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Circular Boulder

Circular Boulder is an effort to look for opportunities for more sustainable use of materials, from production all the way to disposal, by keeping materials in circulation longer and finding opportunities to prevent waste in the first place.

Read the city's Circular Economy Report pdf for more details on the concept of a circular economy, circularity in Boulder and a roadmap to get there.

Sustainable Takeout Items Subsidy

The city’s climate team is prioritizing efforts which support our community and recovery in these unprecedented times, while also looking at how we can transition to better materials management. 

As part of this effort, the city put $70,000 in funding towards the Sustainable Takeout Items Subsidy, which helped 74 restaurants purchase takeout containers. The program was well received and the city is considering another round of subsdies if there is available funding.

Each restaurant within the City of Boulder was eligible to receive up to $1,000 worth of compostable and recyclable food serviceware items from Tundra Restaurant Supply, paid for by the city. The items were priced at a specially negotiated rate and restaurants were eligible for the same bulk pricing if additional items were purchased by the restaurant directly during the same transaction. The subsidy was available to Boulder restaurants on a first come, first served basis.