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Colorado's Youth Dig into their Creativity to Create Compost Art!

The 16th Annual Recycle Colorado Poster Contest kicked off in March this year and was very successful! This years theme was "Colorado Loves Clean Compost which asked students to help us illustrate why composting is important to our state and the people who live in it. We received over 160 poster submissions from 24 different school across the state. We love to see the creativity the kids bring each year, whether its from our up and coming digital graphic designers, or classic marker, paint and crayon artists, to the realists who used compostable and non-compostable items to demonstrate what they have learned. 

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Sowing seeds of self-growth: Muhammad Khan finds community in volunteering

DENVER — For Muhammad Khan, Colorado soil is a far more formidable foe than the loamy pastures of his home in Lahore, Pakistan. Still, welcoming the challenge, Khan flicks seeds over his green thumb onto the frozen topsoil of his backyard and hopes for the moisture of late March snows to brace his garden against the approaching summer sun.

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New Bill Passes Colorado Senate on Bipartisan Vote to Chart Path to Capture Food Scraps & Yard Trimmings Before They Go to the Landfill

DENVER—Currently, Colorado is needlessly filling up its landfills with food scraps and yard trimmings, magnifying climate impacts while foregoing economic benefits. When landfilled, this material produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Instead, it could be going to much
more beneficial uses.

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Compost Bill Addresses Climate Change and Building Healthy Soils

NEW BILL WILL CHART PATH TO CAPTURE FOOD SCRAPS AND YARD TRIMMINGS BEFORE THEY GO TO THE LANDFILL—A MUCH-NEEDED STEP IN ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE, BUILDING HEALTHY SOILS THAT CAN BETTER RETAIN WATER AND EXTENDING THE LIFE OF LANDFILLS

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US Composting Council launches industry-focused career center

The USCC Career Center, powered by YM Careers, will help composting professionals and companies connect and facilitate industry growth.

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Aspen City Council approves new Organics Waste Diversion ordinance

New law will divert organics from the trash, and thus the landfill

 

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A1 ORGANICS: New Guidelines for residential and commercial compost collection

Effective April 1, 2023, accepted materials in residential and commercial compost collection will be limited to:

• ONLY food scraps

• ONLY yard / plant trimmings

• ONLY 3 gallon certified (CMA Approved) compostables bags used to collect food scraps

 

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The government will pay you $30 an hour to sort through Telluride’s trash in the name of social science

Picking through what’s left behind by high-season tourists will help towns in San Miguel County figure out how to change what people toss and why.

Read the full article on the Colorado Sun

Lobby Day 2023

Recycle Colorado Lobby Day 2023: A Beautiful Day at the Capitol

Lobby Day 2023 was a great success. With some returning lobbyists, ready to share their knowledge, along with a few newbies, excited to learn, the first in-person Lobby Day in over 2 years, was one to remember.

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Liz Chapman Highlighted in Peak Environment Podcast

The new disposable plastic shopping bag “ban” and Colorado’s miserable recycling rate (15%) are among the topics as we hear from Liz Chapman, Executive Director of Recycle Colorado. Chapman shares information about new waste policies being implemented or voted on in 2023, plus other efforts to improve recycling and reduce waste statewide.

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Middle school STEM teams compete for top honors at the Colorado Future City Competition.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, 22 middle school teams from Colorado and Wyoming will compete in the regional competition for Future City.

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New state bag law will benefit the environment and our health

Great article written by Recycle Colorado member Ryan Call of Eco-Cycle!

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How will Colorado’s new bag fee impact your life? Just look to the cities that already have bag charges.

As the state follows many local communities with a 10-cent plastic fee on Jan. 1, and a ban in 2024, conservationists count up the benefits.

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Wasting No Resource City Hires Community Recycling Coordinator

Alicia Archibald Brings Two Decades of Environmental Management to Position

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Appointments Made for Producer Responsibility Program for Statewide Recycling Advisory Board

CDPHE Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan has made appointments for thirteen voting members on the Producer Responsibility Advisory Board for the new Producer Responsibility Program for Statewide Recycling. The Advisory Board appointments include the following sector representatives:
  
● Caroline Mitchell, City of Fort Collins, Municipality seat (3-year term)
● Jake Niece, Ouray County, County seat (2-year term)
● Gail Garey, City of Steamboat Springs, Non-Front Range local government seat (3-year term)
● Richard Kattar, Swordfish Consulting, Materials recovery facility seat (2-year term)
● Nicole Willett, GFL Environmental, Recyclable materials hauler seat (3-year term)
● Clinton Sander, A1 Organics, Compost facility seat (2-year term)
● Elizabeth Chapman, Recycle Colorado, Non-profit seat (3-year term)
● Scott Saunders, KW Plastics, Packaging supplier seat (3-year term)
● Steve Priddy, WestRock, Manufacturer of recycled paper products seat (2-year term)
● Scott DeFife, Glass Packaging Institute, Trade association seat (3-year term)
● Christopher Howes, Colorado Retail Council, Retailers association seat (2-year term)
● Junior Ortega, Asociación de Jóvenes Unidos en Acción, Environmental justice seat (2-year term)
● Barrett Jensen, Waste Connections, Landfill with recycling seat (2-year term)

Congratulations to Recycle Colorado's Elizabeth Chapman on the nonprofit seat appointment as well as all other Recycle Colorado members who were appointed. We are excited to see what the future of Producer Responsibility has for Colorado!

For more information about Colorado’s new extended producer responsibility (EPR) program, please visit our website. For questions, please contact Darla Arians, Producer Responsibility Lead, (720) 263-1219, [email protected]

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.

Download the Foam Cycle 2021 Annual Report

Board of Directors Election 2022

In November 2022, Recycle Colorado members voted to elect five candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2023-2026). We are delighted to welcome to following new board members onto the Recycle Colorado Board. We are excited to continue to work towards our goals and mission in 2023 with the support of our board! 

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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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