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Boulder Property Managers

The Vision

Boulder apartments and condos recycle and compost 85% of their waste.



The Law

Boulder’s Universal Zero Waste Ordinance

Property owners are required to provide recycle and compost service and

educate tenants on what items go where.

(Learn more about the ordinance and how to comply .)

The Steps

How can you achieve zero waste at your property?


Get Service

Contact a local waste hauler to sign up for recycling and compost collection service in addition to trash service. Check out our resources page for more information on some limited time incentives and rebates to help you get started! Contact the city at for assistance in addressing barriers to adding service to your property.


Hang Signs

Obtain signage from the city or your waste hauler to clearly identify each container and what goes in it; custom signs are also available.


Educate Tenants and Employees

Educate your tenants and employees about the new services and requirements that apply to them, including separating materials correctly and displaying appropriate signs. Videos can be used to help train your employees and to get a quick overview of the requirements. They are available in English and Spanish.


Recycle More

Identify hard-to-recycle materials generated in your business (electronics, printer toner, etc.), set up a hard-to-recycle collection with signage, and dispose of materials at the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) .


Reuse and Purchase Wisely

Consider additional ways to reuse products in your business and update your purchasing policies to buy environmentally preferable products. Host zero-waste meetings and events.

We’re Here to Help.

We've designed a zero waste toolkit and training video to help you get started. As a Boulder property owner, you also have access to FREE assistance to help you comply with Boulder's zero waste ordinance.

  • Assistance

    At no cost to you, a city Zero Waste Advisor can help you:

    • Address barriers to adding composting and recycling service at your property;
    • Determine the best place to place zero waste bins;
    • Get standard signage or custom signage for your property; and
    • Educate tenants and employees on new requirements and zero waste best practices.

    Contact a Zero Waste Advisor today by calling 303-441-1931 or emailing .

    *Zero waste advising services are provided to Boulder property owners through the city’s Trash Tax , and are subject to funding availability


    Rolling grant program

    The city’s rolling grant program provides funding for up to half the cost of 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 or 303-441-1846 to learn more.


    *Grants provided through the city’s Trash Tax and subject to funding availability.

  • Free Recycling and Composting Signs

    Stock 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  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

    Custom signs are made just for you, and show materials used at your property. Contact for instructions on how to submit photographs and get custom signs created for free.


  • What Goes Where?

    The following resources should help you and your tenants properly dispose of most general waste items. Direct your tenants to our What Goes Where page for a full list of Boulder’s zero waste facilities, services and helpful tips and tricks.

  • Bear Protection Ordinance

    Own property west of Broadway and south of Sumac? All waste carts at your property must be secured from bears. Learn more about the ordinance and how to comply .

  • Training Videos

    The Zero Waste training videos are here to help you comply to the Zero Waste Ordinance step by step. Use them to help train your tenants and to get a quick overview of the requirements. They are available in English and Spanish .

  • Contact us

    Questions about Zero Waste? Contact the city at 303-441-1931 or email us at .

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