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About Denver Solid Waste Management


The City and County of Denver collects over 256,000 tons of trash at Denver homes each year. That's an average of 1.6 tons per household a year. Denver uses an integrated collection strategy to recycle or dispose of waste in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 

Each week Denver Solid Waste Management crews make their rounds collecting trash and recycling from curbsides and alleyways. At other scheduled times Solid Waste Management collects large items such as unwanted furniture and extra trashAppliances and Household Hazardous Waste materials are collected by appointment by vendors contracted by Solid Waste Management.

Denver Solid Waste Management, a program of the City & County of Denver Public Works Department, is only authorized to provide services to residential homes of seven or fewer units and our own municipal facilites. Denver Solid Waste Management is not authorized to provide services to commercial properties such as businesses and apartment communities. 

Right Sizing Your Trash Cart


As Solid Waste Management continues to expand cart-based trash service to Denver neighborhoods, it’s a good time to start thinking about what trash cart size best fits your home. Solid Waste Management now offers three different trash cart sizes:

infographic of trash capacity for three trash cart size options

Maximizing recycling opportunities offered through the Denver Recycles program can help make a smaller trash cart possible. Residents that are not already participating in the recycling program are encouraged to take advantage of this service.

Existing recyclers are encouraged to maximize their recycling efforts by making sure they are capturing all the recyclables they can. Recyclers with the original 65-gallon recycle cart can either upsize to a 95-gallon cart if more capacity is needed, or request a second recycling cart.

Many household don’t need the largest cart size and we encourage residents to right-size their carts by requesting smaller trash carts. Residents can request a different sized cart by calling 311 (720-913-1311).



Denver 311 Help Center Call 3-1-1
Outside Denver Call 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911 
TTY Service: 720-913-8479

Be A Good Neighbor and Cart It Back!


image of couple standing behind white fenceAll trash, recycling and compost carts must be stored on your property in between collections. You may set your carts out as early as the night before your collection day and then return your carts to your property within a day after collection occurs. 


Keeping carts out of the alley and off the streets will:

  • Ensure each neighbor takes responsibility for their own waste and carts
  • Ensure each neighbor has access to the public right-of-way
  • Improve the appearance of the alley
  • Prevent cart loss or damage, and misuse or vandalism to the carts
  • Minimize recycling and compost contamination (non-acceptable items can contaminate entire loads)
  • Reduce litter and the potential for illegal dumping
  • Discourage waste scavengers in your neighborhood

It is your responsibility to manage and care for your city-issued carts. Take pride in your neighborhood and bring your carts back. 

image of service carts