

  • Bring your own pitchfork or shovel and your own bags or containers for loading mulch.
  • Bring a tarp to cover your truck or trailer.
  • Due to limited quantities, Denver residents only.
  • Commercial vehicles are prohibited from taking or selling the City’s mulch.


This event is sponsored by Denver Recycles, a program of Denver Public Works Solid Waste Management, Denver Parks & Recreation and A1 Organics.

Recycle Your Plastic Flower Pots

Recycle your plastic flower pots at the Havana Nursery site.  Garden Centers of Colorado will be collecting plastic garden pots for recycling as part of this event. Plastic garden pots of any size or color, hanging baskets (with wires removed), carrying trays and flower pack holders will be accepted.  Plastic garden pots are also accepted for recycling anytime at local participating garden stores.  For a list of participating stores visit online at

Free Mulch Site Map

Helpful Event Tips

  1. If you’re only getting 1 or 2 loads of mulch from the Havana Site, consider arriving after 11 AM when the lines are shorter.
  2. If you’re just looking for a few bags of compost, consider arriving after 11 AM to the Havana Site when the lines are shorter.  There will be an ample supply of pre-bagged compost available.
  3. For Dig-Your-Own mulch, bring a medium-sized snow shovel for quicker loading.
  4. For pickup trucks, make unloading mulch quick and easy by placing a second tarp in the bottom of your truck bed.
  5. Purchase pre-bagged compost to save time unloading.

Compost Prices

Per pre-bagged compost
(1.25 cubic feet)


Per Cubic Yard for
trucks and trailers


Per Short Bed Pickup
(bed level full, estimated
at 1.5 cubic yards)


Per Large Bed Pickup
(bed level full, estimated
at 2.5 cubic yards)

 Download Compost Price Sheet

  • *Price includes tax
  • Dig-your-own compost is no longer available
  • Minimum sale of 0.5 cubic yard for bulk compost loads
  • Cash, check or credit (Visa/MasterCard) will be accepted