Denver rolls out park recycling bins as part of pilot program

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DENVER — A new recycling program will start Thursday, in Washington Park and Cheesman Park, Denver Public Works announced.

The program from DPW and Denver Parks and Recreation aims to keep recyclable materials out of landfills, DPW said. Thirteen specially designed purple recycling containers will be placed on the perimeter of the parks, accepting all the same materials Denver residents can recycle at in their home recycling containers. This includes cans, plastic bottles and containers, cardboard, paper, and many other items.

Denver was also asking park visitors to avoid putting non-recyclable materials in the bins. Some of the common contaminants to recycling that are not allowed in the purple recycling dumpsters include plastic bags, pet waste, food, food-soiled paper, and Styrofoam.

The pilot recycling program is currently planned to run for six months. If the pilot program is successful, it may expand recycling to other City parks in the future.

The parks recycling program is a partnership between the Denver Public Works’ Denver Recycles program and Denver Parks and Recreation.  For more information about Denver Recycles’ programs, visit www.DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles

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