One of my very best friends currently resides in Denver, Colorado. My other very best friend, Sam, and I had the chance to visit her over the weekend. We used all of our Southwest points to get us there for free!
The view from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
We had the chance to do some early morning yoga at Red Rocks Amphitheater and the weather was gorgeous!
It was a pretty big yoga class!
It was nice chance compared to my usual yoga in a studio in the basement of my gym…
Besides being a mountain yogi, I was able to explore some of the waste differences between Denver and Chicago.
For instance, city recycling bins are purple! Here in Chicago, recycling bins can be a number of colors depending on who you get service through.
In the city, Chicago’s carts are blue. Our building recently just switched to a private hauler (stay tuned for that post) and now both our garbage and recycling bins are blue. They are slightly different shades, but both blue nonetheless. How confusing is that?
On Saturday, we went out to eat at Denver Central Market, which is basically a fancy food court. You could pick from a number of local items and could sit wherever you want at communal tables.
They had amazing clearly labeled compost, recycling, and trash bins. Unfortunately, I ate everything on my plate (pizza), so there was nothing to dispose of!
Not only can you compost at eateries, but Denver also has a city compost collection program. It is not free and is not available in all areas of the City, but I am still jealous that the city runs a program like this.
Kitchen compost container
Residents who sign up for the program get a green cart that is picked up weekly.
Other than me nerding out about Denver’s waste systems, we did do other things such as visit the Denver Botanic Garden and go to a Colorado Rockies game.
It is neat to experience other cities and how they handle waste issues. What city were you most surprised by in a visit?