By 2025, the average Boulder business recycles and composts 85 percent 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 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. 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 av step-by-step guidebook, 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. Email: [email protected] 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 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 is offering a FREE six months’ supply of compostable bags through its Green Bag Giveaway program, paid for by the Disposable Bag Fee. To qualify, Boulder businesses of all types simply need to fill out the application which shows they are composting and recycling. Businesses should be prepared to submit photographic evidence of their waste stations demonstrating ordinance compliance.
Funding is limited and applications will be approved on a first come first serve basis, so we are encouraging interested businesses to apply soon!
More information on our Green Bag Giveaway page
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 [email protected].gov 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 protected] 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 [email protected] .