Nutrient Cycles refer to how the community deals with materials once they are no longer serving their original purpose. This includes traditional nutrients such as food scraps as well as currently recyclable materials, future recycleable projects, and by-products of industrial process for things such as wastewater treatment. Actions in this section includes looking at food cycles, recycling of all kinds, waste planning, and how to extract nutrients from waste streams.

Relationship to Existing Plans/Initiatives:

The actions in this section align with the Zero Waste Initiative that Nederland has signed on to in cooperation with Boulder County as well as the Comprehensive Plan and the existing efforts from Town Hall on events such as Town Clean Up day.

Aspirational Goals:

  • Create a closed loop cycle in the community where each product is reused and reincorporated into nature eventually.
  • Provide opportunities for nutrient harvesting of any product a community member may be looking to dispose of.
  • Provide the upcycled products back to the community.
  • Prevent the introduction of materials that do not biodegrade or are composed of harmful chemicals that could persist in the environment.
  • Properly dispose of materials that enter the community that can be recycled.
  • Reach Zero waste in Town facilities, and as a community.

Action Items:

D. Community Dialog - #NedZero #CommunityDialog

N. Nutrient Waste - #NedZero #NutrientWaste

R. Local Resources - #NedZero #LocalResources

X. Resilient Economy - #NedZero #ResilientEconomy

Z1. Zero-Waste - #NedZero #ZeroWaste

Z2. Zero-Waste - #NedZero #ZeroWaste #Recycle

Z3. Zero-Waste - #NedZero #ZeroWaste #Reduce