Three Easy Steps to Composting Your Leaves This Fall

October 30, 2021 / Comments (0)


Update 30 October:

Denver’s LeafDrop Program Underway

Weekend Drop Off Begins Saturday

DENVER – On Saturday, the City and County of Denver will begin weekend collections for LeafDrop, our free program that allows residents to sustainably donate their leaves and old pumpkins to be composted rather than end up in a landfill.

Weekday collections began October 4 and will end December 3; however, weekend services will end November 14 – see full schedule and locations below.

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 be open 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

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.

To learn more about Denver’s LeafDrop Program, please visit

Autumn is nearly upon us and soon your trees’ leaves will be falling. It’s the perfect time to plan ahead for what you can do with those leaves that’s easy and free for residents, and best for our city and our planet.

  1. Before raking up your leaves, use this coupon to pick up a pack of free compostable paper bags specifically for leaf collection. Free 5-packs of paper leaf bags are available at participating Denver-area Ace Hardware stores.
  2. While you are raking up your leaves, keep an eye out for ash leaves —they are brightly-colored leaves. Use these tips to confirm whether they’re ash.Why focus on ash leaves? Unfortunately, the threat of losing Denver’s ash trees – which make up one in six of Denver’s trees – is inching ever-nearer with the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) recently spreading to our neighbors in Arvada, Westminster, Broomfield and Larimer County. To prevent EAB from devastating Denver’s ash tree population, we need your help to keep an eye out for signs of EAB infestation and take action to protect your ash trees and our Denver urban canopy.
  3. Keep your raked leaves out of the landfill and compost them for free through Denver’s LeafDrop program. Weekday sites opened to Denver residents Oct. 4. Weekend drop-off sites will open Oct. 30.Remember, when dropping off your raked leaves, use paper bags – they can also be composted!

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