Special Update: How Coronavirus Precautions are Affecting Our Work
Staff will continue working remotely. Our hotline remains open Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm. If you have Zero Waste questions, call 303.444.6634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) is OPEN Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm.
COVID Protocol: Change in Mask Policy
After reviewing the latest guidance from the CDC, state, and county public health departments, Eco-Cycle and Resource Central will no longer require masks outdoors for people who are fully vaccinated. This includes customers of the Eco-Cycle Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) and Resource Central’s Materials Reuse Yard. However, we ask that unvaccinated customers continue to use masks outdoors for their own safety.
Masks remain a requirement in any indoor space at 6400 Arapahoe Road, regardless of vaccination status, including Resource Central’s warehouse and showroom and inside the CHaRM/Blue Star Recyclers warehouse. Please put your mask on prior to entering these enclosed areas. Eco-Cycle’s office remains closed to the public at this time, but our hotline at 303-444-6634 is open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.
Times are changing but the safety of customers and staff remains our top priority.
Please Observe Covid-19 Protocols: Given the high degree of customer/staff interaction at the Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM), the CHaRM has strict safety protocols to serve the community while limiting exposure between and among customers and staff.
All visitors to the CHaRM will be required to:
Observe 6-foot distancing areas marked off around drop-off bins
Stay in your car to wait your turn until customers in front of you have cleared the area around a drop-off bin you wish to use
Unload your own vehicles (please bring help if needed, as our staff has been directed to maintain a 6-foot distance)
For electronics recycling, we require electronics to be in the very back of your vehicle (trunk or truck bed) so they can be easily accessed by our staff while maintaining a safe distance. Vehicles not adhering to this requirement will be asked to exit the CHaRM yard, relocate their electronics, and come through the line again
Please read signs guiding you through our new transaction processes
We look forward to seeing you and serving your hard-to-recycle needs! Please visit www.ecocycle.org/charm for a full list of materials accepted, as well as prices. Please email email@example.com or call 303-444-6634 with questions.
Thank you for recycling and for your support of Eco-Cycle during this challenging time. Please be well!
NOTE: The Resource Central Yard, adjacent to the Eco-Cycle CHaRM, is run by Resource Central and will be observing a different schedule and timeline. Please visit resourcecentral.org for updates.
The Boulder County Recycling Center (BCRC), operated by Eco-Cycle, is open for recycling processing and single-stream recycling drop-off.
As an “essential operation,” the Boulder County Recycling Center, where single-stream materials from all of Boulder County’s curbside recycle bins are processed, remains operational for now. However, tours of the facility are not permitted at this time. Keeping operations going is subject to change if new direction is received from the county, state or federal levels.
Please continue to collect recyclables for curbside collection according to your hauler’s schedule, and stay tuned for any necessary changes that may be forthcoming.
Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) is OPEN.
As of June 3, 2020, the Hazardous Materials Management Facility (HMMF) is open, resuming normal hours (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday). Please note:
- Appointments are required for dropping off materials. Click here to schedule your visit.
- All visitors will be required to wear a face covering.
- Waste will only be accepted outside the building. Do not enter the facility. Be prepared to unload your hazardous materials from your vehicle onto a cart provided by the HMMF.
- Please do not visit the HMMF if you feel unwell or have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
The building, including the reuse area, will be closed to the public. No reuse shopping will be allowed.
The facility will be closed in the event of rain or other precipitation.
Review a list of acceptable common household items for disposal.
Call 720.564.2251 with any questions.
Curbside Composting and Composting Drop-off
As of 4/3/2020: Western Disposal residential curbside compost pick-up, compostables drop-off, and yard waste operations have not been affected. Visit Western Disposal’s website for more information.
Eco-Cycle’s hauling of commercial recycling, compost and hard-to-recycle materials is currently in operation, with no disruptions to scheduling at this time. If you are a new client or existing customer and would like to discuss recycling or compost pick-up for your business, please contact Nick Miranda, Sales Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve received questions about composting tissues and paper towels that potentially could be infected with coronavirus after being used to blow noses or clean surfaces. Here’s some advice on what to do with commonly-compostable items during this time:
Tissues used to blow noses: According to the CDC, coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. If you are sick with the flu, virus or a cold, or have symptoms, please do not compost tissues that were used to blow your nose, cover a cough or sneeze, or for a bloody nose; instead, put them into the trash.This is always good practice. For other uses, you can continue composting tissue.
Paper towels used to clean surfaces: It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Wiping down surfaces with cleansers and disinfectants can reduce this risk.If you are sick with the flu, virus or cold, and are using paper towels to wipe down surfaces, discard them in the trash. For other uses, you can continue composting paper towels.
Food scraps: Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. There is likely very low risk of spread from food products shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient, refrigerated, or frozen temperatures. At this time, keep composting your food scraps!
We’re Here for You!
If you have questions about Eco-Cycle, the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM), Eco-Cycle Commercial Hauling, any of our community programs, or general questions about recycling and composting, contact us at 303.444.6634 or email email@example.com.
Last updated September 4, 2020