When over 6,000 students arrived on Farrand Field to enjoy a picnic lunch of food from around the globe, there were no trashcans for them to toss their garbage. That's because the Global Jam picnic featured only compostable and recyclable materials, and nothing needed to be thrown into the landfill.The ultimate goal of zero-waste is to eliminate all waste.
Each year at Global Jam, an average of 80% of the waste was diverted from the landfill, with over 4,000 pounds of compost collected, over 500 pounds of cans and bottles, and 200 pounds of cardboard.
The zero waste efforts at Global Jam are a collaboration between the Department of Housing and Dining Services and the Environmental Center. We hope Global Jam's will continue to set the trend for many more zero waste events on campus in the future. If your department or building would like information and support in holding a zero waste event, please call 303-492-8307.
Since 1999, CU Recycling has been providing recycling services for BolderBOULDER, which is one of the largest 10k road races in the world. The race attracts more than 50,000 runners and walkers and draws professional athletes from around the globe.
To see Recycling results from past years, click here.
At the end of every August, 6000 new students arrive to the CU residence halls. Along with these eager, bright eyed first year students comes lots of cardboard and styrofoam that can be recycled.
On average, over 10 tons of cardboard and over 60 yards of styrofoam will be diverted from the landfills by CU Recycling and its ambitions Recycling Ambassadors!
As students move out of the residence halls on campus, the increased trend has been to leave behind any unwanted items. Most of the time, these items are highly usable and deserve another life.
On average, 10-12 tons of Reusable Items are donated in the Halls during move out, diverting these items to another life through local thrift stores and other charitable organizations.
To welcome in the new students, and welcome back the returning students, Program Council holds a concert on Farrand Field just before the first classes start in the fall.
CU Recycling is there to provide amply recycling opportunities for all the music fans. So please make sure to "Put your waste in the right place" at your next concert!