The US EPA’s New Food Waste Scale is a Long-Awaited Recognition of the Importance of Composting Inedible Food Scrap

The US EPA’s new Food Waste Scale is a long-awaited recognition of the importance of composting inedible food scrap and will bring much needed clarity to this issue. The USCC has been urging EPA to make this change for the past decade. The new (Food Waste Scale) revisits the food waste hierarchy and changes the framework to prioritize actions that prevent and divert wasted food from disposal. Tiers of the scale highlight different pathways for preventing or managing wasted food in order from most preferred to least preferred. The USCC believes composting is the superior and most economical option for inedible food scraps.

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Apply Now for the 2023-2024 NextCycle Business Accelerator!

JOIN THE 2023-2024 NEXTCYCLE COLORADO COHORT!

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Apply Now for the 2023-2024 NextCycle Business Accelerator!

JOIN THE 2023-2024 NEXTCYCLE COLORADO COHORT!

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New Producer Responsibility Resources on CAA’s Website

CAA has enhanced its website to feature need-to-know information for those who are looking for key EPR implementation milestones and tracking where each state is in the regulatory process.

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CDPHE legislative proposal: Update the Pollution Prevention Act of 1992 to Improve CDPHE Sustainability Services

CDPHE’s Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability is seeking stakeholder feedback on a legislative proposal that aims to streamline waste diversion grant funding. The proposal would merge the Front Range Waste Diversion enterprise and the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity grant program into the existing enterprise and expand it to have a statewide focus. This change would allow all grant recipients to benefit from the flexible and long-term funding provided by an enterprise and would enable the regional partnerships afforded by a statewide program like RREO.

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Coming Soon: FRWD Grant Request for Applications (RFA)

The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) board of directors is excited to announce an upcoming opportunity to apply for grant funds through a Request for Applications (RFA) process. We’re looking for shovel-ready projects that promote waste diversion in the Front Range of Colorado. Together we can achieve 39% waste diversion in the Front Range by 2026, and 51% by 2036!

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THREE Position Openings with High Country Conservation

The High Country Conservation Center (HC3) is a community non-profit organization that promotes resource conservation in Summit County, Colorado. Our vision is to create a healthy planet through local action. Programs include recycling and composting, climate action, energy and water conservation, and sustainable food production. HC3 engages residents, visitors and businesses in protecting our local environment.

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Air Pollution Reduction in Colorado – Funding + Technical Support Opportunities

Air quality and climate action are a top priority in Colorado. The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is implementing the Clean Air Program (CAP) to provide funding for project implementation and technical support to the industrial sector, including material recovery facilities, landfill operators, municipalities, and more, with the aim of reducing air pollution and decrease energy consumption. Here is a summary of the key offerings supplied by the program:

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Coming Soon: Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Recycling Grant Opportunity

The purpose of the upcoming Request for Applications (RFA) is to fund projects, sustainable beyond the grant period, which 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 (reduce), followed by reuse, and recycle. This is the 16th funding cycle for this RFA.

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Diversion Designers seeking a Bilingual Sustainability Professional For Denver Reusable Pilot Program

Position: Spanish Speaking Restaurant Advisor
Project Name: City of Denver Transition to Reusable Service Ware
Project Dates: 10/10-4/30
Hourly Rate: $40/hour
Hour Allotment: 120-230 hours in total



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Air Quality & Climate Sustainability Administrator Position with the Denver International Airport

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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Circular Action Alliance hosts webinar to discuss Colorado’s EPR program

Circular Action Alliance (CAA), HDR Engineering and Eunomia hosted a webinar yesterday to discuss Colorado’s extended producer responsibility (EPR) program for paper and packaging recycling. Haulers across Colorado were invited to the approximately 40-minute session to learn about the next steps in the implementation process and discuss the upcoming needs assessment period. 

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Let's Talk Boulder Podcast: No Waste in the First Place

Check out the Let's Talk Boulder Podcast hosted by the City of Boulder's Leah Kelleher. Take a listen to episode 5 as you are taken on a journey to prevent waste, give new life to old objects, and build an economic system that regenerates our planet instead of exploiting it. 
 
Special guests in this episode: 
  • Jamie Harkins, Sustainability Senior Manager for Circular Economies
  • Emily Freeman, Sustainability Policy Advisor
  • Michele Crane, Facilities Architectural Senior Manager

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SALIDA, CO - The dream of a new recycling center and waste transfer station in Chaffee County is a major step closer to reality following today's announcement of a $4 million grant award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Now accepting nominations for 2024 Recycle Colorado Board of Directors!

For the 2024 year, we are looking to fill 5 new board of director openings. We encourage members with varying backgrounds and perspectives to nominate themselves or someone they know for a position. Most board roles are filled by a member for three years, but if you are interested in a one year term, please let us know. 

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Proposed changes to the solid waste regulations regarding composting

The Solid Waste and Materials Management Program of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is proposing changes to "Section 14 - Composting" of the Regulations Pertaining to Solid Waste Sites and Facilities, 6 CCR 1007-2 Part 1.

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Organics Waste Diversion Study RFP

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking proposals for a study on the organics waste diversion in Colorado.  The purpose of the this study is to evaluate policies and strategies to increase organics waste diversion, create actionable parameters for organic waste diversion infrastructure development, and outline options for future policies to increase organic waste diversion. For more information regarding this RFP, please see the information below.

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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 September 11 or until the seat is filled.

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Estes recycles to the max in record-breaking event

Estes Valley residents showed up in force on Saturday, August 12 to support Estes Recycles Day, with a record-breaking turnout of 504 cars and trucks unloaded at the Events Center parking lot.

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John Giordanengo turned a business school revelation into research on two global systems

Recycle Colorado keynote speaker from the 2023 Summit for Recycling featured discussing his book in the Colorado Sun. Learn more on how John was inspired to write "Ecosystems As Models for Restoring Our Economies".

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