Looking for resources to help with compliance? Check out our Resources page.
By 2025, the average Boulder business recycles and composts 85% of its waste.
Why Zero Waste?
You play a key role in Boulder’s zero waste future.
In making sustainable resource and disposal choices, your business can cut costs on supplies and raw materials, enhance overall efficiency, lessen your impact on the environment, and convert waste into a valuable product.
what are the requirements?
Boulder’s new Universal Zero Waste Ordinance requires your business to recycle and compost, provide zero waste signage and educate employees on what items go where.
And we're here to help you do it.See the Universal Zero Waste Ordinance
Zero Waste Ordinance
How can you comply with zero waste requirements?
Follow the links below to learn more about zero waste requirements and how to comply.
zero waste resources
Advising, Rebates and Incentives
We’re here to help you. In addition to financial assistance, all businesses in the city of Boulder have access to FREE zero waste technical assistance through the City of Boulder and Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE).
Need to comply with zero waste requirements? We've designed a zero waste toolkit and training video to help you get started. You may also contact the City of Boulder to speak with a zero waste advisor and receive personalized assistance on the path to compliance. Email: email@example.com or call 303-441-1931.
Ready to take the next step? Through Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) , all businesses in the city of Boulder have access to FREE zero waste technical assistance. PACE will help you achieve your waste reduction goals, connect you with financing tools and incentives, provide personalized guidance and help you gain recognition for your efforts. PACE Business Sustainability Advisors can help you:
Measure your business’s zero waste efforts and help you figure out how to do more;
Explore sustainable purchasing policies and engage employees in your efforts;
Identify opportunities to minimize waste through reuse, recycling and composting programs; and
Identify and apply for rebates and incentives.
Current Rebates and Incentives
The City of Boulder's Trash Tax provides several financial incentives to help your business comply with requirements and implement a successful zero waste program. Rebate descriptions and forms are below. Contact the city at 303-441-1846 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to learn more.
If you need to expand or purchase collection bins to comply with new universal zero waste requirements : The city will rebate 50 percent of costs (total rebate up to $500) toward the purchase of interior bins and signage. Rebates are also available to cover the purchase of compostable bin liners for food-related businesses. Submit a expanding service bin rebate application to email@example.com.
Property manager rolling grant program : This new program will fund up to 50 percent of the cost of outdoor enclosure expansions needed to accommodate proper containers for landfill, recycling and compost collection. Grant amounts awarded subject to staff discretion. Please contact Jamie Harkins at HarkinsJ@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-1846 to learn more.
*All incentives provided through the city’s Trash Tax and subject to funding availability.
Free Recycling and Composting Signs
Clear, visible signs are an important tool to show your employees and customers what materials go where, and achieve your business’s zero waste goals. Click on the links below to download and print as many stock signs as you need. Your business can also order up to three sets of laminated posters and bin labels, and two sets of bathroom composting posters at no charge.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request signs. Include your contact info, mailing address and the number of signs you would like. Please also have in mind which type of sign or signs you would like. All recycling, composting and landfill signs have options of three different levels of detail. Please view the different versions by clicking on the PDFs below.
Custom signs are made just for you, and show materials used at your business. Contact email@example.com for instructions on how to submit photographs and get custom signs created for free.
What Goes Where?
Great question! The following resources should help your business to properly dispose of most general waste items. Visit our What Goes Where page for a full list of Boulder’s zero waste facilities, services and helpful tips and tricks.
A-Z recycling guide – find out what materials can be composted and recycled
Questions about Zero Waste? Contact the City at 303-441-1931 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .