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.
- 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.
D. Community Dialog - #NedZero #CommunityDialog
- 4D-01: Work closely with local organizations and volunteers to promote recycling and other waste-reduction efforts in Nederland, through education and outreach materials available to residents and tourists.
N. Nutrient Waste - #NedZero #NutrientWaste
- 4N-01: Move NedCompost into Indoor larger biofuels building
- 4N-02: Implement most sustainable option for wastewater treatment plant biosolids
- 4N-03: Create model for nutrient calibration and best practices to eliminate/manage chemical waste for marijuana grow operations
- 4N-04: Report annually on volume of compostable material collected and volume of compost created for NedCompost
- 4N-05: Disseminate accurate information regarding the utilization of composting toilets
R. Local Resources - #NedZero #LocalResources
- 4R-01: Plan for future development at Ridge Road transfer station to accomodate increased loads of recycling, possibly composting, etc.
- 4R-02: Plant edible/medicinal landscapes in designated areas within public right of way and encourage harvesting; ensure organic maintenance
- 4R-03: Create and use a Community Food Garden behind the Coop
- 4R-04: Identify various CSA Food providers and establish a central drop off point to encourage utilization and cost effectiveness for town residents.
- 4R-05: Cottage Food Industry - Build and operate community food greenhouse(s), Hens or Bees
X. Resilient Economy - #NedZero #ResilientEconomy
- 4X-01: Complete foodshed assessment to determine how much food is locally and regionally available, which sources are unvailable, and what opportunities exist to source more food locally
Z1. Zero-Waste - #NedZero #ZeroWaste
- 4Z-01: Determine the total waste volume of the Greater Nederland community
- 4Z-02: Determine the total waste diversion rate of the Greater Nederland Community
- 4Z-03: Identify opportunities for recycling materials for any town operations that include demolition or extra materials
- 4Z-04: Contribute to the ongoing operation and utilization of the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHARM)
- 4Z-05: Research the effectiveness of measures to further reduce waste, as seen in other small mountain communities, and aligning with the Boulder County Zero Waste Initiative, to which the Town signed on in 2012.
- 4Z-06: Identify hazardous waste disposal activiteis and potential; implement collection and treatment plan
Z2. Zero-Waste - #NedZero #ZeroWaste #Recycle
- 4Z-07: Require that any town tenants have a waste management plan that includes recycling and compost; include fees in lease agreements to ensure service
- 4Z-08: Hold and expand Town Cleanup and provide resource recyling, composting, etc.
Z3. Zero-Waste - #NedZero #ZeroWaste #Reduce