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About 50 percent of Boulder’s waste is being diverted from landfills, and instead, it’s getting recycled and composted.
Beginning last January, Boulder made curbside composting and single-stream recycling — where you can mix cans, bottles and paper together — available to everyone in the city.
From January to August this year — the period of time for the city’s study — Boulder residents composted 1,987 tons of yard waste and table scraps, while recycling 4,997 tons of paper, plastic and glass.
Combined, the efforts represent about half of the 14,000-or-so tons of material disposed of by residents during those eight months.
Kara Mertz, Boulder’s local environmental action manager, said it’s a huge achievement for a city that seeks to become “zero-waste.”
“We’re halfway there,” she said of the residential efforts.