Recycle, Compost, Trash: Collection Schedules and Reminders

Beginning in January 2022, collection days will be changing for many customers as DOTI implements new collection routes for trash, compost and recycling. Service information on this page will continue to show 2021 schedules through the end of December.


2021 Holidays

Holiday Schedules

If your service falls on or after a holiday, your collection will be delayed one day for the rest of that week.

For example, for a Monday holiday, collections will be on Tuesday, Tuesday's collection on Wednesday, etc., etc., with Friday's collections on Saturday for that week only.

  • New Year's Day - Friday, January 1, 2021
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Monday, January 18, 2021
  • Presidents' Day - Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Cesar Chavez Day - Monday, March 29, 2021 (observed)
  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 31, 2021
  • Independence Day -  Monday, July 5, 2021 (observed)
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 6, 2021
  • Veterans Day - Thursday, November 11, 2021 (Collection NOT delayed)
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 25, 2021
  • Christmas Day - Friday, December 24, 2021 (observed)
  • Christmas Day - Saturday, December 25, 2021
  • New Year's Day - Friday, December 31, 2021 (observed)
  • New Year's Day - Saturday, January 1, 2022

2022 Updates

Residents are urged to look for DOTI’s Wastewise newsletter in their mailboxes in December that will confirm which day of the week they’ll set out their carts in the new year.  

Highlights of improvements set to begin January 3, 2022, include:

  • Implementing denser, more compact routes to collect the additional trash that Denverites are setting out as work from home trends continue. 19,000 more tons were collected through October of this year as compared to the same time period in 2019 (pre-pandemic).
  • Moving to a district approach and assigning regular staff to each district to ensure more consistency and fewer missed pickups.
  • Efficient routing that will result in 62,000 fewer miles driven and reductions in fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Moving to a four-day, Monday through Thursday, collection schedule instead of a five-day collection schedule. Catchup work, illegal dumping calls and holidays that previously pushed collection days to Saturdays can now be handled on Fridays, reducing overtime and the need to work weekends.
See the new citywide collection districts(JPG, 9MB)
Individual collection days and calendars will be mailed to each residence in the 2022 Wastewise newsletter


Missed Collections

There are a number of reasons that your trash, recycling and/or compost might have been missed:

  • HOLIDAY WEEKS: During holiday weeks, the collection schedule is delayed by one day following the holiday. 
  • BLOCKED OR IMPROPER SET OUT: Sometimes trash or recycling can’t be collected because containers are blocked or containers were set out incorrectly. Check the cart service guidelines to make sure your containers were set out correctly.
  • EXTRA TRASH COLLECTION WEEKS: Extra Trash Collection service follows an 8 week cycle.

If your trash, compost, or recycling was missed (and not for one of the above reasons), please call us at 311 (720-913-1311).

You can also submit a service request through Denver Utilities Online.

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2022 Trash Collection Reroute 

Will my collection day be changing?

On January 3, 2022, about 70% of Denver’s trash, recycling, and compost customers will experience a change in their collection day.  


When do the routes and schedule changes take effect?

Monday, January 3, 2022.

Where can I find more information about my current and new schedule and get more information about my trash, recycling, and compost service?

Online: We will continue to keep this website updated with all announcements.

Mail: In December, check your mailbox for the Wastewise newsletter that will indicate what day of the week you should set out your carts.

Phone: Call us at 311

App: Download the Denver Trash and Recycling App for updates, schedules, service announcements and more.



What is the Denver Trash & Recycling App?

The Denver Trash & Recycling App provides service schedules for trash, recycling, compost collection and large-item pick up by household address. New schedules reflecting new routes and cart collection days will be loaded into the App on January 3. Download the Denver Trash and Recycling App for iOS or Android to get schedules, reminders, service announcements and more.



Why are routes and schedules changing?

Simply put, these changes are taking place to maintain the high level of service Denver residents have come to count on. These systemwide improvements will move drivers through the city more efficiently, will reduce the number of trucks needed to operate, reduce fuel use, and support Denver’s sustainability goals.

It’s also the first time the city has made a change in trash collection in over 15 years. During that time period, the city has grown by approximately 200,000 people. These changes are a good thing and are in response to this population growth.

Will these changes conflict with the Street Sweeping Schedule?

A person’s trash collection day may fall on the same day as their posted street sweeping day. If so, customers have three options for setting out their carts:

  • Option 1: Set your carts on the apron (edge) of your driveway
  • Option 2: Set your carts off the street on the edge of the curb line
  • Option 3:Set your carts on the opposite side of your street

Still have questions?

Call 311 (720-913-1311).