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Discover Denver's Compost Collection Program

Redefining what was once waste

chasing arrows of with compostables insideDenver 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 Collection Frequently Asked Questions" for details.

The number of participants in the program is limited, and households will be provided compost collection services on a first come, first served basis. Space in the program may also be limited within specific areas or collection days. Sign up for the Compost Collection Program today:

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.

info-graphic of accepted and not accepted compost material


Compost Payment Information

Compost services are $29.25 per quarter (every three months).  A discounted annual payment option of $107 is available only for participants that pre-pay for services January through December
The majority of participants choose to pay online. It saves money, paper and time! After you receive an invoice in the mail, you can submit a payment online at

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 is available for accounts with services January through December only.

Please note, if services are cancelled for non-payment the resident is responsible for contacting Solid Waste Manage to notify of payments submitted and arranging for services to be restored.

Invoices can are are only mailed to the physical property (address) where the services is being provided. The currently billing system for the Denver Composts program does not allow for invoices to be sent to secondary mailing addresses or sent by email.

Compost payment made on credit cards show up as "CITY&CTYOFDENVERONLINE 720-913-9306 CO"  

Please be sure to contact Solid Waste Management 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.


If you are moving to a new address within Denver, your account and payments can easily be transferred to the new address by contacting Solid Waste Management.


If you are moving out of town or just want to cancel compost serves, please contact Solid Waste Management to close out your account. 

Contact Solid Waste Management at 311 (720-913-1311) or


If your compost services have been cancelled and you wish to restore services, please contact Solid Waste Management at 311 (720-913-1311) or
Please note, if service are cancelled for non-payment the resident is responsible for contacting Solid Waste Manage to notify of payments submitted and arranging for services to be restored.

When enrolling for compost collection service the resident hereby agrees to pay quarterly payments of $29.25; understands that no part of the service fee is guaranteed to be refunded when services are cancelled for any reason; agrees to contact the City & County of Denver prior to cancelling or transferring services; acknowledges that the green compost cart remains the property of the City and County of Denver; and acknowledges that the green compost cart may be removed for failure to make service payments or if its use is deemed inappropriate by the City & County of Denver.

To Pay By Mail (Check):

  1. Fill out the payment slip at the bottom of your mailed invoice and send in with your check**
  2. Make your check payable to “Manager of Finance”
  3. Write your account number in the memo line of your check
  4. Send in a stamped envelope to:

Denver Composts

201 W. Colfax Ave.

Dept. 611

Denver, CO 80202

**A $50 fee will be applied to bounced checks and then sent to the City’s collection agency.