Disposable Bag Fee Going State-wide

The city of Boulder’s disposable bag fee, in effect since July 2013, is charged on all plastic and paper checkout bags at all food stores in the city. Revenue from this fee, which generates approximately $240,000 annually, is earmarked for programs related to keeping single-use bags out of the waste stream. It funds numerous local…

Spotlight: Greens Point Catering

The event industry, and by extension catering, was one of the hardest hit during the pandemic. With a ‘Stay at Home’ order enacted early on, and gatherings limited to 10 people, business evaporated almost overnight. It’s somewhat ironic then that Bridget Nannen, owner and founder of Greens Point Catering located in Longmont, reflects on the…

Environmental Costs of Online Shopping

Virtually all of us at one time or another have enjoyed the convenience and ease of online shopping to purchase everything from toothpaste to mattresses.  With companies such as Amazon, Instacart, Blue Apron, in addition to the online options from traditional retailers, Americans spent over $500 billion in online purchases in 2018. However, this convenience…

Food For Thought

Over the past decade, composting has shed its hippie-lifestyle image and become a mainstay in government policy efforts to increase diversion rates and reduce greenhouse gas emmissions. Composting is an important piece of the puzzle in diversion from landfills and overall climate stewardship, but isn’t the best use of our excess and uneaten food. By…

The Modern Landfill

When it comes to sustainability, the role of the landfill is most often portrayed in unflattering terms. Over the past 30 years the drive to divert material from the landfill has changed the template of recycling. From dual stream bin collection to commingled carts, more and more materials have been incorporated as acceptable items as…