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To maintain a zero-waste standard, the three buildings will have to divert 90 percent — or 412,600 pounds — of their waste from landfills. Paper towel composting, further reduction of Styrofoam and sustainability training for employees are part of the legislation’s suggestions for reaching this goal.
The University of Colorado is making changes to its recycling program that will make participation twice as easy. (Actually, 2.5 times as easy, if you’re a math person.)
Now, recycling locations around CU still have five bins — which to a lot of us Boulderites seems, well, pretty old school. (Read more about they city’s single-stream recycling on BigGreenBoulder.) The plan, according to an article in the Daily Camera, is to implement “dual-stream” recycling, which would cut the number of bins to two: one for paper and one for pretty much everything else.
The city of Longmont plans to launch a pilot curbside composting program this spring, according to a story in today’s Times Call.
If the pilot is successful, Longmont will start a citywide program in 2011.
A year ago, Boulder expanded its own pilot curbside composting program to serve the entire city.
If you live in Boulder County and you want to know how you can compost, check out the composting resource page on BigGreenBoulder. Read more about Longmont’s program here, or check out an article on the success of Boulder’s program at DailyCamera.com.
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.
CU is crawling with people who consider environmental issues to be of great importance, and it’s full of people who want to make a difference, too. Planet Green just did a mini-profile on CU graduate journalism student Jessicca Lucier:
Mostly, she helps out with communications, so she authored the school’s climate action plan, helps plan the Colorado satellite Bioneers conference, which is coming up on its seventh year in October, and helped to organize last year’s Rocky Mountain Sustainability Summit.
Check out Planet Green for more on Jessicca. And let us know about your own local green heroes in the comments!
CU’s football stadium is full of stats, but its number of trash cans might impress us most. Turns out almost all containers of what you can eat or drink at Folsom Field is recyclable or compostable already — and it’s still improving. From PlanetGreen:
Equipped with the necessary compost and recycling bins, he says the only trash produced is from coffee cup lids, snack chip bags, and candy wrappers. For now, that trash goes into the recycling bins and gets sorted out later (by students, as all the recycling on campus is done), but soon they’re going to stop selling candy in non-recyclable wrappers, and in part because of the university’s influence, Newport said, Frito-Lay is now producing SunChips in compostable packaging.
Read more about Folsom’s zero-waste plans here or after the jump.