NEW: Denver Recycles' Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off

Free residential 
drop-off for bottles, cans, paper cardboard, 

food waste & yard debris.

Located at East Cherry Creek Drive South
& South Quebec Street

Hours Open:  
Tuesdays - Fridays:  11 AM - 5:30 PM,
          Saturdays: 9 AM - 3 PM
    CLOSED on Sundays & Mondays

No Commercial or Landscaping Company compost or yard debris material accepted. 

  • Branches no longer than 4 feet in length, no larger than 4 inches in diameter and no pieces weighing more than 50 pounds.
  • Maximum of 10 branch bundles per household per week.
  • Leaves and grass clippings will need to be emptied in green carts. 
  • NO commercial or landscaping company material accepted at this site.
NO Plastic bags, sod, dirt or rocks

Take a FREE Learn to Compost Class

Compost is a crumbly, nutrient-rich soil amendment that is great for your plants, lawn and garden. Learn how easy it is to make compost in your backyard from food scraps and yard waste at Denver Recycles’ and Denver Urban Gardens’ FREE Learn to Compost classes. Making your own compost not only improves your lawn and garden, it also saves you money, reduces the materials you send to the landfill, and increases your overall soil quality. Classes start at the end of April and are offered until mid-October at the Denver Compost Demonstration Site located in the Gove Community Garden at 13th and Colorado Blvd. For a complete list of class dates and times, visit

Each hands-on, two-hour Learn to Compost class teaches the basics of backyard composting. Special in-depth Worm Workshops and Build-a-Pile classes are also offered. 
  • WORM WORKSHOPS focus on vermicomposting (worm composting) and are held once-per-month, May through October. 

  • BUILD-A-PILE CLASSES give participants hands-on experience building an entire compost pile, including how to incorporate different ingredients, chop materials, water and turn the pile. Five Build-a-Pile classes are offered throughout the season.   

Class registration is first come, first served.  Registration for each class opens one month prior to the class date and pre-registration is required to attend the classes

Composting is a fun, easy activity that allows the whole family to participate in recycling and results in a nourishing soil amendment that holds moisture in the soil for extended periods of time. Compost also opens clay soils, allowing better drainage, and closes sandy soils, preventing water from leaching away too quickly. 

Organic materials like leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up more than half of what Denver residents send to the landfill every year. You can help reduce that amount by learning how to compost these items in your backyard and help your plants, lawn and garden thrive! 

To review the class schedule and register for a class, visit or call 303-292-9900

This program is sponsored by Denver Recycles (a program of Denver Public Works/Solid Waste Management) and Denver Urban Gardens.  For more information about this program or other Denver Recycles programs call 311 (720-913-1311)  or visit us online at

The Denver Trash and Recycling Phone App- A High-Tech Way to Recycle More

New technology is paving the way for increased recycling and waste diversion in Denver. The recently released and updated ‘Denver Trash and Recycling’ phone app takes seconds to download and provides users with collection reminders, schedule look-ups, and an exciting new recycling directory with recycling and reuse options for more than 100 different types of materials. Maximize recycling in your home by taking advantage of the free phone app. The Denver Trash and Recycling phone app can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play. The same resources are also available on Denver Recycles website at

Denver Recycling Directory: Learn where to recycle the things that can’t go in your purple recycling cart.

Ever wondered what to do with your old TV, how about cotton balls and CD cases? Denver Recycles’ new and improved Recycling Directory helps users learn where all types of materials can be recycled! Simply enter an item into the directory to find out whether a particular material belongs in a purple recycling cart, a green compost cart (where available) or whether there are other local options for drop-off recycling or reuse. With recycling and reuse options for well over 100 different types of materials, this directory will help you find outlets for just about anything from old batteries, to used clothes, to scrap metal, to gasoline and much, much more! The directory is included in the Denver Trash and Recycling phone app and is also available at   

Collection Reminders: Sign-up today and never miss a collection again.

Recycling service reminders are an easy way to ensure that you don’t forget to set out your cart on your scheduled collection day. Reminders include all Solid Waste Management services such as trash collection, large item pick-up, overflow collection and compost collection. Setting a reminder is a great way to keep track of all of the waste services offered in Denver and you can customize your service reminder with a format that works for you. Download the free Denver Trash and Recycling app and set-up your reminder service on your smart phone today. For residents that don’t want to download the free app, you can set up email or phone call reminders, download printable calendars, or upload schedules directly to Outlook or calendars by visiting the Denver Recycles website at

Editor's Note:

The Denver Recycles’ Roundup is a periodic news column sponsored by Denver Recycles, a program of Denver Public Works/Solid Waste Management. It includes updates on seasonal and ongoing activities related to the City and County of Denver's recycling programs. Editors are invited to publish all or part of the column; however, we request that you run major edits by our staff to ensure accuracy of the information. Questions may be directed to Denver Recycles.