Trash Services

Trash cart

Overview

As Denver residents recycle and compost more of their waste, it’s a good time to start thinking about what trash cart size best fits your home. Solid Waste Management offers three different trash cart sizes: 35, 65, and 95-gallons. 

Contact us:

For the fastest response to service-related issues, please call 311 (720-913-1311) and provide your name and exact home address.

Denver 311 Help Center: 3-1-1
Outside Denver: 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911 
TTY Service: 720-913-8479

 

 

Reduce Your Trash:


Frequently Asked Questions

Setting out branches and yard debris for collection

Follow these guidelines for Extra Trash Collection:
  • Group loose branches into tied bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds per bundle. Branches can be no longer than 4 feet in length or larger than 4 inches in diameter.
  • A maximum of 10 branch bundles per household will be collected per scheduled Extra Trash Collection
  • Place bundles at least 2 feet away from any service carts when setting out for collection.
  • Do NOT place branches in your city issued black trash cart or purple recycle cart.

Residents are responsible for the removal and disposal of tree stumps and all branches over 4 inches in diameter and/or 4 feet in length. There are a number of licensed haulers that are available to residents to hire for removal of this material.

Want to compost them instead?

  • Branches can be dropped off for composting at the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off located at East Cherry Creek Dr. South & Quebec St.

    Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturdays 9 AM to 3 PM

    • Denver residents only.
    • No branches longer than 4 feet in length or larger than 4 inches in diameter.
    • No pieces or bundles weighing more than 50 pounds.
    • Maximum of 10 branch bundles per week.
  • Sign-up for Denver Composts - For a quarterly fee of $29.25, the City and County of Denver will provide you with a green cart for organic materials (leaves, small branches, food scraps and non-recyclable paper) that is collected weekly. The organic material goes to a commercial facility where it gets turned into a high quality soil amendment known as compost. 

Broken branches and fallen trees

Property owners are responsible for cleanup of debris from trees on private property and from trees within the public right of way adjacent to their property.

Property owners are responsible for the pruning needs of private property trees and the pruning needs of trees within the public right-of-way adjacent to their property. 

  • If you have general questions about the condition of a public-right-of way tree, contact Denver Forestry at forestry@denvergov.org.
  • For trees on private property, citizens can visit DenverGov.org/Forestry for a list of licensed and insured tree care contractors. It’s a wise practice to make sure any tree care contractor is licensed and insured.
  • If emergency removal of a fallen branch is needed to clear a street, the city can assist though an established on-call contract; however, the cost of the work will be billed to the responsible property owner. Call 311 (720-913-1311) if you have questions.

Reporting a dead animal

For dead animal removal in streets or alleys, please call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit Pocketgov.com


Reporting an illegal dump

Enforcement of Rules and Regulations - every attempt shall be made by an authorized agency representative to contact the violator and seek resolution of the violation. Conflicts and disputes arising from the enforcement of the rules and regulations shall be resolved by the Manager or an authorized representative. Repeated or gross violations may result in the issuance of a notice of violation up to and including a court summons.

  • To report Illegal Dumping call 311 (720-913-1311).
  • Do not confront person doing the dumping.
  • Obtain as much information as possible, make/model of vehicle, license plate number and description of the person(s) involved.
  • An inspector will follow up on this information.


Manager's rules and regulations for trash services

Solid Waste Management is an agency of the City & County of Denver's Public Works Department.  The Public Works Manager's Rules & Regulations for Trash Collection services only authorized Solid Waste Management to provide services to residential homes of seven or fewer units and municipal facilities.


Extra Trash Collection

Denver Solid Waste Management collects extra trash bags and large items every 8 weeks from your neighborhood. Please use the directions below and the calendar to ensure proper use of the program and to help keep your neighborhood clean.

