Denver residents looking to start the garden and landscaping season off right won’t want to miss Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 8 AM to 2 PM! The main event site, located at the Havana Nursery (Smith Road & Havana Street), will have mulch available for free and compost available for purchase at significantly reduced prices. There will also be four satellite sites for “dig-your-own” mulch located around Denver.
Veterans' Park (Iowa Ave. & Vine St.)
Bear Creek Park (South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.)
Sloan’s Lake Park (Sheridan Blvd. & 17th Ave.)
Fred Thomas Park (Quebec St. & 26th Ave.)
Compost is a great soil amendment that can be used to improve soil in new construction projects, landscape renovations, backyard gardens, container gardens and even houseplants. Compost is widely recognized for its ability to improve soil structure, reduce water needs, and add soil nutrients and beneficial microorganisms. The compost sold at this event is made in part from leaves collected from last fall's LeafDrop program and from the organic materials collected through the Denver Composts program.
The mulch for this event is made from ground up Christmas trees collected through the Treecycle program and from storm debris branches. Mulch can be applied to landscapes to control weeds, retain soil moisture, and protect shallow-rooted plants.
The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale is sponsored by the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works’ Denver Recycles program and Denver Parks and Recreation, in partnership with A1 Organics. For more information about this event and other Denver Recycles programs, please visit us at DenverGov.org/Mulch or call 311 (720-913-1311).
Online shopping is growing faster than ever. In 2017, online shopping increased 16% over 2016 and projected to continue growing. As Americans continue to purchase a wide variety of online goods, this growing appetite for one-click shopping translates into lots and lots of cardboard boxes arriving on Denver doorsteps every day.
Fortunately, cardboard boxes are recyclable, and Denver Recycles is happy to accept cardboard in its purple recycle carts. However, the growing quantity of cardboard delivered to Denver homes has made managing this material for recycling a little more challenging.
STEP 1: Remove packaging from inside cardboard boxes, and flatten boxes completely. This only takes a minute! Keep in mind that not all packaging found inside cardboard boxes is recyclable – check the Denver Recycles guidelines before making a decision on how to manage the packaging found inside cardboard boxes.
STEP 2: Reduce the size of cardboard to pieces no larger than 2 ft. by 2 ft.
STEP 3: Place cardboard inside your purple cart, or stack cardboard neatly beneath the cart lid so that the lid is open no more than 45 degrees.
¨ Your purple cart is your collection container. Only materials inside your cart will be collected for recycling. Cardboard that is left on top of the lid or outside of your purple cart will not be collected. Cardboard stacked against your cart may even result in your cart not being emptied on collection day.
For more information about recycling guidelines, the Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off, and all other programs and services offered by Denver Recycles, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
How healthy is your home? The average U.S. home generates about 20 pounds of household hazardous waste per year. Many common products, such as garden chemicals, adhesives, various cleaners and automotive fluids, have toxicity levels that make them dangerous to people, pets, and the environment if stored or disposed of improperly.
Cut your risk of exposure to toxic chemicals in your home and schedule a Household Hazardous Waste Collection appointment. Scheduling an appointment is easy, and it only takes a few minutes to prepare your items for collection.
Here’s a quick list of items accepted in the Denver Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program and items that you should NEVER put in the trash or pour down the drain, toilet, or storm sewer:
Automotive Fluids, Batteries, Chlorine Bleach, Cleaners, Corrosive Chemicals, Drain Openers, Fluorescent Bulbs & Tubes, Fertilizers, Gasoline, Glue Adhesives & Hobby Chemicals, Herbicides, Insecticides & Pesticides, Mercury & Lead, Mercury Thermometers & Thermostats, Motor Oil & Used Filters, Acid & Bases, Latex & Oil-Based Paint, Paint Thinner & Stripper, Polishes & Wood Preservatives, Pool Chemicals, Rust Remover, Stain, Spray Paint, Varnishes & Waxes, and Weed Killer.
Denver residents are eligible for one collection appointment per calendar year. To schedule a collection appointment, call 1-800-HHW-PKUP (1-800-449-7587). Please note that there is a $15 co-payment and to make an appointment, a resident must have a minimum of three different types of material from the accepted materials list included above.
