Apartment and Commercial Recycling

Denver Recycles, a program of the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Solid Waste Management, is only authorized to provide services to residential homes of seven or fewer units and our own municipal facilities. Denver Recycles is not authorized to provide services to commercial properties such as businesses and apartment communities. 

(See DOTI Rules and Regulations: Governing the Preparation, Storage, and Collection of Household and Yard Rubbish)

Tips for Setting Up a Recycle/Compost Program:

  1. Start a conversation with the landlord, property management team or HOA about getting recycling and/or composting.
  2. Encourage other tenants to obtain a commitment from the property owners to add either of these services.
  3. Find out if the current waste hauler also provides recycle and/or compost services.
  4. Negotiate the costs of recycle and/or compost collection service with existing hauler or another hauling company.  NOTE: These costs might be offset by reduced trash collection services.
  5. Select a hauler and determine a collection schedule.
  6. Be sure recycle and/or compost containers are placed in common areas and are clearly identified.
  7. Appoint a recycling coordinator to monitor services.
  8. Kick-off the launch of the recycling/composting program with a ceremony and memo from property management.