Together - We're Keeping Denver Clean & Beautiful!

Our 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.

How About Adopting Your School!

Adopt-A-School (AASc) is a program of Keep Denver Beautiful that provides Denver students an opportunity to take ownership of their school campuses and keep them Litter Free!

Candy wrappers, chip bags, bottles & cans.  You’ve probably seen some of this little stuff in and around your school, napping on lawns, sidewalks, and curbs;  The stuff is little…but it’s litter and Adopt-A-School members learn how easy it is to help eliminate this little litter problem.

In addition to litter control, AASc members also learn about graffiti.  Many Denver students are already familiar with graffiti.  They see it in on public and private property in their neighborhoods and around their schools.  Occasionally, graffiti can even be found on and inside their school buildings.  Some of the students are responsible for the graffiti we see around Denver.   Through AASc, Denver students can learn about the effects of graffiti vandalism on a community as well as how they can help prevent it.

Keep Denver Beautiful provides a presentation designed especially for students about the effects of litter & graffiti.  All materials are provided – making it easy to remove or report litter and graffiti.  By participating in the program, students are given the tools to take ownership of their surroundings, and walk away with a feeling of empowerment that can last a lifetime.  Through their efforts, they experience first-hand the difference they can make at their school and in their neighborhoods.

This is a great time to get your school started!  If you have questions or would like more information contact Keep Denver Beautiful at 720-913-1311.



Acid Bomb Information


BOTTLE 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 want to provide the following tips to help keep you and others safe during cleanups. DO NOT TOUCH or PICK UP suspicious looking containers, they can explode upon contact!

If 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

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