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In an effort to help businesses during the COVID-19 crisis and further zero waste goals, the City of Boulder is funding a Sustainable Takeout Items subsidy

The Climate Initiatives Department subsidy supports the purchase of recyclable and compostable takeout containers and is available to Boulder restaurants on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The city’s climate team is prioritizing efforts which support our community and recovery in these unprecedented times, while also looking at how we can transition to better materials management in our circular economy work,” said Sustainability Coordinator Sandy Briggs. “We are making funds available for environmentally friendly takeout items, to assist restaurants as they deal with greater takeout demand while also helping to make sustainable choices easier.”

Each restaurant within Boulder’s city limits may receive up to $1,000 worth of compostable and recyclable food serviceware items from Tundra Restaurant Supply, to be paid by the City of Boulder. The items are priced at a specially negotiated rate; restaurants are eligible for the same bulk pricing if additional items are purchased by the restaurant directly during the same transaction.

The takeout subsidy is part of Circular Boulder, which will support initiatives designed to help our community create less waste by keeping materials in circulation longer and finding opportunities to prevent waste in the first place. The Climate Initiatives Department will be continuing to support the community and city’s circular economy work under this umbrella as part of the Climate Mobilization Action Plan.

To learn more about the program and to participate, visit

About Zero Waste in Boulder

Creating a more circular economy is a focus of the Climate Mobilization Action Plan, or CMAP. The city is committed to co-developing a new climate action plan with the community that addresses the climate emergency through systemic change. Boulder also has a zero waste goal of diverting 85% of waste from the landfill by 2025. For more information about Boulder’s zero waste goals and Universal Zero Waste Ordinance requirements, visit

Media Contacts

Alexis Bullen, Media Relations, 303-441-1878
Sandy Briggs, Climate Initiatives, 303-441-1931

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