Apartments and Condos throughout Boulder County making big Zero Waste Strides
When it comes to helping families go for Zero Waste, apartments and condo complexes can face a host of challenges single-family homes don’t face, be it a lack of space for recycling and composting dumpsters, property managers who may be unwilling to make changes to their trash routines, a lack of outreach regarding recycling and composting guidelines, language barriers, or all of the above.
Helping these underserved communities is a challenge nationwide, but in Boulder County, 17 different multi-family-unit properties are making huge strides to recycle and compost all the waste they can.
This summer, Eco-Cycle staff and canvassers are working with the City of Boulder, the City of Longmont, Boulder Housing Partners, Boulder County and a plethora of “Resident Zero Waste Champions” to reach more than 800 homes in “multi-family-unit” complexes around the county to increase recycling participation, reduce contamination, and implement composting whenever possible.
So far, we’ve completed outreach at two properties—Kalmia Public Housing and Victoria Inn—where we have consistently seen an increase in waste diversion. North Boulder’s Kalmia community in particular has made huge strides, from 30% to 42% diversion in just a few months.
These are pilot projects, but there’s no question they are proving that with perseverance and passion, we can accomplish some big Zero Waste goals in typically underserved communities!
Read more about this outreach program at zerowasteboulder.com.
Many thanks to the City of Boulder, the City of Longmont, and Boulder Housing Partners and our Resident Champs for partnering with us to step up to this challenge!