Published: Sept. 13, 2022
 7 steps to zero waste

The Ecenter has several resources and tools to help you on your journey to zero waste , including a Frequently Asked Questions Section (FAQs)!


Not sure where to begin? Consider the 7 step guide to reducing waste.

  1. RETHINK: consider your top areas of waste and consider what changes you are able to and are willing to make. Interested in reducing your water usage? Your carbon footprint? Your food waste?

  2. REFUSE: what products or services do you already not use? What would you like to begin refusing to use? Consider what single-use items you currently have or use!

  3. REDUCE : how do you already reduce your waste? What is working well and what can you improve upon? 

  4. REUSE : Can you avoid buying something new? Or do you have anything you no longer need and can donate or sell? Consider thrifting, using the The Graduate and Family Housing Item Exchange At CU Boulder or Facebook marketplace.  

  5. REPAIR: Can the broken thing be fixed or put to a different use? Consider learning how to do basic sewing, handiwork, and basic car/bike maintenance!

  6. REGIFT: Have something you have never used? Consider gifting it to a friend, family member, or neighbor! It’s OK to regift a present you have never and will never use.

  7. RECYCLE : When all else fails, be sure you recycle properly! Recycling helps keep materials in cycle. This decreases the amount of new materials used!


In Graduate and Family Housing, you can help achieve zero waste by:

  • Recycling

  • Composting

  • Reducing/Reusing/Regifting on the The Graduate and Family Housing Item Exchange At CU Boulder, 

  • Reducing food waste through the FREE food distributions. If you have pantry items or extra food from your gardens, please bring them to the TUESDAY distribution 

  • Reusing good quality clothing and shoes by dropping them into the USAgain bins


The Ecenter contributes to the zero waste efforts on campus in multiple ways, including through Zero Waste Events.