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Denver Compost Challenge


UPDATE

During the 2019 Denver Compost Challenge (April through November), the Denver Composts program gained 4,203 subscribers. Thanks to all the individuals and organizations that helped make this happen. We look forward to even more in 2020!

 

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Did you know? Organic materials such as leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up almost 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.   

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.

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.

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. 

 

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!

Neighborhood Jan 2020
South Park Hill 38%
Country Club 28%
Wellshire 27%
Hilltop 25%
North Park Hill 24%
Congress Park 24%
Washington Park 23%
University Park 22%
Hale 21%
Stapleton 21%
Washington Park West 21%
Montclair 20%
West Highland 20%
Platte Park 20%
Virginia Village 20%
Sloan Lake 20%
Berkeley 19%
Cory-Merrill 18%
City Park 18%
Belcaro 18%
Whittier 18%
Lowry Field 18%
Sunnyside 15%
University 15%
Rosedale 15%
Goldsmith 14%
Skyland 14%
Washington-Virginia Vale 14%
Baker 13%
Speer 13%
Regis 13%
City Park West 13%
University Hills 12%
Hampden South 12%
Hampden 11%
Southmoor 11%
East Colfax 11%
Highland 11%
Chaffee Park 10%
Five Points 10%
Cheesman Park 9%
Cole 9%
Clayton 9%
Harvey Park South 8%
Northeast Park Hill 8%
Windsor 8%
Bear Valley 8%
Civic Center 7%
AURARIA LINCOLN PARK 7%
North Capitol Hill 7%
Athmar Park 6%
Overland 6%
Capitol Hill 6%
Harvey Park 6%
Jefferson Park 6%
Villa Park 5%
West Colfax 5%
Fort Logan 5%
Cherry Creek 5%
Ruby Hill 5%
Barnum 5%
Mar Lee 4%
Valverde 4%
Barnum West 4%
Indian Creek 4%
Marston 3%
Elyria Swansea 3%
Sun Valley 3%
Globeville 3%
Green Valley Ranch 2%
South Platte 2%
College View 2%
Westwood 2%
Gateway 1%
Montbello 1%

 

Neighborhood Jan 2020
Athmar Park 6%
AURARIA LINCOLN PARK 7%
Baker 13%
Barnum 5%
Barnum West 4%
Bear Valley 8%
Belcaro 18%
Berkeley 19%
Capitol Hill 6%
Chaffee Park 10%
Cheesman Park 9%
Cherry Creek 5%
City Park 18%
City Park West 13%
Civic Center 7%
Clayton 9%
Cole 9%
College View 2%
Congress Park 24%
Cory-Merrill 18%
Country Club 28%
East Colfax 11%
Elyria Swansea 3%
Five Points 10%
Fort Logan 5%
Gateway 1%
Globeville 3%
Goldsmith 14%
Green Valley Ranch 2%
Hale 21%
Hampden 11%
Hampden South 12%
Harvey Park 6%
Harvey Park South 8%
Highland 11%
Hilltop 25%
Indian Creek 4%
Jefferson Park 6%
Lowry Field 18%
Mar Lee 4%
Marston 3%
Montbello 1%
Montclair 20%
North Capitol Hill 7%
North Park Hill 24%
Northeast Park Hill 8%
Overland 6%
Platte Park 20%
Regis 13%
Rosedale 15%
Ruby Hill 5%
Skyland 14%
Sloan Lake 20%
South Park Hill 38%
South Platte 2%
Southmoor 11%
Speer 13%
Stapleton 21%
Sun Valley 3%
Sunnyside 15%
University 15%
University Hills 12%
University Park 22%
Valverde 4%
Villa Park 5%
Virginia Village 20%
Washington Park 23%
Washington Park West 21%
Washington-Virginia Vale 14%
Wellshire 27%
West Colfax 5%
West Highland 20%
Westwood 2%
Whittier 18%
Windsor 8%

 

Council District Jan 2020
1 - Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval 15%
2 - Councilman Kevin Flynn 6%
3 - Councilwoman Jamie Torres 4%
4 - Councilwoman Kendra Black 13%
5 - Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer 19%
6 - Councilman Paul Kashmann 18%
7 - Councilman Jolon Clark 12%
8 - Councilman Christopher Herndon 19%
9 - Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca 11%
10 - Councilman Chris Hinds 16%
11 - Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore 2%
 

 

Neighborhood  Jan 2020
La Alma Lincoln Park 7%
Congress Park 24%
Harvey Park 6%
Baker 13%
Barnum 5%
Chaffee Park-Regis 10%
Green Valley Ranch 2%
East Colfax 11%
Greater Park Hill 24%
Highland 11%
Stapleton 21%
West Colfax 5%
Villa Park 5%
North City Park (Skyland) 14%

 


2020 Compost Challenge Ambassador Application:

The Denver Compost Challenge is seeking volunteers to be 2020 Denver Compost Challenge Ambassadors. If you’re passionate about composting and want to connect other Denverites to the many ways to compost in Denver, please consider applying. Ambassadors are expected to attend one training and commit to a total of 20 hours of outreach between April and November. 


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