06/08/2016 Governor Signed
CAFR Active Support
Use this archive to browse through older posts; they are displayed 10 posts per page. Click on "Next 10" below to access the next 10 older posts. Search CAFR's News or view the 10 most recent posts from the main Recycling News page.
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.
Win one of four Apple Certified Refurbished iPad mini3s by posting a photo of yourself recycling with the hashtag #IWillRecycle and #Sweepstakes on Twitter or Instagram.
CAFR helping to drive $10 trillion in sustainability innovation.
The report cites notable waste diversion accomplishments from the past year and features infographics with statistics from each program within the division.
It’s not too soon to start planning — and to register — for America Recycles Day. November 15 is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling in the United States. Together we can make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now accepting proposals for regional planning studies that examine how existing waste diversion activities in a defined region can be better coordinated with the intent to maximize waste diversion in the future.
This rebate is available to financially assist entities that operate free public recycling drop-off sites.
What do a myth-busting 4-year old, a bathroom in which personal care products come to life, a talking pizza box and three teenagers with a Ouija board have in common? They are among the fresh ideas submitted by consumers to help increase awareness of and participation in recycling across America.
The resolution calls on federal and state governments to recognize the rights of cities to enact ordinances to reduce waste in their local communities.
The intent of the program is to significantly increase the number of postconsumer paint collection sites and recycling opportunities for households, businesses and other generators of postconsumer architectural paint in Colorado.
More communities are beginning to recognize that glass in the single-stream is problematic. Two companies recently received grants from the state to try and improve the way glass gets recycled.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a case brought by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and two other industry trade groups, which challenged the constitutionality of Alameda County, California’s drug disposal law.
Congratulations to the student winners of CAFR’s statewide recycling poster contest! The contest allowed students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to recycling. More than 27 schools participated, and 12 winners were selected from more than 200 entries.
04/30/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
CAFR Active Support
05/05/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
4.5 million students recycle and compost 80.1 million pounds in the 2015 RecycleMania tournament.
We are at 78% of our fundraising goal for the 2015 Summit for Recycling. Help us ‘close the loop’ by contributing to the $13,550 still needed. Every dollar helps. Can you sponsor the Summit?
Each year the Summit provides world-class educational sessions and networking for more than 270 attendees, brings together industry leaders to help move recycling forward in Colorado, and offers scholarships to select Colorado university students to attend, mentoring future recycling professionals. Sponsor now.
03/18/2015 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
02/04/2015 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
This study reveals that investing in infrastructure that helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills is a win-win situation for the economy and the environment.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now accepting grant applications for projects that promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials that would otherwise be treated as discards. Deadline for applications is March 3, 2015.
PaintCare Inc., a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association, will develop and submit a Program Plan, with input from stakeholders, for approval to the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment before the end of the year.
Keep America Beautiful’s, fourth annual, “Recycle-Bowl,” is a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students.
The report evaluates the potential impacts and roles that recycling, composting and pyrolysis may have on increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of managing Colorado’s waste-related resources.
CAFR’s Strategic Planning Committee is conducting a member survey to identify your thoughts on where we put our resources now and how that might be improved in the future.
06/06/2014 Governor Signed
06/06/2014 Governor Signed
CAFR Active Support
05/21/2014 Governor Signed
Winners will be recognized at a brief award ceremony June 8, 3:00pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.) in Colorado Springs. The ceremony is part of the Recycled Art Market. The art market is free and open to the public from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
05/17/2014 Governor Signed
05/17/2014 Governor Signed
03/27/2014 Governor Action – Signed
What is the difference between a tax and a user fee? A tax is an amount of money levied by a government on its citizens and used to run the government. A user fee is a fee charged for the use of a product or service.
02/13/2014 House Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Postpone Indefinitely
Colorado has a unique opportunity to enact paint stewardship legislation in partnership with the paint industry. Listen to CAFR Executive Director Marjorie Griek talk about HB14-029, the Architectural Paint Stewardship Bill.
Colorado lawmaker won’t be asked to watch paint dry, but they will see a bill to reycle those old paint cans in the basement. The Colorado Association for Recycling and the industry are working on a bill to create an industry-based paint recycling program.
