Together - We're Keeping Denver Clean & Beautiful!

Our mission is to enhance the visual appearance of Denver by addressing problems of graffiti and litter through volunteer projects and educational programs.

Keep Denver Beautiful focuses on supporting residents and businesses in maintaining an attractive safe urban environment. As a program of Solid Waste Management,we emphasize the elimination of trash, litter, junk and graffiti from our city’s neighborhoods and public right-of-ways. Keep Denver Beautiful coordinates the efforts of neighborhood residents, volunteer groups and Solid Waste Management. From major projects such as the Great American Cleanup to furnishing a few trash bags for your own informal alley cleanups, Keep Denver Beautiful strives to give the support you want. Explore Volunteer Opportunities for information how you or your group can get involved.

Additionally, our sister program, Denver Partners Against Graffiti, provides graffiti abatement services for many public and private properties.

Programs of Denver’s Solid Waste Management:

  • Residential Trash Removal – Serving Denver residents living in single family homes and small residential complexes (7 residences or less)
  • Large Item Pickup – For residents. Crews collect items such as furniture and mattresses on a five-week rotation schedule.
  • Denver Partners Against Graffiti – Provides free graffiti abatement services to residents and businesses.
  • Denver Recycles – Leading the way on recycling, urban composting and the safe disposal of household hazardous materials.

The Great Denver Cleanup


It only happens ONE DAY a year. Plan your household, neighborhood and block cleanups......take advantage of FREE Drop Sites.  Collection trucks will be set up around the city of Denver for residents and neighborhood groups to bring discarded household items, yard waste,  re-usable and recycled items.  

Click here for suggestions to help make this your best cleanup ever!   

  • Separated yard waste will be composted
  • Clean out your house - furniture, appliances (no freon), mattresses & toys  
  • Make room in the garage - bicycles, scrap metal and carpet will be accepted 
  • NO Televisions, tree stumps, household hazardous waste, auto parts including tires or building material  

It's the ultimate Spring Cleaning opportunity!  Keep Denver Beautiful sponsors the 2015 Great Denver Cleanup, Saturday, May 9th,  9am to 2pm for ALL Denver residents (bring proof of Denver residency).

Click here for helpful frequently asked questions. 

Find Drop Off Locations near you!  Español

For more information call 3-1-1

Sponsored by Keep Denver Beautiful and Solid Waste Management.

Keep Denver Beautiful Essay & Poster contest

2015 Keep Denver Beautiful Essay & Poster is underway.  Students in Denver, grades 3-8 are asked to write an essay or design a poster about litter in their community and what they can do about keeping their neighborhood Litter Free. 

Entries are being accepted January through March 13, 2015

Teachers: Would you like more information? Contact Keep Denver Beautiful by calling 3-1-1 

Click below to view the 2014 winning posters

1st Place   2nd Place   3rd Place

Contact Us

Solid Waste Management
Wastewater Management Building
2000 W. 3rd Ave., 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80223
phone: 303-446-3557 
fax: 303-446-3527

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

Acid Bomb Information


BOTTLE BOMBS (aka “acid” bombs) have been in the local news recently. Only a few of these devices are reportedly found each year, and it is unlikely that you will find one. However, we want to provide the following tips to help keep you and others safe during cleanups. DO NOT TOUCH or PICK UP suspicious looking containers, they can explode upon contact!

If you discover items meeting these – or other suspicious criteria (or when in doubt)

 call 3-1-1 or 720-913-1311