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Premier Events

Poster Contest

For K-12 Students
"Top 10 Reasons to Recycle"
See the winners

Summit for Recycling

June 12-14, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton
Grand Junction
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Community Events

June 28, 2016
The APR Design Guide for Plastics Recyclability: A Guided Tour through this Comprehensive Product Design Reference Tool

July 5, 2016
Colorado Council for Sustainable Purchasing Meeting

July 6, 2016
Education & Outreach Committee Meeting

July 18, 2016
CAFR Policy Committee Meeting

July 21, 2016
July 2016 CAFR Board of Directors Meeting


Legislative Updates

SB16-124 Machine Tools Sales Tax Exempt Recovered Materials

06/08/2016 Governor Signed
CAFR Active Support

HB16-1004 Measurable Goals Deadlines CO Climate Action Plan

03/30/2016 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely

Recyclers meet with senators and representatives during CAFR’s Lobby Day and Legislative Reception

Wearing green "I Recycle" stickers, recyclers and legislators alike discussed the economic and environmental benefits of recycling, reuse, and remanufacturing to the State of Colorado.


2021 Goals

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Welcome to the Colorado Association for Recycling

You are a part of our special mission: to support, educate and guide individuals and leaders in business, education, nonprofits and government to take action that turns ever greater amounts of waste into marketable resources. Without you, our mission would not be successful.

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Our online recycling directory lets you search for recycling facilities and services across the state. Find a recycler near you.

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CAFR Recycling News

2016 Summit for Recycling navigates the new era of materials management

Managing recyclable waste has become more than collecting, diverting and repurposing of materials. The fact that recycling rates in Colorado remain lower than in many other states only forces us to reexamine the source of our materials and discover more environmentally sustainable solutions.

Governor signs bill to help boost recycling in Colorado

The bill extends the tax exemptions on machinery and equipment enjoyed for decades by traditional manufacturers in Colorado to also include machinery and equipment used in the sustainable manufacturing practices of reprocessing, remanufacturing and reuse of recycled materials.

CAFR recognizes outstanding recyclers

Winners of the 2016 Recycling Awards were selected by their industry peers in recognition of their contributions to or promotion of recycling and waste reduction

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Colorado - We Can Do Better

Did you know that the recycling rate in Colorado is only 11% compared to 34% in the rest of the country?

CAFR created this video to showcase the recycling challenges and successes in Colorado. Watch it and be inspired to improve Colorado’s recycling efforts! And help us get the word out by sharing the video with a friend.


CAFR is a Proud Member of NRC

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is a national nonprofit advocacy group with more than 6,000 members. The Coalition represents and advocates for every sector of the recycling industry across the country.

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Ball Corporation

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Hometown Dumpster Rental

CAFR Says “Thank You” To Our Sponsors

Click on the links at left to learn more about our Sponsors, Supporters, and Friends. Learn how you can sponsor CAFR or make a donation. Your dollars support our public education and industry advancement efforts throughout the state. We couldn’t do all we do without your support!

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Become a CAFR member, sponsor an event, or make a donation and actively contribute to furthering recycling in Colorado and the nation!