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.
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.
Denver Composts is a fee-based service paid for by the resident at the rate of $29.25 each quarter (every 3 months). See "Compost Service Payment Information" below for detials.
Yard debris: Grass clippings, leaves, plant trimmings, branches (no larger than 4 feet in length and 4 inches in diameter), flowers, houseplants, weeds and garden trimmings.
Food: Baked goods, bones, bread, butter and margarine, cake, candy, cereal, cheese, coffee grounds, cookies, corn cobs and husks, couscous, dairy products, eggs and eggshells, fish and fish parts, flour, fruits, grains, gravy and sauces, herbs and spices, jams and jellies, mayonnaise, meat and meat products, nuts and nut shells, oatmeal, pasta, peanut butter, pizza, popcorn, poultry, pumpkins, quinoa, rice, salads, shellfish, sugar, syrup, tea bags, vegetables, watermelon, yogurt and other processed food like left over pizza or burritos, and more.
Non-Recyclable Paper: Used paper plates, paper cups, tea bags, coffee filters, facial tissue, greasy pizza boxes (non-greasy pizza boxes should go in your recycle cart), paper towels, paper napkins, wax paper and waxed cardboard (like waxed produce boxes, not regular corrugated cardboard boxes).
Other Miscellaneous items:
Cotton balls, feathers, hair (pet and human), wine corks (natural), wooden chopsticks, wooden popsicle sticks and wooden toothpicks.
Due to the wide array of non-organic material it is hard to develop a comprehensive list of unacceptable items.
|Here are some examples materials NOT to go in your green cart:|
The EPA has identified landfills as one of the largest producers of methane.
Although methane collection at landfills is becoming more common, the EPA estimates that over the life of a landfill 25% of the methane generated in a landfill with gas collection will still escape into the atmosphere.
For a more in depth look at the environmental benefits of using compost in landscaping and agriculture, and facts on composting and greenhouse gas reductions, visit the following links:
|There are three ways to find out if your home is within a compost collection service area.|
|1. CLICK HERE to go to the Compost sign up page and enter your exact home address. If your address comes up as eligible, you may then proceed with enrolling in the program.|
|2. Call us at 311 (720-913-1311) and we'll look up your home address to see if you are eligible for compost services.|
|3. CLICK HERE to look at the map of the compost collection service areas. Eligible areas are within the green zones on the map.|
|Compost collection services in the newly expanded areas will begin the week starting January 5, 2015.|
Compost collection services are now available in portions of the following neighborhoods: Auraria Lincoln Park, Bear Valley, Belcaro, Berkeley, City Park West, Congress Park, Cory-Merrill, Country Club, East Colfax, Five Points, Goldsmith, Hale, Hampden, Hampden South, Harvey Park, Harvey Park South, Hilltop, La Alma, Lowry Field, Mar Lee, Montclair, North Park Hill, Overland, Platt Park, Rosedale, Ruby Hill, Skyland, Sloan’s Lake, South Park Hill, Southmoor Park East, Speer, Stapleton, University, University Park, Virginia Village, Washington Park, Washington Park West, Washington Virginia Vale, Wellshire, West Highlands, Westwood and Whittier.
PAY BY MAIL:
201 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80202
** Note: A $50 fee will be applied to bounced checks and then sent to the City’s collection agency.
Quarterly schedule is as follows: 1st Quarter is January to March; 2nd Quarter is April to June; 3rd Quarter is July to September; and 4th Quarter is October to December.
Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT), also known as eCheck payments, are secure and efficient transactions sent electronically to bank accounts within the United States. EFT payments eliminate the need to write checks and avoid postage costs. Compost service subscribers choosing this payment option should first contact their financial institution to confirm they offer EFT transactions and if there are any associated costs to the payee for this service. For Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Authorization Instructions check the back of your 2015 compost invoice or Click Here.
For questions about the Compost Collection program, please call 311(720-913-1311) or email DenverRecycles.
The Denver Composts program has just added one new compost route this February 2016 and plans are to add two more compost routes in the summer of 2016. This means the program will be accessible to more neighborhoods and more participants than ever before.
Below is a map of the newest Compost Expansion Area to begin services in February/March 2016 (1st Round 2016).
To check to see if your specific home address is now eligible for compost services, CLICK HERE.
Denver Composts is a fee-based service paid for by the resident at the rate of $29.25 each quarter (every 3 months). See "Compost Service Payment Information" on this page for detials.