  1. View your collection schedule online or download the map and calendar. 
  2. maximum of 10 bags of trash and 5 large items (furniture, etc.) will be collected from each home per Extra Trash collection (every 8 weeks). If you have any additional items, they will not be collected. NO CONSTRUCTION MATERIAL. 
  3. Curb Customers: Place extra trash items in same location as your trash cart. Alley Customers: Place extra trash items directly behind your property.
  4. Place your items out by 7 a.m. on your normal day of trash service during your scheduled Extra Trash service week. We only provide one collection per household on the day of service. 
  5. Make sure the items are visible and placed at least 2 feet away from your trash and recycling container, cars, poles and other obstructions.
  6. Only set out large items during your scheduled Extra Trash Service week.  Setting items out on other times is considered illegal dumping.
  7. Put trash in containers or bags no larger than 32 gallons and weighing no more than 50 pounds, or it cannot be collected. Do not set trash out in cardboard boxes. 

Accepted

Up to ten bags of trash:

Household trash

For information on how to reduce your trash, check out our recycle and compost collection programs. 

Bundled branches

Only bundled branches will be collected. Visit our FREE Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off where you can compost these branches. 



Grass clippings

Skip the bag and leave the grass clippings on your lawn. Learn more about GrassCycling


Up to 5 large items:

Furniture

Includes: sofas, couches, chairs, dressers, tables, and television stands

Instead of trashing your old furniture, here are some options to consider:

  • Refurbish furniture. Put a slipcover on a sofa or refinish a table and dresser.
  • Hold a yard sale. Sell your unwanted items and pocket a little extra spending money. Remember the saying, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.”
  • List large items for sale online. There are multiple websites and apps available for reselling your belongings.  Here are just a few:
  • Donate items to local charities. Nonprofit organizations, such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army, accept most household items.  Some charities will even come to your home and pickup items.
  • Organize a swap meet. Combine your unwanted items with your neighbors for greater results.
  • Search for drop-off options. Check out Denver Recycles’ online Recycling Directory for locations where you can donate and recycle all types of items.
Mattresses and box springs

Mattresses can be recycled (for a fee) with Springback Colorado. Please visit their website to schedule a pick-up or find drop-off locations. 

Toilets and sinks

Limit of one per Extra Trash Collection (every 8 weeks).

Large toys and bicycles

Includes playhouses, kiddie pools, scooters, big wheels, etc.

Check out Denver Recycles’ online Recycling Directory for locations where you can donate and recycle bicycles and parts. 

Carpet and rugs

Carpets and rugs must be rolled into pieces no larger than 4 ft. in height or not greater than 50 pounds per piece.

Check out Denver Recycles’ online Recycling Directory for carpet recycling options.


Exercise equipment

Includes: treadmills, stationary bikes, etc.


Old trash containers

Please tape a sign saying "take away bin" on any containers needing removal. 


Not Accepted:

Construction Material


Automotive Materials
  • Automotive parts or fluids
  • Car tires or batteries
  • Recycling drop sites for tires (fees range from $1.50-$3.00 per tire) and batteries can be found on Denver’s Recycling Directory.
Yard Debris

Includes: dirt, sod, rocks, tree stumps, and branches larger than 4 inches in diameter or 4 feet in length.

Hazardous Materials


Appliances
  • Freon-containing appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners
  • Large metal appliances, such as stoves, dryers, and washers
  • Tubs, hot tubs or spas
  • Schedule a FREE appliance recycling pick-up!
Commercial and Industrial Waste

View our list of licensed haulers in Denver for transporting your excess trash. 

Denver Housing Authority

Dumpster Service Guidelines:

Dumpster trash service customers are provided with dumpsters for the disposal of household trash only. Automated trucks are used to lift and empty the dumpster. DHA residents may use any dumpster located around the property.

  • Keep the area around the dumpster clear of trash and large items at all times. Do not place items next to or within 2 feet of the dumpsters. Bag all of your trash in heavy-duty bags. Always keep the dumpster lid closed to reduce litter and pests. If the closest dumpster is full, please take your trash to the next closest dumpster that has space available. Do not place furniture, construction debris, sod or dirt in dumpsters. Only set out large items on scheduled Extra Trash Collection weeks (every 8 weeks). See the "Extra Trash Collection" tab for more information. Maximize space in your dumpster by placing items in the rear of the dumpster first.
  • Report illegal dumping by calling 311 (720-913-1311) as soon as possible. Record a license plate number and state of origin, description of the vehicle and a description of the person(s). Please do not approach or confront the person(s).

Free Appliance Collection