Off Campus Recycling

Off Campus Recycling

How to Recycle In Your Home

  • Use a separate bin (from your regular trash bin) for any recycling
  • Make sure to follow recyling guidelines specific to Boulder County
  • DO NOT put recycling in PLASTIC bags (paper bags are okay)
  • Take all recyclable items to designated recycling bins/dumpster for your home (most likely next to your trash bins/dumpster)
  • Unless specified, most places have single stream recycling.  This means you can throw your paper recycling together with your container recycling

How to Set Up Recycling Collection for your Home 

If you live in a Single Family Housing unit (single house, duplex, triplex):

  • Every home should have recycling bins
  • If you do not have recycling bins next to your trash, call your landlord/property manager to set up recycling collections
  • If your landlord says you are responsible to set up recycling collections, call your trash hauler to get it included in your collections
  • Western Disposal is most likely your trash hauler; call 303-444-2037 or go to

If you live in a Multi Family Unit (apartment complex, 3+ multiple unit house):

  • Your apartemnt complex should have recycling bins/dumpsters located next the trash bins/dumpsters
  • If you do not have recycling bins next to your trash, call your landlord/property manager to get recycling bins/collections for your building
  • If you are in need of a FREE recycling bin or bag for your individual unit, please email the Recycling Green Teams at

Recycling Green Teams

  • The Recycling Green Teams is a group of four students focused on improving off campus recycling. 
  • We collaborate with the City of Boulder to increase diversion rates for off campus student housing, to decrease contamination, and to educate about "zero waste" living
  • We focus on 2 main college student populated areas in the City of Boulder:
    • The Hill (in between Baseline St and Arapahoe and Broadway Ave and 9th St)
    • Goss/Grove (in between Canyan and Arapahoe, and Folsome and 15th)
Main Programs
  • Literature Drops
    • Our main method of education involves direct interaction with student residents at their off campus homes.  The focus is to increase awareness about recycling/composting in Boulder and provide resources for residents to establish/practice zero waste in their home environment.  
  • Bin Drops
    • As a form of Multi Family Unit (MFU) outreach, bin drops are designed to give residents in MFUs the tools to recycle effectively.  Recycling bins or bags are provided for residents to be used inside apartments along with zero waste guidelines to practice proper recycling/composting habits.
  • Spot Checks
    • To measure the success of the bin drops in the MFUs, recycling rates and conamination levels are recorded before and after bins are given to MFU residents.  Data tells us weather or not the MFU recycling has improved due to the bin drops.
Team Structure: 

The Green Teams consists of four student employees. One team coordinator and three team members. The coordinator is in charge of much of the logistical aspects of the program such as printing, keeping records, and writing reports.