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Zero Waste Funding


The Boulder County Resource Conservation Division (RCD) distributes $100,000* as part of its Zero Waste Funding Program. Please submit any questions via email to obtain clarification of requirements concerning this funding opportunity by Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. No inquiries will be accepted after this date. Inquiries should be direct to Cody Lillstrom at Responses to inquiries will be published on this webpage by Friday, Oct. 22. Applicants are not to rely on any other statements that alter any specification or other term or condition of this funding opportunity.

The minimum funding amount available for a project is $1,000 with a maximum of $15,000. The use of matching funds is not required. Local governments, non-profit organizations, school districts, schools, and private companies may apply as long as the scope of work is in Boulder County and insurance requirements are met.

Application & Forms

Applications for the 2021 funding year are now being accepted. Proposals must be received at the Boulder County Resource Conservation Division office by 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12 to be considered. Send completed applications to or mail them to Resource Conservation, C/O Cody Lillstrom, 1901 63rd St., Boulder, 80301.

Successful Applications from a Prior Year (for example)

Eligibility Requirements and Project Criteria

Zero Waste Funding projects provide an opportunity for, organizations and businesses to participate in Boulder county’s vision of becoming a zero waste community. The details of this vision are outlined in the Boulder County Zero Waste Action Plan. In addition to programs supported in prior years, programs with an emphasis on resource diversion (tons diverted from landfill) for businesses, residents and government buildings are encouraged to apply. The county will also accept and consider applications for programs that fall outside of this limited focus.

Established in 1997, this funding has awarded more than one million dollars for education and infrastructure initiatives that promote waste reduction and diversion.

For More Information

For inquiries or clarification of this program, contact Cody Lillstrom, Zero Waste Program Manager,

Award Recipients

The Boulder County Board of County Commissioners awarded $100,000 to 16 waste reduction programs in November 2019 as part of the Resource Conservation Division’s Zero Waste Funding Program. Established in 1997, the Boulder County Zero Waste Funding program has awarded more than $1.1 million for education and infrastructure initiatives which promote waste reduction and diversion.

Programs funded for 2019:

Boulder County Housing Authority (BCHA) – $4,500 for a project to offer a free, one-time cathode ray tube (CRT) TV recycling opportunity to BCHA’s 800+ low-income residents at Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM). Free recycling coupons will be distributed by request and on a first-come, first-served basis. The purpose of the program will be to provide an incentive to move CRTs into the recycling stream (and out of closets, dumpsters and roadside ditches) for lower-income county residents who are not as likely as others to afford it.

Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) – $10,000 for Food Services to implement the LeanPath 360 Tracker System, a food waste reduction system, in three school kitchens. Implementing this system will allow BVSD to actively monitor the food being thrown away by each employee and the reason for its disposal. Through the compiled data, they will be able to target waste reduction strategies among their employees and reduce their pre-consumer waste amounts and food costs. BVSD successfully installed these same trackers and implemented a food waste reduction program in their three production kitchens this past summer.

City of Lafayette – $4,264 to create a pilot program for removal and transportation of dog waste for composting at the Great Bark Dog Park in the City of Lafayette. Similar to composting other organic materials, dog waste can be a significant source of waste that ends up in landfills rather than composted. They want to help Lafayette change that and lessen the environmental footprint of people and pets.

City of Louisville – $7,000 to add both recycling and composting in parks and open spaces, particularly locations that have been Identified as high-use (I.e. park shelters open for rental; in relative proximity to high pedestrian traffic such as downtown Louisville; natural area bike trailheads, etc.). Louisville currently maintains approximately 200 trash receptacles throughout the City, servicing these receptacles 5 days a week.

Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) – $3,475 to provide zero waste training and materials for long term tenants and to install “Zero Waste Stations” in two different zones: a common area of historic lodge (12 dwelling units + 3 rooming units) and a public area for public event concessions. Both stations will include attractive and educational signage and compliment the design and character of each location.

KGNU Community Radio – $9,000 to support their “Community Sourced Sustainability and Zero-Waste Media Education Campaign.” KGNU will partner with the Foundations for Leaders Organizing for Water and Sustainability (FLOWS) at the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Center to execute the project.

Planet Bluegrass – $6,761 to invest in a second commercial dishwasher to be installed in their on-site dishwashing trailer and more plate inventory so that they will be able to effectively keep up with demand and continue to reduce single-use waste at their events.

Vessel Revolution – $5,000 to grow their Vessel cup library supply to expand their reusable cup services to additional cafes and users in Boulder County. This will aid in successfully decreasing single-use disposables in the County and offer a fiscally viable reusable service to cafes and the community.

Programs funded for 2018:

City of Longmont – $9,000 to support implementation of recycling infrastructure and education at two St. Vrain Valley School sports fields. Currently, there are no options for recycling at the sports fields, which generate significant waste throughout the year during sporting events.

Colorado Recovery – $1,550 to purchase an energy-efficient dishwasher so they can move from disposable dishware to reusable, and provide vocational training for their clients.

Planet Bluegrass – $8,000 to expand their Reusable Plate Program to include utensils and additional reusable dishware, and to create an educational outreach program to enable the audience and fellow event organizers to replicate the Reusable Plate Program.

KGNU – $10,000 to create a “Zero Waste Radio Series and Public Education Media Campaign.” The project will include a public education media campaign that will provide weekly public service announcements (PSA) to be aired on KGNU in English and Spanish.

Vessel Revolution – $5,000 to roll out a citywide launch of a reusable mug program in Boulder in 2018/2019. The funds will be used to build infrastructure and test drop off sites for reusable mugs that will be located in public and private spaces throughout Boulder.

Town of Lyons – $8,000 to purchase bear-proof recycling containers to expand the public recycling opportunities in the downtown area.

City of Lafayette – $1,690 to support zero waste efforts at the monthly Art Night Out event.

Art Parts – $2,951 to expand the capacity and efficiency of their intake process.

Ascent Community Church – $3,809 to purchase recycling containers to improve diversion from the landfill.

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