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Discover Denver Composts!

Every year Denver residents throw out tons of food and yard waste that could have been turned into beneficial compost. There are now several ways you can not only help reduce the organic waste from your household, but reap the benefits as well. 


Denver Composts is a fee-based service paid for by the resident at the rate of $29.25 each quarter (every 3 months). Be advised, this service is not seasonal. If you want to cancel service, contact  Solid Waste Management  prior to the beginning of the next quarter to avoid being charged for future quarters.

See "Compost Collection Frequently Asked Questions" for details.

Denver's Own EcoGro™!



Bags of Denver’s Own EcoGro™ Compost are now available at neighborhood Ace Hardware stores!

Help close the compost loop and put important organic material from the Denver Composts program back into Denver’s soil.

Utilizing this compost at home provides many benefits to soil and plants, and ensures that food scraps and yard debris collected in Denver can be used as a resource in Denver.

Pick up a bag (or two) today!


Benefits of Composting

  • Composting keeps organic material out of landfills. In a landfill, climate warming gases, such as methane, are made as organics decay under anaerobic (without oxygen) conditions .
  • Methane is 21 times more potent in its heat-trapping capabilities than carbon dioxide.; therefore, the benefits of composting organic material far outweigh the environmental “costs” of collecting, hauling and processing organic material with trucks and equipment that burn fuel.
  • Organic material like food, yard debris and soiled paper makes up about 50% of what Denver residents send to the landfill.
  • The U .S. sent 25 million tons of food waste to landfills in 2005 — the greenhouse gas impact of composting this mass would be the equivalent of removing 7.8 million passenger cars from the road.
  • Composting is nature’s way of recycling and returning valuable organic matter and nutrients to the soil to be used again. It can be used for gardens, lawns and even houseplants, to conserve moisture and add nutrients to help plants thrive.
  • Incorporating compost into the soil can help to increase the soil's ability to retain moisture and reduce the need for fertilizers, herbicide or fungicide on farms, gardens and landscaping.
  • Compost increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff.
  • Compost can retain 100% of its weight in water and is an important component of gardening in a drought.

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Denver Compost Challenge

Did you know? Organic materials such as leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up more than 50% of what Denver residents send to the landfill each year. In order to meet Denver’s 2020 goal of recycling and composting 34%, we need to recycle and compost 31,000 tons more each year. 

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