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Learn about state and federal recycling grants at the virtual Summit for Recycling conference August 25 & 26

Colorado’s first recycling grant program, the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program, has awarded almost $25 million to entities developing recycling infrastructure in the state since 2007. The potential upheaval in global markets presents an opportunity for the U.S. and Colorado recyclers to improve their materials quality and to create local markets that will boost our local economies. Colorado’s newest grant program, the Front Range Waste Diversion Program, will offer approximately $2.5 million for waste diversion projects in its first grant cycle this year.

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The resiliency of circular economies

Circular economies are in the spotlight following the shockwaves of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the tilt in security, travel and transportation, and business operations, the focus is on how we fortify and better use our own resources. As we work to more sustainably manage finite resources and decrease pollution in our shrinking space, there is an opportunity to create economic growth through end-market development. A circular system for materials will create new jobs, enhance infrastructure and technology, as well as meet international sustainability initiatives.

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Recycle Colorado finds success with multi-family recycling pilot

Recycle Colorado completed a six-month free recycling pilot for eight downtown Denver apartment buildings in May 2020. The goals of the pilot were to assess how much material could be captured by adding single-stream recycling and to understand the barriers to implementing and managing recycling services for apartments. Increasing access to recycling for multi-family complexes could contribute significantly to Denver’s goal of 50 percent waste diversion by 2030. The City’s Solid Waste Management Division estimates that approximately one-third of the city’s population live in multi-family complexes that are not eligible for city recycling collection services.

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Bill to incentivize the development of recycling end markets approved by House and Senate

Senate Bill 20-055 heads to the governor’s desk for signature

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Call for Nominations: 2020 Recycling Awards

Each year Recycle Colorado seeks nominations for our annual Recycling Awards. These prestigious awards recognize governmental entities, individuals, companies, organization and media for their excellence in recycling or promotion of recycling.

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Student artwork answers the question "What can I recycle?"

Student winners of statewide poster contest announced

Art is alive and well in the hands of Colorado students. Today, Recycle Colorado’s 13th annual poster contest winners were announced. Every year, students in kindergarten through 12th grade have fun showcasing their artistic talent in the spirit of their commitment to recycling. More than 20 schools participated in the contest. The posters were grouped into five grade categories, and a first- and second-place winner were awarded in each category.

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College Students: Win a scholarship to the annual Summit for Recycling conference

Interested in pursuing a career in sustainable materials management?

Recycle Colorado is seeking candidates for its Future Leaders Program. This scholarship provides funds for college students to attend the 2020 Summit for Recycling virtual conference.

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Composting Council announces its social media launch on Facebook

The Colorado Composting Council is excited to announce its social media launch on Facebook! The Facebook Page launches April 20, 2020 to mark the start of Earth Week, followed by a celebration of the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) May 3 – 9, 2020.

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Recycle Colorado announces new executive director

Recycle Colorado is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristin Kim Haynes as its new executive director, effective April 13, 2020.

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Recycling is essential now

As we all adjust to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that we recycle right during this time when recyclables are needed more than ever. The recyclable materials collected from homes and businesses go on to create new essential products like tissues and paper towels and packaging boxes for medical and grocery supplies.

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Call for Speakers: 2020 Summit for Recycling

Summit for Recycling
June 14-16, 2020
Renaissance Stapleton Denver
Denver, Colorado
www.recyclecolorado.org/summit-for-recycling



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Election Results: Board of Directors

Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected to the Recycle Colorado Board of Directors for a three-year term. Re-elected to the Board was Randy Moorman with Eco-Cycle. The remaining members are new to the Board.

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Recycle Colorado seeks full-time executive director

Recycle Colorado is seeking a passionate and mission-driven leader who possesses emotional intelligence and the ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with members and key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have:

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Recycle Colorado empowers apartment residents to start recycling

Recycle Colorado launched a six-month free recycling pilot for eight apartment buildings in downtown Denver this week. The goal is to increase tenants’ access to recycling, which could contribute significantly to Denver’s waste diversion goal of 50 percent by 2030. The city’s Solid Waste Management Division estimates that approximately one-third of the city’s population lives in multifamily complexes that are not eligible for city recycling collection services. This pilot assists and incentivizes multifamily properties to start their own recycling programs.

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Residential Curbside Recycling Cart Grant

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

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Zero waste committee advances bills to improve state’s recycling rate

Bills will incentivize development of new end-market users of recycled materials, create a public awareness campaign to increase recycling and establish a statewide organics management plan

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Meet the candidates for the Board of Directors

Election November 2019

In November, eligible Recycle Colorado members will elect five (5) candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2020-2022, ending December 2022). 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. Each candidate has signed the Recycle Colorado Board Letter of Commitment, acknowledging their desire and ability to serve. Questions about the slate of candidates or the selection process can be directed to Tim Dailey, Nominating Committee member.

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Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee considers four draft bills

The Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee announced four bills they will consider on October 22 at their final meeting. At that final meeting, the committee will vote on which two bills to approve as the bills that will be expedited through the legislative process when the session begins January 8, 2020. The two bills that do not come from the committee can be introduced during the regular session by individual legislators (they would not have the backing of the committee and would not be expedited).

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Five bill concepts identified by legislature's Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee

On September 10, the Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Committee (ZWRISC) identified five bill concepts that will be expanded into draft bills. The drafts will be completed by October 2 so that a fiscal analysis can be completed prior to the next ZWRISC meeting. The Committee will meet October 22 to vote on which two bills will pass out of the committee as official ZWRISC bills. Draft bills that are not selected by the committee on October 22 can still be introduced in January by individual legislators.

The five bill concepts are:

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Eleven companies take the Colorado Contractor's Challenge pledge

The Colorado Contractor’s Challenge (CCC) is a free program designed by contractors, for contractors, that provides recognition and support to companies who pledge to improve their green building practices. Companies choose commitments from a list of 15 voluntary measures based on job site conditions and company goals. Recycle Colorado provides support, resources and trainings to fill gaps in implementation. Participating contractors receive individually tailored assistance such as:
  • Waste management plan review
  • On-site recycling training
  • Recycling signage support
  • Collaboration with construction and demolition recyclers

Eleven companies based in the Front Range and Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties have taken the pledge since the program launch in April 2019.

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