Waste Not, Want Not
Given its progressive politics and history, Boulder is often considered a leader in sustainability. But in terms of recycling diversion rates, the city still trails other major U.S. cities. So in June 2015, Boulder’s City Council adopted new requirements that sought to expand recycling and composting to all Boulder residents, employees, and visitors by requiring property managers and businesses to do better. The goal? To generate new materials from 85 percent of the city’s waste by 2025 rather than send that waste to the landfill. Vermilion created a website that helps explain the ordinance and its importance, while directing businesses and residents to plenty of local resources to help get it done.