There’s no better way to take part in America Recycles Day than by signing up for compost service in Denver! All neighborhoods citywide are now eligible for compost collection service – Denver Public Works has expanded its program this year to help increase Denver’s current recycling and composting rate of 20 percent to 34 percent by 2020.
Residents who sign up for the Denver Composts program will receive a large green compost cart and a two-gallon kitchen pail to collect organic material like food, non-recyclable paper and yard debris for composting. Denver Public Works has found that 19 percent of what most residents throw away is food waste, while 17 percent is yard debris.
Composting this organic material helps reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill and prevents greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, composting also helps produce a valuable product that increases overall soil quality.
Denver residents can call 311 to sign up for service for the new routes or go todenvergov.org/compost. Denver Public Works will deliver the compost carts at the end of the month, and then start collection in December.
The Denver Composts program is a fee-based service and residents have two options for payment: a quarterly payment plan of $29.25 every three months or a one-time payment of $107 for the entire year. (There is a discount for paying annually.)
There are about 176,000 eligible homes in Denver, and currently, about 12,000 of those households participate in the Denver Composts program.
For more information on the Denver Composts program, please visit denvergov.org/compost.
The Denver Police Department, in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day: Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Denver Police district stations and the Police Administration Building. This event takes place on the same day across the country. In Colorado, more than 100 locations will be accepting expired or left-over prescription and over-the-counter drugs from the public.
The goal of this event is to ensure the environmentally safe disposal of prescription medicines and to reduce the likelihood of drug misuse or abuse. Please note that these sites cannot accept needles or sharps, mercury thermometers, oxygen containers, chemotherapy or radioactive substances, illicit drugs, or pressurized canisters.
According to the DEA, partnering law enforcement agencies collected 900,386 pounds of unwanted medicines (the weight equivalent of 193 police patrol SUVs) during the most recent drug take-back day event in April of 2017.
Denver Police drop off locations:
Police District 1 1311 West 46th Avenue
Police District 2 3921 Holly Street
Police District 3 1625 South University Boulevard
Police District 4 2100 South Clay Street
Police District 5 4685 Peoria Street
Police District 6 1566 Washington Street
Police Administration Building 1331 Cherokee Street
Again, medications can be dropped off at DPD District Stations only on Saturday, October 28, 2016, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.
For additional information on the program or other drop off locations, please visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html
Summer is here. Save yourself some time and energy this growing season by Grasscycling, which is the process of leaving your grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. Grasscycling makes mowing quicker and easier and is the natural way to return nutrients back to your lawn.
More than one-third of Denver’s household trash is composed of yard debris and grass clippings, with grass clippings consistently being one of the most wasted materials from April to September. By Grasscycling, you can help stop this material from ending up in landfills and have a real impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Give Grasscycling a try this summer and see what you think!
TIPS FOR HOW TO GRASSCYCLE SUCCESSFULLY:
If you hire a landscaper to mow, be sure to ask them to adopt Grasscycling methods when mowing your lawn.
Visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles for more information about Grasscycling and other resources for reducing your waste.
Did you know that Denver only diverts 20% of its solid waste from the landfill? We are HALF the national average! Cities like Austin, Charlotte and Salt Lake City are diverting twice as much as Denver! In 2016 Denver residents landfilled 192,000 tons of materials but at least 75% of those materials could have been recycled or composted (Denver Recycles estimate). Download the PDF to learn more about what you can do to help Denver become a Zero Waste City.
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