Denver Composts makes composting household organic material as easy as recycling, by providing a green cart that is collected weekly. Households separate out organic material like yard debris, food scraps and non-recyclable paper and place them in the green cart instead of the trash. The organic material collected is sent to a commercial facility where it gets turned into a high quality soil amendment known as compost.
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 paid for by the resident at the rate of $29.25 each quarter (every 3 months). See "Compost Service Payment Information" below for details.
The number of participants is limited, and only households within specific service areas are eligible for this program. Check your household's eligibility or enroll in the Compost Collection Program today:
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:|
Only specific types of biodegradable products actual break down in the composting process. Products marked “planted-based” or made from plants has nothing to do with the products true compostability.
The listing below does not imply an endorsement of these products by the City & County of Denver, other than to indicate that these products meet the compostability requirements for the Denver Composts program.
Plain "Non-Glossy" Paper Plates
Available at nearly all stores.
Chinet® “Eco-Friendly” platesAvailabe at regular grocery stores and Costco.
Eco-Products® cups, plates and bowlsAvailable online at ecoproducts.com
Please be sure to contact Solid Waste Management at 311 (720-913-1311) prior to moving to update your account status. Outdated account information could result in you continuing to be billed for services, payments made under the wrong account number or lost compost carts.
|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 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.
A discounted annual payment option will be available in the 1st Quarter 2017 billings for services January 1 through December 31.
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. The $107.00 Discounted annual payment option available for accounts with services January through December only.
Please note, if service are cancelled for non-payment the resident is responsible for contacting Solid Waste Manage to notify of payments submitted and to arrange for services to be restored.
For questions about the Compost Collection program, please call 311 (720-913-1311) or email DenverRecycles@DenverGov.org.