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Eco-Cycle Consulting Senior Manager Position Opening

This staffer will work with staff across multiple Eco-Cycle departments to manage and lead consulting projects with Colorado municipalities to help them adopt Zero Waste policies, programs, community education and engagement, services, operations, and infrastructure. Projects may include feasibility studies, gap, and opportunities analyses; municipal Zero Waste plans; waste characterization and waste reduction studies; stakeholder engagement; and policy analysis.

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Eco-Cycle Compost & Carbon Farming Director Position Opening

This staffer will be a member of Eco-Cycle’s leadership team of Department Directors and will lead Eco-Cycle’s compost strategies and work. Specific responsibilities include:

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Steamboat Springs Study To Understand Construction Waste Materials

The City of Steamboat Springs, in partnership with Routt County Regional Building Department, has contracted with Vert Sites, LLC, to perform a study of waste materials generated locally from new construction, renovation, and demolition/deconstruction (C&D). A major component of this study is stakeholder engagement with construction waste haulers/processors, and local building professionals and contractors.

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Zero Waste Valet Associate position with DEN ZWV Project

The Zero Waste Valet Associate is responsible for transporting recyclables, compostables and trash for concessions on the B concourse, and educating their staff about best practices in waste diversion. The ZWV Associate will also be responsible for communicating with the Program Manager, Program Director and DEN Airport Sustainability team about how concessions are performing, rates of contamination, and ideas for improvement and/or increased efficiencies for the program. ZWV Associates will weigh each waste stream from each concession and record that weight, along with any instances of contamination, using a specially designed software. This data will be used by Scraps and DEN to report on the impact of the pilot program and to generate progress reports for the concessions themselves. After weights are recorded, ZWV Associates will bring the waste to the proper disposal area (chute, compactor, toter, etc) throughout the concourse.

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Zero Waste Valet Manager Position with DEN ZWV Project

The Zero Waste Valet Manager is responsible for transporting recyclables, compostables, and trash for concessions on the B concourse, and educating their staff about best practices in waste diversion. The ZWV Manager will also be responsible for communicating with the Program Director, other Program Managers,  ZWV Associates, and DEN Airport Sustainability team about how concessions are performing, rates of contamination, and ideas for improvement and/or increased efficiencies for the program. ZWV Managers will weigh each waste stream from each concession and record that weight, along with any instances of contamination, using specially designed software. This data will be used by Scraps and DEN to report on the impact of the pilot program and to generate progress reports for the concessions themselves. After recording weights, ZWV Managers will bring the waste to the proper disposal area (chute, compactor, toter, etc) throughout the concourse. As the program evolves, we expect that ZWV Managers will reduce the amount of waste transportation and weighing they perform daily and step into a more managerial role for newly hired ZWV Associates. 

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Project Manager with Circular Action Alliance (CO Producer Responsibility Org.)

Circular Action Alliance (CAA), a 501(c)3, became the first U.S. Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) for paper and packaging in 2022, and in less than a year was selected by California, Colorado, and Oregon to represent producers and meet the requirements of their laws. The organization is poised to deliver best-in-class compliance services, scale innovation, and build systems that help both companies and consumers waste less and recycle more in these states, and in other states that have passed or will pass EPR laws in the future. 

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SB23-253 Standards for Products Represented as Compostable

On May 17th, 2023 the Standards for Products Represented as Compostable, Senate Bill 23-253 was signed into law.

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How a nationwide slowdown in housing sales put a kink in Colorado’s mattress recycling

Used mattress foam piling up at Spring Back Colorado’s recycling plant in Commerce City is due to a lack of a market, a problem that recyclers of other materials are wrestling with, too.

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Circular Action Alliance Announces New Executive Director

Circular Action Alliance has announced Juri Freeman as the organization's new executive director for Colorado operations, effective June 18, 2024. 

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Highlights from the 2024 NextCycle Colorado Pitch Competition

The 2024 NextCycle Colorado Pitch Competition was an energizing showcase of creativity and dedication, highlighting the innovative spirit within our community. We're deeply grateful to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) for the opportunity to collaborate with such exceptional individuals and organizations committed to driving positive change.

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Now Accepting Applications for the C3 Enterprise Board of Directors!

