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Foam Cycle 2021 Annual Report

Disposing of foam waste doesn’t have to happen any longer!
Introducing Foam Cycles 2021 impact report. In this report, you will read about the dedicated people and the inspiring foam recycling programs from all parts of the country.
Foam Cycle locations from across the country recently took part in a Penn State University research project. The lofty goal was to quantify the impact of foam (aka Styrofoam) recycling for local communities that have Foam Cycle systems in operation. Since 2017, more than 19 Foam Cycle systems have been installed, allowing a whopping 4,042,423 people access to foam recycling where none existed before!
The Foam Cycle 2021 Annual Report provides a snapshot of the overall impact that each municipality, county, public-private partnership, and non-profit organization have on recycling efforts. These impacts include providing access, diverting landfill airspace, and reducing trucking.

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Eco-Cycle releases their 2022 State of Recycling and Composting Report

Eco-Cycle released their 6th State of Recycling and Composting in Colorado Report on America Recycles Day 2022 with their partner CoPIRG. The report talks about news and trends in recycling and composting, highlighting municipalities that are doing things well. It also sets the stage for their policy priorities for the coming year.  

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Waste 360: Greenpeace vs Recycling, What Wasn't Said

"Circular Claims Fall Flat Again is Greenpeace’s latest assault on plastic recycling. Not only does Greenpeace say it is failing now, they confidently predict it will always be a failure. Instead, we should phase out all single-use plastics and shoot for “at least 50 percent reusable packaging by 2030.” Greenpeace came to bury plastic recycling, not to praise it." (Chaz Miller, Waste 360)

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The City of Longmont's Waste Hauling Trucks Highlighted in MotorWeek

The City of Longmont was recently highlighted on MotorWeek this week for their wastewater powered waste hauling trucks. Check out their video which features our Recycle Colorado Board President, Charles Kamenides and his team. 

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Recycle Colorado elected as a 2022 National Recycling Outstanding Recycling Organization

We are excited to have been chosen as an Outstanding Recycling Organization by the National Recycling Coalition!

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NextCycle Colorado Now Accepting Applications!

NextCycle Colorado, a circular economy accelerator dedicated to advancing end markets for recyclables and organics in Colorado is now accepting applications for the 2023 cohort. Download the application packet to learn more about program benefits and eligibility.

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Trail Creek restoration grabs national attention

Recycle Colorado members Swire Coca-Cola were able to help contribute to Trail Creek restoration at the Taylor Park wetlands near the headwaters of the Gunnison River. 

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New Study Tests Theories on Compostable Foodservice Packaging and Food Scrap Capture

Foodservice Packaging Institute Releases Study on Compostable Packaging and Food Scrap Capture

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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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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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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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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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Landmark bill introduced to transform Colorado’s recycling system

Producer Responsibility policy will provide recycling to all Colorado residents, reduce unnecessary packaging, and build more resilient domestic supply chains to ease supply chain disruptions for Colorado businesses. 

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DDPHE Recognizes Food Waste Prevention Week

Simple changes can save residents money and reduce negative environmental impacts

Ending food loss and waste requires purposeful action. With approximately 40% of all food in the U.S. wasted, Denver Department of Public Health & Environment (DDPHE) is encouraging Denver residents to #SaveTheFood during Food Waste Prevention Week (April 4-8, 2022). Simple steps can help residents save money, reduce hunger in our communities, and protect our environment.

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