Reuse Programs in Boulder County
It's always a good idea to recycle, but it's an even better idea to practice reuse first, just like you learned your 3R's--reduce, REUSE, recycle. Reuse means extending the life of an item by using it more than once, and can save time, money, energy and resources. Reuse also helps our local economy by creating jobs and providing quality products to people and organizations with limited means.
There are countless ways you can choose reuse in your daily life, everything from carrying your own refillable water bottle to donating your unwanted couch. Choose reuse is not only what you do when you have something you no longer want, like a couch or computer. Choose reuse is also what you do when you need something. Shop secondhand stores or browse online exchange sites before you head to the department store to buy something new. When you do buy something, make sure it's a quality, durable product that can be reused by you and others, rather than a cheap disposable you'll have to replace in an hour, a month or a year.
Want to make a difference? Join our I Choose to Reuse campaign!
We've gathered some great tools below to help you find reuse outlets in our community, with both virtual and bricks and mortar outlets, and to incorporate more reuse into your life.
These facilities offer secondhand goods and a way for you to donate your own.
1901 63rd St. Boulder • 720-564-2251
The HMM facility has a free reuse shop where you can find auto and hobby products, garden and yard products, home maintenance and cleaning products, paint and more.
6400 Arapahoe Ave. • 303-444-6634
The CHaRM accepts books, yoga mats, cell phones, clothing and shoes for reuse. We also have a new scrap metal reuse program. Learn more about it on our website.
6400 Arapahoe Ave. • 303-419-8534
Borrow a specific tool for a day or a project. You can also donate unwanted tools. Some fees apply.
6400 Arapahoe Ave. • 303-419-5418
The ReSource Yard accepts reusable building materials and other household items for resale. Peruse current items on their website.
This guide is being updated! Please check back soon.
Boulder County has a wealth of great secondhand stores for clothing, furniture, books and more. Shop these outlets first, instead of buying new, to reduce your impact on our environment, promote Zero Waste, support our local economy and save money too. We've pulled together these maps of secondhand stores in the area to help you chart your course to less waste!
Craigslist is the biggest, fastest moving exchange site. Find anything from expensive cars to free shelves in Boulder County.
Freecycle is a network of local people who post and trade free unwanted items via a Yahoo groups listserve. Join the group today.
An online trading site for finding and selling used building materials by zip code. The site also features home improvement tips, forums for exchanging ideas and news about recycled and reused building supplies. Get going on your next project or cleaning out from the last project with help from buildingsurplus.com.
A Tool Library is a place where residents can borrow tools from a comprehensive, centralized tool inventory. By sharing resources, a Tool Library leverages communal purchasing power to ‘do more with less’, and puts tools in the hands of those with limited means. Visit Boulder's Tool Library at ReSource at 6400 Arapahoe and rent or donate tools today.
Boulder County U-Fix-It Clinic!
Repair toys, lamps, electronics and more at one of Boulder County's U-Fix-It clinics! Learn more >>
ifixit helps you repair household and electronic items by offering free online repair guides. You can share your expertise and help the effort expand. Check it out!
Información de Reciclaje
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Eco-Cycle is one of the largest non-profit recyclers in the USA and has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation.
We were established in 1976 by everyday residents who had a passionate belief in conserving our natural resources. These Eco-Cycle volunteers brought recycling to town in 1976, making Boulder one of the first 20 communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. We continue to be driven by these same passions and innovative actions.
is your community recycling processor. Since the Boulder County Recycling Center opened in 2001, we have processed your recyclables, and we continue to do so today as the operator of the county-owned Boulder County Recycling Center.
provides business recycling collections to more than 800 Boulder County businesses.
works to constantly create new recycling opportunities, such as the CHaRM, or Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials, Colorado's first community recycling center for electronic waste and many other unusual materials.
is a social enterprise, reinvesting revenues back into Zero Waste programs that reach every sector of the community.
provides award-winning educational programs to over 25,000 kindergarten through 12th grade students in approximately 1000 Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley classrooms annually.
provides educational services for the community, including a Boulder County recycling hotline 303-444-6634 (M-F, 9-5) to answer all your recycling and waste reduction questions, and an army of more than 750 volunteers county-wide.
Eco-Cycle’s mission is to identify, explore and demonstrate the emerging frontiers of sustainable resource management through the concepts and practices of Zero Waste. We believe in individual and community action to transform society’s throw-away ethic into environmentally-responsible stewardship.
> Read about our Executive Director, Suzanne "Zan" Jones
> Meet our Board of Directors
Work for Eco-Cycle
Jobs and internships opportunities are posted here.
Volunteering with us is a great way to get involved as well. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
How to reach us
Eco-Cycle Recycling Hotline for Boulder County
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
Calling after-hours? Feel free to leave us a message!
See the green sidebar on the right to download recycling guidelines and more.
For general facts about recycling:
Please visit our links section.
For services for businesses:
Please visit our businesses page or call us at 303.444.6634 ext. 2.
Still have questions?
Send us an email or call 303-444-6634.
Llame al 303-243-5820.
P.O. Box 19006
Boulder, CO 80308
6400 Arapahoe Rd.
Boulder, CO 80303
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For traditional recycling such as cardboard, commingled containers, and more:
Boulder County Recycling Center (1901 63rd. St.), open 24 hours
For electronics, books, plastic bags, #6 block foam and more:
CHaRM: Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials