Recycle Colorado councils bring together people interested in specific focus areas of waste reduction, diversion and recovery across the state or in certain industries or sectors.

Regional Councils

Regional councils serve a specific geographic region in the state and exist to provide access to Recycle Colorado programs and support to areas outside of the greater Denver area. Regional councils host quarterly meetings that focus on bringing information and education to members and/or updating council members on the current council action project if there is one. Participation on regional councils is for current Recycle Colorado members. Each member is allowed to bring a guest one time for the purpose of exploring the work of the council.

Northern Colorado

The Northern Colorado Council serves Fort Collins, Larimer County and surrounding areas. The council has provided recycling education to residents of northern Colorado through social media and developed thank-you cards to help encourage businesses to recycle. More information (PDF) or check out the group's Facebook page.

Chair: Becca Walkinshaw, Republic Services
Vice Chair: Melinda Kadinger, Smokeys
Vice Chair: Maureen McCarthy, FoCo Trash Mob
Recorder: Kim Miller, Recycle Colorado Member
Board Liaison: Charlie Kamenides, City of Longmont
Staff Lead: Kristin Kim, Recycle Colorado Executive Director

Western Slope

The Western Slope Council serves multiple counties including, but not limited to, Delta, La Plata, Mesa, Montrose, San Miguel, Ouray, Pitkin and Gunnison (at this time). This council has explored a public awareness campaign to inform the public about the importance of recycling and composting to preserve a clean, green Western Slope, including a centralized database (app and website) that provides information on which materials can be recycled or composted and where to take them.

Chair: Jeff Purdy, Capco
Vice Chair: Jonathan Greenspan (Greeny), W.E.C.A.N.
Recorder: Jennifer Richardson, Mesa County Solid Waste
Board Liaison:
Staff Lead: Kristin Kim, Recycle Colorado Executive Director

Subject-Matter Councils

Subject-matter councils are formed specifically to focus on advancing infrastructure, end markets and policy for a specific material, industry or subject matter. The council brings together stakeholders that have a vested interest in this specific issue. Councils meet at least quarterly for information updates and/or to work on a current action project.

Composting Council

The Composting Council is Recycle Colorado’s most tenured council. This council works to grow market-driven compost infrastructure and or capacity, create and drive end markets requiring standards for use and drive local and state policies requiring the use of organic recovery and compost. The compost council has developed a strategic plan and is working diligently on multiple projects. This council is also associated with the U.S. Composting Council.

Why you should become a COCC Member

Co-Chair: Shawn Bruckman, Vail Honeywagon
Co-Chair: Dan Matsch, Eco-Cycle
Board Liaison: Jessica Lally, City and County of Denver
Staff Lead: Kristin Kim, Recycle Colorado Executive Director

Construction and Demolition (C&D) Council

The C&D Council promotes the increase of end markets for C&D material in Colorado. The council has prioritized C&D materials by economic value and researched end markets for the five most valuable materials with no end markets in Colorado. Read the 2019 final report (PDF)

Chair: Michael Port, Pitkin County Solid Waste Center
Vice Chair: Dan Pearsall, Artistic Aerial Productions
Recorder: Nina Waysdorf, Walking Mountains Science Center
Board Liaison: Emily Wilson, GreenSheen
Staff Lead: Kristin Kim, Recycle Colorado Executive Director