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Federal estimates show that 75 percent of solid waste can be diverted from the landfill, yet Boulder County currently diverts roughly 35 percent. In making sustainable resource and disposal choices, your business can cut costs on supplies and raw materials, enhance overall efficiency, lessen your impact on the environment, and convert waste into a valuable product. Our business sustainability advisors assist you to:

  1. Assess and identify waste reduction opportunities
  2. Work toward “zero waste” output
  3. Formulate waste diversion and reduction strategies
  4. Explore sustainable purchasing policies and employee engagement opportunities
  5. Strategize manufacturing and supply chain management efficiencies
  6. Identify ways to divert material from the landfill through reuse, recycling, and composting programs
  7. Engage employees to help reduce waste through simple, daily practices

Available Rebates and Incentives

PACE incentives are available on a first come, first serve basis. Businesses are required to contact an advisor to confirm funding availability, ensure that your project meets the eligibility requirements.

In 2021, Colorado adopted a new law to ban expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) food containers for most food service businesses. The City of Lafayette is committed to supporting businesses making a transition from Styrofoam to alternative takeout containers prior to the law coming into effect in 2024. To help small businesses cover some of the costs, the City of Lafayette and PACE are offering a one-time $200 credit towards purchasing alternatives to Styrofoam takeout containers. To see if your business qualifies, contact a PACE advisor today at info@PACEpartners.com or 303-786-7223.

FREE Six-Month Supply of Compost Bags. To qualify, businesses of all types simply need to fill out the online application. Using compostable green bags helps reduce plastics contamination in the compost waste stream, and the city recognizes the additional cost these bags pose now that the Universal Zero Waste Ordinance requires composting at all businesses. Using funding acquired through the Disposable Bag Fee, the city wants to help businesses on the road to Zero Waste by offsetting some of the costs. Funding is limited, and applications will be approved on a first come first serve basis while supplies last.

Your PACE advisor can create a set of custom recycling, compost, and trash signs to post above your indoor diversion bins. The images on the signs will be only the items that are most common in your business’s waste stream. Customized signage helps your employees and customers identify the right bin. Contact your PACE advisor to get started.

Your expert advisor can teach your employees about composting and recycling, why it is important, and how to participate effectively. To keep diversion high, include zero waste trainings in your new employee orientation and provide refreshers at regular staff meetings.

PACE offers up to $300 towards the purchase of interior waste, recycling, and compost bins for businesses that do not already have an adequate setup. Pre-approval is required for purchase through PACE’s supplier. Contact your PACE advisor for more information.

Stay tuned for new incentives to increase waste diversion beyond recycling and composting.

$150 coupons are available to Boulder County businesses that sign up for new recycling services or take the next step towards Zero Waste by committing to new composting services.

Recycling and composting will not only help businesses to enhance their positive public image, but can also increase savings from reduced trash disposal cost, foster employee pride through positive company initiative, divert valuable resources from the landfill, and reduce their environmental footprint!

As City of Boulder businesses move closer to compliance with required composting and recycling services, please know that these coupons can also be used for adopting hard-to-recycle services like Eco-Cycle’s CHaRM on the Road program.

Zero Waste Business Coupons are provided by the Boulder County Resource Conservation Division and are available through your waste hauler. Please check with your hauler for availability and to sign up. You may also contact the Resource Conservation Division at 720-564-2220 or email Conservation for more information. Coupons are available on a first come, first serve basis until funds run out.

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When The Buff Restaurant in Boulder moved to its new location, the restaurant reused and repurposed many of the materials that were already there: the wood from the previous restaurant’s booths was made into new booths, and some of the new wood walls were created by turning around the existing beadboard. In 2014, the Buff received PACE certification in Zero Waste and earned recognition from Western Disposal for diverting more than 95 percent of its waste into compost and recycle. The Buff hopes that its waste consciousness extends far beyond its doors and compostable containers.