Media Contact: Marti Matsch, Eco-Cycle Deputy Director, 303-419-4676
“CAN I RECYCLE THIS?”
Now there’s an app for that in Boulder County!
Introducing the Eco-Cycle A-Z Recycling Guide App, available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play
Boulder County, Colo. (April 19, 2019) – How many times have you stood before a recycling bin, an item in hand, and wondered, “Can I recycle this?” Well now there’s an app for that.
In celebration of Earth Day, Eco-Cycle announces a new tool to help people living and working in Boulder County know what to do with hundreds of discarded items -- everything from appliances and apple cores to zippers and zip disks. The Eco-Cycle A-Z Recycling Guide is an app customized for recycling, composting, hard-to-recycle services, facilities and businesses in Boulder County.
Residents can look up an item in seconds to find out if it is locally recyclable, compostable, reusable, or trash. The app will also tell you where it is accepted ─ in curbside recycle or compost bins in your Boulder County community, at facilities including the Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (the CHaRM), the Boulder County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Resource Central, or a local program or business that may reuse or recycle the item.
Eco-Cycle Deputy Director Marti Matsch said the aim of the A-Z mobile app is to take the guesswork out of figuring out whether an item can be recovered from the landfill. “People know it’s important to recycle, compost and reuse, and they want to do the right thing, but it can be difficult to know what goes where. And there are many local programs, facilities and businesses accepting so many types of odd items--like binoculars, yoga mats, crayons, or mattresses--that are great resources, but perhaps not well-known. If there’s a place to take an item in Boulder County--whether it’s Eco-Cycle or someone else--it’s in the app.”
TEST YOUR ZERO WASTE KNOWLEDGE WITH ECO-CYCLE’S NEW ONLINE ZERO WASTE GAME!
In tandem with the A-Z app, Eco-Cycle is launching a second tool to help residents learn more about what goes where by playing an online sorting game. Are egg cartons recyclable? Where can you take yoga mats for recycling? What do you do with old paint? The Eco-Cycle Sorting Game tests your Zero Waste know-how. Five challenge levels will ask you to sort various items according to whether they go in recycling, compost, trash, OR to the Boulder County Hazardous Materials Management Facility or the Eco-Cycle/City of Boulder CHaRM. If you’ve chosen incorrectly, the game will give you multiple chances to get it right, so you can learn while you play. The game is fun for all ages, and a great new tool to learn how to recycle and compost locally.
YES! Cartons are recyclable!
Cartons are the #1 material most folks don’t realize CAN be recycled in their single-stream recycling bin. Cartons are also a great packaging choice since they use less energy.
Cartons are made from layers of paper, plastic and sometimes aluminum. At the Boulder County Recycling Center, cartons are sorted by our staffers and sent to factories in North America to become new products, including paper towels, plastic plant pots, tissues, office paper, and building products.
Cool Carton Facts:
Recycling the paper fiber in cartons results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution than producing paper from virgin fibers. The company ReWall recycles cartons into ceiling tiles, wall panels and other materials using no glue, chemicals, or water.
Each truckload of ReWall building products represents about 300,000 recycled cartons.
Cartons that contain a layer of aluminum are shelf stable, meaning the food or drink inside doesn’t need to be refrigerated, saving energy during the transport and storage of the product.
Community Carbon Farming Campaign
If we are to be successful in the fight against climate change, we must go beyond reducing emissions to actively removing carbon from the atmosphere.
Promising research from the Marin Carbon Project in California and similar initiatives suggests that a widespread focus on building healthy soils may be our best hope to draw down and safely store atmospheric carbon dioxide. It’s called “carbon farming,” and Eco-Cycle is working to bring these practices to Boulder County.
Carbon Farming isn’t just for farmers. You can become a carbon farmer and reverse climate change right in your own backyard!
Eco-Cycle and the City of Boulder are working together on a three-year study to explore a range of carbon farming approaches on urban landscapes to determine whether these practices can effectively sequester carbon in the soil and help reverse climate change.
There are three ways to participate:
We are seeking 250 participants to join us for a “community science project.” Participants will take part in a three-year study applying different soil regeneration and carbon capture treatments on their own backyard and then testing the soil for increased carbon.
We’re asking Yard Carbon Farmers to:
Reside in Boulder County or Broomfield County.
Have a 20’ x 10’ portion of lawn you’re willing to dedicate to the study. (Don’t worry, it should improve your lawn!)