For more information about Denver’s Household Hazardous Waste collection program and all other programs and services offered by Denver Recycles, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
If you’re ever unsure if a material belongs in your purple recycle cart or your green compost cart, it’s best to double-check or just throw it in the trash. Even though our goal is to recycle and compost as much as possible it’s important to remember that quality is just as important as quantity.
For more information about Denver’s recycling and composting programs, and all other services offered by Denver Recycles, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
Ever wonder what becomes of your glass bottles and jars recycled through Denver’s recycling program? Denver Recycles is pleased to report that most (85%) of the glass bottles and jars recycled in Denver’s purple carts are turned into new glass bottles right here in Colorado. We like to call this bottle-to-bottle recycling, where a waste product can be turned back into the same product. The other fifteen percent of glass collected in purple carts that is broken into pieces too small to be recycled into bottles is put to good use in other ways, such as being recycled into products like sandblasting abrasives and swimming pool filter media.
(Image Credit: www.momentumrecycling.com)
The Local Path of Your Glass:
By the time a glass container is put into a purple cart, emptied into a recycling truck, transported around town, dumped onto a tipping floor and then sorted from the other materials, it’s typically broken into small pieces. This can represent a significant challenge to recyclers, since the small, broken pieces of glass find themselves mixed in with other small pieces of materials.
Thanks to a new, state-of-the-art waste glass processing plant opened by Momentum Recycling in 2017, Denver’s glass can now be more easily recycled into new bottles. With the help of advanced cleaning and sorting technology, Momentum Recycling can remove all non-glass impurities, and then sort the glass pieces by size and color to prepare glass pellets, (also known as glass cullet) for local bottle manufacturers here in Colorado.
While Denverite’s don’t generate enough glass to meet the needs of the local bottle manufacturers (who produce over two billion bottles per year in Colorado!), the local supply of clean, recycled glass cullet does significantly reduce the environmental impact of bottle manufacturing by reducing the need for virgin materials and reducing the energy required for the manufacturing process.
Denver Recycles will take all the glass we can get! Below are some quick reminders for properly recycling glass in Denver’s purple carts.
To learn more about glass recycling in Colorado visit colorado.momentumrecycling.com.
For more information about Denver’s recycling guidelines, the Recycling Directory, and all other programs and services offered by Denver Recycles, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).
February is here, and that means Denverite’s are purchasing more boxed chocolates and cut flowers this month than any other month of the year. If you find yourself buying flowers for a special someone, consider sharing the means to compost those flowers at the end of their life as well! A green Denver Composts cart is a perfect supplement to any flower arrangement. After all, roses can be red, white or pink, but they’re always compostable (only after they’ve wilted, of course). Plus, nothing says “I care about you, and the environment” like flowers and a pretty, green compost cart.
In all seriousness, participating in the Denver Composts program is a highly efficient way to manage food and yard debris at your home, and an equally great way show your love and appreciation for the environment. Now that the Denver Composts program is offered to all neighborhoods, Denver residents are encouraged to:
In 2017, Denver residents composted over 6,000 tons (12,000,000 pounds) of food and yard debris, yet, nearly fifty percent of material in Denver’s trash could have also been composted. Help Denver Composts change this statistic! Start composting or keep composting, and pass it on!
For more information about the Denver Composts program, please visit DenverGov.org/Compost or call 311 (720-913-1311).
A new year is upon us, and as with tradition, it’s time to reflect, set goals, and make commitments for the new year. This year, Denver Recycles encourages Denverites to make their 2018 New Year’s resolution to reduce their trash by recycling and composting even more! Doing so not only keeps our community and environment clean, it also supports Denver’s recycling and composting goal of keeping 34% of our waste out of the landfill by 2020. Currently, Denver recycles and composts about 21% of its waste. Let’s do better in 2018!
GO GREEN. NEARLY 50% OF DENVER’S TRASH IS COMPOSTABLE.
GO SMALL. REDUCE THE SIZE OF YOUR BLACK TRASH CART.
GO PURPLE. NEARLY 25% OF DENVER’S TRASH IS RECYCLABLE.
For more information about Denver’s Solid Waste services, or to upsize, downsize and request additional services, please visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).