Recycle, Compost, Trash: 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. Look for your Wastewise newsletter in the mail in December for your 2022 calendars! 

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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