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Cleaning Up: Recycling and Zero Waste Events in Boulder
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Pop Quiz: Where do you that dumpster full of construction scraps? How about paint? Or the old fixtures you just replaced on that remodel?
 
The Front Range is home to a number of unique reuse and recycling facilities, and many of the items you might otherwise throw away can be recycled. Then again, some of the items we might think are recyclable really aren't. Here's a quick review of some common items and where they should go. 



Construction Material 
 
Some of the best, most reusable materials come from the construction industry--and sending them off to a second life helps keep over four million pounds of materials from the landfill each year. Donating reusable materials helps save the equivalent of 91 acres of lumber from harvest yearly, according to ReSource of Boulder, which specializes in architectural salvage.

ReSource has an express donation lane just for contractors, and an online form for pre-qualifying donations if you’re unsure if your donations will be accepted for pick-up. Reusable items include cabinets, shelving, doors, windows, hardware, lumber, trim, metal (and scrap metal), roofing, plumbing, bathroom materials, fireplaces, stoves, furniture, landscaping materials, appliances, and much more. 

Fairly large amounts of scrap metal can go to Boulder's Eco-Cycle, also home of City of Boulder Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) as well, and all three entities share the same location of 6400 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.
  
Recycle paint at the Boulder County Hazardous Waste Management Facility (HMMF) at 1901c 63rd St., Boulder, or find another of the 150 drop off sites throughout Colorado at PaintCare.


Anything with a plug 
 
Electronics, cell phones, and small appliances such as hair dryers, coffee makers and microwaves can go to Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) at 6400 Arapahoe Ave.

Recycle paint at the Boulder County Hazardous Waste Management Facility (HMMF) at 1901c 63rd St. 
PaintCare also offers more than 150 drop-off sites throughout Colorado. Visit PaintCare.org 
 
Want to host your own zero waste event?
Everyone likes a party, but no one likes to see plates, cups and wrapping paper go from store to trash in a few hours. Make a statement by hosting a zero waste birthday, shower, picnic or party! Here's what you'll need to get started:
  • Reusable or compostable service ware (plates, cups, utensils)
  • Products with no or minimal packaging, or compostable and recyclable packaging
  • Bins and bags for compost, recycling and landfill
  • Good signage that shows what materials can be composted, recycled and landfilled.


Mattresses

Including memory foam and mechanical, box springs and futons. Recycle your mattress at Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) at 6400 Arapahoe Ave.

 

Milk and juice cartons

Including so-called “tetra pak” containers, such as coconut water and kids’ milk containers, which are made of a mixture of aluminum, plastic and paper. Conveniently recycle whole cartons (do not flatten them) in your curbside recycling bin.

 

Rechargeable batteries

Except alkaline batteries, which should go to the landfill. Recycle your rechargeable batteries at the Boulder County Hazardous Waste Management Facility (HMMF) at 1901c 63rd St.

 

Thinking of holding a holiday party or other event for your business this year? Try Zero Waste.

Zero waste doesn’t actually mean that no waste is generated. Rather, it means that everything provided to attendees at the event can be recycled or composted, including food containers, cups, utensils, etc. Wherever there is a trash bin, there will also be bins for recyclable and compostable materials. These zero waste stations will feature clear signage and will be staffed by volunteers to help people place items in the appropriate bin. Items discarded in the trash bin are those that people bring with them to the event.

Everyone likes a party, but no one likes to see plates, cups and wrapping paper go from store to trash in a few hours. Make a statement by hosting a zero waste birthday, shower, picnic or party! Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Reusable or compostable service ware (plates, cups, utensils)
  • Products with no or minimal packaging, or compostable and recyclable packaging
  • Bins and bags for compost, recycling and landfill
  • Good signage that shows what materials can be composted, recycled and landfilled.
Here are a few more things to think about:
  • If purchasing disposables, shop for Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified compostable products. Biodegradable products not marked compostable will not completely break down and will leave petroleum residue behind in our environment.
  • Place recycling, compost and trash bins side by side at "zero waste stations."
  • Tape samples of each item to the appropriate bin or sign to guide your guests in placing items in the right bin.
  • Eco-Cycle sells pre-packaged zero waste event kits for 25 people. Buy one and you'll know you have everything you need.
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