Waste and Recycling

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Root Down at DIA introduces new composting system

    Denver International Airport already has a composting program that it started last year as an efficient way to get rid of waste in the terminal. Now it's partnering with one of the DIA restaurants, Root Down, to bring composting to the concourses. See also: Best Restaurant at DIA: Root Down

  • Calendar

    May 30, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2012

    History Colorado Center: Are Coors bottles really part of the recycled floor?

    "In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that." So said Mark Twain, and after the first historic week of the History Colorado Center, we have a quick correction: You may not be walking on Coors bottles.

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Photos: Denver recycling plant now welcomes food and beverage cartons

    Denver's regional recycling plant is not a good place to lose your car keys. It is, however, a good place to get rid of old cartons. After five years spent educating the city not to do just that, Denver Public Works announced today that it now has the capability to recycle more containers than just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    One person's trash is artist Leigh Cabell's new art installation

    Leigh Cabell says the reason she put off trying to be an artist for so long is that she, like other people, was intimidated by the challenge of making it. "It's one of those things you want to do, but you're not sure you'll be good at," she explains. So, of course, she took up neuroscience. Because, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2012

    EcoCreations takes over the Muse Gallery today

    The third annual EcoCreations opens tonight at Muse Gallery in Longmont. Seventeen artists were selected to display their work in this show, and it's all created entirely from recycled materials and found objects.

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    The Kitchen [Next Door] delays opening until next week

    The KitchenThe glassware is ready -- but the kegs aren't.​The Kitchen [Next Door], the next eatery in the family of restaurants that started with The Kitchen seven years ago, had been slated to open its doors this Thursday. But there's been a hitch -- and now it won't start serving until next ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Green Awards looking for grassroots ideas: How about recycling by the program's ad?

    ​The Green Awards came to Denver yesterday, touting the Green Giant-sponsored program that will give $25,000 to the best idea for greening the environment. And to advertise the contest, a giant, temporary eco-ad mural made of grass was created at 22nd and Blake streets, just past Coors Field. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Denver's compost program rises, bit by juicy bit, from the scrap heap

    A Flickr photo​A few months back, Joel Warner reported on the shutdown of Denver's compost collection pilot program due to the budget crunch, followed by its resurrection as a fee-based program. How's that working out? Like the compost process itself, slooowly.

  • News

    July 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Composting in Denver: Good news for all those who collect orange rinds and bread crusts

    ​It was a sad day for urban dirt farmers when it was announced several months ago that Denver would be shutting down its pilot compost collection program because of the budget crunch. The test program, in which 3,300 Denver homes had their food scraps and other organic waste regularly collect ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Denver's pilot composting program trashed due to budget crunch

    A Flickr photo.​Denver's residential composting collection pilot program, launched with a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and donations from Rehrig Pacific and A1 Organics, got off to a promising start, with 3,300 Denver homes having their food scraps and ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Can thieves working harder, earning less

    ​The guy was in front of my house for maybe thirty seconds. He rooted around in the blue cart, emerged with a couple of metal cans -- not even high-grade aluminum -- and tossed them in the back of his battered hatchback. Then he was on to the next cart, minutes ahead of the Denver Recyles truc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 19, 2009

    Something Old, Something New

    The Harris Park Art Cooperative goes green.

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Denver Recycles is a post-holidays Grinch

    Since the holidays, countless piles of boxes have surely been left destitute up and down Denver's streets. I know this because that was the case by my house last and all down my street last week. Heap after heap of cardboard was ignored by the recycling truck rumbling past, left to be strewn by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    The chile isn't the only thing that's green at Mi Cocina

    Saul Sierra is no tree-hugger. "I wasn't always green," he says. "My brothers learned about all that stuff in school, but I never went over it." He is now, though, and both of his Mi Cocina restaurants are feeling the effects.  This fall, Sierra installed a solar patio at the Mi Cocina at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2008

    Englewood recycler fights back against 60 Minutes report

    Executive Recycling CEO Brandon Richter as seen on 60 Minutes. "Damning 60 Minutes Report Focuses on Denver-area Recycler," a blog published yesterday, offers a look at "The Wasteland," an investigation overseen by CBS correspondent Scott Pelley into the illegal dumping of American e-waste. The de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Damning 60 Minutes report focuses on Denver-area recycler

    Scott Pelley introduces "The Wasteland." Last night's 60 Minutes featured "The Wasteland," a report by correspondent Scott Pelley about the highly illegal export of discarded computers, cell phones and other electronic-age gadgets from America to Hong Kong, where the act of extracting gold and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008

    Unreal estate as a sign of the times, part one

    The city's been busy erasing outdoor art that appears to violate the Denver Revised Municipal Code regarding signage. If only it were as ardent about enforcing the rules when it comes to clearly commercial ventures. According to the city's zoning code, real estate signs cannot be over six feet "fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2008

    Stop! Denver officials want your snotrag

    This trashcan is green with envy. Darn. Darn. Darn. I just checked in with Denver Recycles and found out that my house is one block outside one of the neighborhoods eligible for the Composting Collection Pilot Program. You have no idea how low that makes me feel. What, my garbage isn't good enough ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008
  • Calendar

    March 27, 2008

    Little Flowers

    Papier-mâché is helping change lives.

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2008

    The Biggest Croc on "Celebrity Apprentice"

    Last night's bloated "The Celebrity Apprentice" featured the show's D list of marginal celebs struggling to come up with a clever way to get people to return their old, worn-out Crocs to their local shoe stores, so they can be recycled and donated to the shoeless in developing countries. The much-hy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2008
  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    The Not-so-Sweet Smell of Success

    A distinct odor greeted the visiting dignitaries as they donned hardhats and toured Alpine Waste’s spanking-new, $5-million recycling plant in Adams County this afternoon, a dumpster away from Furniture Row. A warm, ripe, garbagey odor, probably from the food residue clinging to the tin cans being ... More >>

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Green Day

    Red Rocks offers recycling but only if you trash your seat.

  • News

    April 26, 2007

    The Hunt for Green

    Sorting out the payday in Denver's new recycling plan.

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007
  • Blogs

    March 8, 2007
  • Music

    November 9, 2006

    Ben Folds

    Supersunnyspeedgraphic: The LP

  • News

    March 16, 2006

    Trash Talking

    A deal you can't refuse.

  • Goods & Services

    March 27, 2003

    Best Recycled Recycling Information

    Second Life for Stuff in Denver
    Sally Kurtzman

  • People & Places

    March 27, 2003
  • Goods & Services

    April 4, 2002
  • News

    April 12, 2001

    The Lowdown on Lowry

    The city thought it had settled any questions about the Lowry Landfill. The truth is a toxic shocker.

  • Goods & Services

    March 29, 2001
  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Many Happy Returns

    Paul Zentgraf offers you greetings! and salutations!

  • Calendar

    June 15, 2000

    Fashion Statement

    These new designs are really trashy.

  • News

    February 18, 1999

    King of the Dump

    As the market for recycled materials dries up, King Soopers trashes part of its recycling program.

  • News

    October 17, 1996

    The Boston Chicken Party

    Frank Erickson's revolutionary war: Fight the Golden-based chain's use of plastic.