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Waste Wise Denver 2019             

The Master Plan provides the City with a vision — and options for implementation — for Denver’s future collection, transfer and disposal of solid waste, recyclables and organics. The Plan also assesses what is required by Public Works’ Solid Waste Management section to achieve Denver’s waste management goal of a 30% reduction in landfill tons, using 2004 as the base year.

Download the 2010 Solid Waste Master Plan

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image of Rethink Recovery logoThe Food Recovery Challenge is part of EPA's Sustainable Materials Management Program, which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of materials through their entire life cycle, including how they are extracted, manufactured, distributed, used, reused, recycled, and disposed. Through the Food Recovery Challenge, the EPA is partnering with organizations and businesses to prevent and reduce waste food. Challenge participants save money, help communities, and protect the environment by purchasing less, donating extra food, and composting.  For more information on how you can reduce food waste visit EPA website Food Recovery Challenge.

*Currently recycling center tours are not available, however please check back with us soon for tour appointments.


Alpine Waste & Recycling “Altogether Recycling” Processing Center
Alpine Waste & Recycling
645 W. 53rd Pl., Denver, CO
Tours by appointment only (Monday – Friday). For tour information call
or email info

Boulder County Recycling Center
Boulder County Resource Conservation Division
1901 63rd St., Boulder, CO
Self-guided tour (Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM), excluding holidays. For more information call
or visit

image of pie chart of what is inside our trash


United States Averages


United States Averages


United States Averages


United States Averages


The Recycle Cycle


The Compost Story


Dtown - Love This Place! (Through Sustainability!) Visits the Recycling Processing Facility in Denver, May 2016


Recycling Directory PSA



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In 2017 Denver household generated about 234,000 tons of waste material