U.S. EPA Small Business Innovation Research Program Grants

Deadline: July 31, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for small businesses to apply for awards up to $100,000 to demonstrate proof of concept in the following topic areas: clean and safe water, air quality, land, homeland security, sustainable materials management and safer chemicals.

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Recycle Colorado begins transition to new leadership

As announced earlier this year, Laurie Johnson is transitioning back to the private sector. Laurie accepted a position with 5280 Recycling Solutions as Chief Operating Offier for their recycling division. The Recycle Colorado Board, in partnership with Laurie and 5280, agreed to participate in a transparent and thoughtful transition process over the course of 2019. After the planning and execution of a successful Summit in Pueblo, Laurie's official last day with Recycle Colorado was June 15, 2019.

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Updates from the Board President - May 2019

Happy Spring! Recycle Colorado is hard at work organizing an innovative and educational Summit for Recycling conference June 9-11! I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our other updates.

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Recycle Colorado recognizes outstanding recyclers

Recycle Colorado is proud to announce the recipients of the 2019 Recycling Awards. Winners were nominated by their peers in recognition of their contributions to or promotion of recycling and waste reduction. This year’s awards highlight champions for recycling in rural Colorado, lawmakers dedicated to waste diversion, and businesses that exemplify waste reduction best practices.

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Congratulations to the winners of Recycle Colorado's 2019 poster contest

All of Colorado’s K-12 students were invited to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment. This year's theme was "What can I recycle?"

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2019 Cart Grant RFP

Looking to transition to cart-based recycling or bring recycling carts to every household in your community?

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Certification programs offered through Recycle Colorado's Composting Council and the USCC

Recycle Colorado's Composting Council is an official chapter of the United States Composting Council (USCC). The USCC Certification Commission offers two credentials: Certified Compost Operations Manager™ and Certified Composting Professional™.

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Rural Technical Assistance Program

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Colorado's rural communities are invited to apply for Rural Technical Assistance Program (RTAP) awards, which offer a range of technical initiatives to support economic growth.

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Submit a nomination for the 2019 Recycling Awards

Each year Recycle Colorado seeks nominations for our annual Recycling Awards. These prestigious awards recognize governmental entities, individuals, companies, media and organizations for their excellence in recycling or promotion of recycling. The 2019 awards will be presented at the 30th annual Summit for Recycling conference in Pueblo, Colorado, June 9-11. Please inform your nominee to plan on being in Pueblo on Monday, June 10th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm for the awards ceremony. Award recipients will be notified by May 3, 2019.

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Call for Presentations: 2019 Summit for Recycling

Deadline for Proposals: Friday, April 12, 2019

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Colorado’s next big end-market ideas highlighted at the Summit for Recycling

In 2018 the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment launched Colorado NextCycle, an innovative program to jumpstart end-market development in the state. Attend the Summit for Recycling, June 9-11, in Pueblo to hear directly from the selected NextCycle teams as they share their business ideas with recycling professionals and investors.

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Lithuim-Ion Battery Recycling Prize

Deadline: June 1, 2019

The U.S. Energy Department's Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize is designed to encourage American entrepreneurs to find innovative solutions to collecting, storing, and transporting discarded lithium-ion batteries for eventual recycling. It will award cash prizes totaling $5.5 million to contestants in three progressive phases designed to accelerate the development of solutions from concept to prototype. For additional information about the prize, visit

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Updates from the Board President

2019 is off to an exciting start for Recycle Colorado. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our new updates.

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Recycle Colorado is hiring an operations director

Operations Director

The Operations Director for Recycle Colorado is a new position in the organization for 2019. This is an exempt full-time position based out of our Denver office location. The Operations Director, under the direction of the Executive Director, is a key person in Recycle Colorado’s goal of delivering high-value programs and resources to our partners, members and communities statewide.

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Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge

Deadline: June 11, 2019

A one-year competition from National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures to help tackle the world's single-use plastic problem. Teams compete for aggregate prize purses of up to $500,000, and qualified participating teams may have the opportunity to receive a minimum of $1 million in aggregate investment from Sky Ocean Ventures.

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Recycle Colorado launches the Colorado Contractor's Challenge

Recycle Colorado, in partnership with GE Johnson, kicks off the 2019 Colorado Contractor’s Challenge! The Challenge is a voluntary program designed to encourage contractors based in Colorado to initiate or improve their sustainability efforts.  It’s an easy way to receive community recognition and promotion of your company’s green business practices.

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Project expands glass recycling in Denver

Colorado’s closed-loop system needs more recycled glass

A six-month glass-collection pilot project coordinated by Recycle Colorado will increase the collection of glass bottles in downtown Denver. The project provides 96-gallon recycling carts to participating businesses and arranges for glass collection services through May 2019. Businesses can participate for free.

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Executive Director Monthly Update for December 2018

The Executive Director Monthly Update keeps our members and partners up to date on all the action groups, projects, councils, round tables and events that are ongoing throughout the year. We appreciate your support and welcome you to jump in and participate!

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Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grants

Applications accepted three times a year

Funding for alternative fueling infrastructure and alternative fuel vehicles, cover 80% of the conversion costs to switch to natural gas.

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Crush It Crusade Grant

Rolling application

This grant program provides recycling bins, training on sustainable waste management and enough funds to get your recycling program rolling.

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