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Denver’s LeafDrop Program Begins Today

DENVER – It’s that time of year when the leaves are starting to change and fall. When raking leaves, rather than throwing them in the trash to be taken to a landfill, Denver residents can drop them off at a Denver LeafDrop site to be composted for free, now through December 4! Composting is nature’s way of recycling and returning valuable organic matter and nutrients to soil to be used again to help plants thrive. Compost created through Denver’s LeafDrop Program will be made available for residents to purchase at a discounted rate in the spring.

The following LeafDrop locations will be open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (entrance on E. Jewell Ave.)
  • Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (enter on Smith Road; leaves must be brought in bags at this location)
  • Central Platte Campus – 1271 W. Bayaud Ave. (leaves must be brought in bags at this location)

When dropping off raked leaves, paper bags are preferred - they can also be composted! Denver residents can download a coupon to receive a free five-pack of paper leaf bags at participating Ace Hardware Stores at denvergov.org/leafdrop.

Here are a few more helpful tips:

  • Please make sure to social distance and wear a face covering at drop-off locations.
  • Leaves cannot contain branches or other materials
  • Only bring leaves to drop-off sites during specified dates and times; dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping.
  • Pumpkins are also accepted for composting at drop-off locations
  • Never rake or blow leaves into the street; they could clog storm sewer inlets and Denver’s street sweepers.

Weekend LeafDrop sites will be opening soon at the end of October! More information to come as dates get closer. To learn more about Denver’s LeafDrop Program, please visit denvergov.org/leafdrop.