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Denver residents serviced by Solid Waste Management may schedule a FREE appliance collection by appointment. Appliance collections are done by the city's contractor (EcoProjex) to ensure that metals are recycled and Freon gases from refrigerated appliances are handled in an environmentally safe manner. For more information on this program and to schedule an appliance collection appointment visit FREE Appliance Collection.
As of July 1, 2013, in accordance with Colorado’s Electronic Recycling Jobs Act (SB 12-133, 4/20/12) which bans the disposal of electronic waste in Colorado landfills, the City can no longer accept electronic devices in the trash.
Non-acceptable electronic devices set out for collection will have an orange sticker placed on them and left uncollected by service crews. It is the resident's responsibility to remove the non-acceptable electronic material from set out and arrange proper recycling of the materials.
Denver Recycles offers resources like an E-cycle Coupon and special collection events to assist you with recycling your unwanted electronics. There are also free and low cost recycling options through local retailers and manufacturers. For more details on properly recycling your old electronics visit Electronics Recycling.
Please note that Denver Solid Waste Management only services residential homes of seven or fewer units that are located in the City and County of Denver. If you reside in a larger apartment or condominium property, please contact your landlord or HOA for collection information.
There are a number of reasons that your trash or recycling might have been missed.
REPORTING A MISSED COLLECTION: If your trash or recycling was for missed (and not for one of the above reasons), please call us at 311 (720-913-1311) to report the missed collection and/or find out if there was another reason for the missed collection
Residents are responsible for:
Be sure to set overflow trash at least 4 feet to the side of your trash barrel and any other obstacles.
Use heavy duty trash bags to prevent breakage and odors.
A maximum of 10 items per scheduled overflow collection day (includes combination of bundled branches and household trash).
Bundled branches can be set out as overflow. Branches must be tied and bundled in bundles less than 4 feet in length with no branch larger than 4 inches in diameter and easily handled by one person. Branch bundles count as part of your 10 items acceptable for collection during your scheduled overflow collection cycle (every 3 weeks).
As Solid Waste Management continues to expand cart-based trash service to Denver neighborhoods, it’s a good time to start thinking about what trash cart size best fits your home. Solid Waste Management now offers three different trash cart sizes:
The default delivery size is the 95-gallon cart, but since many families don’t need this much capacity we encourage residents to right-size their carts by requesting smaller trash carts leading up to the start of their cart-based trash service. Residents can request different sized carts six weeks prior to their neighborhood being changed to cart-based trash service by calling 311 (720-913-1311).
Maximizing recycling opportunities offered through the Denver Recycles program can help make a smaller trash cart possible. Residents that are not already participating in the recycling program are encouraged to take advantage of this service.
Existing recyclers are encouraged to look further to maximize recycling efforts by making sure they are capturing all the recyclables they can. Recyclers with the original 65-gallon recycle cart can upsize to a 95-gallon cart if more capacity is needed, or even get a second recycling cart.
Call 311 (720-913-1311), visit online at 311 Help Request or email DenverRecycles.
TTY Service: 720-913-8479
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