Eco-Cycle launched recycling in Colorado in 1976, and today is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit recyclers and a leader of the Zero Waste movement. For over 46 years, our local Zero Waste models have helped transform our “take-make-waste” society, conserving natural resources and providing climate solutions. We work with every sector of the community to innovate, implement, and advocate for local and global Zero Waste solutions to foster a more regenerative, equitable, and climate-resilient future.

  • On-Farm Composting Tours Coming This Fall!
    Eco-Cycle and local farm partners are demonstrating the vision of a community-based Circular Compost System. Together, we are building a multi-scale, distributed compost approach […]
  • Be Original Boulder County Celebration
    Join us at Jack’s Solar Garden on Saturday, July 15, 2023 for solar garden tours, compost demonstrations, and family-friendly activities!  Eco-Cycle and the Colorado […]
  • 12 Tips to Help You Quit Plastics This July
    This Plastic Free July, explore the best tips and tricks from Eco-Cycle that can help YOU quit plastic! Here are 12 ideas to try […]


Zero Waste Guides and Resources

Guidelines for waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting; reports; videos; presentations; fact sheets; toolkits; maps; kids’ activities; and more for browsing or free download.

Zero Waste Services and Facilities

Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM), the Boulder County Recycling Center, commercial hauling services, business consulting, and Zero Waste events equipment rentals.

Zero Waste Community Building

Zero Waste schools programs, a robust volunteer network, community campaigns and consulting, stakeholder engagement, and policy work on the local, state, and national levels.


More than 40% of our climate impact comes from our “consumption emissions”—or how we extract, consume, and dispose of our stuff and our food. As one of the leading Zero Waste organizations in the world, Eco-Cycle is prioritizing three major solutions to reduce and even reverse these emissions.

The Urgency to Reduce Plastics

Plastic pollution is choking the planet. We must take action NOW.

Composting & Carbon Farming

Applying compost to landscapes builds healthier soils, and helps reverse climate change.

Zero Waste Colorado

Our work to implement recycling and composting infrastructure and policies throughout the state