DENVER – The City and County of Denver kicked off its annual LeafDrop program that allows residents to sustainably donate their leaves to be composted rather than end up in a landfill.
The program is free and will run through December 3. Composting is nature’s way of recycling and returning valuable organic matter and nutrients to soil to be used again to help plants thrive. Compost created through Denver’s LeafDrop Program is made available for residents to purchase at a discounted rate in the spring.
Weekday Drop Sites: Oct. 4 – Dec. 3
The following LeafDrop locations will beopen on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
- Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (enter on E. Jewell Ave.)
- Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (enter on Smith Road)
- Central Platte Campus – 1271 W. Bayaud Ave.
Weekend Drop Sites: Oct. 30 – Nov. 14
The following LeafDrop locations will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
· Bruce Randolph High School – E. 40th Ave. and Steele St.
· Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (enter on E. Jewell Ave.)
· Kennedy High School – Newland St. and Brown Pl.
· Sloan’s Lake Park – 17th Ave. and Sheridan Blvd. (enter on W. 17th Ave.)
· Veterans Park – S. Vine St. and E. Iowa Ave.
The Cherry Creek Transfer Station is the only site accepting loose leaves. Leaves brought to all other LeafDrop sites must be in bags. When dropping off raked leaves, paper bags are preferred – they can also be composted! Denver residents can download a coupon to receive a free five-pack of paper leaf bags at participating Ace Hardware Stores at denvergov.org/leafdrop.
Here are a few more helpful tips:
- Please make sure to social distance and wear a face covering at drop-off locations.
- Leaves cannot contain branches or other materials
- Only bring leaves to drop-off sites during specified dates and times; dropping off leaves during other times is considered illegal dumping.
- Pumpkins are also accepted for composting at drop-off locations
- Never rake or blow leaves into the street; they could clog storm sewer inlets and Denver’s street sweepers.
[Shared on behalf of our friends at DOTI]