Monday, November 7, 2011

Denver Leaf Drop Updates

The Denver LeafDrop Program, a service of Denver Public Works Solid Waste Management, will once again provide Denver residents with the opportunity to recycle their leaves this fall. This year’s program will include Saturday and Sunday drops sites as well as weekday drop sites, so no matter what day of the week residents choose to start raking, there will be a drop site available. 

LeafDrop is an environmentally responsible way to dispose of leaves. Leaves should never be swept into the street because they can clog storm sewers and hamper street sweeping efforts. Also, keeping leaves out of the trash also reduces the amount of waste in the landfill and “overflow trash” in the fall.

All the leaves collected at the drop sites will be composted over the winter and available for purchase at a deep discount in the spring at the Denver Recycles’ annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale. Last year 478 tons of leaves were collected and turned into compost that helps improve soil quality!

What To Do:
Leaves may be brought to the drop-off sites in plastic bags, or even better, in brown paper yard debris bags. Unlike plastic bags, brown paper bags can be composted with your leaves. Many hardware and home improvement stores sell paper yard debris bags. Leaves dropped off on weekdays must be bagged.

On Saturdays and Sundays, leaves can be brought in reusable containers or tarps that we will empty and give back to you. Bagged leaves are also accepted on weekends.  It’s important to make sure leaves do not contain branches, trash or other materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Leaves will not be accepted outside of the dates/times below and all sites will be closed on holidays.  Dropping leaves off outside of the dates and times listed is considering public dumping.
WEEKDAY DROP-OFF:  Monday through Friday from Oct. 3 to Dec. 2, 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., bagged leaves only may be brought to either the Havana Nursery (10450 Smith Rd.) or the Denver Solid Waste Transfer Station (7301 E. Jewell Ave.). 
  • Nov. 5, 12 and 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Denver Solid Waste Transfer Station located at 7301 E. Jewell Avenue (near Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Drive South).

SUNDAY DROP-OFF:  Nov. 6, 13 and 20, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:
  • Denver Solid Waste Transfer Station (SE Denver) – 7301 E. Jewell Ave.
  • Sloan’s Lake Park (NW Denver) – 17th Ave. & Sheridan Blvd.
  • JFK High School (SW Denver) – Newland St. & Brown Pl.
  • Cranmer Park (East Denver) – 3rd Ave. & Clermont St.
  • Smiley Middle School (NE Denver) – 26th Ave. & Holly St.
  • South High School (SE Denver) – Louisiana Ave. & Franklin St.

For more information on LeafDrop call 720-865-6810 or visit

The Denver LeafDrop is a leaf composting program designed to keep recyclable organic waste out of area landfills and off our streets.  It is sponsored annually by Denver Recycles, a program of Denver Public Works/Solid Waste Management in cooperation with A1 Organics.

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