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Dumpster trash service customers are provided with dumpsters in the alley behind their homes for the disposal of household trash only. Automated trucks are used to lift and empty the dumpster. Generally, one dumpster is provided for every four households to share, but residents may use any dumpster in their alley.
Trash cart collection service is provided on a scheduled collection day once per week. 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.
Manual trash collection service is provided on a scheduled collection day once per week. Manual service customers are responsible for providing their own personal containers and trash bags. Manual service customers are located in areas where automated collection equipment cannot operate safely due to narrow alleys, or other service obstacles.
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:
The default delivery size is the 95-gallon cart, but since many families don’t need this much capacity we encourage residents to right-size their carts by requesting smaller trash carts leading up to the start of their cart-based trash service. Residents can request different sized carts six weeks prior to their neighborhood being changed to cart-based trash service by calling 311 (720-913-1311).
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.
The standard issue will be a 95-gallon cart that can hold 7-8 tall kitchen trash bags a week. The City will also offer smaller carts to those who need less capacity. There is a 65-gallon cart that holds 4-5 bags per week and a 35-gallon cart that holds 2-3 tall kitchen bags per week. Only one trash cart per household.
Call 311 (720-913-1311), visit online at 311 Help Request or email DenverRecycles.
TTY Service: 720-913-8479
Denver Recycles' Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on May 2nd