Guide for Purchasing Sustainable Takeout Containers

Purchasing the right takeout containers is an important decision. Not only are also demonstrating to your customers and the community that your business is committed to making the most environmentally preferred business decisions, but you also have the opportunity to drive the takeout container market to provide more sustainable options at a lower price.

When purchasing, consider the waste services available to your customer’s residences. Below is some guidance per Boulder County community:

Per the City of Boulder’s Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, compost and recycling services are available to all residences and businesses.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: compostable takeout containers and serviceware that is both CMA and BPI certified
  • Third best alternative: recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, it is best to choose compostable options that are both CMA and BPI certified.

Recycling services are available to Erie residences.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, consider purchasing items with post-consumer recycled content so that they at least support the use of recycled materials even if they are destined for the landfill.

Compost and recycling services are available to all residential homes. While it is not required to be offered, many multi family units have compost and recycling services.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: compostable takeout containers and serviceware that is both CMA and BPI certified
  • Third best alternative: recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, it is best to choose compostable options that are both CMA and BPI certified.

While not all homes will have compost and recycling, the services are available for all Longmont residences.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: based on business’ preference and access to compost service collection:
    • Compostable takeout containers and serviceware that is both CMA and BPI certified.
    • Recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, either choose compostable options that are both CMA and BPI certified OR items with post-consumer recycled content so that they at least support the use of recycled materials even if they are destined for the landfill.

Compost and recycling services are available to all residential homes. While it is not required to be offered, many multi family units have compost and recycling services.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: compostable takeout containers and serviceware that is both CMA and BPI certified
  • Third best alternative: recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, it is best to choose compostable options that are both CMA and BPI certified.

Recycling services are available to Lyons residences.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, consider purchasing items with post-consumer recycled content so that they at least support the use of recycled materials even if they are destined for the landfill.

Recycling services are available to Nederland residences.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, consider purchasing items with post-consumer recycled content so that they at least support the use of recycled materials even if they are destined for the landfill.

While not all homes will have compost and recycling, the services are available for all Superior residences.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: based on business’ preference and access to compost service collection:
    • Compostable takeout containers and serviceware that is both CMA and BPI certified.
    • Recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, either choose compostable options that are both CMA and BPI certified OR items with post-consumer recycled content so that they at least support the use of recycled materials even if they are destined for the landfill.

Recycling services are available to residences in Unincorporated Boulder County.

  • Best overall: reusable serviceware
  • Next best alternative: recyclable takeout containers that contain post-consumer recycled content and are accepted per Boulder County recycling guidelines

Best practice: offer disposable utensils only upon request from customers and assume customers have access to reusable utensils in their homes. The same could be applied to condiments, like salt, pepper, and ketchup.

Please be aware, there are NO disposable cups, NO disposable cup lids, and NO utensils that are recyclable in Boulder County. When purchasing these items, consider purchasing items with post-consumer recycled content so that they at least support the use of recycled materials even if they are destined for the landfill.