CDPHE seeks applications for the Colorado Circular Communities Enterprise Board of Directors. Individuals with an interest in designing and delivering circular economy services and statewide solutions are encouraged to review this Colorado Circular Communities (C3) Enterprise Overview. Specifically, the department seeks applications from individuals across the state who have expertise in:

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HB24-1449 Environmental Sustainability and Circularity (C3E) PASSED

From CDPHE:
We are pleased to announce that House Bill 24-1449 Environmental Sustainability and Circularity has officially passed!  The bill enhances the state’s work to advance sustainability across Colorado. The Colorado Circular Communities (C3) Enterprise will build out Colorado’s circular infrastructure, support cross-jurisdictional public-private partnerships, and provide grants, funding, and technical assistance to local governments, businesses, schools, and higher education institutions. The bill also makes permanent the sustainability coaching, technical assistance, and recognition services that the department’s Colorado Green Business Program provides.  

We would like to thank those of you that testified in support of the bill including:
  • Liz Chapman with Recycle Colorado
  • Laurie Johnson with Circular Colorado
  • Zan Jones with Eco-Cycle
  • Brandy Moe with Republic Services
  • Barrett Jensen with Waste Connections
We also would like to thank all our stakeholders for engaging with us in the process - it was an honor to carry this bill on your behalf.

What comes next? The bill is awaiting signature. The department anticipates the bill will go into effect on July 1, 2024. Over the next few weeks, the CDPHE team will be working on transitioning existing grants and contracts to the C3 Enterprise, working with current vendors to assess changes needed to support statewide service, and recruiting for the 13-member C3 board of directors to be appointed by the CDPHE Executive Director. Board members will represent for-profit, nonprofit, local government, and other organizations. We have attached an informational flyer with more information about the board. 
If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply for the board, please contact Deborah Nelson at [email protected] 
Thank you again for all your support! We look forward to continuing the collaboration as we roll out the statewide C3 Enterprise!

Producer Responsibility Advisory Board Meeting #25 / 25.a reunión del Consejo Consultivo del Programa de Responsabilidad del Productor

Colorado’s Producer Responsibility Advisory Board will hold its 25th meeting virtually on May 8, 2024 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Stakeholders and members of the public are welcome to observe the meeting, which will include Spanish interpretation, and provide public comment. Register for the meeting here.

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CDPHE Seeking Applicant for Producer Responsibility Advisory Board

The Producer Responsibility Program for Statewide Recycling is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Producer Responsibility Advisory Board. This individual will represent the manufacturer of recycled paper products seat and continue in a two-year term that ends in December of 2024. We are accepting applications until May 24 or until the seats filled.

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Maintenance Shop Technician Position with Republic Services

Republic Services is a leader in Environmental Services, partnering with customers to create a more sustainable world.

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Recycling Maintenance Supervisor with Republic Services

Republic Services is a leader in Environmental Services, partnering with customers to create a more sustainable world.

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TWO Grant Specialists positions on CDPHE's Waste Diversion team

The Waste Diversion Unit in Colorado helps fund projects that reduce waste and boost the state's economy by overseeing contract monitoring and administration of all waste diversion grants. They support practices that protect the environment, create jobs, and improve public health. The areas of focus for the unit include funding projects, technical assistance, collaboration, and partnerships. The unit makes sure the waste diversion grant programs are running well and are in line with other department initiatives.

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Congratulations to FRWD’s Recent Grant Awardees

Thanks to the submissions from many dedicated project teams and organizations, the Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) program has received and reviewed a remarkable array of projects submitted in response to RFA #SF011224 and RFA #MC030824. These projects exemplify the very essence of FRWD’s mission to reduce the amount of waste going into Front Range landfills and to support the region in achieving 39% waste diversion by 2026 and 51% by 2036.

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Recycle Colorado's 17th Annual Poster Contest: Trash to Treasure!

Recycle Colorado's 17th Annual Poster Contest: Trash to Treasure!

Students are encouraged every year to incorporate the theme of our poster contest into their artwork. This years theme was “Trash to Treasure”. Students were encouraged to either create a poster demonstrating the possibilities of upcycling or develop a creative innovation out of upcycled materials and take a picture of it for submission.

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Closed Landfill Remediation Grant Program - Proposed Rulemaking

During the 2023 legislative session, the Colorado General Assembly passed HB 23-1194, creating the Closed Landfill Remediation Grant Program. The program will provide grants to eligible local governments to help with the costs of environmental remediation efforts for, and management of, closed landfills owned by local governments. 

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