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One of our goals is to establish and encourage in Boulder, Colorado a glass-only separate stream of collection.

Boulder Single-Stream Collection Zero Waste

To establish and encourage in Boulder, Colorado a glass-only separate stream of collection, sorting and recovery of empty glass containers, serving local restaurants and bars. 

By separating out glass at the source before it enters into the single-stream collection system we hope to create a positive impact on overall recyclability rates at local MRF sorting facilities.  Boulder currently only provides single-stream collection for recyclables.  Only by reducing the volume of glass collected via single-stream, can we begin to have a positive impact in our waste management and bring Boulder closer to its goal of Zero Waste by 2025. 

In a recent article from Westword, it’s noted that Colorado’s recycling rate of just 23% falls far below the national average of 34.5 %, and here’s why:  All glass collected using single-stream compacting trucks is too broken and dirty to recycle by the time it can be sorted, so it all goes to landfill.  Broken glass shards as a result of compacting the load are the biggest contaminator of the paper, cardboard and plastic also collected.  

It’s a really good article if you’d like to give it a read.

MOST COLORADO GLASS DOESN'T GET RECYCLED, BUT THAT'S STARTING TO CHANGE 



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