What do you do with all of those leaves after you’ve made a big pile and jumped in them a few times? Well, it’s time again for Denver’s Annual LeafDrop. Weekday drop off sites will be open from October 4 through Sunday, December 5. Weekend sites are open in November. Leaves collected through the program will be turned into a high-quality compost and sold to residents next May. There’s lots of information, so let’s just get to it.
First, it’s FREE. However, it’s for Denver residents only.
Instead of plastic bags, paper are recommended, as paper bags can also be composted. Participating Ace Hardware stores are giving away FREE 5-pack 30-gallon paper leaf and yard bags, while supplies last (one per household). Here’s a list of participating Ace Hardware stores:
- Alameda Station, 417 S. Broadway
- Ninth Avenue, 1030 E. 9th Ave.
- Twelfth Avenue, 2640 E. 12th Ave.
- On the Fax, 7100 E. Colfax Ave.
- Cherry Creek, 1417 S. Holly St.
- Tamarac Square, 3333 S. Tamarac Dr.
- Highlands, 3758 Osage St.
- Perl-Mack, 7041 Pecos St.
- Downtown, 1040 15th St.
You’ll need a coupon for the freebie. Additional 5-packs are $2.50.
You cannot drop leaves at the sites, except for the times and dates below. (It’s considered public dumping, if you do so.)
Where are the drop sites?
WEEKDAYS: Now through December 5 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can drop them at:
Cherry Creek Transfer Station (7301 E. Jewell Ave.)
Havana Nursery (10450 Smith Rd. – south of I-70)
Central Platte Campus (1271 W. Bayaud — next to the Denver Animal Shelter).
All leaves brought to the Havana Nursery and Central Platte MUST be in tied/closed and secured bags.
WEEKENDS (SATURDAY & SUNDAY): October 30 & 31, November 6 & 7 and November 13 & 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can drop them at:
- Bruce Randolph High School — 3955 Steele St. (E. 40th Ave. & Steele St.)
- Veterans Park — 2100 E. Iowa Ave. (S. Vine St. & E. Iowa Ave.)
- Cherry Creek Transfer Station — 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (Quebec St. & Cherry Creek Dr. South)
- Kennedy High School — 2855 S. Lamar St. (Newland St. & Brown Pl.)
- Sloan’s Lake Park — 1700 N. Sheridan Blvd. (entrance on 17th Ave.)
All leaves brought to weekend sites MUST be in bags.
One more thing… pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns are accepted for composting at compost sites, as well.