Governor signs bill to boost recycling and spur economic development

Measure helps Colorado attract recycling businesses, investors and entrepreneurs, create local jobs

As we continue to face a global pandemic, the Colorado legislature took a bold measure and passed legislation to boost recycling in the state and create local jobs. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, manufacturers have been demanding more recycled feedstock and they need more of it sourced nationally and locally. Colorado is currently a small contributor to the recycling economy--only recycling and composting 17% of its municipal solid waste (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 2018)--less than half the national average of 35%. This bill seeks to change that.

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Recycle Colorado launches recycling advertising campaign

Have you ever wondered what messaging best motivates people to recycle?

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The resiliency of circular economies

Circular economies are in the spotlight following the shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the tilt in security, travel and transportation, and business operations, the focus is on how we fortify and better use our own resources. As we work to more sustainably manage finite resources and decrease pollution in our shrinking space, there is an opportunity to create economic growth through end-market development. A circular system for materials will create new jobs, enhance infrastructure and technology, as well as meet international sustainability initiatives.

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Recycle Colorado finds success with multi-family recycling pilot

Recycle Colorado completed a six-month free recycling pilot for eight downtown Denver apartment buildings in May 2020. The goals of the pilot were to assess how much material could be captured by adding single-stream recycling and to understand the barriers to implementing and managing recycling services for apartments. Increasing access to recycling for multi-family complexes could contribute significantly to Denver’s goal of 50 percent waste diversion by 2030. The City’s Solid Waste Management Division estimates that approximately one-third of the city’s population live in multi-family complexes that are not eligible for city recycling collection services.

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Bill to incentivize the development of recycling end markets approved by House and Senate

Senate Bill 20-055 heads to the governor’s desk for signature

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Front Range Waste Diversion Grant Program

Deadline: August 10, 2020

The first Request for Applications under the Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) enterprise and grant program is now available: RFA #31245: Advancing Front Range Communities Up The “Zero Waste Ladder”.

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EPA Anaerobic Digestion Funding Opportunity

Deadline: July 14, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applications on Grants.gov for projects from states, tribes, territories and non-profit organizations to help reduce food loss and waste and divert food waste from landfills by expanding anaerobic digester (AD) capacity in the United States.

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Worker Safety and Health Training Grants

Deadline: July 20, 2020

OSHA announced the availability of $11.5 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants for nonprofit organizations, including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities.

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Call for Nominations: 2020 Recycling Awards

Each year Recycle Colorado seeks nominations for our annual Recycling Awards. These prestigious awards recognize governmental entities, individuals, companies, organization and media for their excellence in recycling or promotion of recycling.

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Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) Project

Deadline: June 26, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $900,000 for local governments to host a Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction (CCFWR) pilot project for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The cooperative agreements will support projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans.

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Student artwork answers the question "What can I recycle?"

Student winners of statewide poster contest announced

Art is alive and well in the hands of Colorado students. Today, Recycle Colorado’s 13th annual poster contest winners were announced. Every year, students in kindergarten through 12th grade have fun showcasing their artistic talent in the spirit of their commitment to recycling. More than 20 schools participated in the contest. The posters were grouped into five grade categories, and a first- and second-place winner were awarded in each category.

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College Students: Win a scholarship to the annual Summit for Recycling conference

Interested in pursuing a career in sustainable materials management?

Recycle Colorado is seeking candidates for its Future Leaders Program. This scholarship provides funds for college students to attend the 2020 Summit for Recycling virtual conference.

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Composting Council announces its social media launch on Facebook

The Colorado Composting Council is excited to announce its social media launch on Facebook! The Facebook Page launches April 20, 2020 to mark the start of Earth Week, followed by a celebration of the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) May 3 – 9, 2020.

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Recycle Colorado announces new executive director

Recycle Colorado is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristin Kim Haynes as its new executive director, effective April 13, 2020.

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Recycling Rebates Program

Deadline: Spring 2021

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment requests applications from entities wishing to claim a rebate from the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) program. More information about the rebate program, as well as the application, can be found on the CDPHE website.

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans

Available through June 30

An SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

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Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories are eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance of up to $10,000.

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Recycling is essential now

As we all adjust to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that we recycle right during this time when recyclables are needed more than ever. The recyclable materials collected from homes and businesses go on to create new essential products like tissues and paper towels and packaging boxes for medical and grocery supplies.

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Federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans

Governor Jared Polis announced March 19 that Colorado’s application for federal disaster area designation has been approved. Colorado small businesses impacted by COVID-19 can now seek individual small business loans up to $2M as part of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Small businesses throughout all 64 counties may seek SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans. To learn more or apply, please visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index.

Foam Recycling Coalition Grant Program

Accepting applications in 2021

Public and private entities in the U.S. and/or Canada that engage in any of the following activities are eligible to apply for the FRC grant:

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