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CEDC End Market Solution Questionnaire

The Circular Economy Development Center is dedicated to helping Colorado’s businesses achieve the maximum value from their products and transition toward a more sustainable future.

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Denver Airport Comes Clean on Recycling, Composting Efforts

Preliminary numbers indicate DIA processed 12,000 tons of trash in 2023 and sent 21 percent of that waste to recycling or composting instead of the landfill.

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Eco-Cycle estimates Colorado is using a billion fewer plastic bags

In 2023, 1.5 to 1.8 billion fewer bags were used in Colorado. That's according to an estimate by Eco-Cycle, a nonprofit recycling center that focuses on zero waste.

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Sustainability Internship at Walking Mountains

Sustainability Interns gain new skills in environmental sustainability while providing education and outreach in the Eagle Valley community. Interns will learn hands-on skills in fostering sustainable behaviors while also gaining valuable experience in how mountain communities, governments, and businesses are taking action and monitoring their environmental impacts.

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Emily Freeman is leading C&D efforts in Boulder

Last week, the City of Boulder's Emily Freeman was awarded the 2023 Green Champion award from the Colorado Green Building Guild for her work in deconstruction and outreach. Emily oversees the success of the City of Boulder’s deconstruction ordinance to keep carbon intensive building materials available for reuse and recycling. Since ordinance implementation, Boulder has diverted 77% of building materials from the landfill. Emily is leading efforts to identify opportunities for improvement, engage with the deconstruction community, and drive progress towards the city’s goals.

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Aspen sees ‘positive impact’ with Organic Waste Diversion ordinance

"Last October, the ordinance went into effect to ensure all businesses within Aspen city limits with retail food licenses have been composting, donating, or disposing of organic waste instead of placing it within regular trash cans as had previously been accepted. And according to Waste Diversion and Recycling Administrator Ainsley Brosnan-Smith, since the program’s inception, it’s been nothing short of a complete success."

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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 hauler of recyclable materials seat and continue in a three-year term that ends in December of 2025. We are accepting applications until January 26 or until the seat is filled.

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FRWD Mini Contribution Grants Now Available

Mini Contribution Grant RFA Now Available!

The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) board of directors is pleased to announce a funding opportunity through a Request for Applications (RFA) process. The RFA offers mini contribution grants through a simplified application process for small-scale projects that are easy to implement and support the strategic goals of the FRWD program. Grant funds are exclusively available for equipment and supplies purchases that contribute to Front Range waste diversion efforts.

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2023 Council & Committees Archive

2023 Council & Committee Archive

Feel free to browse the previous meetings notes, recordings, and resources to see what each council and committee worked on in 2023. 

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5280 Waste Solutions partners with the City and County of Denver to provide solid waste collection services

Denver, Colorado – 5280 Waste Solutions is pleased to announce it has formed a strategic partnership with the City and County of Denver to provide solid waste collection services at all City-owned facilities.

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Anheuser-Busch And O-I Glass Kick Off First Local Recycling Challenge In Denver

THE DENVER SERIES AIMS TO INCREASE GLASS RECYCLING RATES THROUGH A CITY-WIDE CHALLENGE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LEADING GLASS BOTTLE MANUFACTURER AND COMMUNITY PARTNER

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Spread holiday cheer with less impact on the planet with Eco-Cycle's 2023 Holiday Guide!

Americans generate 23% more waste in December than other months of the year. Want to celebrate the holidays more sustainably? Check out Eco-Cycle's Zero Waste Holiday Guide, with new tips to help you find sustainable alternatives to traditional gift wrapping paper, reduce food waste, host Zero Waste gatherings, and more! 

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Apply for Reuse Denver Incentives for Businesses - Solicite los incentivos de Reuse Denver para empresas

Attention retail food establishments! Denver’s new Reuse Denver program can help your small business save money, reduce waste and create a better customer experience!

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Apply for Reuse Denver Incentives for Businesses - Solicite los incentivos de Reuse Denver para empresas

Attention retail food establishments! Denver’s new Reuse Denver program can help your small business save money, reduce waste and create a better customer experience!

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Submit Your Application for an RREO Grant!

The purpose of this 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. 

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Eco-Cycle is proud to present their 7th Annual State of Recycling & Composting in Colorado Report

In 2020, Governor Polis declared the third week of November “Colorado Recycles Week,” and in celebration, Eco-Cycle and CoPIRG just released our 7th annual State of Recycling and Composting in Colorado Report that examines the progress made by the state and Colorado communities in recycling and composting. Despite a low recycling rate, Colorado is poised for significant breakthroughs in reducing waste!

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What do you do with an old hospital? In Boulder, you recycle it. The whole thing.

The City of Boulder’s first deconstruction project since its 2020 sustainability ordinance has single-handedly kept 60.8 million pounds out of the landfill. The deconstruction of the ex-hospital is the first of its kind in the United States. We are proud of the work by our member in the Construction & Deconstruction field. Read the article to learn more on how deconstruction and reuse can be possible even for large commercial buildings and projects! 

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Zero Waste Program Manager position with Boulder County

Boulder County Public Works Department is seeking to hire a Zero Waste Program Manager.  A main objective for Boulder County is to reach Zero Waste, or darn near, by 2025. We are looking for an experienced individual to take the lead as a Zero Waste Program Manager. In this role, the Program Manager will direct activities and oversee the Public Works Resource Conservation Divisions programs related to sustainability, including composting, recycling, and zero waste. 

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National Survey of Over 1,000 U.S. Residents Provides Insight on Recycling Decisions

The Foodservice Packaging Institute released a summary of findings from its Resident Messaging Survey, sharing information related to resident assumptions on recyclability, awareness of what items can be recycled, and top sources of recycling instructions. The survey focused on recycling messaging related to items such as plastic cups and containers, paper cups and pizza boxes. Survey respondents indicated that the type of material plays a greater role than the form, such as a cup or box, in the decision to recycle an item. Read the full summary and register for the upcoming free webinar Insights into Effective Resident Education being held on December 5th.

Federal Job Openings: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Hiring

Find Bipartisan Infrastructure Law positions at USAJOBS – BIL Jobs. There are 138 jobs openings as of 11/3/2023. Federal work: 

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