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2021 Colorado Recycling Data

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to release the 2021 Recycling Totals for the State of Colorado. In 2021, the municipal solid waste diversion rate rose slightly from 15.3% to 16%, while the total diversion rate fell from 35.8% to 31.2%.  Details on the specific category changes, as well as diversion trends, and compost data, can be found at the link below.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please reach out to Jace Driver at [email protected].

The Durango Herald: We are so bad at composting, whole truckloads are rejected and sent to the dump

Learn more about the contamination issue Colorado is facing with organics recycling. Recycle Colorado members are cited throughout the article discussing the issue.

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Coming soon: Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise Zero Waste Request for Application #ZW111822

The next request for applications focusing on advancing Front Range communities up the “zero waste ladder” is estimated to be published in full on October 4, 2022. The background and overview of the grant offering, as well as the estimated schedule of activities document, are now available on the FRWD webpage.

Schedule of activities

Background and overview

During the period when an RFA is open, questions pertaining to the RFA must be directed in writing to [email protected] and will be answered in writing and posted on the FRWD webpage. Prior to the publication of the full RFA on October 4, questions may be directed to Recycling Grants Team staff members at [email protected].

Golden has an opening for a Zero Waste Coordinator

Golden has an opening for a Zero Waste Coordinator, a new position that will focus on and help drive our waste diversion efforts. Under direction of the Sustainability Manager, this position assists with the implementation of the waste diversion targets set forth in the City’s Sustainability Goals. The Coordinator will work with City departments and external entities in the course of promoting and advancing sustainability programs for both the organization and the community. Work with established recycling and composting programs including the City’s Pay-As-You-Throw residential collection program with many opportunities to help the City grow into new diversion possibilities. This position requires a high level of customer service and communication with a variety of waste collection contractors. This posting closes on 9/25/22 but early applications are encouraged. 

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The City of Steamboat Springs is seeking a Community Recycling Coordinator

Steamboat Springs is a beautiful, authentic mountain town that offers Western hospitality and amazing year-round fun. We are a top resort destination for people all over the world but living here is even better. 
The City of Steamboat Springs is pleased to announce a job opening in our Deputy City Managers Division as a Community Recycling Coordinator. Put your talents and skills to work to contribute to our vibrant community by performing professional planning, education and outreach to implement mandatory commercial recycling. 
We offer excellent benefits and competitive pay, but being a part of our amazing team of people is even better. 

Uniqueness Fuels Our Innovative Spirit  
Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experiences drives us forward every day. It's the collective sum of our experiences that makes Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley a powerful, insightful and welcoming community.   

This position performs professional planning, education and outreach, technical and oversight work necessary to implement mandatory commercial recycling, as well as to expand and enhance community waste reduction, recycling, and composting programs. Works as part of the Deputy City Manager Department team on other duties as assigned.

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Perks Deconstruction is looking for a Crew Foreman

Perks Deconstruction is looking for an experienced, motivated, and organized Crew Foreman to lead our team of general laborers and collaborate with our project manager to complete the scope of work for deconstruction projects from small kitchen and bath remodels to large, multi-week, full house deconstruction projects. Perks Deconstruction is committed to improving sustainability of the construction world by reducing the amount of waste lost everyday in landfills. We take a surgical approach to demolition in order to salvage and recycle building materials, diverting waste to strategic partners to find life once again. Candidates should share this alignment and be problem solvers and critical thinkers, highly communicative, and able to anticipate and mitigate safety issues. Required: 3 years experience in construction with an understanding of structural and non-structural demolition, skid steer and forklift operation experience, framing experience, OSHA 10-Hour Safety Training. Employment begins immediately. Position is full time and in person at job sites. Compensation: $25 - $30/hour to start, Medical/Dental/Vision benefits,  8 Company paid holidays, and 10 days paid vacation in the first year of employment. Up to $5000 performance bonus potential. Please send resume and three professional references to apply.

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WASTE 360: What's Next for Extended Producer Responsibility - An Update from Colorado: Part 1

Stefanie Valentic, speaker at the 2022 Summit & Symposium conference, listened in on some of the discussions around Producer Responsibility at this years conference and shares her thoughts in this insightful article.

