Solid Waste Management

The City of Denver collects over 256,000 tons of trash at Denver homes each year. That's an average of 1.6 tons per household a year. Denver uses an integrated collection strategy to recycle or dispose of waste in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 

Each week Solid Waste Management crews make their rounds, collecting trash and recycling from curbsides and alleyways. At other scheduled times Solid Waste collects large items such as unwanted appliances and furniture as well as household chemicals.

E-waste Banned from Disposal in Colorado Landfills in 2013

Properly and responsibly recycling electronic equipment is very important. Electronics contain a variety of harmful and in some cases even toxic substances, that when discarded, can pose risks to our health and the environment.  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.

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.
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Trash Collection Service Types

Bag Your Trash

  • Reduce litter
  • Prevent odors
  • Ensure your container empties properly