Trash pickup to change for many people who live in Denver

Denver garbage truck

Denver garbage truck

DENVER — Currently there are three forms of trash pick-up in Denver.

  1. Manual—by hand
  2. Black round cans lifted by trucks
  3. Dumpsters

But starting this summer more than 20,000 homes will see both dumpsters and the round cans phased out.

“We have expenses keeping three kinds of specialized trucks on the road,” said Denver Public Works spokeswoman Nancy Kuhn. “Our goal is to cut some costs by giving residents rolling 65 or 95 gallon black bins just like the purple recycle bins in use  now.”

Neighbors constantly complain to city councilors about trash left around the dumpsters—mainly by folks who don’t even live on the block. Some come from neighboring cities that don’t have dumpster pick-ups.

“These dumpsters are always filled up, people tag them over and over costing us money to clean them, and for the most part they attract rodents and other things that come with having open garbage behind your home,” said District 3 council member Paul Lopez.

While the changes will begin in Park Hill, Capitol Hill, Barnum, Baker, Westwood and Globeville, over the next four years the entire city will notice the changeover.

It’s a new way to do your trash in Denver. Oh, and if you don’t have a recycling bin—why not? They are free. Find more information about getting one here.