Denver Lags Other Cities When It Comes to Recycling, Composting PoliciesDenver Lags Other Cities When It Comes to Recycling, Composting Policies
October 5, 2015
The Denver Post
While West Coast cities are diverting more than 60 or even 70 percent of their household waste from landfills with aggressive recycling and composting rules, Denver has yet to notch 20 percent.
The city long has lagged by making recycling voluntary. It offers curbside composting pickup only to certain neighborhoods, while charging a fee that keeps participation low. As a result, Denver's city-run trash service says just 16 percent of waste from the single-family homes and small residential buildings it serves is kept out of the landfill.