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01/10/2018 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Finance
1/10/2018 Introduced In House – Assigned to Local Government + Finance + Appropriations
Organization: Conservation Colorado
Salary: Not indicated
Deadline: February 9, 2018
Deadline: March 2, 2018
Projects may focus on recycling, composting, waste minimization, anaerobic digestion, repurposing, or reuse for a wide variety of materials.
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues and agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness.
Salary: Based on experience
Deadline: Open until filled
In August, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment adopted its first statewide recycling goals, aiming to match the national average by 2026 and reach 45 percent diversion by 2036. Johnson and her team want to reach higher, though, starting with Colorado Springs. The Colorado Association for Recycling chose Colorado Springs for its pilot recycling agenda in early November.
Organization: CSU Surplus Property
Salary: $2,864 monthly + Full Benefits
Deadline: December 18, 2017
Deadline: December 31, 2018
The purpose of the Solid Waste Management Grant Program includes providing technical assistance and/or training to help communities reduce the solid waste stream.
Deadline: Open call for applications
For upgrades to cart-based curbside recycling collection.
Deadline: June 2018
The Foundation seeks to support scientific research related to sustainable solid waste management practices.
Our sincere thanks to the individuals who contributed to the Colorado Association for Recycling for Colorado Gives Day. We are continually humbled and inspired by everyone’s generosity.
Projects that will be funded are those that clearly demonstrate how using P2 concepts, tools or techniques can significantly reduce or eliminate pollution across environmental media (air, water or land).
Deadline: Rolling application is open
A grant program that supports elementary school waste reduction & recycling programs.
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.
CAFR helps recycling programs and businesses get started and grow across Colorado. Our members come from 65 cities and more than 30 Colorado counties, increasing the likelihood that you can recycle where you walk, hike, live, work and visit.
Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected to the CAFR Board of Directors for a three-year term.
It turns out composters love to come to Colorado in the fall!
The report finds only 18 Front Range cities track their recycling data while nearly half of counties have measured their diversion. The City of Loveland came out on top with the best residential recycling rate at 61%.
Supports recycling in eligible communities by providing bins to expand recycling opportunities in public spaces.
Help promote America Recycles Day, November 15. Share CAFR’s new video that recognizes the winners of CAFR’s poster contest. Use the video on your website or Facebook pages, share with your local TV stations and more. Show your pride in being a member of CAFR and celebrate America Recycles Day.
In November, eligible CAFR members will elect five (5) candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term. The Nominating Committee is confident that the candidates have the time, ability and inclination to serve on the Board of Directors.
The 2017-2018 school year is off and running … and the time has come to register for Keep America Beautiful’s fall recycling programs.
The vacancy that is available can be filled only by an individual who is employed by or has the ability to represent a for-profit business or nonprofit organization and is registered to vote with the Republican Party or as an unaffiliated voter.
Funding for alternative fueling infrastructure and alternative fuel vehicles, cover 80% of the conversion costs to switch to natural gas.
The Can Manufacturers Institute will award $1,000 to the school in each state that recycles the most aluminum beverage cans per student between America Recycles Day (Nov. 15) and Earth Day (April 22).
Join us October 4 in Colorado Springs. This networking meeting is for CAFR members and people interested in recycling. Learn about what’s going on in recycling in Colorado and the recent activities and accomplishments of CAFR.
This grant program provides ZeroHero recycling tents, training on sustainable waste management and enough funds to get your recycling program rolling.
Setting goals and tracking achievement is a best management practice in waste diversion. CAFR supports setting different goals for different parts of our state that have different challenges.
Whether you’re just getting started or been at it for a while, this is the class for you. Early-bird registration rates good through September 30.
The Policy Committee has been a very active committee and an important part of CAFR’s work. If you like engaging with other CAFR members on a regular basis, discussing policies to move our state forward in recycling, composting and sustainable materials management, than this committee is for you!
Deadline: August 2018
Accepts applications for recycling rebate monies in the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Fund.
Applications are due Thursday, August 31.
From Boulder Weekly: Billions of microbes, and a $100 million waste-to-energy project, quietly dying.
The retreat is an important event for CAFR as it helps to set the tone for the year’s policy activities. This year’s event is especially meaningful because the input gathered during the meeting will feed directly into CAFR’s 2018–2020 Strategic Plan.
In the President’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual budget allocation is proposed to be cut by one third. This cut would result in the elimination of over 50 programs and 3,200 jobs. Two of the programs proposed to be eliminated include the Sustainable Materials Management program and the Waste Reduction Model.
Winners of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 11th annual recycling poster contest were announced today. The contest allowed students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to recycling.
This year’s grand-prize winner, Alivia Eikenberg from from Timber Trail Elementary in Castle Rock, chose to draw examples of all the places she could recycle: at home, at the beach, at school, at her friend’s house, at church, and even at the Eiffel Tower.
This year’s awards highlight individuals who go out of their way to implement recycling in their offices and warehouses, media coverage that helped save a community’s access to recycling, and the unlimited dedication of volunteers to increase recycling and waste diversion.
Conference attendees are invited to take part in these extracurricular activities, all guided by locals!
CAFR kicked off the first of two geographical business councils in April 2017 with the Colorado Springs Business Round Table. The second round table for Front Range businesses, originally scheduled for May 9, is postponed until July.
05/01/2017 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
The best way to get the most out of your CAFR membership is to join a committee. Take a look at our revised committee list and join now. It’s a great way to get involved, meet fellow members and have fun!
CAFR is seeking nominations for our annual Recycling Awards. These prestigious awards recognize business, government, nonprofit and individuals for their excellence in recycling. The 2017 awards will be presented at the 28th annual CAFR Summit for Recycling conference in Fort Collins, Colorado, June 4-6, 2017.
The bill directs the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Office of Economic Development to assist in increasing waste diversion in Colorado by establishing diversion goals, requiring data collection and reporting by counties and landfills, and providing technical assistance to counties and landfills regarding the data collection and reporting.
The Future Leaders Program (FLP) provides funds for college students to attend the Colorado Association for Recycling’s Summit for Recycling conference, June 4-6, 2017, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Applications are due April 14.
K-12 Students and youth organization members are invited to participate. Deadline for entry is April 24, 2017.
CDPHE has issued a Request for Applications to fund implementation projects that lead to new opportunities to increase waste diversion as well as create jobs. Projects may focus on recycling, composting, waste minimization, anaerobic digestion, repurposing, or reuse for a wide variety of materials. Deadline for applications is March 3.
Throughout February and March of 2017, campuses across the country will be rallying students and staff to step up their recycling game and reduce waste as part of this friendly competition. Registration closes February 3, so register now!
01/11/2017 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
By the end of this year, the health department hopes to have at least one
drop off location in every Colorado county.
The Colorado Association for Recycling announces the selection of Laurie Johnson as its new executive director. Johnson will fill the full-time position effective January 3, 2017.
CAFR invites you to submit a proposal that will offer original content and an interactive experience for attendees to the 2017 Summit for Recycling conference in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Anyone invested or interested in composting in Colorado is invited. Learn about COCC and the benefits of membership. RSVP to email@example.com by December 7.
The climate plan has been criticized for omitting any discussion of the significant upside potential of recycling for combating climate change. We need to speak up – especially businesses that are significant employers – about the environmental and economic benefits of recycling.
Additionally, you can encourage your networks to take the #BeRecycled Pledge, which is a promise to actively choose to live a recycled lifestyle by committing to “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.” in all aspects of daily life.
We’re seeking an inspirational, passionate and highly-mission-driven leader who possesses emotional intelligence and the ability to cultivate meaningful relationships with members and key stakeholders.
Rocky Mountain Organics Council and the Colorado Association for Recycling Partner with the United States Composting Council.
After carefully considering all aspects of the proposed recycling plan, CAFR developed several recommendations for improvement, strongly supporting the evolution of CDPHE’s role from a focus on regulation and compliance to one of leadership and technical assistance.
The Summit for Recycling has grown over the past two decades from a small event (less than 50 people) to a large regional event attracting more than 250 people, with a robust vendor show, multiple workshops and breakout sessions, reception, awards gala, and more.
There are two avenues available to recyclers registered with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to obtain the sales and use tax exemption: At the time of purchase or with a claim for refund.
Submit your abstract for a 3- to 5-minute “Lightning Round” update at the 2017 CAFR Annual Meeting Wednesday, October 19, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden.
Funding opportunity now available through the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity program. Applications due October 31, 2016.
The intent of this rebate program is to assist free public recycling drop-off sites by offsetting a portion of the transportation costs incurred by shipping recyclables to market or to a processing center.
1. Emphasize sustainable materials management (recycling, composting, reuse, product stewardship, green purchasing) as a key tool to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gases at the state level. …
Summer and fall are great times to showcase your facility’s or program’s progress and success. Inviting elected officials and policymakers to tour your facility or program and to learn more about the work you do is an effective method to forge strong relationships and educate opinion leaders.
The plan addresses Colorado’s solid waste and waste diversion and recycling needs over the next 20 years.
In memory of Cara Russell, we’re taking some time to be with friends and the non-profit community and be reminded of everything we have to be thankful for. Please join us.
The recent death of Cara Russell was a shock to us all. Her time here was way too short and we will truly miss her. Cara was just beginning to inspire and energize us with her enthusiasm for learning the recycling industry and steady dedication to getting work done. With those thoughts in mind, it’s time for us to start getting back to work.
Family, friends and the non-profit community are invited to Cara Russell’s memorial service Saturday, July 23, at 2:00 PM at Arvada United Methodist Church.
Donations can be made to the Cara Russell Memorial Fund. Monies will be given to the Ark Valley Humane Society once all hospital/financial responsibilities have been paid for.
Please join CAFR board members, staff and volunteers and The Alliance Center community this evening for a vigil for Cara Russell and her family.
It is with heavy heart that I am informing you of the death of our Executive Director, Cara Russell. Although Cara had only been with the organization a short while, her enthusiasm, professionalism, and positive demeanor had quickly won her a number of fans within the organization, including myself.
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.
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.
06/08/2016 Governor Signed
CAFR Active Support
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
Winners of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 10th annual recycling poster contest were announced today. This year’s grand-prize winner, Nathanel Cho from STEM School and Academy in Highlands Ranch, chose to draw attention to how recycling reduces water use. “We were gratified by the understanding these students demonstrated of the impacts of recycling to many areas of our lives,” said Megan Lane, CAFR board member.
Join other CAFR members and sustainability supporters for drinks and an informal discussion, led by Bill Morris of Blue Star Recyclers.
Register now. Don’t miss Colorado’s premier recycling conference.
PPAB is looking for six new members. Apply today. Your leadership will promote pollution prevention and sustainability in Colorado.
On behalf of CAFR members, the Board of Directors urged CDPHE to prioritize and promote programs, policies, and planning that favor material reuse, recycling, and composting, over those that result in valuable commodities being buried in a landfill.
Recycling in Colorado’s 47 rural counties can be challenging. Resources are stretched thin, and distance barriers lead to expensive and often inefficient transportation costs. Adding new items like milk and juice cartons to the recycling mix may seem unattainable. The hub-and-spoke model has proven to be an effective solution.
CAFR’s annual Recycling Awards recognize governmental entities, individuals, companies, media and organizations for their excellence in recycling or promotion of recycling. The 2016 awards will be presented at the 27th annual CAFR Summit for Recycling conference in Grand Junction, Colorado, June 12-14, 2016. Nominate your hero today!
03/30/2016 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Cara Russell will fill this full-time position effective April 11, 2016. Russell has extensive non-profit management experience, most recently serving as the executive director of the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce.
PaintCare has set up 141 drop-off sites since the start of the Paint Stewardship Program in July 2015. Most sites are located at paint retailers (paint and hardware stores) that have volunteered to take back paint, and recycling is available to any household and business in Colorado.
Currently, 10 schools are participating in the effort to produce a waste stream that is comprised solely of food and napkins and collected in 65-gallon carts.
You think nothing of it when you throw a paper coffee cup into the recycling bin and pat yourself on the back for doing what’s right. But what is intended to be a thoughtful action turns into recycling gone all wrong. You can’t recycle paper coffee cups.
A year after being awarded funding from a CDPHE RREO grant, Recycle Projects has made a new plastic sorting technology available to enhance local recycling markets.
On June 16, 2015, the Boulder City Council unanimously approved the Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, which mandates stricter diversion measures for every private residence, business, nonprofit, school and local government institutions.
The Foam Recycling Coalition, in association with the EPS Industry Alliance, announced a new grant program to help businesses in the recycling industry increase their capacity to accept post-consumer EPS foam products.The grants support entities that manage residential curbside and drop-off recycling programs.
The State wants your input for its Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan. As part of the work, eight half-day stakeholder meetings are being conducted around the state; a preliminary schedule is available, RSVP is required.
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.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is currently seeking applicants who have experience working in Colorado’s recycling, composting, and/or reuse industries to fill four vacant seats on the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board Assistance Committee.
The 2016 RecycleMania Tournament is right around the corner, and the Colorado Association for Recycling encourages all colleges and universities in Colorado to get involved.
Recycling is the easiest thing we can all do to improve our community, conserve natural resources, and create green jobs. Together we can make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year. Click on the video to see original artwork created by the winners of CAFR’s 2015 recycling poster contest. Embed the video on your websites or social media to spread the word about recycling.
The recycling industry is facing very different circumstances to those of ten or even five years ago. CAFR invites you to submit an abstract for a session at the 2016 Summit for Recycling conference that concentrates on how we can adjust our business models and operations to a world that will be increasingly dominated by the principles of materials management.
Assistant Administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Mathy Stanislaus, noted that “The life-cycle based decision-making and systems-based approaches of Sustainable Materials Management reflected in this strategic plan offer far greater opportunities for addressing the complex environmental issues we face today than traditional resource, waste and chemicals management approaches.”
CAFR members are invited to join the CAFR Board of Directors and staff in Denver for a tour of mattress recycling at Spring Back Colorado. Spring Back Colorado, a nonprofit organization, provides mattress retailers, refuse collectors, governments, universities, hotel liquidators and the general public the opportunity to properly dispose of their post-consumer mattresses and box springs.