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Help our local businesses by putting your dining waste in the right bin.

The city is working to become a zero waste community, where we dramatically reduce the amount of waste we create by reusing, recycling and composting most of what we throw away. Bio Paper Plate

Calling All Diners, Think Before You Throw | City of Boulder

The Universal Zero Waste Ordinance (UZWO) is one of the city’s community-wide efforts in pursuit of Boulder’s zero waste future. It requires all property owners, commercial and residential, to subscribe to compost, recycling and trash collection services. It also requires businesses to provide separated collections with compliant signage for all three waste streams and to train employees on proper waste sorting.

By reducing and properly sorting waste, our local businesses minimize their environmental impact and serve as role models for our community. But they cannot do it alone.

Restaurants and cafés need your help to make sure waste goes in the right bins – especially when each diner is responsible for clearing their own table.

Including meat, bones, dairy, coffee grounds and eggshells.

Make sure recyclables are empty and clean.

Boulder County plastic recycling guidelines are based on the type of item, rather than the number printed within the recycle symbol.

*Plastic bags can be recycled if brought to specific locations. Keep reading to learn more.

Recycle plastic bags! Bring plastic bags to Eco-Cycle's Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) for a small fee or to your local grocery store. Not all grocery stores collect plastic bags, so check with store staff before bringing them in.

Bags must be clean, dry and empty. Acceptable bags will have a #2 or #4 on them. If there is no number, try the stretch test. Tear the bag. If the bag tears in a stretchy, wavy line, it can be recycled. If the bag tears in a straight line, it belongs in the trash.

Check out the city’s UZWO webpage for more on compliance requirements.

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