The owner and chief executive officer of Executive Recycling were sentenced today for their roles in a fraudulent scheme related to the disposal and exportation of electronic waste to foreign countries.
According to the EPA, on average in 2011, Americans generated 4.40 pounds of trash per person per day, and only recycled and composted 1.53 pounds of it.
Outreach materials for the electronic waste ban are now offered in Spanish and available online.
05/08/2013 Senate Third Reading Passed
The Keystone Resort and Conference Center will host the Colorado Association for Recycling’s (CAFR) annual recycling summit. Attending the conference will be local recycling professionals from Recycle-Creede. Bill Burch and Tina Miani will be accepting awards as Volunteer(s) of the Year
05/10/2013:43 AM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
One of this year’s contest themes was “Plug In to E-cycling” in recognition of the new Colorado law that takes effect this summer.
CAFR Active Support
05/08/2013 Sent to the Governor
As the winner of the first-ever “You Make Recycling Work” Video Contest, E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado will be sending one person to attend this year’s Summit for Recycling for free!
The website hosts toolkits for anyone needing to communicate with consumers or the regulated community about the new law.
03/08/2013 Governor Action – Signed
02/12/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
02/06/2013 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Electronic devices banned from landfills; responsible recycling by state agencies required.
While there is much disagreement on how to boost our economy, something we can all agree on to create green jobs, reduce landfills and litter, and protect our natural resources is recycling.
One of the largest buyers of waste paper in the Rocky Mountain region is closing its doors.
Leaders of both the National Recycling Coalition (NCR) and the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA) are pleased to announce today that the two organizations will join together. A letter of agreement between the two organizations will outline the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition.
Drop that plastic cup or cardboard box into the recycling bin, and there’s a good chance it might find its way to China.
Local residents with developmental disabilities will soon have more job opportunities and San Luis Valley residents will soon have somewhere to recycle electronics.
05/21/2012 Governor Action – Signed
04/20/2012 Governor Action – Signed
CAFR Active Support
05/09/2012 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 05/10/2012 (Defeated)
05/09/2012 Governor Action – Signed
Just in time for the observance of Earth Day this weekend, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law Friday that bans disposal of electronic equipment in landfills and requires the state of Colorado to dispose of its e-waste through certified recyclers.
That waste includes televisions, desk computers, laptops, disc players and other items. Cell phones are not included — under the reasoning that recycling programs already address the problem of cell phones.
04/06/2012 Governor Action – Signed
Techies might be camped out in line for new iPads this week, but one day the popular tablet computers will be obsolete, and people will be tempted to throw them in the trash.
The Colorado Senate passed a bill that would ban electronics from being placed in solid waste landfills starting July 1, 2013.
Henry Renteria-Vigil, once a welfare recipient, found his riches in the wastelands of Colorado’s landfills.
The state Senate passed the Electronic Recycling Jobs Act on Wednesday by a vote of 28-6.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants to ban certain types of electronic devices from landfills, a measure to promote recycling of old electronics.
Today, the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee approved theElectronic Recycling Jobs Act, sponsored by Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass) to create new jobs in the recycling industry.
A bill that would shut a loophole in a state program designed to encourage recycling of used tires — but instead paid companies to dump them — made it through a key legislative subcommittee Wednesday.
Projects that expand on recycling efforts in rural areas will be the focus of grants in Colorado, the Department of Public Health and Environment announced.
As people enjoy playing with all of the new electronic gadgets they received this holiday season, recycling advocates are urging them to not just throw away their old ones.
People across the country opened big ticket electronic items this morning for Christmas. Once the boxes are opened and wrapping paper thrown away, gift recipients are left asking: now what?
Electronic devices, flat screen TVs, computers, phones and games, are popular gifts but for a lot of people who already have older models, it raises a question about what to do with the items being replaced.
CAFR will strive to meet the following 10-year goals for Colorado through our programs, education and leadership: Reduce individual waste disposal to 3.5 pounds/person-day and increase diversion to 66% by weight.
The resolution that expresses support for improvement in the collection, processing and use of recyclable materials throughout the United States.
Colorado groups push for recycling electronics to stimulate economy and improve public health.