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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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Resource Recycling Conference Grants

Deadline: April 1, 2019

The Recycling Partnership, in association with Resource Recycling, Inc,. is pleased to announce the fourth annual Steve Thompson Memorial Grant, giving free travel, accommodations and registration for the 2019 Resource Recycling Conference to the chosen winners.

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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 AmericanMadeChallenges.org/BatteryRecycling.

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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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Grant Competition: Developing New Uses for Leftover Latex Paint

Deadline: March 22, 2019

The PaintCare Innovative Recycling Grant Competition to identifies and helps develop the best ideas for recycling leftover latex paint. PaintCare will conduct three separate competitions using funding from the PaintCare programs in California, Colorado, and Connecticut. The winner, individual or entity, of each competition will be awarded a grant of up to $100,000 for an idea which is expected to return benefits to the state that contributed the funding.

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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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Green Up Our Schools

Rolling application

A grant program that supports elementary school waste reduction & recycling programs. Schools accepted into the program receive $2,000 over 3 years, personalized assistance achieving their goals, and support from our partners and local member schools.

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SBDC Advanced

Applications accepted year-round

A business development program focused on helping Colorado companies grow by providing custom-fit market research and corporate-level tools that might otherwise be out of reach for small to mid-sized businesses.

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Recycling Rebates Program

Deadline: August 2019

Accepts applications for recycling rebate monies in the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Fund.

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Report finds Colorado generated record amount of trash in 2017, calls on governor to boost investment in recycling

Eco-Cycle and CoPIRG, released their second annual State of Recycling in Colorado report, which found that Colorado generated a record 9.3 million tons of waste in 2017, while the state’s recycling rate remained stagnant at 12 percent, well below the national average of 35 percent.

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Recycle Colorado recognized as Outstanding Recycling Organization

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) honored their recycling awards recipients at the 2018 Resource Recycling Conference in St. Louis last week.  The awards program honors outstanding individuals, programs and organizations around the country, both for their achievements and to serve as a model and a resource for NRC members.

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