Apply Now to Become a Master Composter

Are you interested in becoming an expert in composting and recycling and then sharing your knowledge in the community?  If so, apply now to become a Master Composter!  Selected volunteers will learn all about composting and recycling through hands-on sessions that cover a range of topics, including how to compost at home, the role of organic material in soil health, and the importance of resource conservation.  Once trained, Master Composters share conservation information with the public at free “Learn to Compost” classes, schools, community events and outdoor markets.  Becoming a Master Composter is a great way to enhance your knowledge of composting and waste reduction, contribute to your community, and meet lots of new and interesting people!  

No prior composting experience is required; however, program participants must be able to commit to attend 40 hours of instruction in compost science, compost bin construction, worm composting, urban gardening, recycling, solid waste management and community outreach.  Participation in facility tours and work sessions at the compost demonstration site is also required.  In exchange for 40 hours of training each program participant performs 40 hours of outreach by teaching others about composting and recycling practices. 

Applications for the 2015 program are being accepted now through December 17th, 2014.  Approximately 30 enthusiastic and committed volunteers are selected each year for the program.  Training classes are held about once a week for ten consecutive weeks starting in late February.  Classes are held on Monday evenings, a few Saturday mornings and one Friday field trip day in April.  Please review the 2015 schedule at  If you are interested in the program, and can commit to the published schedule, please call Judy Elliot of Denver Urban Gardens at 720-404-0621 to learn more and to start making Denver a greener place to live.   

The Denver Master Composter Program is a joint project of Denver Recycles and Denver Urban Gardens.  Learn more at and  

Denver Recycles and Ace Hardware Team Up to Increase Leaf Composting

This fall, keep your leaves out of the landfill by composting them through Denver Recycles’ LeafDrop program!  
Composting leaves not only saves space in the landfill, it also creates a valuable commodity and reduces your environmental impact. Denver Recycles is providing multiple drop-off locations during the months of October and November. The two weekday Leafdrop sites will be open October 1st through November 30th for residents to bring their bagged leaves for composting.  Weekend LeafDrop sites will be open for the first three weekends in 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. Free paper leaf and yard bags available for Denver Residents! 

Break the plastic bag habit. Choose paper bags instead!  As an extra incentive for residents to compost leaves and to encourage the use of paper bags, Denver Recycles and Ace Hardware stores are partnering to give away 10,000 free paper leaf & yard bags.  Unlike plastic bags, paper bags can be composted along with the leaves, saving time and reducing plastic waste.  Starting October 1st, Denver residents can pick up a FREE 5-pack of paper leaf & yard bags at participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores with a coupon.  Visit to print your free paper bag coupon and to get a list of participating Ace Hardware stores.  No purchase necessary, while supplies last, limit one free pack per household. Additional bags can be purchased for about $2.50 per 5-pack at any Ace Hardware Store.

LeafDrop Locations and Dates.  Please only bring leaves to drop sites during specified dates and times.  Dropping off leaves at other times is considered illegal dumping.  

WEEKDAYS: MONDAY – FRIDAY, Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All leaves brought during the week must be in secured bags. Paper bags are preferred.

  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South) 
  • Havana Nursery - 10450 Smith Rd. (Just south of I-70 on Havana St.)

, NOV. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Dropping off leaves at other times is considered illegal dumping.
  • EAST: Cranmer Park - 3rd Ave. & Clermont St.
  • NORTHEAST: Smiley Middle School - 26th Ave. & Holly St.
  • NORTH CENTRAL: Argo Park - 48th Ave. & Clark Pl.  (NEW DROP SITE)
  • SOUTH CENTRAL: South High School - Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.
  • SOUTHEAST: Cherry Creek Transfer Station - 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South) 
  • WEST: Sloan’s Lake Park - 17th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd.
  • SOUTHWEST: Kennedy High School - Newland St. & Brown Pl.  
Help us manage the LeafDrop program by following these guidelines: 
  • Drop sites and free Ace Hardware paper bag offer is for Denver residents only.
  • Jack-O-Lanterns and pumpkins will be accepted for composting at drop sites after Halloween. 
  • Make sure leaves do not contain branches or other materials.
  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street, as this clogs storm sewers and street sweepers.

For more information on this year’s LeafDrop program call 720-865-6810 or visit

Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15th by Recycling Your Old Electronics

Show your recycling spirit on America Recycles Day by joining other Denver residents in recycling their old electronic items.  On
Saturday, November 15th Denver Recycles will be hosting an Electronics Recycling Collection Event for Denver residents to celebrate America Recycles Day, a nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling and encouraging citizens to take action.  

The electronic recycling event will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Metech Recycling at 500 W. 53rd Place in Northwest Denver. Event participation is by appointment only, so pre-register online at Participation is easy, just select your appointment time slot and then show up on November 15 for your scheduled appointment with your old electronic items.   

There is a $5 per vehicle fee which includes the first two “screens” (televisions, monitors and/or laptops). Additional screens will cost an additional fee of $5 per screen.  A normal fee per screen can range from $15 to $40 so take advantage of this low cost event. This event is being brought to you by Denver Public Works/Denver Recycles, Denver Environmental Health and the Denver Energy Challenge. This event is open to Denver residents only. No commercial or business recycling.   

Items accepted for recycling include: Televisions, monitors, CPUs, laptops, printers, scanners, faxes, keyboards, mice, stereos, external hard drives & storage devices, cellular phones, telephones, DVRs, VCRs, digital cameras, video recorders, MP3 players, video game consoles, wires, cables and some small appliances such as microwaves.  Items Not Accepted: Air conditioners, large appliances, vacuum cleaners, car batteries or household batteries (rechargeable batteries okay).      

Denver Recycles encourages residents to take advantage of this discounted opportunity to recycle electronic items as these items are no longer accepted in the trash. It is illegal for Colorado residents and residential waste haulers to dispose of electronics in landfills. If you’re not able to attend this event, call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit for other electronic recycling options offered by Denver Recycles.    

For information about how to help save energy when you are replacing your old electronics or appliances visit the Denver Energy Challenge program 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.