Hazardous Waste Collection in Denver

By Idelle, March 21, 2024

I was having a hard time finding out where to dispose of hazardous waste such as an old can of paver waterproofer or used oil in Denver. I was surprised that I could not find a drop off location in Denver, but I did find the Waste Management number (303) 808-6254 and was told that I could pay $15 for a curbside pickup, and they mail a bag and labels and a zip tie to label the material. They said that a drop-off location was not an option – however, the guy who came by for our curbside waste pickup said that we can drop off hazardous waste at their facility at 3730 E 48th Avenue in Denver.

He said that Fridays are for residential drop offs but you have to make an appointment. I called (303) 808-6254 and they confirmed that yes, you can drop off hazardous waste at their facility OR you can schedule a pickup. The cost is the same, $15. Either way, you do have to make appointments to do a drop off (or schedule a pickup). The drop off location allows for larger drop offs than residential curbside pickup, so if you have a lot of materials this is the way to go.

The Waste Management drop off is located at 3730 E 48th Ave, Denver, CO 80216. Appointments are necessary and they only do Fridays for appointments.

3730 E 48th Ave, Denver, CO 80216 • (303) 808-6254

Tree Debris, Yard Debris, Recycling:

If you have branches, leaves, styrofoam, recyclable materials, as a city resident you can also drop off these materials for free at:
Cherry Creek Recycling Drop Off
City & County of Denver Leaf Dropoff
7301 E Jewell Ave, Denver, CO 80231
(Quebec and Jewell)

Note: The Cherry Creek Recycling Drop Off will be closed for construction beginning February. The anticipated reopening is scheduled for early Summer 2024. For more information and recommendations for alternate disposal sites, residents can use the Waste Directory on the Denver Trash and Recycling App or web platform.  


March 22, 2024 Update: With the Cherry Creek Recycling Center currently closed for construction, DOTI has stood up a temporary drop site at 1271 West Bayaud Ave for residents who would like to compost their tree debris and branches from the March 14 snowstorm.

Directions: Enter Denver’s Central Platte Campus gates at W. Bayaud Ave. and S. Navajo St., drive past the Denver Animal Shelter and place branches in the roll-off dumpsters on the right, in front of Building 2.

This temporary branch drop-off site is open Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Saturday, April 6.

• Denver residents only.
• No contractors, hitched trailers, or box trucks.
• No branches longer than 4 feet in length or larger than 4 inches in diameter. • No pieces or bundles weighing more than 50 pounds.
• No other waste accepted.
• Maximum of 10 branch bundles per week.

Regular Disposal of Tree Branches:
• Denver’s Solid Waste Management Division collects a limited amount of branches as part of its regular extra trash collection service to residents.
• Branches must be no larger than 4 inches in diameter, and they must be cut into lengths of 4 feet or less, bundled and tied, and weigh no more than 50 pounds.
• Customers may set out up to 10 bundles of branches on their scheduled every-4-week large item trash collection.