Setting your purple cart out for collection every-other-week is just the beginning of the recycling process. After collection, Denver Recycles trucks and crew members transport your recyclables to a recycling processor for sorting and distribution to remanufacturing outlets. This transportation component in the recycling process is no small undertaking when you consider that more than 1,000,000 pounds of recyclables are collected from Denver homes each week. Each truck and driver collect upwards of 1,000 carts every day.
These speedy and efficient collections are made possible by a fleet of special automated collection trucks and a crew of skilled drivers. The automated recycle trucks utilized by Denver Recycles’ crews feature a hydraulic arm mechanism that is able to lift the recycle carts off the ground, turn the carts upside down to dump recyclables, and then return the carts back to the ground. The driver uses a joystick located in the cab of the truck to control the movement of the hydraulic arm. The automated recycle trucks enable a greater number of carts to be collected each day while also helping to prevent worker injuries.
Help keep Denver’s recycling program smooth and efficient by following these simple guidelines:
For more information about recycling, please contact Denver Recycles at 311 (720-913-1311) or visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles.