Trash cart service customers are provided with one large black trash container with wheels (approximately 95 gallons in size). City crews collect the trash from these trash carts in automated trucks equipped with a specially designed arm that grasps and empties the container.
In order for the automated collection trucks to be able to safely empty your cart, it must be set out in the correct location.
CURB SET OUT
ALLEY SET OUT
Set your cart in the street with the wheels against the curb with the front facing the street. The automated trucks cannot service containers set out backwards. Leave at least 2 feet from any obstructions.
|Set your cart in the flow line of the alley with the front facing the alley. The automated trucks cannot service containers set out backwards. Leave at least 2 feet from any obstructions.
Place your cart on the specified side of the alley (East, West, North or South) as instructed. Do not block access to your neighbor's driveway, gate or garage.
To learn where to set your cart out on your service days visit View My Service Schedule or call 311 (720-913-1311).
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:
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 look further to maximize recycling efforts by making sure they are capturing all the recyclables they can. Recyclers with the original 65-gallon recycle cart can upsize to a 95-gallon cart if more capacity is needed, or even get 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).
35 gallon = Cart weighs 25 lbs. empty
Height = 40”, Width = 21”, Depth = 24”
65 gallon = Cart weighs 32 lbs. empty
Height = 42”, Width = 27”, Depth = 32”
95 gallon = Cart weighs 40 lbs. empty
Height = 46”, Width = 30”, Depth = 36”
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.
The time a driver arrives to empty your cart depends on many factors and may not always be the same. This is why it is important to set out your cart by no later than 7 AM, as it ensures your cart will be ready for collection no matter what time in the day the driver comes. Carts may be set out as early as the night prior to your collection day and should be returned to your property within a day after collection has occurred.
Call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit View My Service Schedule to determine your recycling collection schedule.
Visit the Recycling Directory to find collection or drop-off alternatives for these materials.
Residents are responsible for:
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:
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 collection is on the same day as my scheduled street sweeping?
When your collection day and street sweeping day are both scheduled for the same day you have three options for setting out your containers.
|Option 1: Set your containers on the apron (edge) of your driveway.
Option 2: Set your containers off the street on the edge of the curb-line.
Option 3: Set your containers on the opposite side of your street.
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