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City of Boulder Green Bag Giveaway

boulder businesses can apply for for a free compostable bag subscription

The City of Boulder is offering a free 12-month subscription for compostable bags through its Green Bag Giveaway program. 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.

Fill out the application here.

Once your application is approved, you will be sent instructions for starting the subscription through the city's vendor for this program.

The city recognizes the additional cost that green bags pose now that the Universal Zero Waste Ordinance requires composting at all businesses in Boulder and the city is committed to doing its part to support businesses and the public in composting properly. Keeping plastics out of our compost stream is vital to be able to produce a clean, marketable product. Having a quality end product also ensures these compost programs, which greatly reduce methane and our climate impacts, can continue .

Businesses can find out more information about the ordinance and get resources to help them comply on the Resources page


Please contact Sandy Briggs at [email protected] or 303-441-1931.

Program Funding

Applications will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis while funding is available.  Program funding comes from the Disposable Bag Fee , the 10-cent fee for disposable plastic and paper checkout bags at all grocery stores in Boulder aimed at reducing disposable bag use. Plastic bags are contaminants in both the compost and recycling waste streams and t he Green Bag Giveaway program will benefit businesses that are composting and help keep plastic contamination out of the compost.


green compost bag in bin


“We appreciate that the City of Boulder is making it even easier to compost. The free compostable bag program is just one example of how the city is doing a great job supporting the restaurant community’s push toward zero waste.” - Paul Nashak, managing partner of Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries.