Denver is expanding curbside composting pickup and finishing trash cart conversions

Published on 03/28/17

Denver’s slow rollout of curbside composting pickup is about to accelerate as the city makes the paid service available in most far-northeast neighborhoods and, by year’s end, nearly citywide.

The city is launching two new composting routes that primarily will serve Montbello and Green Valley Ranch, along with a few other pockets. That expansion comes as Denver’s Department of Public Works prepares to convert another 35,000 homes to 95-gallon black carts for trash pickup. Those deliveries will end a four-year phase-out of alley Dumpsters and customer-owned barrels so that all homes are on a uniform system.

Public Works also will drop off thousands more purple recycling carts at households that haven’t opted in for that free add-on service, part of a multi-year effort to nudge them into separating out plastics, glass and paper.

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