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The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) is building relationships in Colorado with stakeholders that are interested in addressing wasted food. With support from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CET will evaluate and provide feedback on current and future food rescue and recovery efforts to improve food waste reduction and recovery in Denver

CET is exploring partnering on projects to increase the capacity to address this important issue in Colorado. To learn more about CET’s work in Colorado and to get involved, contact CET today at 888-813-8552 or e-mail wastedfood@cetonline.org.

Helpful Colorado Wasted Food Resources

Colorado Legal/Regulatory Requirements

  • Currently, Colorado does not have any statewide laws on wasted food diversion.
    • In 2005, the City of Boulder adopted a goal to have 85% of waste diverted from the landfill by 2025. In 2015, Boulder adopted their Universal Zero Waste Ordinance requiring all properties in Boulder to have separated organic waste, recycling, and trash service. The ordinance became effective in 2016, requiring businesses to provide suitable collection containers, required signage, and provide employee training on proper sorting. The ordinance also requires both residential and commercial property owners to subscribe to organic waste, recycling, and trash service and to provide any occupants with the location of each collection bin. As of 2018, Boulder has increased the amount of waste diverted from the landfill to 57% from 39% in 2015 when the ordinance was originally adopted.


For more information regarding food waste estimates, source separation guidance, and how to start a food donation program, open CET’s Toolbox.


Contact CET to learn more about food recovery and waste diversion opportunities for your business, institution, customers, or association members: