Sustainability in Colorado

“We all love this place, and it’s our duty to help make our city a place we can all continue to be proud of.”

- Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of Denver

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Want to be more sustainable in your restaurant? Contact us today to learn more about achieving your eco-friendly goals.

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Boulder, CO is leading the way with a new zero-waste ordinance and Denver isn't far behind. Find out more about eco-friendly resources in the front range.

You may have heard, Denver is the fastest-growing large city in the country. Between the burgeoning tech market (the area is commonly referred to as the "Silicon Valley of the Rockies") to its competitive housing market, it's clear that more people are flocking to experience Colorado's 300 days of sunshine a year. But with growth comes higher demand on our resources, and meeting high customer demand can be challenging to your sustainability goals.

We're here to help

At Tundra Restaurant Supply, we're making it easy to shop for, and learn more about, eco-friendly restaurant supplies. We offer everything from high efficiency pre-rinse units, to energy-efficient lighting and restaurant equipment, and a diverse selection of eco-friendly disposables. You can even schedule a free sustainability walkthrough with one of our knowledgeable staff members to identify areas within your business where you can make an impact.

We can provide resources to help you comply with new legislative requirements (like the City of Boulder Universal Zero Waste Ordinance), in addition to helping you secure some beneficial rebates from Boulder County Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) as well as local energy companies like Xcel Energy to help offset the initial cost of your upgrades. So what are you waiting for? Reach your sustainability goals today!

Sustainability in Boulder

Universal Zero Waste Ordinance

The goal of the new Zero Waste Ordinance is to generate new materials from 85 percent of our waste by 2025. In order to divert much of this waste out of the landfill, the city has taken steps to expand recycling and composting to all Boulder residents, employees and visitors by requiring:

These signs meet the signage requirements in the ordinance and may be downloaded and printed at no charge. We also have free copies of these signs located in our Boulder showroom!

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As part of the ordinance, the City of Boulder has several rebate and incentive programs to help offset the cost (up to 50% of $1,000 starting from scratch, and 50% of $500 on rebates) of interior bins and compostable liners. Whether you are adding new recycling and compost collection bins, or you are expanding your bins to comply with the new requirements, you may be eligible for a rebate from the city.

Download and fill out the following forms below and submit to the City of Boulder. Have any questions? We are here to help (and can even file the forms for you!). Give us a call at 1-888-388-6372 or contact your outside sales representative for more information.

Start-Up Bin Rebate Application (for new recycling and compost collection)

Expanding Service Bin Rebate Application (for expansion of existing collection bins)

PACE | Partners for a Clean Environment


As your one-stop-shop for business sustainability in Boulder County, Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) has a certification program to help businesses like yours measure and gain recognition for your energy, waste, water and transportation achievements. PACE provides:

  • Expert Advising Services — Utilize their Business Sustainability Advisors to identify ways to reduce waste, use water and energy more efficiently, and help employees find alternative transportation options. These services are free to you!
  • Rebates and Incentives - Achieving your sustainability goals is easier than you think. PACE can help you access money-saving rebates, incentives and financing options for your business.
  • Certification and Recognition - Once you've achieved your eco-friendly goals, PACE will showcase your accomplishments to your customers and employees.

Sustainability in Denver

As statewide sustainability initiatives grow, being eco-friendly or not isn't even a choice—it's the way of the world. Though Denver doesn't have any zero waste regulations yet, we'll take a bet that it won't be long until they do.

Certifiably Green Denver

If your business is located in Denver, CO, you have the opportunity to receive free, confidential and non-regulatory environmental assistance from Certifiably Green Denver. We are working with the city to help make your green transition easier. By enacting more sustainable practices, you can reduce waste and operating costs while also saving the environment. Certifiably Green Denver also provides a certification to give you public recognition (and free advertising through the organization's website and social media channels) for your environmental efforts.

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Rebates from Denver Water

Denver Water

If you receive a water bill from Denver Water (or a qualifying Master Meter distributor) you could be eligible for a rebate! Contact Denver Water or Certifiably Green Denver to learn more about qualified water-saving products (like toilets). Help the environment and your bottom line—win-win!

Rebates from Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy offers several rebates related to eco-friendly upgrades you make around the restaurant. From new, efficient commercial refrigeration rebates to additional rebates related to changes in your lighting, heating and more, there are several opportunities to offset the initial cost of your upgrades. Give us a call at 1-888-388-6372 or contact your outside sales representative for more information.

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