How to Live a More Zero Waste Lifestyle — The City of #Boulder #ActOnClimate

Bulk section of the grocery store. Photo credit: City of Boulder

Click the link to read the article from the City of Boulder website (Leah Kelleher):

Individual action matters

The most affordable and effective way to keep waste out of the landfill is to avoid creating it in the first place. To this end, the city aims to build a circular economy that focuses on the reuse and repair of an increasing number of items.

Individual action is the backbone for societal impact and systemic change. By reducing how much each of us buys new and reusing materials as much as possible, we collectively save energy, natural resources and money.

Together, we can achieve our goal of 85% waste diversion by 2025 and become a zero waste community.

Here are 12 ways to reduce and reuse on a daily basis.

  • Practice zero waste dining by using reusable takeout containers through the Repeater app.
  • Reduce your food waste by planning weekly meals, buying only what you need, and donating unused food to local food banks.
  • Borrow, share and rent items when possible. Borrow a book or movie from the library or swap clothes with a friend. Rent tools from the Tool Library at Resource Central.
Swap books in neighborhood library boxes around the city. Photo credit: City of Boulder
  • Repurpose worn out items by turning them into fun, creative projects. An old shirt could be transformed into a reusable bag, quilt or cleaning rags.
  • Repair items with life left. Check out Boulder U-Fix-It Clinic events for repair trainings.
  • Try to cut down on plastic purchases at the grocery store by shopping in the bulk section or buying products in certified compostable packaging. If your favorite grocery store does not have a bulk section, let them know that reducing packaging by buying in bulk is important to you.
Learn how to repair your bike by attending a local workshop. Photo credit: City of Boulder
  • Bring reusable containers to grocery stores for produce and bulk purchases, and to restaurants for leftovers. Glass jars, cloth bags and plastic containers are great vessels for bulk and produce purchases at your local grocery store, and they reduce the amount of material sent to the recycling center. Instead of reaching for single-use plastic and compostable produce bags, bring your own reusable cotton bags.
Replace plastic produce bags for reusable cloth and mesh bags. Photo credit: City of Boulder
  • Shop for used clothes, shoes, furniture and other items from thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets and consignment shops.
  • Donate gently-used items to secondhand stores.
  • Bring reusable bags whenever you shop. This helps keep disposable plastic bags out of the landfill, conserves water and energy required to produce paper bags, and saves you 10 cents per bag at local grocery stores.
  • Carry reusable water bottles and coffee mugs when you are on the go.
  • Look for products made with recycled materials. These products help create a market for our recyclables – allowing them to circulate in our economy.
Bring a reusable coffee container when visiting your local coffee shop. Photo credit: City of Boulder

#Aurora ordinance would ban grass in some areas of new developments: Cool weather turf would be restricted to 45% of the backyard, or 500 square feet, whichever is smaller. — #conservation #SouthPlatteRiver

Aurora looking west towards Mount Blue Sky

Click the link to read the Turf Conservation Ordinance_2022_3.3 WPC via Aurora Water (Greg Baker).

Click the link to read the article and view the video on the website (Janet Oravetz and Courtney Yuen). Here’s an excerpt:

The city is considering a first of its kind ordinance that would restrict the use of cool weather turf in new developments and new golf courses beginning next year. According to the city, Aurora averages just 15 inches of precipitation each year, and said that cool weather turf typically requires “substantial watering” to survive. Outdoor usage accounts for roughly 50% of water usage annually in Aurora, according to the city…

Turf means any cool season species, variety or blend, including but not limited to Kentucky bluegrass and Fescue, according to the city. In general, it would include those with an annual irrigation water requirement greater than about 9.3 gallons per square foot.

The ordinance, if passed, would prohibit turf for aesthetic purposes only, but would allow it in new developments “in active or programmed recreation areas.” Those are defined as an area with a primary function of sport field but can also accommodate secondary functions, including but not limited to non-organized sporting events, cultural activities and organized social gatherings. The ordinance will prohibit turf in common areas, medians, curbside landscape and front yards. For backyards, turf would be restricted to 45% of the yard, or 500 square feet, whichever is smaller.

Vail has begun methodically removing grass from its parks from areas that serve little purpose, partly with the goal of saving water. Buffehr Creek Park after xeriscaping. Photo: Town of Vail

Click the link to read “Say ‘goodbye’ to grassy yards – [Aurora] may implement heavy restrictions on turf” usage on (Spencer McKee). Here’s an excerpt:

According to Aurora Water, about half of the city’s outdoor water usage is due to people watering their ‘turf,’ with turf being defined as ‘cool weather’ grass species, such as Kentucky bluegrass. This ‘turf’ is the type of grass that is specifically addressed in the proposal, with the goal of the suggested change being to limit overall outdoor water usage amid the city’s continued growth…

The changes would take effect next year, if the proposal is approved.