In 2014, Denver Public Works will begin the first phase of a plan to move the City of Denver to automated cart trash collection. In 2010, the City outlined strategies to improve waste services in its ‘Master Plan for Managing Solid Waste in the Mile High City’. The plan called for a number of service improvements designed to make waste collection more efficient and to reduce waste disposal by providing options to divert waste to better uses like recycling and composting.
Starting this summer, the City will begin to convert approximately 20,000 homes with dumpster or manual trash collection to cart based trash service. The transition will take place in the following neighborhoods: Globeville, Swansea Elyria and parts of Cole and Clayton; Barnum, Barnum West and Westwood; a portion of West Colfax; Platt Park, Cory Merrill and part of East Washington Park; part of Hale; and, East Colfax and part of Park Hill.
In addition to improving the equity of services across the city and increasing collection efficiency, the cart conversion process provides many other benefits to the residents in impacted neighborhoods.
BENEFITS OF CART BASED TRASH COLLECTION
- Improve Collection Efficiency: The City currently operates three types of trash collection service that requires specialized vehicles for each one. Moving all residents to cart based trash will allow for standardization of trucks and containers.
- Equal services citywide: Right now, there are three different types of trash services in the City. The trash cart conversion will lead to a trash and recycling system that is the same citywide no matter where you live.
- Decreased incidence of illegal dumping: Neighborhoods with cart based trash service have less illegal dumping issues than those with dumpster or manual service. In fact, 80% of the illegal dumping in the City is from the 35% of the City with dumpster trash service!
- Cleaner alleys and neighborhoods: The cart trash service will help decrease litter, graffiti, overflowing trash containers or bags, and overall mess.
- Safer alleys and neighborhoods: Dumpsters obstruct alley views and provide a hiding place for criminal activity. Removing dumpsters will give police patrols clear sight lines in the alleys and help keep the alleys and our neighborhoods safer.
- Increased recycling: The new cart based trash service will help encourage residents to recycle more.
|To the right is a map showing the neighborhoods that will be part of the transition in 2014 (Click on map to download) and below is a list of frequently asked questions. A schedule for the transition will be posted as soon as it is finalized, but nothing is expected to change until this summer. We will also post updated information here as it becomes available, so please visit this site for updates. Solid Waste Management will be attending neighborhood meetings as well as scheduling special community meetings to answer questions and discuss the changes, the schedule of those meetings will also be posted here. If you have questions that are not answered here, please call us at 311 (720-913-1311) or email us at DenverRecycles@denvergov.org.