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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.

Here’s How YOU Can Participate in the Denver Compost Challenge:

  • Learn about the many ways to compost in Denver.
  • Discover the many benefits of composting and the importance of putting compost back in our soil.
  • Choose a method and start composting now!
  • Help us spread the word.
  • Stay plugged in as we measure the impact of our collective efforts. 

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.

 

Benefits of using finished compost in gardens and landscaping:

  • Improves soil structure and porosity, encouraging root growth.
  • Increases soil’s holding capacity of water and moisture retention.
  • Enables soil to retain nutrients longer and make nutrients more available to plant.
  • Provides beneficial microorganisms to the soil.

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 July 2020
South Park Hill 41%
Country Club 30%
Wellshire 28%
North Park Hill 28%
Hilltop 26%
Congress Park 26%
Washington Park 25%
Stapleton 24%
Hale 23%
University Park 23%
Washington Park West 22%
Montclair 22%
West Highland 22%
Virginia Village 22%
Berkeley 22%
Sloan Lake 22%
Platte Park 22%
Whittier 20%
Belcaro 20%
City Park 20%
Lowry Field 20%
Cory-Merrill 20%
Sunnyside 18%
University 17%
Rosedale 17%
Skyland 16%
Goldsmith 16%
Regis 15%
Washington-Virginia Vale 15%
Baker 15%
Speer 14%
Southmoor 14%
University Hills 14%
City Park West 14%
Highland 13%
Hampden South 13%
Chaffee Park 13%
Hampden 12%
East Colfax 12%
Five Points 12%
Clayton 11%
Cole 10%
Cheesman Park 10%
North Capitol Hill 9%
Windsor 9%
Northeast Park Hill 9%
Auraria Lincoln Park 9%
Harvey Park South 9%
Bear Valley 8%
Civic Center 8%
Harvey Park 8%
Athmar Park 8%
Capitol Hill 7%
Overland 7%
West Colfax 6%
Fort Logan 6%
Villa Park 6%
Jefferson Park 6%
Cherry Creek 6%
Ruby Hill 5%
Barnum 5%
Barnum West 5%
Mar Lee 5%
Valverde 5%
Marston 4%
Indian Creek 4%
Elyria Swansea 3%
Sun Valley 3%
Globeville 3%
Green Valley Ranch 2%
Westwood 2%
Gateway 2%
College View 2%
South Platte 2%
Montbello 1%
Neighborhood July 2020
Athmar Park 8%
Auraria Lincoln Park 9%
Baker 15%
Barnum 5%
Barnum West 5%
Bear Valley 8%
Belcaro 20%
Berkeley 22%
Capitol Hill 7%
Chaffee Park 13%
Cheesman Park 10%
Cherry Creek 6%
City Park 20%
City Park West 14%
Civic Center 8%
Clayton 11%
Cole 10%
College View 2%
Congress Park 26%
Cory-Merrill 20%
Country Club 30%
East Colfax 12%
Elyria Swansea 3%
Five Points 12%
Fort Logan 6%
Gateway 2%
Globeville 3%
Goldsmith 16%
Green Valley Ranch 2%
Hale 23%
Hampden 12%
Hampden South 13%
Harvey Park 8%
Harvey Park South 9%
Highland 13%
Hilltop 26%
Indian Creek 4%
Jefferson Park 6%
Lowry Field 20%
Mar Lee 5%
Marston 4%
Montbello 1%
Montclair 22%
North Capitol Hill 9%
North Park Hill 28%
Northeast Park Hill 9%
Overland 7%
Platte Park 22%
Regis 15%
Rosedale 17%
Ruby Hill 5%
Skyland 16%
Sloan Lake 22%
South Park Hill 41%
South Platte 2%
Southmoor 14%
Speer 14%
Stapleton 24%
Sun Valley 3%
Sunnyside 18%
University 17%
University Hills 14%
University Park 23%
Valverde 5%
Villa Park 6%
Virginia Village 22%
Washington Park 25%
Washington Park West 22%
Washington-Virginia Vale 15%
Wellshire 28%
West Colfax 6%
West Highland 22%
Westwood 2%
Whittier 20%
Windsor 9%
Council District July 2020
1 - Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval 18%
2 - Councilman Kevin Flynn 7%
3 - Councilwoman Jamie Torres 5%
4 - Councilwoman Kendra Black 15%
5 - Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer 21%
6 - Councilman Paul Kashmann 19%
7 - Councilman Jolon Clark 13%
8 - Councilman Christopher Herndon 21%
9 - Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca 12%
10 - Councilman Chris Hinds 17%
11 - Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore 2%
Neighborhood July 2020
La Alma Lincoln Park 9%
Congress Park 26%
Harvey Park 8%
Baker 15%
Barnum 5%
Chaffee Park-Regis 13%
Green Valley Ranch 2%
East Colfax 12%
Greater Park Hill 27%
Highland 13%
Stapleton 24%
West Colfax 6%
Villa Park 6%
North City Park (Skyland) 16%

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