March 28th ‘No Charge’ Electronics Recycling Event

Gather up your unwanted televisions, computers and other electronic items and get them recycled at Denver’s ‘No Charge’ Electronics Recycling Collection Event on Saturday, March 28. Unlike other e-cycle events which charge residents a fee to cover the costs of electronics recycling, during this one-time special event the costs of recycling will be covered by our sponsors and partners. 

Don’t miss your chance to take advantage of this unique opportunity to recycle electronics free-of-charge, help protect the Colorado environment, and get rid of unwanted items in your home.  Make your appointment now before space runs out.  

The Electronics Recycling event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at East High School’s football field parking lot at 1650 Josephine Street between 16th & 17th Avenues, just south of City Park.    

Event participation is by appointment only, so pre-register online at Participation is easy, just select your appointment time slot and then show up with your old electronic items on March 28th during your scheduled appointment.   

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). 

Disposing of electronic items in the landfill is illegal in 18 states in the US including Colorado. Electronic items contain chemicals and elements that can pollute Colorado’s air and water and significantly harm humans and animals if not recycled or disposed of properly. If you’re unable to attend this event, simply call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit for more information about other electronic recycling options. 

Metech Recycling is a Certified e-Stewards® recycler and a partner with Denver Recycles in the proper recycling and disposal of electronic waste such as televisions, monitors and CPU's. Certified e-Stewards are leading North American electronics recyclers who are qualified as upholding the highest standard of environmental and social responsibility. 

This event is sponsored by Metech Recycling, Denver Public Works’ Denver Recycles program and Denver Environmental Health. For information about how to help save energy when you are replacing your old electronics or appliances, visit the Denver Energy Challenge program at

Denver Composts Expands in 2015!

Denver Recycles is excited to announce that the Denver Composts program is doubling in size in 2015, bringing cart-based composting to double the number of participants!  
That’s right - with two new routes adding to the two existing routes, the Denver Composts program is now accessible to more neighborhoods and more participants than ever before.  Since organic material is the single largest item that is thrown away by Denver households, this expansion will help to keep tons of material out of our landfill (literally, TONS!). 

While the program is expanding, its growth is slow and compost collection service is not yet offered citywide. To find out if your home is eligible for this fee-based collection service, simply visit, or call 311 (720-913-1311). 

Similar to Denver’s recycling program, Denver Composts is a cart-based program. Unlike recycling, however, Denver Composts is fee-based, and Denver residents in eligible compost areas pay a monthly rate of $9.75 for the weekly collection of organic materials. If your household doesn’t generate enough material to fill a green cart each week, consider sharing the service with your neighbors.  

Materials collected in the green compost carts include yard debris, food, and non-recyclable paper such as food soiled paper, napkins, and paper towels.   The contents of the green compost carts are taken to a commercial processing facility and turned into a soil amendment know as compost. 

As the single largest stream of materials thrown away by Denver households, organic materials make up more than 50 percent of what is taken to the landfill. Regardless of whether your home falls within the Denver Composts service area, backyard composting is still a great way for all Denver residents to reduce the amount of organic materials sent to Denver’s landfills

If your home already has backyard composting and you’re eligible for the collection service, the Denver Composts cart is a great supplement, and can take the materials that don’t go in your backyard system. Whether you live in a house or in an apartment, there’s a compost system that can work for your home. Keep an eye out for the 2015 schedule of free FREE Learn to Compost Classes classes offered by Denver Recycles and Denver Urban Gardens. The full list of classes will be available at

Help Support the Economy in Denver and Colorado - Recycle!

Recycling is a boon to Colorado's economy.
According to a study commissioned by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recycling, reuse and remanufacturing have positive economic impacts on the state’s economy. The study found that waste diversion and recycling provides Colorado with the following economic benefits: 

  • Recycling sustains more than 85,000 jobs.
  • State and local tax revenues generated from waste diversion activities amount to nearly $1.3 billion per year.
  • The industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of Colorado’s overall economic output.
  • For every job created within the waste diversion industry, one additional job is created elsewhere in the labor market.  

“This study reveals that investing in infrastructure that helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills is a win-win situation for the economy and the environment,” said Eric Heyboer, Recycling Grant Program administrator at the department. This statement is especially true here in Denver. Not only does each ton of material recycled in Denver help support the state economy overall, it also helps save the City money. Denver pays to dispose of waste in the landfill and conversely, the City gets paid for each ton that is sent to the recycling processor. Thus, each ton of recyclables we keep out of the landfill saves the City about $45! 

Do your part to help the support waste diversion and recycling in Colorado and the City of Denver.  By placing all of your cardboard, paper and other recyclables into your purple cart you are not only helping to protect our environment but you are also supporting an important segment of our economy. 

To read the entire report, ‘Economic Study of Recycling in Colorado,’ visit the Colorado Department of Health and Environment’s website. For more information on how to recycle more in Denver visit

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.