5 Tips & Resources to Throw Out Trash Better

If you’ve never been to Denver’s Trash and Recycling Page, you’re missing out. The site provides integrated calendars with your trash and recycling pick up schedule. Just type in your address! The schedule can easily integrate with your Google, Apple, and Outlook calendar. The site also provides tons of resources to help you maximize your efficiency and minimize your waste!

1. Recycle, Compost or Landfill

Did you know a greasy pizza box can be composted? Or that plastic grocery bags always go to landfill? Or that empty aerosol cans go to recycling? A lot of us do what is called “wishcycling” where we pick a bin, toss it in, and hope for the best. A quick review of what goes where can go a long way into making sure your garbage gets where it’s supposed to go. This is an important step that keeps down the costs of recycling and keeps up the efficacy of these programs!

Have something specific in mind? The Denver Recycling Directory provides information on where to dispose of countless items. Just type whatever it is- from bows to volleyballs -into the box and all of your appropriate disposal options will pop right up!

Just want to test your knowledge? Only a waste conscious genius will complete all five levels of the Denver Recycles Sorting Game with no mistakes!

2. Extra Trash Guidelines

At least once per month, Denver has an “extra trash” pick up day. This allows you to get rid of large items and any overflow you may have from your bin. On these designated “Extra Trash” days, up to 10 bags of trash and 5 large items like furniture are collected. Please note, items must be visible and at least 2 feet from your trash containers and other obstructions. Trash bags cannot be larger than 32 Gallons or weigh in excess of 50 pounds. This trash should not be in cardboard boxes! Keep in mind, this is likely all landfill trash, so if you’re doing this monthly you may want to try to cut down on your waste.

3. Free Appliance Pick Up By Appointment

If you are upgrading a household appliance and want an easy way to safely dispose of it-the city offers a free pick up service. Not everything qualifies as “extra” trash as it is much more complicated to recycle and or dispose of safely. Things like Air Conditioners, Dishwashers, Furnaces, Hot Water Heaters, Ovens, Microwave Ovens, Washers & Dryers, Stoves, Refrigerators, and Freezers are all appliances and they are not part of extra trash pickup. Fill out the form here or call (720) 799-5140 to set up your appointment. Someone from the city will come haul those items away to dispose of them safely.

4. Donate!

Have furniture, clothing, tools, athletic equipment, electronics, or home decor items or almost anything that doesn’t serve you but would be great for someone else? Donate them! Offering donations and shopping at local resale stores is another great way to reduce waste and give back at the same time. Check out the following organizations in Denver that accept donations. Not sure if what you have will be accepted? Give them a call and find out!

  • ARC Thrift Stores, 303-777-3703
  • Clothes to Kids Denver, 720-379-4630
  • Denver Rescue Mission, 303-297-1815
  • ECDC’s African Community Center of Denver, 303-399-4500
  • Goodwill Industries, 303-650-7700
  • Providers Resource Clearinghouse, 303-962-2270
  • Salvation Army, 303-295-2107
  • Treasure Trunk Community Thrift Store 303-421-9205


5. So Much More!

The website also offers information on GrassCyling, Seasonal LeafDrop, Treecyling, mulch giveaways, classes on composting in the spring (coming soon!), and resources to help you safely recycle and dispose of hazardous materials like paint, electronics, antifreeze, and expired medications and even holiday lights!

Take advantage of what you can- the city’s website makes it so easy! Have a question or concern not addressed here? Denver’s Recycle, Compost, Trash Page is a great place to start!

Please note- the information on the City of Denver’s page does only apply to the city of Denver! Your local HOA, city, town, or municipality may have very different trash rules programs, and options! Need help finding more information? One of your local Live.Laugh.Denver. Agents can point you in the right direction. Feel free to reach out to us!

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