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Monday, June 17th, 2024

Nonprofit Spotlight: Eco-Cycle

In the realm of environmental activism, few organizations have left a mark as enduring as Eco-Cycle’s. Established in Boulder in 1976, Eco-Cycle is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit Zero Waste organizations with a vision to innovate, implement, and advocate for local and global zero-waste solutions. Eco-Cycle has been at the forefront of fostering a more equitable and climate-resilient future. With a mission rooted in engaging communities in sustainability principles and circular economy strategies, Eco-Cycle has become synonymous with pioneering initiatives aimed at redefining our relationship with waste.

The journey of Eco-Cycle began with humble roots but lofty ambitions. What started as a grassroots movement in Boulder has evolved into a dynamic force for change, with initiatives spanning education, advocacy, Zero Waste facility operations, and practical solutions. Since its inception, Eco-Cycle has been driven by a core belief in the power of communities to effect positive change and the importance of educating future generations about the importance of waste reduction and resource conservation.

One of the cornerstones of Eco-Cycle’s work has been its educational programs, which aim to empower individuals and communities with the knowledge and tools to embrace sustainable practices. From school programming initiated in 1984 to advocacy efforts at the state capitol, Eco-Cycle has consistently championed the cause of waste reduction and recycling. By engaging with policymakers, educators, and the public, Eco-Cycle has been instrumental in driving legislative changes that promote producer responsibility and advance the circular economy agenda.

In recent years, Eco-Cycle has continued to expand its reach and impact through a range of programs and initiatives. The organization’s Eco-Leader program—a network of 1,000 volunteers—provides a platform for individuals passionate about environmental issues to connect and collaborate. Through community education programs, ambassadorship opportunities, and lobbying efforts, Eco-Cycle is actively working to mobilize communities and drive environmental change.

Despite its many successes, Eco-Cycle faces numerous challenges in its mission to promote Zero Waste and sustainability. In a society dominated by consumerism and disposability, changing attitudes towards waste and plastics remains an uphill battle. However, Eco-Cycle remains committed to addressing these challenges head-on, advocating for systemic changes and promoting solutions that prioritize environmental stewardship.

For those looking to get involved with Eco-Cycle, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer or support the nonprofit organization’s work through donations. Whether it’s participating in recycling center tours, attending online webinars, or joining advocacy efforts, every individual has the power to make a difference. Visit to learn more.

As Eco-Cycle looks to the future, the organization remains committed to building a more sustainable and resilient world. By continuing to innovate, educate, and advocate for Zero-Waste solutions, Eco-Cycle is paving the way for a brighter tomorrow—one where waste is minimized, resources are conserved, and communities thrive in harmony with the planet. Through its tireless efforts and unwavering dedication, Eco-Cycle is leading the charge toward a more sustainable future for generations to come here to Boulder County.

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