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zero waste boulder reporting Ordinance Compliance

This page contains information about reporting compliance with the city's  Universal Zero Waste Ordinance. 

UNIVERSAL ZERO WASTE REPORTING UPDATE as of                March 30, 2020:

The City of Boulder is committed to its core value of community safety and is proactively taking steps to limit the community spread of COVID-19.

Given the current pandemic situation, the city has extended the deadline for compliance with the UZWO reporting requirement. 

Climate Initiatives staff are working with city leadership to determine next steps and impacts the timeline. The exact extension date has yet to be determined. Businesses will be given at least 90 days notice. Many city buildings and facilities are closed to the public until further notice.

Status updates will be posted to this webpage.

 

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Boulder is working to become a zero waste community, where we reduce the waste we create and then reuse, recycle and compost most of what we throw away.

The city’s   Universal Zero Waste Ordinance requires all businesses to:

  • separate recyclables and compostables from the trash
  • provide correctly placed containers
  • have required signs
  • train employees on proper sorting 

The ordinance also has a reporting requirement. All  restaurants and grocery stores are required to annually  report their compliance with the ordinance to the city. 

 

How to report compliancE 

Restaurants and grocery stores need to fill out the  Compliance Reporting Form.

Note: you will need to attach photos of your waste stations and signs to the form.

 

Who needs to report and Deadlines

***Given the current pandemic situation, the city has extended the deadline for compliance with the UZWO reporting requirement for 2020. 

Climate Initiatives staff are working with city leadership to determine next steps and impacts the timeline.***

Restaurants and grocery stores must report compliance with the ordinance to the city every year by June 30 (except in 2020).

frequently asked questions

  • What do I do if my business is not compliant with the ordinance yet?

     

    The City of Boulder wants to encourage compliance and has created a number of resources to help you achieve success. You can find all the materials, including how-to videos, a step-by-step guidebook, free signs and employee training materials on the zero waste resources page.

  • Does my business qualify for an exemption?

    To apply for an exemption, review the exemption descriptions. If you think your business may be eligible to receive an exemption, submit the Compliance Reporting Form using "Exemption Request" as the reason for completing the form.

  • How does my business complete the employee training requirement?

     

    Train employees on how to separate recycleables and compostables from the trash with a sorting video and quiz that can be found on our employee training page. We also have a Spanish version of the Sorting 101 video.

  • What happens if my business doesn't report when required?

    Businesses that do not report when required are assumed to be noncompliant. These businesses will then be subject to enforcement action and may receive fines.