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Composting Information and Resources

Denver Composts is redefining what was once waste.  By signing up for compost collection you can reduce the amount of waste you throw away by as much as 50 to 75 percent.  Denver Composts is a fee-based service that collects residentially generated organic material like yard debris, food scraps and non-recyclable paper. 

Why Join?

  1. IT’S SO EASY. Simply put your organic material in the green cart and set it out for collection each week.
  2. LESS WASTE SENT TO THE LANDFILL. More than 50% of what the average Denver households put in the trash is organic material.
  3. REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS. Composting results in less methane emitted into the atmosphere.

Each compost program participant is supplied with a green cart that is collected weekly.  The organic material collected is sent to a commercial facility where it gets turned into a high quality soil amendment known as compost. The number of participants is limited and only household within specific service areas are eligible for this program.

To check to see if your specific home address is now eligible for compost services, CLICK HERE.

  • MAKE LESS TRASH - Up to 37% of what Denver residents put in the trash during the growing season is yard waste which is predominantly grass clippings. You can significantly reduce your spring and summer waste just by Grasscycling.
  • ENJOY A HEALTHIER LAWN - Grasscycling is an easy way to a healthy lawn and a great way to recycle valuable nutrients for free. Clippings break down quickly and slowly release nutrients like Nitrogen back into the soil beneath your lawn.
  • SAVE WATER - Grass clippings left on your lawn will shade grass roots and help keep the soil cool. And because grass clippings are made up of more than 80% water, they return valuable moisture to the soil which means less watering for you to do.
  • REDUCE YOUR WORK - Grasscycling can drastically reduce the time you spend on lawn care by saving you from the hassle of bagging, raking and disposing of grass clippings.
  • SAVE MONEY - Grasscycling reduces the amount the City must spend to collect, haul and landfill grass clippings.

 Click Here to Download Grasscycle flyer (449 KB)

The Master Compost Training Programs offers Denver residents a unique opportunity to not only learn about composting and recycling topics, but also a great way to give back to our community. Through hands-on sessions, Master Composter program participants learn about a broad range of composting, recycling and resource conservation topics, and then share their newly acquired knowledge with the broader community through outreach events and by facilitating Learn to Compost classes.

No experience necessary!

Here’s a little more about how the program works:

  • Instruction: Master Composters receive 40 hours of instruction in compost science, resource conservation, compost bin construction, worm composting, urban gardening, recycling and solid waste management, and community outreach.
  • Service: In exchange for this training, Master Composters are required to return 40 hours of outreach by participating in outreach events and by teaching composting classes to Denver residents. Participants have six months to complete the outreach service requirement. Please note, outreach opportunities often fall on evenings and weekends, and participants need to provide their own transportation.
  • Dedication, not experience: Master Composters do not need to be experienced composters or gardeners to participate, but participants must be able to commit the time necessary to attend the classes, tours, demonstration site sessions and also complete the 40 hours of outreach.
  • Cost: A $35 fee is generally required to help cover the cost of program materials. However, an inability to pay the fee should not deter qualified candidates! Under certain circumstances, the fee can be waived.
  • Schedule: During a 10 week period between February and April, training classes are held about once a week on a combination of Monday evenings and Saturday mornings, with one all-day weekday field trip. Outreach hours are self-paced, but must be completed between May and October.
  • Enrollment: Each year, approximately 35 enthusiastic and committed participants are selected for this program.
  • Click here to download the "Become A Master Composter" flyer.

Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 Master Composter program. Please check back in December for more information about the 2017 application process.


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