Success! Denver overwhelmingly supported Ballot Measure 306—Waste No More Denver
In November 2022, 190,000 Denverites voted in favor of Ballot Measure 306—Waste No More Denver. Having won over 70% of the vote, the Denver community made it clear that they are ready for sustainable waste management no matter where they live, work, or play.
While the Expanded Waste Services policy passed earlier this year focused on single-family homes and multifamily buildings with seven or fewer units, the Waste No More ballot initiative improves recycling and composting virtually everywhere else, including larger multifamily buildings, businesses, construction sites, permitted events, and more.
- Ballot Measure 306—Waste No More Denver—will expand recycling and composting for businesses, apartment buildings, events, and construction sites, which generate 82% of Denver’s waste.
What is Waste No More Denver?
Waste No More (Measure 306) is a grassroots ballot initiative that will make recycling and composting more accessible for Denver residents by requiring all businesses—including apartment buildings, condos, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, sporting arenas, and permitted events—to provide compost and recycling services alongside trash services. It will also require that all construction and demolition waste must be sustainably managed. These policies will boost recycling rates and dramatically decrease the amount of waste our city sends to the landfill.
Why do we need this policy?
Businesses, construction sites, and larger apartment complexes generate 82% of Denver’s waste, but there’s no policy in place to require recycling and composting. Valuable materials are being buried in landfills instead of being reused in local manufacturing.
Success! Denver City Council Votes for Expanded Waste Services
After a decade of consideration by the City and County of Denver and six years of Eco-Cycle’s involvement, City Council voted to pass Expanded Waste Services in June 2022! With this policy, Denver residents who live in single-family homes will receive weekly curbside compost collection at no extra cost, weekly recycling collection, and switch to a pay-as-you-throw model for trash in which households are charged less for choosing a smaller trash bin. The Expanded Waste Services program for Denver is based on policies that have proven to make cities more Zero Waste. Learn more about the policy here.