Making Lyons a Green Star Zero Waste Community

A Green Star Zero Waste Community is a community where every sector – businesses, schools, local government, community events, and neighborhoods – is striving for 90 percent recovery of discards via waste reduction, recycling, and composting.

Lyons will become a Zero Waste model for other small towns to emulate.In fact, we’ve already started: Lyons Elementary has been a Zero Waste leader for 10 years now as an Eco-Cycle Green Star School. Now it’s time for our community to follow our children’s lead with the goal of becoming a model sustainable community, as referenced in our Zero Waste Resolution, which was adopted in 2010.


What is Zero Waste?
Going for Zero Waste means redesigning waste systems to save energy, prevent wasteful and polluting practices, and capture discards for use in place of natural resources, which feeds the local economy.

The “stuff” of our lives has a big impact.

In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states that the production, transportation, and disposal of our goods and food make up 42% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

On the bright side: Up to 90% of ALL our discards can be recycled or composted!

By practicing Zero Waste solutions—refusing wasteful products, reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting—we can prevent greenhouse gas emissions and resource depletion right now.

About the Town of Lyons and Eco-Cycle Partnership
In 2016, Eco-Cycle received a two-year grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency* to partner with the Town of Lyons to help our community achieve Zero Waste. With additional funding from the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s Crush it Crusade and other community partners, Lyons is striving to achieve Zero Waste in every sector.

Eco-Cycle started curbside recycling in Boulder in 1976. Today, the organization is one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit recyclers. As a social enterprise, Eco-Cycle engages in activities – operating the Boulder County Recycling Center and the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials – to sustain its community programs to help Boulder County achieve its Zero Waste goals.

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*This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement 96851801 to Eco-Cycle, Inc. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does the EPA endorse trade names or recommend the use of commercial products mentioned in this document.