Solid Waste and Recycling

picture of a trash canAn understanding of how waste and recycling impacts our community can affect the decisions made by residents, businesses, and City officials on this important issue. Wheat Ridge citizens have come to expect the city’s support. Waste Reduction and Recycling goals are often attainable at a relatively low-cost and offer opportunities for quick returns and possibly even revenue generation.

Ongoing Efforts

Our goals for solid waste and recycling efforts may include considerations for the City government, businesses, and residents. The social, economic, and environmental benefits from managing waste sustainably, among others, include potential job creation, reduced fuel consumption, and improvement in soil quality.

Ways you can participate

Did you know that there are 5 Rs to managing waste?
1. REFUSE - don’t buy or accept products that are harmful to the environment, or that you
don’t need.
2. REDUCE - use less.
3. REUSE - use something you already have instead of buying new. Examples include refillable water bottles and reusable coffee mugs.
4. REPURPOSE - use something for other than it’s original purpose. Get crafty! Examples include using GOOS (Good On One Side) paper from home or office that only has print on one side for scrap paper, or think of all the incredible ways you’ve seen people utilize pallets.
5. RECYCLE - then, after you’ve done ALL the other Rs, consider how to recycle nearly everything you use: paper, plastic, metal, glass, electronics, clothing, and even food waste can be recycled through composting to some degree.


Are you putting the right things in your recycle bin? Here are the guidelines!

Leaves / Grass Clippings & City ROW
Did you know raking/blowing leaves or grass clippings into the City gutters/streets is considered littering? All leaves and grass clippings should be bagged and placed at the curb for regular trash collections or used for compost. Any debris that is placed into the City streets potentially ends up in the storm drains and pollutes our waterways.

It is important to remember that by placing items in the City right of way you may be found in violation of the City Code Chapter 15 Sec. 15-24 .

Jefferson County
Jefferson County Slash drop locations including Leaf drop at Thunder Valley Park in Morrison

Consider reaching out to your friends and neighbors on social media to see if anyone who uses
leave for gardening projects wants your leaves.

Leaves are Fall’s gift to the composter. Here are the benefits of putting your leaves to work:
Planet Natural
National Wildlife Federation