- The Vision
By 2025, All Boulder houses recycle and compost 85 percent of their waste.
- The Vision
By 2025, All Boulder apartments and townhomes recycle and compost 85 percent of their waste.
Let’s make it happen
A gum wrapper. A plastic bag. An old pair of tennis shoes. Every day, we hold these things in our hands and decide what do with each one. Throw it away or recycle it? Compost or trash? They're small decisions, but they have a lasting impact.
We’re about to make those decisions a lot easier. How? By helping you recycle and compost at home and when you’re out on the town, by connecting you with recycle and reuse facilities, and by expanding Boulder’s recycling center to collect more materials—all with the goal of turning Boulder into a zero waste community.
What goes where?
Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly which items go into your curbside cart and the waste bins around town. But once you’ve got a solid grasp of things, good zero waste practices become habit. Check out our What Goes Where page for information, tips and local facilities to help you reuse, recycle and compost more.
Turn your gathering into a zero waste event
Everyone likes a party, but no one likes to see plates, cups and wrapping paper go from the store to the landfill in a few hours. Make a statement by hosting a zero waste party, birthday, shower, picnic or barbeque! Get started today!
How do I comply with zero waste requirements?
We’re so glad you asked! Click below to learn more about Boulder’s zero waste regulations and how you can comply.
Universal zero waste ordinance
The universal zero waste ordinance requires all businesses and properties (including houses, apartments and condos) to recycle and compost.
Boulder’s Bear protection ordinance requires all waste carts west of Broadway and south of Sumac to be secured from bears.
Disposable Bag Fee requires a 10-cent fee for disposable checkout bags at all grocery stores in Boulder.
Questions about Zero Waste? Contact the City at 303-441-1931 or email us at [email protected] .