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Effective January 1, 2016 Large Item Pickup and Cart Overflow have been replaced with the NEW Extra Trash Service for all Denver residents. This service improvement is part of Solid Waste Management’s plan to help keep our neighborhoods clean as we transition toward citywide cart-based trash service.

What does this change mean for you? Regardless of trash service type (Dumpster, Cart or Manual) extra trash may now be placed out for collection every four weeks, instead of every six weeks as before. This service change is designed to help residents more easily dispose of large items from their homes such as couches, mattresses and branches. A maximum of 5 large items will be collected per home per Extra Trash collection. In addition to a maximum of 5 large items for Extra Trash collection, residents with trash cart service may dispose of a maximum of 10 bags of extra trash (or bundles of branches) per scheduled Extra Trash collection (every four weeks).

Extra trash or large items may not be stored at the curb or in the alley on non-collection days.  Setting out extra trash on non-collection days is considered illegal dumping.

To make these programmatic changes possible, the pickup areas have changed significantly. Please pay very close attention to your home’s Extra Trash Service schedule and map. Extra Trash schedules are included on all electronic service reminders and within the Denver Trash & Recycling app. Schedules can also be found online at or by calling 311 (720-913-1311).
Here are a few quick steps for utilizing your NEW Extra Trash Service:
1.      Check the calendar and map to find your scheduled service week.

2.      Place your items out by 7 a.m. during your collection week(s).

3.      Cart and Manual customers, place items out on your normal day of trash service during your scheduled Extra Trash week. Dumpster customers, place items out on Monday of your scheduled Extra Trash week.

4.      Make sure Extra Trash items are at least 2 feet away from obstructions.

For additional information about Extra Trash Service and other Solid Waste Management programs, visit or call 311 (720-913-1311).


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