End-Market Development to Support Colorado's Closed-Loop Economy

Deadline: October 11, 2019

Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Grant Program

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Eleven companies take the Colorado Contractor's Challenge pledge

The Colorado Contractor’s Challenge (CCC) is a free program designed by contractors, for contractors, that provides recognition and support to companies who pledge to improve their green building practices. Companies choose commitments from a list of 15 voluntary measures based on job site conditions and company goals. Recycle Colorado provides support, resources and trainings to fill gaps in implementation. Participating contractors receive individually tailored assistance such as:
  • Waste management plan review
  • On-site recycling training
  • Recycling signage support
  • Collaboration with construction and demolition recyclers

Eleven companies based in the Front Range and Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties have taken the pledge since the program launch in April 2019.

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K-12 students are invited to participate in Recycle Colorado's poster contest

All of Colorado’s K-12 students are invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to recycling by participating in Recycle Colorado’s 13th Annual Recycling Poster Contest. One grand-prize winner receives a $100 gift card. The grand-prize winner’s school receives a $200 gift card for room supplies.

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VERGE 19 Emerging Leaders Scholarship

Deadline: September 13, 2019

The Emerging Leaders Scholarship aims to empower the next generation of sustainable business leaders and to ensure that the sustainability field includes voices from diverse backgrounds. Selected recipients receive an all-expense paid pass to the full VERGE 19 conference (October 22-24 in Oakland, CA), along with other special opportunities. Learn more at the link below.

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Glass-collection project captures 30,000 pounds in six months

Colorado has a closed-loop economy for glass bottles, yet it is estimated that less than 30 percent of the glass that enters the waste stream is actually collected for recycling. Recycle Colorado designed the Glass Recycling Pilot Project to study the barriers to recycling in the commercial sector in the City of Denver.

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Recycle Colorado seeks full-time executive director

Recycle Colorado is seeking a passionate and mission-driven leader who possesses emotional intelligence and the ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with members and key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have:
  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent experience.
  • Prior experience in the recycling or solid waste industry. While highly preferred prior experience is not required.
  • Significant leadership experience, ideally of five or more years.
  • Demonstrated fiscal management skills including developing and managing an operating budget.

The ideal candidate will be a proactive leader; regularly investigate and bring new ideas to the organization, especially with regard to operational best practices and staff leadership; be skilled in critical and creative thinking to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to issues. The Executive Director will supervise staff and work closely with externally contracted service providers. The Executive Director will administer an operating budget of $300,000. This is an exempt and full-time position.

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Recycle Colorado begins transition to new leadership

As announced earlier this year, Laurie Johnson is transitioning back to the private sector. Laurie accepted a position with 5280 Recycling Solutions as Chief Operating Offier for their recycling division. The Recycle Colorado Board, in partnership with Laurie and 5280, agreed to participate in a transparent and thoughtful transition process over the course of 2019. After the planning and execution of a successful Summit in Pueblo, Laurie's official last day with Recycle Colorado was June 15, 2019.

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Updates from the Board President - May 2019

Happy Spring! Recycle Colorado is hard at work organizing an innovative and educational Summit for Recycling conference June 9-11! I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our other updates.

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Recycle Colorado recognizes outstanding recyclers

Recycle Colorado is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Recycling Awards. Winners were nominated by their peers in recognition of their contributions to or promotion of recycling and waste reduction. This year’s awards highlight champions for recycling in rural Colorado, lawmakers dedicated to waste diversion, and businesses that exemplify waste reduction best practices.

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Congratulations to the winners of Recycle Colorado's 2019 poster contest

All of Colorado’s K-12 students were invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment. This year's theme was "What can I recycle?"

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2019 Cart Grant RFP

Looking to transition to cart-based recycling or bring recycling carts to every household in your community?

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Certification programs offered through Recycle Colorado's Composting Council and the USCC

Recycle Colorado's Composting Council is an official chapter of the United States Composting Council (USCC). The USCC Certification Commission offers two credentials: Certified Compost Operations Manager™ and Certified Composting Professional™.

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Submit a nomination for the 2019 Recycling Awards

Each year Recycle Colorado seeks nominations for our annual Recycling Awards. These prestigious awards recognize governmental entities, individuals, companies, media and organizations for their excellence in recycling or promotion of recycling. The 2019 awards will be presented at the 30th annual Summit for Recycling conference in Pueblo, Colorado, June 9-11. Please inform your nominee to plan on being in Pueblo on Monday, June 10th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm for the awards ceremony. Award recipients will be notified by May 3, 2019.

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Call for Presentations: 2019 Summit for Recycling

Deadline for Proposals: Friday, April 12, 2019

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Colorado’s next big end-market ideas highlighted at the Summit for Recycling

In 2018 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched Colorado NextCycle, an innovative program to jumpstart end-market development in the state. Attend the Summit for Recycling, June 9-11, in Pueblo to hear directly from the selected NextCycle teams as they share their business ideas with recycling professionals and investors.

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Updates from the Board President

2019 is off to an exciting start for Recycle Colorado. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our new updates.

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Recycle Colorado is hiring an operations director

Operations Director

The Operations Director for Recycle Colorado is a new position in the organization for 2019. This is an exempt full-time position based out of our Denver office location. The Operations Director, under the direction of the Executive Director, is a key person in Recycle Colorado’s goal of delivering high-value programs and resources to our partners, members and communities statewide.

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Recycle Colorado launches the Colorado Contractor's Challenge

Recycle Colorado, in partnership with GE Johnson, kicks off the 2019 Colorado Contractor’s Challenge! The Challenge is a voluntary program designed to encourage contractors based in Colorado to initiate or improve their sustainability efforts.  It’s an easy way to receive community recognition and promotion of your company’s green business practices.

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Project expands glass recycling in Denver

Colorado’s closed-loop system needs more recycled glass

A six-month glass-collection pilot project coordinated by Recycle Colorado will increase the collection of glass bottles in downtown Denver. The project provides 96-gallon recycling carts to participating businesses and arranges for glass collection services through May 2019. Businesses can participate for free.

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Executive Director Monthly Update for December 2018

The Executive Director Monthly Update keeps our members and partners up to date on all the action groups, projects, councils, round tables and events that are ongoing throughout the year. We appreciate your support and welcome you to jump in and participate!

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