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Eco-Cycle Continues to Facilitate Zero Waste Events


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Eco-Cycle pioneered one of the nation’s first Zero Waste Events nearly 30 years ago. The program began  when away-from-home recycling and composting were very rare amenities, and the program helped  lead the way to the three-bin collection systems that are now universally available in Boulder and  throughout much of Boulder County today. Over this time we have also helped many of our original  event partners take on the work of facilitating Zero Waste themselves. The successes of our partners are  testament that it is time for Eco-Cycle to again push forward to new frontiers and forging new solutions. 

They will spend calendar year 2022 researching and evaluating sustainable options to provide reuse  solutions for public gatherings and events. They hope to begin piloting reusable service ware, dish-wash  systems, and a deposit/return program with events in Boulder County as early as 2023. Until then they will provide the following as we discover and implement a new model for achieving Zero Waste at  events. 

Eco-Cycle Zero Waste Event Services in 2022 

  • Equipment Rental or Loan: Eco-Cycle will offer ZW Event equipment rentals through a program hosted at the Eco-Cycle Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM). To rent equipment, please visit: https://ecocycle.checkfront.com/reserve/ or email events@ecocycle.org. Equipment available for rental use will include: Individual x-frames, 3-bin x-frame systems, recycling, trash, and compost bags, 96-gallon totes for managing large volumes of material, signage and mounting hardware.
  • Material Drop-Off: We will accept diverted single-stream, compost, and hard-to-recycle items at CHaRM from events customers. This drop-off service will be offered at a discount from regular CHaRM fees for event customers. 
  • Service Ware Referrals: We will provide organizers with referrals to verified sellers of BPI certified compostable food service ware materials.
  • Logistics and Hauling: When appropriate, Eco-Cycle will provide delivery and pick-up services of equipment and diverted materials at cost to our events clients. This may include both dumpster and roll-off container services. 
  • Technical Assistance Resources: We will offer a free resource guide on our website, and with all equipment rentals, that covers much of the information an event planner will need to achieve their Zero Waste goals. 
  • Events Consulting Services: We will launch a Consulting Services grant program that will allow us to match our limited capacity with the events most in need of direct support. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis and will include services such as Zero Waste system design, vendor  relations, service ware procurement, and volunteer management strategies. 

Please feel welcome to reach out to events@ecocycle.org with any questions.

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