The general election has come and gone. If we’ve learned anything about mid-pandemic elections, it’s that 2020 has been “The Year of the Yard Sign”. As we stayed home more, our yards became mouthpieces for all things political, cultural, and even celebratory.
It’s no wonder, then, that our ‘In Our Home We Believe’ yard sign became a bestseller on Etsy. Earlier in 2020, we stayed busy making yard signs for high school graduates, who each got a personalized sign as a small consolation when ceremonies and parties were canceled.
Now that we may be past “peak yard sign”, what can you do with your expired sign? Because corrugated plastic is classified as a hard-to-recycle (H2R) material, the City of Denver’s residential recycling program, unfortunately, cannot take them. Before throwing it into the black dumpster instead of the purple one, consider recycling it at YellowDog.
How to Recycle a Yard Sign in Denver
1. Make sure your yard sign is made of recyclable coroplast (corrugated plastic). Check to see if your yard sign is made of rigid plastic. Flimsy plastic (LDPE) is not recyclable at this time.
2. Separate the plastic from the metal stand. If you bring these metal stands, or wickets, to YellowDog, we can reuse them for future signage.
3. Drop off your sign at YellowDog during our regular business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). We’ll have a bin outside for contact-free dropoff. We’re located in northeast Denver at 3881 Steele Street, 80205.
From there, YellowDog will bring batches of recycled signs to our friends at SustainAbility, located in Arvada. They recycle corrugated plastic from yard signs on an ongoing basis.
YellowDog is dedicated to making it easier for the Denver community to get their yard signs to a recycling center that will accept them. For more info from the City of Denver on where to recycle coroplast and other hard-to-recycle materials, check out the recycling directory.
According to some estimates, there are likely more than 165,000 yard signs in the eight-county Denver area surrounding the 2020 election season. Let’s work together to keep as many of them as possible out of the landfills.
(Yard) Signs of the Times
Here are a few of our favorite yard sign projects from 2020. Are you looking for yard signs to help celebrate a person or occasion? We can do customized yard signs for Denver homes, campaigns, or businesses. Or you can check out our yard signs on Etsy. Don’t forget to recycle them later!