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Trash Collection

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 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 trash. Appliances and Household Hazardous Waste materials are collected by appointment by vendors contracted by Solid Waste Management.

Additional Trash Collection Information and Resources

Below is a list of private trash drop-off facilities in the metro-Denver area in which the general public may dispose of household trash and large items (furniture, mattresses, etc.) for a fee. Recycling drop-off sites can be found in the online Recycling DirectoryCall ahead to check hours and fees.

North Denver


Waste Management, Inc. - D&R Transfer Station
6091 Brighton Blvd.
Commerce City, CO
(303) 288-5115, Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 AM – 6 PM, Sat. 5 AM – 2 PM

All Recycling North Transfer Station
5350 Washington St.
Denver, CO‎
(303) 293-3333‎, Hours: Mon.-Fri 5 AM – 5 PM, Sat. 7 AM – 3 PM

Allied Waste Tower Road Landfill
8480 Tower Rd.
Commerce City, CO‎
(303) 459-8740, Hours: Mon.-Fri. open 24 hours, Sat. closes at 3 PM

South & Southwest Denver


Waste Management, Inc. - South Metro Transfer Station
2400 W. Union Ave.
Englewood, CO
(303) 797-9085, Hours: Mon.–Fri. 5 AM – 6 PM, Sat. 5 AM – 2 PM

Waste Connections of Colorado - Jordan Road Transfer Station
7120 S. Jordan Rd.
Englewood, CO
(303) 766-9219, Hours: Mon-Fri. 7 AM - 5 PM, Sat. 7 AM - Noon

East Denver


Waste Management, Inc. - Denver Arapahoe Disposal Site (DADS) - Landfill
3500 S. Gun Club Rd.
Aurora, CO
(303) 690-4303, Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6 AM to 7:30 PM, Sat. 7 AM – 5 PM

 

The private companies listed below provide hauling service within the City & County of Denver and have been certified throught the City's Hauler Licensing Program. Hauling and disposal fees are determined by the individual company.

 

Residents are responsible for:

  • Maintaining a minimum height clearance for our trucks of 13 feet for tree branches and wires stretching out from your property into the alley or street.
  • Resolving tree branch clearance issues contact the City’s Forestry Division for a list of licensed contractors at 720-913-0651 or online.
  • Resolving downed or low-hanging wires and lines contact:
    • Power lines, Xcel at 1-800-628-2121
    • Phone lines, Qwest at 1-800-573-1311
    • Cable lines, Comcast at 303-930-2000
  • Properly disposing of unacceptable items. For a list of registered hauling companies, call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit online at Registered Trash Haulers.
  • Dead animal removal in streets or alleys, please call 311 (720-913-1311).

Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments remind homeowners that they are responsible for trees on the public right-of-way. If a Public Right-of-Way (PROW) tree or tree part is blocking a roadway, it must be removed immediately. Removal can occur one of three ways:

  1. Homeowner removes the obstruction on their own;
  2. Homeowner contracts for the removal of the obstruction; or
  3. The City contracts for the removal of the obstruction and the homeowner is then responsible for any associated costs incurred by the City.

Residents are responsible for the removal and disposal of tree stumps and all branches over 4 inches in diameter and/or 4 feet in length. A list of registered haulers is available on this page. These are private companies and fees are charged.

Follow these guidelines when setting out branches and yard waste:

image of branches tied in a bundle

Trash Cart and Manual Service Customers

  • Tie loose branches in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length and in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds. No branches may exceed 4 inches in diameter. A maximum of 10 branches bundles per household will be collected per the Extra Trash collection cycle (every 4 weeks).
  • Do not place branches in your city issued black trash cart and place bundles at least 2 feet away from carts when setting out for collection.
  • Leaves and yard clippings must be in bags or containers and weigh no more than 50 pounds each when full.  Learn when and where you can take leaves to be recycled with LeafDrop.

Dumpster Service Customers

  • Tie loose branches in bundles no longer than 4 feet in length and in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds. No branches may exceed 4 inches in diameter.  A maximum of 5 bundles of branches or five bags of leaves per week can be placed in dumpsters.
  • Leaves and yard clippings must be in bags or containers and weigh no more than 50 pounds each when full.  Learn when and where you can take leaves to be recycled with LeafDrop.
  • When placing out large volumes of branches and/or bags of leaves, please follow the Extra Trash collection schedule for your neighborhood. Place items in back of your home in the alley.
  • Do not place items within 2 feet of the dumpsters.

Residents are responsible for the removal and disposal of tree stumps and all branches over 4 inches in diameter and/or 4 feet in length. A list of registered haulers is available on this page. These are private companies and fees are charged.

What do I do when my trash/recycling collection is on the same day as my scheduled street sweeping?

When your trash and/or recycling collection day and street sweeping day are both scheduled for the same day you have three options for setting out your containers.

image of a street sweeper
Option 1: Set your trash and/or recycling container on the apron (edge) of your driveway.
  • Your trash and/or recycling container should be placed on the apron of the driveway only when collection days conflict with designated street sweeping days.
  • Make sure that containers are as close to the street as possible and not on the sidewalk.  If containers are placed too far away from the street the automated collection trucks will not be able to reach them.
  • The handle of the container should be facing away from the street.
  • Make sure that your trash and/or recycling container is at least 2 feet from any obstructions such as other containers, lamp posts, trees or mail-box posts.
image of trash cart at end of driveway

Option 2: Set your trash and/or recycling container off the street on the edge of the curb-line.

  • Your trash and/or recycling container should be placed off the street only when collection days conflict with designated street sweeping days.
  • Make sure that containers are as close to the street as possible and not on the sidewalk.  If containers are placed too far away from the street, the automated collection trucks will not be able to reach them.
  • Make sure that containers are at least 2 feet from any obstructions such as other containers, lamp posts, trees or mail-box posts.
image of recycle cart and trash can off curb

Option 3: Set your trash and/or recycling container on the opposite side of your street.

  • Your trash and/or recycling container should be placed on the opposite side of your street only when collection days conflict with designated street sweeping days.
  • Container wheels should be against the curb and the handle of the container should be facing away from the street.
  • Make sure that your trash and/or recycling container is at least 2 feet from any obstructions such as other containers, lamp posts, trees or mail-box posts.
  • Collection trucks will run both sides of the street on overlapping trash/recycling/street sweeping days.
image of recycle and trash cart curbside
 
Moving your containers off the street on sweeping days will reduce the in & out "snaking" by the sweepers and enable Public Works to keep your street clean.
 

Properly and responsibly recycling electronic equipment is very important. Electronics contain a variety of harmful and in some cases even toxic substances, that when discarded, can pose risks to our health and the environment.  As of July 1, 2013, in accordance with Colorado’s Electronic Recycling Jobs Act (SB 12-133, 4/20/12) which bans the disposal of electronic waste in Colorado landfills, the City can no longer accept electronic devices in the trash.

 
Denver Recycles offers resources like an  E-cycle Coupon  and  special collection events  to assist you with recycling your unwanted electronics. There are also free and low cost recycling options through local retailers and manufacturers.
 
For the official bill, answers to FAQs and additional information, please visit www.colorado.gov/cdphe/ewaste

 

Contact Us

Call 311 (720-913-1311), visit online at 311 Help Request or PocketGov.

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