Recycling and Composting

Many resources for all Denver residents are available through the City, including:

  • Sign up for residential recycling (and info about what is/isn’t accepted)
  • Free composting classes
  • Mulch giveaway (seasonal)
  • Tips about hazardous waste management
  • Current info about Composting Pilot Program
  • Info on Master Composting Program
  • Junk Mail Reduction Kit
  • Current events

For more information about these services, please read more detail below, and/or refer to the Denver Recycles web page.


Recycling in Denver Just Got Better

Denver Recycles will now accept rigid plastic bottles, jugs, jars, tubs, cups, trays and containers marked with the # 1 through #7 in the recycling symbols.  Examples of acceptable materials are:

¨      Soda, water, shampoo and soap bottles.

¨      Milk, laundry detergent, and cat litter jugs.

¨      Yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, and butter tubs.

¨      Peanut butter and mayonnaise jars.

¨      “To-go” or “take out” plastic drinking cups. 

¨      Plastic trays like those used for microwave dinners.

¨      “Clam-Shell” containers like those used to package strawberries, blueberries and bakery cookies.

¨      Plastic containers like those used to package salad mixes.

 All plastic containers should be empty, and lids removed when possible.

Stapleton has one of the highest recycling rates in the city of Denver, at just over 90%.  If you're a new resident, help us keep it that way by participating!

Recycling in the Stapleton neighborhood of Denver is provided by Denver Recycles, Solid Waste Management.  In order to prevent property damage and damage to recycling trucks, recycling collection services generally do not begin in newer parts of Stapleton until construction on the block and neighboring blocks is complete.  To determine your eligibility or to sign up for recycling collection, see Denver Recycles New Customer Pick Up form.  For more information about recycling, please call 3-1-1 or email

Remember, all materials must be placed in your purple bin in order to be recycled!  Cardboard boxes left next to your bin will not be recycled.

If you are looking to dispose of hazardous materials (CFL bulbs, paint, pesticides, expired medications, motor oil, batteries), please call 1-800-HHW-PKUP (800-449-7587) to request a collection.  Alternatively, you may email your name, address, and phone number to  For more information, visit Denver's Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program
Recycle or donate just about anything, but where? Here is one great resource. 
Also, check out these great companies and organizations that have been a part of our Stapleton Recycling Event.
Feel free to contact them for drop off or pick up.
Here are some hard to recycle items and where you can take them.                                                                                                                    
Household Hazardous Waste (except for paint, see above)-
City & County of Denver, Denver Recycles
1800-449-7587 (1800-HHW-PKUP)
Web Address:
You can properly dispose and recycle toxic products stored in your home by utilizing the City and County of Denver’s Household Hazardous Waste Program. How does it work? First, visit to make sure you have materials that meet the program critiers and learn how the program works. Then, call (800) 449-7587 to request a collection. Eligible residents may opt for a home collection appointment. Residents using the program will be responsible for a $15 co-payment.


Tire and motor oil -
Walmart - You can drop off anytime at no cost at Walmart in Quebec Square
7800 Smith Rd
Denver, CO 80207
Packaging materials (peanuts, air pillows, bubble wrap, polystyrene) -
Mailboxes Etc. - You can drop off anytime at no cost at Mailboxes Etc. at this location only:
303 E. Broadway, Suite B
Denver, CO
Expired over-the-counter and prescription medication -
Colorado Medication Take-Back - You can drop off anytime at no cost at King Soopers
2810 Quebec St
Denver, CO
Wood (non painted, non stained, all types) leaves, grass, sod, soil -
A1 Organics - You can drop off anytime for $6 per cubic yard at
8200 E. 56th Ave.
Denver, CO


Residents can check their eligibility for composting service and sign up for service at 
If you are interested in learning how to compost in your own backyard, consider taking a class.  Sign up for a free class on Denver Recycles website. You can also join the StapletonGardenClub Yahoo Group.

If you would like to see city-wide composting, please sign this petition.
Caroline Batorowicz,
Mar 6, 2011, 9:39 AM