Yard Waste Collection Days

New Change for Branch Collections!

Notice! Please do not use anything to bundle branches (not even twine!). Pile the branches as neatly as possible to make it easier for our drivers to pick up.

The compost facility where collected yard waste materials are sent no longer accept any organic material that is not either yard or food waste.

Yard Waste Collection DaysYard Waste Collection Days happen twice a year–once in the spring and once in the fall for residents who participate in the PAYT waste collection program.

Yard Waste is collected by a separate truck on your designated trash collection day and should be placed near where your trash is collected by 7 a.m.

Material may be placed in your organics cart, bundled, or in certified compostable bags available for purchase at any home improvement store. Yard Waste for this collection is limited to grass clippings, pine needles, leaves, weeds, branches, sawdust, ground or chipped wood.

Guidelines do apply, so read below carefully.

Yard Waste Collection Guidelines

  • Branches must be less than 4 feet in length or 18 inches in diameter
    • New Change! DO NOT bundle using twine or wire of any kind. Collect your branches as neatly as possible into small piles to make retrieval easier for the drivers.
  • Yard waste will be limited to 3 cubic yards per resident which is equivalent to:
    • an area that is approx. 4 feet x 4 feet x 4 feet.; or
    • 21 certified compostable 30 gallon bags
  • This yard waste is composted! Do not contaminate this material with any of the following:
    • NO plastics, dirt, cactus, tree stumps, branches greater than 18 inches in diameter, ashes, animal waste, treated lumber, logs, old garden hoses or broken flower pots.
    • NO Construction material is allowed for this service. Plastic bags are not allowed.
  • Material that is not in your organics cart, other reusable carts, bundled in piles (no twine of any kind), or in certified compostable bags will not be picked up.
  • Look for this label on products that can be commercially composted!

compostable label

  • This yard waste will be composted! Please do not contaminate material with any of the following:
    • NO trash
    • NO plastics
    • NO glass
    • NO dirt
    • NO cactus
    • NO tree stumps
    • NO branches greater than 4 inches in diameter
    • NO ashes
    • NO animal waste
    • NO treated lumber
    • NO logs
    • NO old garden hoses
    • NO broken flower pots
    • NO plastic bags
    • NO construction materials

For more information on year-round organics collection, please contact Republic Services at 303-277-8727 or visit the City’s Trash Services page.

COG Mesa

 Golden was named after Thomas L. Golden,
a gold prospector who arrived in Jefferson County in 1858.

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