Denver Recycles: Save the Date! The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale is Saturday, May 4

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Denver residents looking to start the garden and landscaping season off right won’t want to miss Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from 8 AM to 2 PM. The main event site, located at the Havana Nursery (Smith Road & Havana Street), will have mulch available for free and compost available for purchase at significantly reduced prices. There will also be four satellite sites for “dig-your-own” mulch located around Denver.

  • This is a one-day event and your only opportunity to purchase discounted bulk and bagged compost from the Denver Composts program. Don’t miss out!
  • Compost will only be available at the Havana Nursery site (10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St.), and only while supplies last. Compost will be available in one-cubic-foot bags for $4.00 per bag and in bulk for $35.00 per cubic yard. Complimentary compost loader service is available for bulk compost purchases. There is no “dig-your-own” compost option. Limit of 20 bags or 3 cubic yards per vehicle.
  • Free mulch will be available at the Havana Nursery site and at four additional “dig-your-own” mulch satellite sites, while supplies last.  Complimentary mulch loader service is available at the Havana site only.
The four “dig-your-own” satellite mulch sites are as follows:

Bear Creek Park (South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.)
Fred Thomas Park (Quebec St. & 26th Ave.)
Sloan’s Lake Park (Sheridan Blvd. & 17th Ave.)
Veterans’ Park (Iowa Ave. & Vine St.)

Compost will not be available at these satellite sites.

Compost is a great soil amendment that can be used to improve soil in new construction projects, landscape renovations, backyard gardens, container gardens and even houseplants. Compost is widely recognized for its ability to improve soil structure, reduce water needs, and add soil nutrients and beneficial microorganisms. The compost sold at this event is made in part from leaves collected from last fall’s LeafDrop program and from the organic materials collected through the Denver Composts program.

The mulch for this event is made from ground up Christmas trees collected through the Treecycle program, and from storm debris branches removed from Denver parks. Mulch can be applied to landscaped areas to control weeds, retain soil moisture, and protect shallow-rooted plants.


  1. Residents must bring their own pitchfork or shovel for loading mulch, and bags or containers for transporting mulch.
  2. Residents must bring their own tarps to cover loads of mulch and/or compost in trucks and trailers.
  3. Commercial entities are prohibited from taking mulch and purchasing compost offered at this event.
  4. The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale is for Denver residents only.

The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale is sponsored by the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works’ Denver Recycles program and Denver Parks and Recreation, in partnership with A1 Organics.  For more information about this event and other Denver Recycles programs, please visit us or call 311 (720-913-1311).



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