Leaves in brown paper bags at drop site

LeafDrop is a seasonal program offered by the City and County of Denver that turns leaves into compost. The final compost product is made available at a discounted price to Denver residents at the Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale each May.

2022 Drop Sites

Weekday Drop Sites: Oct. 10 – Dec. 2 

The following LeafDrop locations will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 

  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (enter on E. Jewell Ave.) 
  • Havana Nursery – 10450 Smith Rd. (enter on Smith Road) 
  • Central Platte Campus – 1271 W. Bayaud Ave. (next to the Denver Animal Shelter)

Weekend Drop Sites: Nov. 4 – Nov. 20 

The following LeafDrop locations will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:  

  • Bruce Randolph High School – E. 40th Ave. and Steele St. 
  • Cherry Creek Transfer Station – 7301 E. Jewell Ave. (enter on E. Jewell Ave.) 
  • Kennedy High School – Newland St. and Brown Pl.  
  • Sloan’s Lake Northwest Parking Lot – W. Byron Pl. and Yates St. 
  • Veterans Park – S. Vine St. and E. Iowa Ave.

The Cherry Creek Transfer Station is the only site accepting loose leaves. Leaves brought to all other LeafDrop sites must be in paper bags. 

Compost customers can continue to put leaves and other yard debris in their green carts.

Mulch Giveaway

Details for the 2023 Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale will be posted when available.

Use Paper Bags - they're compostable too!

LeafDrop Paper Bag Unlike plastic bags, brown paper bags can be composted along with the leaves; saving time and reducing plastic waste. Paper leaf bags can be found at local hardware stores but call ahead to confirm they are in stock. Residents unable to get paper leaf bags, may bring their leaves in plastic bags.

Denver residents can download a coupon to receive a free five-pack of paper leaf bags at participating Ace Hardware Stores at https://beasmartash.org/trees-matter/denver-leafdrop/.  AS OF APRIL 1ST THESE BAGS MAY ONLY BE USED FOR LEAFDROP.  REGULAR, EVERYDAY YARD DEBRIS SHOULD BE PLACED INTO A COMPOST BIN PER THE CURRENT COMPOST GUIDELINES.