We Are Zero Waste Boulder
90% of what goes into Boulder’s landfill is recyclable.let’s change that.
boulder’s zero waste future
Boulder is working to become a zero waste community, where we reuse, recycle and compost most of what we throw away.
Our goal is to generate new materials from 85 percent of our waste by 2025 rather than send that waste to the landfill. Fortunately, we have nearly all of the facilities we need to recycle and compost more.Check out our Strategic Plan
Recycle, compost or landfill. Everywhere you go.see the universal zero waste ordinance
How close is Boulder to zero waste?
Boulder is a sustainability leader in many ways, and we were one of the first cities to introduce curbside recycling; yet we still send two-thirds of our waste to the landfill. Cities like Portland and San Francisco are doing much better.
And we can, too.
What’s the Plan?
How does Boulder achieve zero waste?
More than 100,000 residents and 10,000 businesses call Boulder home, and our daily actions shape our community. We’ve proven that by protecting natural habitats, creating a world-class network of bike paths and greenways, and passing the nation’s first tax designed to lower greenhouse gases. Achieving zero waste is the next item on our to-do list.
In the next few years, Boulder aims to:
Expand recycling and composting opportunities to all residents, businesses, employees and visitors.
Connect community members with unique zero waste services to help people reuse and recycle more.
Upgrade the Boulder County Recycling Center to allow more materials to be recycled.