Denver makes a significant impact on preventing needless waste. In fact, as stated in their 2019 annual report, Denver Recycles can divert up to 54,169 tons of materials from landfills in a single year. Though we continue to make our way toward a more sustainable future, there are still some very easy steps we as citizens of Denver can take with our recycling habits to help tackle an industry-wide problem that's been wreaking havoc on recycling facilities and the vital process of managing waste.
Everything from contaminated recyclables and broken glass, to flammable containers, jammed-up or broken down equipment, and unsanitary working conditions... Denver's recycling facilities are facing some great challenges as they deal with inappropriately discarded waste. Let's pitch in with some convenient guidelines to keep non-recyclable trash from ending up in recycling bins.
You might actually be surprised by what DOES NOT belong in your Denver recycling cart. Yeah, you're probably aware that you can't ditch that old can of gasoline or motor oil along with your newspaper and seltzer cans, but did you know that you CAN NOT recycle such things as shredded paper, foil lids from yogurt containers, or tissue paper?
Must be empty and clean from food or debris
Must be flattened and free of food, grease, or debris
Must be empty
Also NOT Accepted are:
Got recyclables or other materials that need to be disposed of properly? Denver has many resources and locations to get rid of just about everything in the appropriate manner. Here is some very useful info categorized by type of material.
Please note that you may need to contact your location in advance of drop-off for accepted materials and accommodations.
Taking all items normally accepted in their pick-up service, Denver's Cherry Creek Recycling Drop-off provides a convenient and NO-COST way for Denver residents to keep extra recyclables out of the landfill and to compost yard debris, food scraps, and non-recyclable paper.
For details on how to properly dispose of hazardous materials such as fluorescent bulbs, corrosive chemicals, paint, and motor oil, consult the household hazardous waste section of the City of Denver website.
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