Boulder is home to a plethora of green-conscious companies that minimize their environmental footprint by changing the way we think about and consume resources, both natural and man-made. . Both nonprofits and private sector companies are making great strides in land conservation, clean energy, regenerative agriculture, and repurposing waste. Enter: Eco-Cycle. This Boulder-based company builds zero waste communities in a variety of ways. Here’s what you should know about this organization.
What Does Eco-Cycle Do?
At its core, Eco-Cycle is a recycling center that started in 1976 in Boulder and made it one of the first 20 communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. Now, Eco-Cycle has gained an international reputation as a leader in sustainable waste management practices. Within our city’s limits, this giant green company provides recycling services to approximately 800 businesses, educates 25,000 students in 1,000 Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley classrooms annually, and provides centralized composting and recycling locations.
Serving the Community
The disposal services that Eco-Cycle provides are essential in keeping Boulder beautiful and conserving the area’s natural resources like land, water, and soil. In addition to compost, hard-to-recycle services, and curbside pick up, this earth-loving organization reinvests back into the community in a host of other important ways.
Its website is an invaluable resource for individuals in Boulder County needing to recycle toxic items like paint, electronics, batteries, and the like. Composting solutions for restaurants are easily attained through a partnership with Eco-Cycle, as is commercial hauling, instructions for stopping junk mail, and a U-Fix-It facility that helps individuals attempt to repair broken items instead of discarding them.
Eco-Cycle started as a team of volunteers who were committed to protecting this foothill’s hideout. Now that Boulder has grown many times the size of what it was in the 70s, it’s crucial that we continue to support businesses that safeguard the natural beauty we all hold near and dear. Volunteers continue to help run this company, but most importantly, residents are needed for Eco-Cycle’s various ambassadorships and politically-focused campaigns. Sign up to Be Straw Free or participate in a 3-year community science project to be a carbon-free backyard farmer. Donations are always helpful to support the crucial work that this caring company provides.
April is a fantastic time to recommit to mother nature around your own home. Eco-Cycle provides wonderful, easy-to-digest resources for children, teens, and adults. Start a composting initiative in your own backyard or find creative ways to repurpose non-recyclable items. Go one week without purchasing anything that lives in a single-use plastic container.
As our community’s population and economy continue to grow and thrive, we must adhere to even stricter waste-management principals. Eco-Cycle continues to crusade for natural resources, protecting Boulder’s diverse flora and fauna, and giving residents a simple way to live green.