The Plastics Free Movement

Communities across the globe are concerned about plastic piling up in landfills and polluting our planet. That's why millions of people worldwide are choosing to be part of the Plastic Free July movement.

Join the Plastics Free July global challenge!

Whether you're taking on the full challenge or just make a few changes, you can make a difference!

Change takes planning and practice, but small steps add up. Here are some actions to help you get started:

  • Use reusable shopping bags and baskets instead of plastic bags. This will also help you save money on the 10-cent disposable bag fee charged for plastic bags at all grocery stores in Boulder.
  • Eat ice cream in a cone, not a cup.
  • Use bar soaps and shampoos without packaging.
  • Bring your own travel mug to coffee shops.
  • Decline receipts as much as possible. Some receipts are coated in a thin layer of plastic, which means they are not recyclable.
  • Carry your own reusable utensils, cups, napkins and leftover containers.
  • Avoid any personal care products with “polyethylene” in them. Polyethylene is the most common plastic.
  • Use a reusable stainless steel, glass or bamboo water bottle.
  • Buy bread from bakeries that package in paper.
  • Support companies that are developing alternatives to plastic six-pack rings.
  • Use a razor with replaceable blades.
  • Volunteer with Eco-cycle or get involved in a campaign to reduce plastic use.

The plastics free challenge doesn't have to end in July.

Take these tips with you and keep saying no to single-use plastics in your daily life.

Boulder's Work Toward Circularity and Zero Waste

Boulder became one of the first communities in the nation to offer curbside recycling in 1976. Our city is committed to a future where we reduce the waste we create and then reuse, recycle and compost most of what we throw away.

The city aims to divert 85% of waste from landfills by 2025. Saying no to single-use plastics, which may take hundreds or thousands of years to decompose, keeps our community cleaner for all to enjoy. But single-use plastics are just the beginning.

The city's vision is to create a circular local economy that keeps materials out of landfills and in use as much as possible. This growing area of work moves beyond recycling and composting to focus on preventing waste and pollution in the first place. It also explores innovative ways to curb our collective consumption through reuse and repair.

Arrow pointing from recycling to circularity

Moving beyond recycling and zero waste to focus on circularity