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Right-Sizing Your Trash Cart

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

infographic of trash capacity for three trash cart size options

Maximizing recycling and compost opportunities offered through the Denver Recycles and Denver Composts programs can help make a smaller trash cart possible. Residents that are not already participating in the recycling programs are encouraged to take advantage of these services.

Existing recyclers and compost customers are encouraged to maximize their efforts by making sure they are capturing all the recyclables and compostables they can. Recyclers with the original 65-gallon recycle cart can either upsize to a 95-gallon cart, or request a second recycling cart. Compost customers with a 65-gallon compost cart can upsize to a 95-gallon cart.

Many households don’t need the largest cart size, so 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) or submitting a request at


Be A Good Neighbor And Cart It Back!

All 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. 

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