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FREE “Learn to Compost” Classes Offered by Denver Recycles

Get Your Compost On! 

image of Learn to Compost class adSpring is here, and it’s time to take your recycling and gardening efforts to the next level by learning how to compost in your own backyard! Get started today by signing up for one of Denver Recycles’ and Denver Urban Gardens’ free Learn to Compost classes. These hands-on classes showcase just how easy and fun it is to make your own compost from food scraps and yard debris.

Organic materials such as leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up more than half of what Denver residents send to the landfill each year. Making and utilizing compost at your home not only puts these resources to good use and sends less material to the landfill, it also improves lawn and garden health, conserves resources, saves money, and increases overall soil quality.

Free Learn to Compost classes start Sunday, April 30th and are offered through mid-October at the Denver Compost Demonstration Site within the Gove Community Garden at 13th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will open one month prior to each class date. Pre-registration is required. To sign up for classes, visit or call 303-292-9900.

Each hands-on, two-hour Learn to Compost class teaches the basics of backyard composting. In addition, two types of special in-depth classes are also offered:

  • Worm Workshops focus on vermicomposting (worm composting). Six Worm Workshops are offered throughout the season.
  • Build-A-Pile Classes give participants hands-on experience building an entire compost pile including: how to incorporate different ingredients, chop materials, water and turn the pile. Five Build-A-Pile classes are offered throughout the season.

This program is sponsored by Denver Recycles and Denver Urban Gardens.  For more information about this program and other compost options offered by Denver Recycles, please visit or call 311.

Remaining 2017 Public Compost Class Schedule


  • September 9, Saturday, 9 – 11 am (Worm Workshop)
  • September 16, Saturday, 9 – 11 am
  • September 23 Saturday, 9 – 11 am (Build-a-Pile)
  • September 30, Saturday, 9 – 11 am (Worm Workshop)


  • October 7, Saturday, 9 – 11 am

* Worm Workshop. This class focuses on worm compostingtechniques.

* Build-a-Pile. This class gives participants hands-on experience building a compost pile, all the way from the selection and preparation of materials, to watering and turning the pile.