Denver’s Annual Compost Sale and Mulch Giveaway Set for May 5-7
Published on May 03, 2023
DENVER — The weekend of May 5-7, Denverites can take advantage of the city’s annual Compost Sale and Mulch Giveaway at locations across the Denver metro area.
“As the sun shines and Denverites dig their hands into the soil and plant their gardens, we hope they take advantage of Denver’s Compost Sale and Mulch Giveaway this weekend,” said Grace Rink, Chief Climate Officer for the City and County of Denver. “This is an excellent opportunity to save money while helping your garden thrive using sustainable, local, recycled materials.”
On Saturday, Denver residents can collect free mulch while supplies last at four locations: Havana Nursery, Bear Creek Park, Veterans Park, and Sloan's Lake Park. Customers should plan to bring their own shovel, rake, or other necessary materials to load mulch into their own mode of transportation. Loader service is available at the Havana Nursery. The mulch for this event is made from Christmas trees collected through the Treecycle program.
People across the Denver metro area can also visit participating Ace Hardware locations to purchase discounted compost as part of the city’s Compost Sale. From Friday, May 5, through Sunday, May 7, customers can buy EcoGro™ Compost for $5 per bag, plus tax. Bags are one cubic foot and customers may purchase a maximum of 10 bags. EcoGro™ Compost is processed from food scraps and yard waste Denver compost customers put in their green carts every week. Customers do not need to be City and County of Denver residents to access the Compost Sale at Ace Hardware locations.
According to the 2022 Sustainable Resource Management Plan, the City and County of Denver aims to divert 50% of solid waste away from the landfill and to recycling or composting facilities by 2027 and to increase that rate to 70% by 2032. From January to March 2023, Denver residents increased recycling by 17%, diverting 1,624 more tons of material from the landfill compared to this time last year. Denver residents divert approximately 13,000 tons of food scraps and yard debris from their households each year through its compost program. Denver is expanding weekly compost service to all residents in phases beginning in July as part of added services introduced this year, which includes free weekly compost and recycling collection for all customers.
For details about the Mulch Giveaway, please visit denvergov.org/mulch.
For details about the Compost Sale, please visit denvergov.org/compostsale.