September 2016  
environmental education made easy

According to Albert Einstein, "Play is the highest form of research." So glad he said that! While "playing" on a short trip to Colorado, I did some research when I visited Eco-Cycle in Boulder.

Einstein knew that we need to constantly be inspired by the ideas of others, and I was certainly inspired by the work of those at this 40-year-old non-profit recycling organization. "Eco-Cycle has an international reputation as a pioneer and innovator in resource conservation," according to its website. As a visitor, I agree! Read more about my visit below.

Eco-Cycle was created by Boulder residents with a passion for conservation.Their passion made Boulder one of the first 20 communities in the U.S. to offer curbside recycling. O
ne key to encouraging any behavior is to inspire a passion in participants. We can help you inspire passion for sound waste management practices in your community. If you want to know more, please call or email me.

Now, let's go play!

Elizabeth Roe
Eco Partners
An Inspiring Visit to Eco-Cycle
While out to "play" on a recent visit to Boulder, CO, my Aunt Cleta and I scored a tour of Eco-Cycle, led by Brandon Hill, Senior Manager at the Center for ReSource Conservation (ReSource for short). As Brandon showed us around, we noticed that he was on a first-name basis with many of the day's customers. That kind of customer service, when combined with a remarkably clean, well-organized facility, is clearly key to the program's success.

In addition to processing the community's recyclables, Eco-Cycle hosts this innovative re-use store for building materials. It even supplies shopping carts for its customers, many of whom visit regularly to see what is new. ReSource "shoppers" can find trash to treasure ranging from tools in the Tool Library, plywood, lamps, toilets, school desks, and even a retired lunchroom table!

ReSource and "CHaRM," their Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, are co-located along with operations for composting yard waste and disposing of hazardous materials to provide a "Recycle Row" convenient to residents. According to Kara Mertz, City of Boulder Environmental Action Project Manager, the city wanted to make "'Recycle Row' a place where all Zero Waste facilities were as close to each other as possible to make it convenient for residents and businesses to take care of all their recycling and reuse needs in one place...It's an important part of our Zero Waste Master Plan, and we are excited to continue to partner with Eco-Cycle to reach our community Zero Waste goal of diverting 85% or more of our waste from the landfill."

My brief tour left me inspired about what communities are doing to address their waste management issues. See more of the photos I took while touring Eco-Cycle on our facebook page in the Eco-Cycle Tour album.                
Carts await shoppers at 
ReSource in Boulder, CO.
Tools are ready to be "checked-out" like books in the Tool Library.

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