Have you ever wondered what happens to your discarded aluminum cans, glass jars, plastic bottles, flattened cardboard boxes, and other recyclables after you place them in your purple cart? Have you ever wondered why Denver Recycles can now accept hot and cold paper cups even though they are a mixture of paper and plastic? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re in luck! Denver Recycles’ new Recycle Cycle video provides the answers to these questions and more. The video follows recyclable materials through the recycling process as they are emptied from purple carts into Denver Solid Waste Management collection trucks, and from Denver’s recycling processor to their “end market,” or final destination, where they will be remade into new products.
And what about your banana peel? Ever wondered what happens after it, and the rest of your napkins, leaves, and branches, are placed in your green compost cart? Denver Recycles has another short, animated video that shares the journey of compostable materials from Denver’s green carts as they are collected by Denver Solid Waste Management collection trucks, delivered to A1 Organics’ commercial composting facility in Keenesburg, CO, and then returned to Denver in the form of finished compost that’s ready to be added back into the soil to provide great benefit to our gardens and landscapes.
Just as you can support the recycling industry by purchasing products that are made from recycled materials, all Denver residents can now support local composting efforts by purchasing compost made from the material collected in Denver’s green carts and using it to amend soil to help lawns and gardens thrive. Denver’s Own EcoGro™ Compost is available at Denver’s annual one-day Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale in May, and if you miss the Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale event, it’s also available at your neighborhood Ace Hardware store!
For more information related to the programs offered by Denver Recycles, visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311 (720-913-1311).