Do YOU want Boulder businesses to recycle and compost?
Good News: The City of Boulder is considering options for a new ordinance that would require businesses to recycle and compost.
Boulder City Council expressed strong support at its February 17th meeting for a new ordinance to require local businesses, including multifamily housing units, to recycle and compost. A vote is expected later this spring.
Nearly 50 supporters, including CU students, a former mayor, and Eco-Cycle staff andvolunteers, packed the council meeting to speak in favor of the ordinance as well as the city's updated Zero Waste Strategic Plan.
The Zero Waste plan is significant, because it could help expand CHaRM, (the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials), which gets tens of thousands of visitors annually, as well as adding community working space at 6400 Arapahoe.
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Did you know?
- Businesses in Boulder recycle and compost only 28% of their trash, according to the most recent city data.
- Only 33 percent of the waste produced by the entire city is recycled and composted each year.
- The city wants to increase that amount to 85 percent by 2017. Let's help Boulder meet that goal.
Learn more about Business Recycling in Boulder
Boulder is a leader with its Zero Waste Master Plan and many of its Zero Waste programs, but we’re falling behind on achieving our goals and other cities are proving we could be doing a LOT better.
Leading communities are recovering more than 60% of their waste and pushing toward 70%, even 80%!
Leading US communities require businesses to recycle as a key strategy toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving toward Zero Waste. Businesses in Seattle lead the way by recycling and composting more than 60% of their waste! That’s nearly twice as much as Boulder businesses.
Click on the map to learn more about leading cities around the US and the policies they use to increase business recycling.
There are a LOT of businesses in Boulder that are leading the way toward Zero Waste by recycling, composting, reusing materials, rethinking their purchasing practices and refusing to accept waste as “normal.” Western Disposal recognizes local businesses with its Excellence in Waste Diversion Awards while Eco-Cycle has a list of its Zero Waste Business Partners.
These businesses ROCK, and we owe them a lot for their voluntary efforts to help build a sustainable Boulder. It's time we get every business on board!
It’s time every business in Boulder did at least the bare minimum when it comes to recycling.
Education and financial incentives are a great way to boost recycling rates, and the City of Boulder, Boulder County and Eco-Cycle have provided this to businesses for 25 years. It’s brought us where we are today, and we’re thankful for the great work that’s been done so far.
But around the world and here at home we’re seeing that voluntary programs can only deliver so much change. A policy approach can be more cost-effective and have a far larger impact, and we don’t think Boulder can reach its Climate Action Plan goals or its Zero Waste Master Plan goals without a policy on business recycling.
Most communities rely upon education, rather than strict policing, to let businesses know about the new policy and help them set up their bins, train their staff, and improve their programs. There is usually an adjustment period of 18-24 months before any enforcement happens.
Businesses aren’t fined if there is a single cardboard box in their trash dumpster. The goal is to work with businesses and recycling haulers to find the right program for everyone and use enforcement only when a business refuses to participate or excessively contaminates recycling bins even after several attempts at education and assistance.
Want to know more?
Please feel free to contact our Campaigns Manager, Randy Moorman, via email or at 303.444.6634.