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DENVER  COMPOST CHALLENGE - April through November 2019

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. Together, we can do this.   

What is the Denver Compost Challenge? The Denver Compost Challenge was initiated by a group of community volunteers, neighborhood green teams, and sustainability groups who were seeking to build community connectedness at the neighbor-to-neighbor level while also building healthy soil through composting. Pairing the many composting resources available through Denver Solid Waste Management with the support of community groups and the Denver Sustainable Neighborhoods Program, the Denver Compost Challenge is a call to action for all Denverites to compost even more. We hope that you will join us in this important work to create a more sustainable future for us all and help Denver reach its 2020 Sustainability Goals.

Denver Compost  Challenge Goals:

  • Increase the number of residents composting through the Denver Composts program or other options
  • Decrease contamination in compost (and recycling)
  • Build community and neighborhood connectedness

This page is intended to be a resource for everyone to learn more about the many ways to compost in Denver. The “Toolkit for Neighborhood Organizers” is intended to offer ideas for those who wish to organize larger composting efforts in their communities.

 

How Will We Measure Success?

  • We’ll measure the increase in households signed up for the Denver Composts program, April to November.
  • We’ll measure the increase in multi-family households and businesses composting through non-City compost collection programs, April to November. (Note: The Denver Composts program cannot provide service to businesses or multi-family buildings with more than 7-units. But, other organizations can!)
  • Your actions! We want to see how you and your neighbors are composting! Share with the Denver Compost Challenge on social media. 

Denver Compost Challenge Toolkit:

Find ideas for how to plan events in your neighborhood! The Denver Compost Challenge Toolkit is powered by the Denver Sustainable Neighborhoods Program.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO COMPOST!

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMPOST FEE

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. 

RESOURCES TO DOWNLOAD:

USING COMPOST

Application Establishment Maintenance               
Flowers and vegetable gardens Mix 1-2" into the first 6-8" of soil Apply 1-2" to planting area at start of growing season
Lawns Mix 1-2" into the first 6-8" of soil Annually: apply a 1/4" layer before or after core aeration
Trees and shrubs Use 1 part compost to 2-3 parts soil to backfill planting hole Apply 1-2" over soil surface of bed in the Spring or Fall (or both)
House plants Add up to 20% compost into potting mix Spread 2-3 tablespoons on the surface of the potting soil
 

Denver Composts Program Participation

What percentage of your neighborhood is composting?  Tell your neighbors to join in!

RATE Neighborhood
1% Montbello
1% Westwood
1% Gateway
1% Green Valley Ranch
1% College View
2% South Platte
2% Elyria Swansea
2% Globeville
2% Barnum West
2% Marston
3% Sun Valley
3% Indian Creek
3% Valverde
3% Barnum
3% Villa Park
3% Fort Logan
3% Mar Lee
4% Ruby Hill
4% West Colfax
4% Cherry Creek
4% Jefferson Park
4% Capitol Hill
4% Harvey Park
5% Athmar Park
5% Windsor
5% North Capitol Hill
5% Overland
6% AURARIA LINCOLN PARK
6% Northeast Park Hill
6% Harvey Park South
6% Bear Valley
6% Cole
7% Clayton
7% Cheesman Park
7% Civic Center
8% Chaffee Park
8% Highland
8% Five Points
8% East Colfax
9% Hampden
9% Southmoor
9% Regis
10% University Hills
10% Hampden South
10% City Park West
10% Washington-Virginia Vale
11% Baker
11% Speer
11% Rosedale
12% Goldsmith
12% Skyland
12% Sunnyside
13% University
15% Lowry Field
15% Belcaro
15% City Park
15% Whittier
15% Cory-Merrill
16% Berkeley
17% West Highland
17% Virginia Village
17% Platte Park
17% Sloan Lake
17% Montclair
17% Washington Park West
18% Hale
18% University Park
18% Stapleton
20% Congress Park
20% North Park Hill
20% Washington Park
21% Hilltop
22% Wellshire
25% Country Club
34% South Park Hill

 

Neighborhood Rate
Athmar Park 5%
Auraria Lincoln Park 6%
Baker 11%
Barnum 3%
Barnum West 2%
Bear Valley 6%
Belcaro 15%
Berkeley 16%
Capitol Hill 4%
CBD 0%
Chaffee Park 8%
Cheesman Park 7%
Cherry Creek 4%
City Park 15%
City Park West 10%
Civic Center 7%
Clayton 7%
Cole 6%
College View 1%
Congress Park 20%
Cory-Merrill 15%
Country Club 25%
Denver International Airport 0%
East Colfax 8%
Elyria Swansea 2%
Five Points 8%
Fort Logan 3%
Gateway 1%
Globeville 2%
Goldsmith 12%
Green Valley Ranch 1%
Hale 18%
Hampden 9%
Hampden South 10%
Harvey Park 4%
Harvey Park South 6%
Highland 8%
Hilltop 21%
Indian Creek 3%
Jefferson Park 4%
Lowry Field 15%
Mar Lee 3%
Marston 2%
Montbello 1%
Montclair 17%
North Capitol Hill 5%
North Park Hill 20%
Northeast Park Hill 6%
Overland 5%
Platte Park 17%
Regis 9%
Rosedale 11%
Ruby Hill 4%
Skyland 12%
Sloan Lake 17%
South Park Hill 34%
South Platte 2%
Southmoor 9%
Speer 11%
Stapleton 18%
Sun Valley 3%
Sunnyside 12%
University 13%
University Hills 10%
University Park 18%
Valverde 3%
Villa Park 3%
Virginia Village 17%
Washington Park 20%
Washington Park West 17%
Washington-Virginia Vale 10%
Wellshire 22%
West Colfax 4%
West Highland 17%
Westwood 1%
Whittier 15%
Windsor 5%
                                 

 

RATE Council District
13% 1 - Councilman Rafael Espinoza
4% 2 - Councilman Kevin Flynn
3% 3 - Councilman Paul D. Lopez
11% 4 - Councilwoman Kendra Black
16% 5 - Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman
15% 6 - Councilman Paul Kashman
10% 7 - Councilman Jolon Clark
16% 8 - Councilman Christopher Herndon
8% 9 - Councilman Albus Brooks
13% 10 - Councilman Wayne New
1% 11 - Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore

 

Neighborhood  April 2019 Subscription Rate
La Alma Lincoln Park 6%
Baker 11%
Barnum 3%
Chaffee Park 8%
Congress Park 20%
East Colfax 8%
Green Valley Ranch 1%
Greater Park Hill 21%
Harvey Park 4%
Highland 8%
North City Park (Skyland) 12%
Stapleton 18%
Villa Park 3%
West Colfax 4%

 



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