Colorado recyclers plan for the future

After several years of global market challenges for recyclable commodities, such as China’s limits on importing recyclables, state legislators, with support from Recycle Colorado, took several tangible steps toward creating local markets to boost our local economies. The Front Range Waste Diversion program was created in 2019 and provides grants and technical assistance to Front Range communities to increase recycling, composting, and waste reduction. This year the legislature passed a bill to identify a structure and governing guidance for a Recycling End Market Development Center to support the development and expansion of end-market businesses in Colorado. Both of these programs enhance the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity program, a cornerstone grant program championed by Recycle Colorado in 2007.

To continue the momentum, at this year’s Annual Meeting, Recycle Colorado members will interactively strategize for the future and identify key elements that will further advance Colorado’s industry leadership. The virtual event October 14 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM includes a strategic planning session, a review of the organization’s operations and accomplishments, and an introduction to candidates for the 2021 Board of Directors.

“From our legislative leadership, the vigor of our businesses, and the actions of our residents, I see the way we communicate, collaborate and innovate bloom,” said Executive Director Kristin Kim. “We are in an industry growth spurt, and our upcoming strategic plan will reflect the voices throughout our entire state as we progress into 2021.”

Recycle Colorado’s annual meeting brings together more than 100 of the state's recycling professionals, waste processors, manufacturers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, consultants, and individuals dedicated to the many aspects of waste diversion and sustainable materials management. The 2020 Annual Meeting is sponsored by Molson Coors Beverage Company, Swire Coca-Cola, Ball Corporation, Momentum Recycling, and Waste-Not Recycling. The event is free for members and non-members. Register for the 2020 Annual Meeting

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