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Waste 360: How Compost Operators Navigate the Organics Business

Stefanie Valentic, speaker at the 2022 Summit & Symposium conference, catches up with Recycle Colorado and COCC members, Jamie Blanchard-Poling with Compost Queen, Winn Cowman of Cowgirl Compost, and Julie Mach with Elements Mountain Compost, to discuss how they each launched their organics recycling businesses in Colorado.

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Recycling Consultant Opening at RRS

Job Title – Consultant/Project Manager
Location – Remote in Front Range of Colorado
Posting Date – August 22, 2022
Closing Date – Open Until Filled

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Denver International Airport is Hiring for their Sustainability Operations Administrator Position

Denver International Airport (DEN) is the third-busiest airport in the United States and one of the top ten busiest airports in the world, connecting our community globally through flight and business. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $33 billion for the region annually and employing nearly 30,000 people. At DEN, we are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We celebrate individuality and uplift all races, ethnicities, gender identities, national origins, ages, abilities, religion, and LGBTQIA+ communities. We know that our diversity makes us stronger, and we strive to keep diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of all that we do.

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City of Aspen is Hiring an Environmental Health Specialist I - Waste Diversion

This role will support and advance waste reduction and diversion efforts within the City of Aspen consistent with the organization’s values and mission statement. This position will monitor the Rio Grande Recycle Center to ensure only the appropriate materials are in the containers; will assist residents, businesses, and HOA’s in utilizing curbside recycling services; will help in educational efforts to help the community comply with local regulations; work in collaboration with Waste Diversion and Recycling Program Administrator to advance Aspen’s waste diversion and Greenhouse Gas reduction goals. This is high public contact work requiring a high level of customer service consistent with the organization’s values and mission statement.

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CoCo (Compost Colorado) is recruiting a full-time Store Manager

CoCo (Compost Colorado) is recruiting a full-time Store Manager who will develop, expand, and manage CoCo's store (online and in-person) and manage customer service

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Eco-Cycle is Hiring a CHaRM Recycler!

Eco-Cycle, Boulder's non-profit recycler, is looking for a friendly, energetic and positive person to join our team at the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials. CHaRM is a cutting-edge facility which recovers value from a wide range of unique and challenging consumer goods. This is a full-time position with generous benefits. The job is a combination of equipment operation (such as a basic baler), forklift work (experience preferred but not required), and customer service (answering questions, helping people unload their cars).

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The City of Colorado Springs received a FRWD Grant!

The City of Colorado Springs received a FRWD grant for laying the ground work to move in the direction of managing waste in the city.

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How Eco-Cycle is working to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics at the local, state, and national levels

"Over the past few years, Eco-Cycle has increasingly received more and more questions asking if the plastics collected in Boulder County are actually recycled, largely in response to national news stories on the challenges of plastics recycling. We appreciate these questions because plastics recycling is complicated and has legitimate challenges. We want to be fully transparent with you, our recyclers, and fellow community members, about what happens to your plastics, when plastics recycling can work, and why plastics recycling isn’t enough to solve our plastics problem."

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NextCycle Colorado to showcase nine business ideas to improve recycling in Colorado at the 2022 pitch competition

From CDPHE Communications Department:

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The Journey of Recycling Starts with Colorado's Young Artists

The 15th Annual Recycle Colorado Poster Contest kicked off in April this year and was a huge success! This years theme was "The Journey of Recycling" which asked students to help us "paint the picture" of how our recyclables can become new products. We received over 100 poster submissions from students all across the state. It was amazing to see such a diverse range of mediums used in each piece of artwork. Some students went above and beyond and used recyclable materials to make their artwork, which aligned perfectly with this year's theme.

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Letter of Intent process now open for FRWD RFA #6

Stage 1 for the Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) Program's sixth Request for Applications (RFA) is now open. The Letter of Intent is due June 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. MDT.

This RFA introduces a change in procedure from previous offerings. FRWD RFA #BF083122 will utilize a new two-stage application process.

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Recycle Colorado Hires an Executive Director

Longmont, CO, May 2, 2022 - Recycle Colorado is excited to announce the selection of a new Executive Director, Dr. Elizabeth O’Connell Chapman.  

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Recycling and Composting Accountability Act Passes Senate Committee

The Recycling and Composting Accountability Act, S3743, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Sen. Carper of Delaware and Sen. Boozman of Arkansas, calling for data collection, infrastructure quantification, study of compost best practices, compost use markets and compostable packaging feedstocks, passed the Senate Environment, Public Works and Transportation Committee just this morning.

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