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Together - We're Keeping Denver Clean & Beautiful!

KeepOur mission is to enhance the visual appearance of Denver by addressing problems of graffiti and litter through volunteer projects and educational programs.

Keep Denver Beautiful focuses on supporting residents and businesses in maintaining an attractive safe urban environment. As a program of Solid Waste Management,we emphasize the elimination of trash, litter, junk and graffiti from our city’s neighborhoods and public right-of-ways. Keep Denver Beautiful coordinates the efforts of neighborhood residents, volunteer groups and Solid Waste Management. From major projects such as the Great American Cleanup to furnishing a few trash bags for your own informal alley cleanups, Keep Denver Beautiful strives to give the support you want. Explore Volunteer Opportunities for information how you or your group can get involved.

Additionally, our sister program, Denver Partners Against Graffiti, provides graffiti abatement services for many public and private properties.

Programs of Denver’s Solid Waste Management

  • Residential Trash Removal – Serving Denver residents living in single family homes and small residential complexes (7 residences or less)
  • Large Item Pickup – For residents. Crews collect items such as furniture and mattresses on a five-week rotation schedule.
  • Denver Partners Against Graffiti – Provides free graffiti abatement services to residents and businesses.
  • Denver Recycles – Leading the way on recycling, urban composting and the safe disposal of household hazardous materials.

Mattress going into solid waste truck with other cleanup items in foregroundFinal Neighborhood Cleanup of the Year!

Residents of Globeville, Swansea, Elyria, Cole, Clayton, Skyland & Whittier Neighborhoods

One Day Only — FREE Drop Off Sites!

Saturday, December 5
9am - 2pm

Updated location information!
Cole Arts & Science Academy - 33rd & Franklin St
Clayton: Bruce Randolph School - 39th & Steele St
Skyland: Barrett Elementary School - 29th & Harrison
Swansea/Elyria: Swansea Elementary School - 47th & Elizabeth
Whittier: Manual High School - 26th & Williams
Globeville: Garden Place Elementary School - 45th & Lincoln

Wait no longer! It's a great opportunity to get that stuff out of your alley, yard and home before the holidays!

ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: Furniture, Mattresses & box springs, Bundled branches, Appliances, Toys, Carpet (rolled up), Scrap metal, Lawn furniture, Bagged weeds & trash

NOT ACCEPATBLE ITEMS: Soil, Sod, Rocks, Concrete, Fireplace or BBQ ashes, Auto Parts, Building materials, Tree stumps, Tires, Televisions, Railroad ties, Hazardous Materials (Oil, Paint, Batteries), Appliances with Freon (freezer, refrigerators, etc.)

Sponsored by Keep Denver Beautiful and Groundwork Denver

Acid Bomb Information


bottle bombBOTTLE BOMBS (aka “acid” bombs) have been in the local news recently. Only a few of these devices are reportedly found each year, and it is unlikely that you will find one. However, we are providing tips to help keep you and others safe during cleanups. DO NOT TOUCH or PICK UP suspicious looking containers, they can explode upon contact!

smoking bottle bombIf you discover items meeting these – or other suspicious criteria (or when in doubt)
Call 3-1-1 or 720-913-1311


Keep Denver Beautiful Essay & Poster Contest 2015

The 2015 Keep Denver Beautiful Essay & Poster winners have been announced! Denver Students in grades 3-8 were asked to write an essay or design a poster about litter in accordance with the theme, "Put Litter In Its Place".  Students were asked what they can to prevent litter at their school and in their community?

Teachers: Would you like more information on how your school can participate? Contact Keep Denver Beautiful by calling 3-1-1 

Click on 2015 winning poster images below to view larger version


1st Place - Elem.   2nd Place - Elem.
1st Place - Middle    3rd Place - Elem. 

Contact Us

Solid Waste Management

Wastewater Management Building
2000 W. 3rd Ave.,  3rd Floor 
Denver, CO 80223
phone: 303-446-3557  
fax: 303-446-3527

Denver 311 Help Center

Call 3-1-1
Outside Denver Call (720) 913-1311
Emergencies: 911
TTY Service: 720-913-8479