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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!

Neighborhood RATE
South Park Hill 35%
Country Club 26%

Wellshire

24%
North Park Hill 22%
Hilltop 22%
Congress Park 22%
Washington Park 22%
University Park 20%
Hale 20%
Washington Park West 19%
Montclair 19%
Stapleton 19%
West Highland 18%
Virginia Village 18%
Sloan Lake 18%
Platte Park 18%
Berkeley 18%
Cory-Merrill 17%

Belcaro

16%
Whittier 16%
City Park 16%
Lowry Field 16%
University 14%
Sunnyside 14%
Skyland 13%
Rosedale 13%
Goldsmith 12%
Speer 12%
Washington-Virginia Vale 12%
Baker 12%
Regis 11%
Hampden South 11%
City Park West 11%
University Hills 11%

Southmoor

10%
Hampden 10%
East Colfax 10%
Chaffee Park 9%
Highland 9%
Five Points 9%
Cole 8%

Cheesman Park

8%
Clayton 8%
Civic Center 7%
Harvey Park South 7%
Bear Valley 7%
Northeast Park Hill 7%
AURARIA LINCOLN PARK 6%
Overland 6%
Windsor 5%
North Capitol Hill 5%

Athmar Park

5%
Harvey Park 5%
Capitol Hill 5%
West Colfax 5%
Cherry Creek 4%
Jefferson Park 4%
Ruby Hill 4%
Villa Park 4%
Fort Logan 4%
Mar Lee 4%
Barnum 4%
Indian Creek 3%
Valverde 3%
Barnum West 3%
Sun Valley 3%
Marston 3%

Globeville

2%
Elyria Swansea 2%
South Platte 2%
Green Valley Ranch 2%
College View 1%
Westwood 1%
Gateway 1%

Montbello

1%

 

Neighborhood Rate
Athmar Park 5%
Auraria Lincoln Park 6%
Baker 12%
Barnum 4%
Barnum West 3%
Bear Valley 7%
Belcaro 16%
Berkeley 18%
Capitol Hill 5%
CBD 0%
Chaffee Park 9%
Cheesman Park 8%
Cherry Creek 4%
City Park 16%
City Park West 11%
Civic Center 7%
Clayton 8%
Cole 8%
College View 1%
Congress Park 22%
Cory-Merrill 17%
Country Club 26%
Denver International Airport 0%
East Colfax 10%
Elyria Swansea 2%
Five Points 9%
Fort Logan 4%
Gateway 1%
Globeville 2%
Goldsmith 12%
Green Valley Ranch 2%
Hale 20%
Hampden 10%
Hampden South 11%
Harvey Park 5%
Harvey Park South 7%
Highland 9%
Hilltop 22%
Indian Creek 3%
Jefferson Park 4%
Lowry Field 16%
Mar Lee 4%
Marston 3%
Montbello 1%
Montclair 19%
North Capitol Hill 5%
North Park Hill 22%
Northeast Park Hill 7%
Overland 6%
Platte Park 18%
Regis 11%
Rosedale 13%
Ruby Hill 4%
Skyland 13%
Sloan Lake 18%
South Park Hill 35%
South Platte 2%
Southmoor 10%
Speer 12%
Stapleton 19%
Sun Valley 3%
Sunnyside 14%
University 14%
University Hills 11%
University Park 20%
Valverde 3%
Villa Park 4%
Virginia Village 18%
Washington Park 22%
Washington Park West 19%
Washington-Virginia Vale 12%
Wellshire 24%
West Colfax 5%
West Highland 18%
Westwood 1%
Whittier 16%
Windsor 5%
                                 

 

RATE Council District
13% 1 - Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval
4% 2 - Councilman Kevin Flynn
3% 3 - Councilwoman Jamie Torres
11% 4 - Councilwoman Kendra Black
16% 5 - Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer
15% 6 - Councilman Paul Kashman
10% 7 - Councilman Jolon Clark
16% 8 - Councilman Christopher Herndon
8% 9 - Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca
13% 10 - Councilman Chris Hinds
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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