About GoalZero Recycling

The Start of Something Good

GOALZERO Recycling is a program of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado.  Care and Share Food Bank is the sole food bank for Southern Colorado, bringing food and hope to people at risk of hunger in 31 southern Colorado counties.  GOALZERO Recycling was born out of two core beliefs: that we should all be careful stewards of our community and that no one should go hungry.

We saw an opportunity within our work at Care and Share to focus on people, the planet, and profits.  Food banking can be a messy business.  The potential for waste is great.  But why waste when resources are so limited and people are hungry?  So, we rolled up our sleeves and perfected our own zero waste program.  We sold cardboard, plastic shrink wrap, and pallets that were piling up as a result of our work.  Sale of that material generated a revenue stream for the food bank. We diverted waste from landfill and used the revenue raised to buy food for hungry people.  We have perfected our work and today we are diverting 85% of our waste from the landfill.  We can’t afford to waste, and neither can other businesses.

We get recycling, and we want to help others get it too.  We want to make every dollar we earn do the most good possible. Revenue generated by GOALZERO Recycling is invested in the mission of Care and Share, making it possible for people to have the food they need to thrive.  We focus on what we call a triple bottom line, support for people, the planet, and profit.  It’s a powerful, yet simple, way to make a difference. And it just makes good sense.

“GOALZERO Recycling was born out of two core beliefs: that we should all be careful stewards of our community and that no one should go hungry.”

- Stacy Poore, Chief Operating Officer, Care and Share Food Bank

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I recycle with GOALZERO Recycling?  Because you can’t afford to waste and you want your recycling efforts to make the biggest impact possible. It's absolutely free to drop off your materials with us any weekday between 8am and 4pm.
  • I am ready to recycle! Now what?  Simply drop off your aluminum, plastics, plastic film, plastic bags, wooden pallets, office paper, newspaper, and cardboard with us at 2265 Waynoka Road on the east side of Colorado Springs. It's absolutely free - and we'll turn it into meals for the hungry.
  • Why isn't there a fee?  We're meeting you halfway! You drop off your recyclables and we work to sell them to partner businesses and organizations that turn them into new value. The revenue we generate covers our costs - with all profits going to Care and Share Food Bank. 
  • Can I choose the day my recycling is dropped off?  Our facility is open to individuals, businesses, and organizations Monday-Saturday from 8am-4pm. If it's your first visit, please connect with us on-site first.
  • Where does my recycling go?  We have partnered with leaders in the industry that provide the highest standards of recycling to process your excess materials and waste. The cardboard is processed into other Kraft paper products and the plastic is manufactured into durable siding and decking.  
  • Can I come for a tour?  Tours of our facility are welcomed. We have additional images and videos of our operations on our website and Facebook page for your review. If you would like to visit please call 719-434-5728 to schedule an appointment.
  • What types of cardboard do you take?  We take corrugated cardboard. The cardboard must be clean (no food residue) and dry as any wetness or other residue will contaminate the bales.
  • Do I need to break the cardboard down?  We do require that the cardboard be broken down as it will allow for more space in the bins. We want to be as efficient and effective as possible in our collection as this will save on resources.
  • What if my boxes have tape or labels?  Tape and labels are ok.
  • What types of plastic film do you take?  We will take Polyethylene Film (PE Film) such as shrink wrap, grocery and bread bags, product and case wraps, cereal liners, ice bags, bubble wrap, pellet and salt bags, and others. The plastic film must be clean (no food residue) and dry, any wetness or other residue will contaminate the bales. 
  • What types of pallets do you take? We will take your 48” x 40” 4-way pallets. If you have additional sizes or materials, please contact our office, 719-434-5728.