The residents of the mile-high city produce more than 220,000 tons of waste each year. Back in June 2022, the Denver city council approved that residents have to pay for their trash pickup services, depending on their bin size.

Now, since you have to pay a monthly fee, it is best to know your area thrash schedule. And truth to tell, last year’s change in trash collecting day caused a stir, impacting 70% of residents.

That’s why we have done detailed research to guide you properly. So, sit back and keep on reading for all the essential information.

Trash Schedule of Denver

Denver Trash Pickup Schedule 2024

Since the beginning of 2024, the trash schedule has changed. Now, there are fixed days for each area. The whole city’s trash is picked up on:

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday

The trash pickup starts at 7 am on a specific day. Keep in mind that, officially, the city is divided into 78 areas and neighborhoods. So, remember your junk pick-up schedule. 

The city is divided into 4 main areas. And each day, solid waste is collected from homeowners. 

Denver Trash Collection Cost

After the city council’s vote, the residents now have to pay for their waste. The monthly fee depends on the size of your trash bag.

SizeCapacityMonthly Fee
Small Trash Cart3 Bags$9
Medium Trash Cart4 – 6 Bags$13
Large Trash Cart7 – 9 Bags$21

It is worth mentioning that you are supposed to segregate your trash on the bases of garbage, recycling, and organic categories. 

Denver Trash Schedule

Waste Management Schedule By Address 

The mile-high city is divided into 78 total areas. Yet all the waste from a total of 251,435 homes is picked within the first four days of the week. 

1. Monday Garbage Pickup Areas:

Regis, Berkely, Globevilla, Elyria Swansea, Northeast Park Hill, Montbello, Gateway, North Park Hill, Capitol Hill, Hale, Montclair, Lincoln Park, Sun Valley, West Colfax, Villa Park, Mar Lee, Harvey Park, Rosedale

2. Tuesday Garbage Pickup Areas:

Chaffee Park, Sunnyside, Clayton, Central Park, Skyland, Cheesman Park, Congress Park, Baker, Country Club, Cherry Creek, Lowry Field, Athmar Park, Ruby Hill, Overland, College View, University, Wellshire, 

3. Wednesday Garbage Pickup Areas:

Highland, Jefferson Park, City Park West, North Capitol Hill, East Colfax, Westwood, Fort Logan, Marston, Balcaro, Virginia Village, Cory-Merill, Gold Smith, Hampden

4. Thursday Garbage Pickup Areas:

West Highland, Solan Lake, Five Points, Cole, South Park Hill, Barnum West, Barnum, Yalverde,  Speer, Hilltop, Harvey Park South, Bear Valley, Windsor, Washington Park West, Washington Virginia Vale, University Hills, Hampden South, Southmoor Park

Denver Trash And Recycling App

Forget all the fuss about “the junk day” because now, you can download the app and know your schedule. The cherry on top is that you can also set the alarm as a reminder.

Denver Large Item Pickup Schedule | Bulk Garbage & Appliances

Big trash or large items are collected once a week. Similar to regular junk. There are few restrictions when it comes to disposing of big and large trash. 

  • Only 5 large items of furniture, mattresses, or exercise equipment are accepted
  • Only 1 toilet or sink pickup is allowed
  • Carpets and rugs must be rolled in a 4 ft length
  • The weight of carpets can’t exceed over 50 pounds per item
  • You need to put a sign on your old trash bin, “Please Take Away,” if any of the bin needs to be removed.
  • All bulk trash is picked up at 7:00 am on the assigned day

You can also recycle your old mattress and box springs for a small fee at Springback Colorado.  You can also book a pickup anywhere from Denver by calling 720-515-1328. 

For the exact time and day, navigate to Solid Waste Service Schedule and add your address to know your trash day. 

Denver Trash Schedule Holidays 2024

During the federal holidays, the trash pickup service is delayed one day. The holidays in 2024 are;

Martin Luther King Jr. DayMonday, January 15
Presidents’ DayMonday, February 19
César Chávez DaySunday, March 31
Memorial DayMonday, May 27
JuneteenthWednesday, June 19
Independence DayThursday, July 4
Labor DayMonday, September 2
Veteran DayMonday, 11 November
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 28
Christmas DayWednesday, December 25
Near Year’s DayWednesday, January 1

All your trash will be picked the next day, after the holiday. The coming César Chávez Day will be observed on March 27 (Monday), so all the trash will be collected on Tuesday and so on. 

Denver Trash Schedule

Denver Waste Management – A.K.A, Denver Recycling Center

Solid waste management is the company that collects all the garbage and then recycles it or uses it as a landfill. With 238 employees, 129 vehicles, and 119 daily routes, it’s the city’s largest trash management company.

In 2020-21, the company achieved the national recycling goal of 34%. The fee-based compost collection program has over 18,000 registered families.

For the company’s operation and information about routes, you can call or leave a query from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Junk Removal Services In Denver

Whether it’s big appliances or wooden furniture, you can put them into the garbage. To dispose of or recycle them, you have to use trash removal services. Here’re the top 8 companies that provide collection services.

  1. Junk King Denver
  2. Junkman Enterprises, Inc.
  3. Big Ass Junk Removal
  4. Junk Be Gone
  5. The Junk Trunk
  6. 1-800-GOT-Junk? Denver
  7. College Hunks Hauling Junk
  8. The Junkluggers Of Colorado

Apart from them, there are several small vendors that buy used appliances and furniture. So, it is best to contact such companies and make some additional bucks.

Using the trash collector app is really easy. All you need to do is add your address, and it will show you your respective day and pickup time.

Waste Management Jobs In Denver

Well, life is way more than just throwing waste. If you’re looking for a job, then nothing is better than joining a trash collection company. Overall, garbage collectors make over $46,900 per annum.

Denver Trash Schedule

You can find such jobs at indeed through Linkedin, glassdoor, or through Denver Government Official Website.  Eventually, the garbage collection job is all about “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”

Denver Garbage Schedule FAQs

Is trash service free in Denver?

No, the trash service is not free in Denver. The citizens have to pay a service fee varying on their cart size. The charges start at $9 per month.

How much is trash pickup in Denver?

A small cart (with a capacity of 3 bags) costs $9 per month. A medium trash cart (with a capacity of 6 bags) costs $13, and a Large trash cart will cost $21 per month, starting from January 2024.

What happens to trash after it is collected?

Generally, around ¼ of the trash is recycled or converted to compost. Then, the discarded junk is sent to waste-to-energy facilities. The remaining is used as landfills.

What does junk king do with the junk?

Junk kings only collect “junk” which is recyclable or reusable. So, they recycle and resell your old trash and discarded furniture.

The City Of Denver Trash Schedule – Wrapping It Up!

There are 78 main areas in the mile-high club city. And trash is picked only the first four days of the week, specific for every area. Since the beginning of 2024, the residents have to pay a “trash fee” depending on the quantity of their junk.

On scheduled holidays, the trash is picked up on the following day. You can also download the “Denver waste management” app to know your schedule.

Keep in mind that the large items and bulky garbage are only picked up once a week, along with the regular trash respective day. You can also donate your old (usable) furniture or appliances to goodwill or charity.

Well, we hope that this article helps you know more about your area’s trash schedule. In the meantime, go green and keep on living your dream!


Jimmy Carter specializes in providing up-to-date information on trash schedules for cities and states across the USA. With a passion for community service and sustainability, Jimmy is committed to helping people reduce their environmental impact and keep their neighborhoods clean.

Comments are closed.