Our unique expertise furthers major climate solutions.

Eco-Cycle is one of the oldest mission-based recyclers and Zero Waste organizations in the US, and an innovator in resource conservation.

We perform mission-based business activities, such as operating the Boulder County Recycling Center, providing Zero Waste business services, and creating the nation’s first Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM).

These activities generate revenue that helps us provide community programs, including our award-winning Green Star Schools program, our Community Carbon Farming program, tools such as our recycling helpline (303-444-6634) and A–Z Recycling Guide, a network of more than 1,000 volunteers, and Zero Waste policies at the local, state, and national levels.

Who We Are and What We Do

We’ve come a long way from the days of volunteers jumping on school buses to provide recycling pick-ups back in the ’70s. Learn more about how Eco-Cycle has evolved.

Our Mission, Vision, and Theory of Change

Explore our mission statement, vision statement, and theory of change for how Zero Waste communities are an essential climate solution.

Our History

We are a recycling original. Learn more about our past and present achievements, from way back in the school bus days through today.

Social Enterprise

As a nonprofit social enterprise, we reinvest earned revenue into our community-based programs to meet our Zero Waste mission.

Board of Directors

Get to know Eco-Cycle’s board of directors, whose diverse experience and expertise helps guide Eco-Cycle’s goals and work.

Eco-Cycle’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Mandate

We strive to act on the opportunities at the intersectionality between Zero Waste and social justice. Read our mandate here.

Career Opportunities

Put your passion to work! Eco-Cycle’s work is implemented by professionals with experience, expertise, and a passion for Zero Waste!

Alliance of Mission-Based Recyclers (AMBR)

AMBR, cofounded by Eco-Cycle, is rebuilding recycling systems that support circular economies and just, resilient local communities.

Annual Reports

See the results of our work to build Zero Waste communities that are more sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient.

Media Center

For press outlets seeking resources including images, logos, contact information, and summaries of Eco-Cycle’s history and work.

Contact Us

All you need to know about how to reach us by email, phone, or inquiry form, including specific contact information for departments.


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