Denver Recycles' Roundup: April 2014

FREE Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 2, 2014 
Kick-off the spring landscaping season by getting your compost for less and mulch for free!
Denver Recycles’ will be holding its annual Free Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Denver residents can load up on free mulch and purchase compost at a significantly discounted price at the main Havana Nursery location. 
MAIN SITE: Havana Nursery, 10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last)

  • Dig-your-own free mulch, purchase pre-bagged compost, or fill the bed of trucks and trailers with our loader service for mulch and compost at this location. 
  • Compost will be sold pre-bagged in 1.25 cu. ft. bags (9 gal.) at $3.50 per bag and in bulk (directly loaded into a truck bed) at $30.00 per cu. yd. (tax included).  Limit of 20 bags per vehicle.
  • Dig-you-own compost is no longer available due to the size of this event.  Limit of 3 cubic yards of compost per vehicle and a minimum of 0.5 cubic yard for bulk compost.
  • Garden Centers of Colorado will be on-site to accept plastic garden pots for recycling
Dig-Your-Own Mulch will also be available at:
  • Northeast:  Fred Thomas Park, Quebec St. & 26th Ave.
  • Northwest:  Sloan’s Lake Park, Sheridan Blvd. & 17th Ave.
  • Southeast:  Veterans Park, Iowa St. & Vine St.
  • Southwest:  Bear Creek Park, South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.

Mulch is made from ground wood chips and can be used to control weeds. It also helps soil retain moisture and protects shallow-rooted plants. The mulch for this event was created by grinding and combining the Christmas trees Denver residents set out for Denver Recycles’ Treecycle collection program and storm debris branches.

Compost, a nutrient-rich soil amendment made from decomposed organic material, can be mixed into soil to help reduce water and fertilizer needs, and spread thinly over lawns to help grass roots retain moisture. The compost sold at this event was made from leaves collected through Denver Recycle’s LeafDrop program and from the organic materials collected through the Denver Composts program.

Garden Centers of Colorado will also be collecting plastic garden pots for recycling at the Havana Nursery location only. Plastic garden pots of any size or color, hanging baskets (with wires removed), and carrying trays and flower pack holders will be accepted. Plastic garden pots are also accepted for recycling anytime at local participating garden stores listed here:


  • EVENT TIP: If you are only getting 1 or 2 loads of mulch or a few bags of compost from the Havana Nursery location consider arriving after 11 a.m. when the lines are shorter. There will be an ample supply of pre-bagged compost available.
  • 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.
The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale is sponsored by the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works’ Denver Recycles program and Denver Parks & Recreation, in partnership with A1 Organics. For more information about Denver Recycles’ programs call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit us online at

Denver Recycles' Roundup: March 2014


Parks Recycling Program Starts This Spring

Starting this Spring Denver Recycles and Denver Parks & Recreation are implementing a recycling pilot program in Washington Park and Cheesman Park, two of Denver’s most visited parks. Last year about 12,000,000 pounds of trash was thrown away in Denver’s parks, much of which could have easily been recycled. In fact, more trash was thrown away at Washington Park than any other park in the City. Help the environment and keep valuable recyclables out of the trash by participating in this new parks recycling program!

More than a dozen specially designed recycling only purple dumpsters will be placed on the perimeter of Washington and Cheesman Parks. While filling the purple dumpsters with recyclables is one of the goals of the pilot program, equally important is the need to keep trash out of the purple recycling dumpsters. If too much trash finds its way into the purple dumpsters the program will be discontinued and recycling will not spread to other Denver parks.

Please help ensure the success of the pilot program and future parks recycling by placing all of your recyclables in the purple dumpsters and by sharing the recycling message with other visitors to Denver’s parks.

How It Works

  • Denver Recycles will place specially designed purple recycling dumpsters in Washington Park and Cheesman Park in the Spring of 2014.

  • Park visitors can recycle their cans, plastic bottles and containers, cardboard, paper and other items in the recycling dumpsters.

  • No plastic bags, pet waste, Styrofoam, food, or trash is allowed in the recycling dumpsters. If contamination rates are too high, the program will be discontinued and recycling will not be introduced at other Denver parks.

  • Tell your friends, neighbors and other park visitors about the program and help make recycling in Denver’s parks a success!

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.


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Help Keep Denver Beautiful by Recycling at "The Great Denver Cleanup" on April 26 

Be a part of “The Great Denver Cleanup” by bringing your unwanted materials to one of 10 free drop sites around the city on Saturday April 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year yard debris, large rigid plastics, and scrap metal will be accepted for recycling and composting at each location. Yard debris includes leaves and branches (less than 5 feet long and less than 4 inches in diameter). Large rigid plastics includes items such as laundry baskets, large toys or play centers, kid pools, lawn furniture, 5-gallon buckets and old plastic storage tubs. Electronic items (televisions, computers, etc.) and household hazardous waste (paint, chemicals, etc.) will not be accepted.

Please note that large rigid plastics are not accepted in your Denver Recycles purple cart. These items are too large for the normal collection and sorting process. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to recycle your large rigid plastics at this event!   

“The Great Denver Cleanup” is a one-day event organized by Keep Denver Beautiful, a program of Denver Public Works/Solid Waste Management. For drop off locations and a complete list of acceptable items call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit