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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Foam Cycle Granted U.S. Patent

Foam Cycle Granted U.S. Patent for a Method and System of Recycling Polystyrene Waste

Foam Cycle, the first foam packaging recycling system designed to be placed at outdoor municipal recycling drop-off centers, was recently issued a Utility Patent. The patent outlines a “method and system of recycling polystyrene waste”. Foam packaging, also known as Styrofoam, is one of the most plentiful, yet least recycled plastics in existence today. With Foam Cycle's system, foam packaging can now be recycled! The first Foam Cycle system in Colorado was placed at SustainAbility in Arvada CO last year. Read More!

RFA #ZW030422: Advancing Front Range Communities up the "Zero Waste Ladder"

Deadline: March 4, 2022

Reaching Colorado’s ambitious waste diversion goal will take the active participation of every Front Range community, resident, and business. A key aspect of this vision, as laid out in the 2016 Colorado Integrated Solid Waste & Materials Management Plan, is for every Front Range community to ultimately provide access to universal curbside recycling and compost collections for all residents, using best practices of bundling with trash services and incentivizing through volume-based pricing, also known as Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT). Realizing this vision requires each community to take multiple steps to advance up the “Zero Waste Ladder”.

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Colorado Waste Diversion Grant: Building Opportunities to Maximize Waste Diversion and Create Jobs in Colorado

Deadline: March 1, 2022

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund projects, sustainable beyond the grant period that will enhance the financial viability of recycling, composting, reuse, repurposing, and waste reduction in Colorado and will create new jobs in the state. Preventing waste before it is created is the most effective reduction method, followed by reuse, and recycling. 

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Welcome Your New 2022 Board Members

The results from the 2021 board election are in! We are happy to welcome 6 wonderful candidates onto our board for the 2022 year. Our current board members will be joined by Alicia Archibald, Tim Broderick (who will be serving one year in place of a departing member), Melissa Kirr, Neil Noble, Jennifer Richardson, and Jonathan Wachtel.

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EPA Environmental Education Local Grant

Deadline: December 6, 2021

The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program in Region 8 is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

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Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) Grant: Advancing Organic Waste Diversion and Composting on the Front Range

Deadline: December 20, 2021

The open Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) request for applications (RFA) focuses on Organic Waste and Composting, which is essential to reaching Colorado’s waste diversion goals and is a major priority of the FRWD board of directors. Applications are invited that plan to establish or expand programs, policies, and infrastructure to reduce organic waste or to increase organic waste collections, processing, and beneficial end markets and applications.

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Board of Directors Election 2021

In November, eligible Recycle Colorado members will elect five (5) candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2022-2024, ending December 2024). Recycle Colorado members will receive an email in October with more information about the election. The Nominating Committee is confident that the presented candidates have the time, ability and inclination to serve on the Board of Directors. Questions about the slate of candidates or the selection process can be directed to Tim Dailey, Board President.

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Annual Meeting

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Moving Mountains of Materials - 2021 Colorado Recycling Awards

The strength of the recycling industry grows from the grassroots up, from volunteers and entrepreneurs to the communities and industries that build out our infrastructure. Recycle Colorado is proud to celebrate this year’s 2021 Recycling Award recipients, who are recognized for their ability to adapt during a challenging year and also for keeping on as they always have, with diligence, creativity and perseverance.

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Member Opportunity: Hold a leadership role in the Policy Committee

Do you want to take a leadership role?

Policy Committee Call for Nominations: Respond by July 2

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USDA Conservation Innovation Grants

Deadline: July 19, 2021

The USDA National Resources Conservation Service announced the availability of up to $15 million for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) classic program.

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants

Deadline: August 3, 2021

EPA’s 2021-2022 SBIR Phase I solicitation is now open. EPA is calling for small businesses to apply for Phase I awards for up to $100,000 to demonstrate the feasibility of developing and commercializing an innovative technology under an SBIR solicitation topic. Topics include:

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Scholarships benefit students from Colorado mountains to plains

Students, from all elevations of Colorado, competed for just three conference scholarships awarded by Recycle Colorado this year. The recipients are from the University of Northern Colorado, University of Colorado Denver, and Western Colorado University. At the virtual Summit for Recycling conference, students will learn about career opportunities in the recycling, materials management and sustainability fields, while connecting with private businesses, local government, nonprofits, and university representatives.

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RREO Mini-Grant Request for Applications

Deadline: June 30, 2021

The purpose of this RFA is to fund projects that lead to new opportunities to divert waste from landfills. The intent of this solicitation is to offer “mini-grants '' through a simplified application process for small-scale projects that meet the goals of the RREO program.

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Flipping the script

Let's flip the script from telling the same old story about our waste woes to instead shining a brighter light on our recycling accomplishments. The history of how the recycling industry got here is always important to understand, but the solutions and immense progress often get ignored. “The scientific and engineering advancements that the recycling and composting industries have achieved are phenomenal, with more on the horizon,” said Kristin Kim, executive director of Recycle Colorado. “Our collaborative problem solving is something that we can all take pride in on a community and government level.”

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Front Range Waste Diversion Grant Program "Zero Waste Ladder" RFA

Deadline: July 13, 2021

The current RFA focuses on advancing community waste diversion in Front Range communities. Eligible applications will range from communities or local institutions taking the first steps of waste audits and initial planning or comprehensive proposals for full program design and policy adoption, to cities with more mature programs applying to increase participation and reduce contamination.

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Colorful answers to “What happens to the things I recycle?”

Students’ commitment to recycling is alive and well, as shown by their creative and informative artwork. Today, Recycle Colorado announced the winners of its 14th annual poster contest. Every year, students in kindergarten through 12th grade take up their pencils, markers and computers to showcase their artistic talent and recycling know-how.

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