Commit to the program for a full three years (testing is done twice in the first year, in May and in September, and only once in the following two years in the fall, so the time commitment is minimal and seasonal.)
Attend a one-hour training.
Choose and apply a treatment, supplied by the program, to the trial section of your yard.
Stay engaged with us! We’ll be sending emails to ask some observational questions about your lawn (color, blade height, etc.) throughout the growing season and hearing back from you is key!
Are there costs?
The testing and the soil treatments carry a cost of $50 per year. We are fundraising for this project so that everybody can participate. If you are interested in participating, please sign up regardless of whether or not you are able to financially contribute to the program costs!
Do you meet the above criteria?
We will be in touch in the next two weeks with more details!
We are looking for 20 experienced vegetable gardeners to join us for a second study to determine how soil enhancement treatments in a garden both contribute to carbon sequestration as well as food nutrient density.
We’re asking Garden Carbon Farmers to:
Have enough experience growing vegetables in your garden that you can be reasonably confident you can successfully care for the transplants provided as part of the study to maturity, and have a garden that is native mineral soil (as opposed to imported soil in a raised bed or container)
Commit to the program for one growing season
Commit to growing three Kale plants supplied by the program in late May
Attend a one-hour training
Choose from a list of five organic soil amendments such as compost supplied by the program and commit to applying them, carefully following directions provided (we promise it’s not hard, but this is science so it IS specific)
Be willing to supply a few leaves of your kale crop for tissue sampling in late summer
Are there costs?
The testing for both the soils and the plant tissue as well as the soil treatments carry a cost of $50/year. We are fundraising for this project so that everybody can participate. If you are interested in participating, please sign up regardless of whether or not you are able to financially contribute to the program costs!
OUR GARDEN FARMER SPOTS ARE NOW FULL. PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A YARD CARBON FARMER OR "OBSERVATIONAL SCIENTIST" CARBON FARMER.
Due to the limitations of our partners doing the lab analysis, we have to limit the number of participants actually taking soil samples, but you can still participate! Sign up and we will share all the same information and techniques we are using in the studies. Follow along with the practices and you can still contribute to the study by filling out surveys requesting observational data. We will also share resources such as how you can get your own soil analysis and how to interpret it.
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Get involved for Earth Month: Grab your pens and shovels!
This Earth Month, Eco-Cycle is working on two very different fronts to create far-reaching, long-lasting impacts for the world we share.
Join us!! You’ll need to grab a pen and a shovel.
Pick up your pen and write your legislators with us!
Colorado residents have been working hard to move Zero Waste forward in the state, where the recycling rate is an abysmal 12% compared to 35% nationally! You can help Colorado be a leader, not an embarrassing laggard! Impactful legislation that’s first-of-its-kind for Colorado is in process. Our legislators need to hear from constituents that we care about recycling and composting to help conserve resources, and that we encourage them to support progressive Zero Waste bills. It may not always feel like your voice matters, but we receive feedback from legislators that hearing from you is critical to their ability to champion the cause!
Join us for two happy hours where we can snack, mingle and contact our representatives together!
If you’re in Boulder:
April 22nd, 5:30-7:00 pm
If you’re in Denver:
April 22nd, 5:30pm-7:30 pm
Pick up your shovel and participate in a climate solution from your own backyard!
Hope for the climate is right under our feet! If we are to be successful in the fight against climate change, we must go beyond reducing emissions to actively removing carbon from the atmosphere. Promising research from the Marin County Carbon Project in California and similar initiatives suggests that a widespread focus on building healthy soils may be our best hope to draw down and safely store atmospheric carbon dioxide. It’s called “carbon farming.”
But carbon Farming isn’t just for farmers. YOU can become a carbon farmer and reverse climate change RIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD. Eco-Cycle and the City of Boulder are working together on a three-year study to explore a range of carbon farming approaches on urban landscapes in Boulder County to determine whether these practices can sequester carbon in the soil and help reverse climate change. We need community carbon farmers to do some very simple backyard science to help us learn best practices for this hopeful solution.
Learn more and sign up TODAY (we’re getting started this month!)
Where to find Eco-Cycle this Earth Month, April 2019
Thursday, April 18th
Saturday, April 20th
Wednesday, April 24th
CSU Fort Collins
Saturday, April 27th
Erie Community Park
Saturday, April 27th
Eco-Leader Portal: Get involved!
This page is for folks who have undergone Eco-Leader training.
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In 2019, Eco-Cycle is engaged in four primary campaigns to address climate change and resource depletion. There are key ways you can be a part of each of them.
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