Donate your leaves!

Everyone loves seeing fall colors sweep over the state, however, the beauty can turn to a chore once those leaves turn brown and drop to the ground. Once the leaves are raked and bagged, there are a few different ways to dispose of them.

Denver LeafDrop is a seasonal leaf program through Denver Recycles that turns leaves into compost. The compost is then sold at Denver’s annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale every May. 

The leaf drop-off program runs through December 4. They'll also take those Halloween jack-o-lanterns (starting November 1)! There are both weekday and weekend leaf drop sites, and only Denver residents may participate in this program. It's asked that all leaves be placed in paper bags, that way the bags can be composted along with the leaves and are safer for employees to handle during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weekday (Monday through Friday) 2020 LeafDrop sites and hours:

  • Through December 4, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Central Platte Campus – 1271 W. Bayaud Ave. (Next to the Denver Animal Shelter)
    • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. and E. Jewell Ave.) 
    • Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (Smith Rd. and Havana St.)

Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) 2020 LeafDrop sites and hours:

  • October 21 through November 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Bruce Randolph High School – 3955 Steele St (E. 40th Ave. and Steele St.)
    • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. and E. Jewell Ave.)
    • Kennedy High School – 2855 S. Lamar St (Newland St. and Brown Pl.)
    • Sloan’s Lake Park – 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd (entrance on 17th Ave)
    • Veterans Park – 2100 E. Iowa Ave (S. Vine St. and E. Iowa Ave.)

The Cherry Creek Transfer Station will accept loose leaves, all other locations will only accept bagged leaves. Denver Recycles, Be A Smart Ash, and Ace Hardware stores are working together to give away free 5-packs of 30-gallon paper leaf bags to Denver residents—click here for your coupon

Bags will be dropped off for good; they cannot be returned to residents as has been done in years past. All participants must comply will all state and local COIVD-19 health and safety orders. Social distancing and masks will be required. Leaves may only be dropped off during the specified hours, anything dropped off outside of those hours is considered illegal dumping.

Did you know the City of Denver offered LeafDrop services? Leave us a comment below! (Punned intended.)