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CAFR Board of Directors supports newly established statewide diversion and recycling goals

After approval by the Board of Directors, CAFR President Juri Freeman sent a letter to the Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission Monday, August 14, in support of the  adoption of diversion and recycling goals as well as tracking progress toward achieving the adopted goals in the state of Colorado.

In the letter Freeman said, “Setting goals and tracking achievement is a best management practice in waste diversion. We support setting different goals for different parts of our state that have different challenges. Since CDPHE does not currently have robust data to accurately determine diversion rates, we recognize it is a challenge to set these goals. We therefore feel it is important that CDPHE work to collect more robust data and re-evaluate these goals on a yearly basis to ensure that the goals are realistically and economically achievable in all parts of the state. Additionally, we would like to see a viable plan presented to meet these goals.

“CAFR would like to encourage CDPHE to provide support, whether through technical guidance, additional grant dollars, or other options, to Colorado communities for both achieving goals as well as tracking data. We would also recommend that CDPHE continue their robust stakeholder process as the state looks towards implementation of the Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan.”

The Colorado Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission approved statewide waste diversion goals on August 15, aiming to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfills by recycling and composting over the next 20 years.

In 2016, Colorado’s waste diversion rate was only 19 percent — well below the national average of 35 percent. When scrap metal recycling is excluded, Colorado’s waste diversion rate falls to 12 percent. The new goals challenge Colorado to meet the national average for waste diversion by 2026 and to match the current diversion rate of the best-performing states—around 45 percent—by 2036.

The Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan, completed by industry experts in 2016, estimated the value of recyclable material being landfilled annually in Colorado at nearly $267 million.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017.

Learn what it takes to run a successful composting facility during the Compost Operations Training Course, October 30-November 3

The Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (CCREF), working with experts from programs across the country, is offering a week-long course focusing on the knowledge and skills you need to do just that. Whether you’re just getting started or been at it for a while, this is the class for you. You’ll not only hear lectures from top experts, you’ll get to practice what you learn through indoor and outdoor activities. You’ll also visit local facilities and see how the theory gets put into practice.

Learn more

Register now

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017.

Be a member of the Policy Committee, represent your sector under the new committee structure

Hello CAFR members!

As Chair of the CAFR Policy Committee and member of the Board of Directors, I’d like you to consider a great opportunity. We have restructured the Policy Committee and are asking members to consider becoming a member of the committee with a term that runs from August 2017 – December 2018. We are looking for 12 to 13 members from different sectors of our CAFR membership who will take on different tasks during the year collaborating with other members of the committee. During each call we will report on our different tasks.

The commitment level of a committee member includes:

  • Actively participating in the monthly Policy calls.
  • Participating in a meeting at the CAFR Summit for Recycling; an annual policy planning retreat and lobby day at the capitol.
  • Communicating with other members of his or her sector (i.e. haulers, local government, non-profits) on policy developments and to gather feedback.

We had a great Policy Committee Retreat on July 19 where we approved trying the
new structure (PDF) and started creating policy goals for the coming one to three years. The proposed policy priorities were:

  1. Educating state gubernatorial and legislative candidates, local elected officials and industry stakeholders through a white paper on our positions on state and local diversion, meetings, and a survey of candidates;
  2. Working to secure funding for statewide landfill compliance and data collection;
  3. Influencing the implementation of the state’s Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan;
  4. Supporting state and local market development.

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!

If you are interested in participating as a Policy Committee member, please contact me, Randy Moorman at randy@ecocycle.org by Monday, August 14, 2017. In your communication, please tell us about your interest in serving on the Policy Committee. To achieve a balanced representation of the different sectors, there is the possibility that not everyone who wants to serve will be able to for the August 2017-December 2018 time period. All CAFR members are always welcome to join the committee’s monthly calls and stakeholder meetings (as described in the attached document).

I look forward to hearing from you!

Randy Moorman
Director of Community Campaigns
Eco-Cycle, Inc. | Boulder, CO USA
T: 303.444.6634 ext. 131
www.ecocycle.org
randy@ecocycle.org

This entry was posted on Monday, August 7th, 2017.

Recycling rebates available for free public recycling drop-off sites

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment requests applications from entities wishing to claim a rebate from the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Fund. More information about the rebate program, as well as the rebate application, can be found on the CDPHE website.

Applications are due Thursday, August 31, at 3:00 PM.

The total dollar amount for the rebate period covering July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 is $350,000.

Please direct questions or comments via email to cdphe.ppp2@state.co.us or by telephone to 303-692-3641 or 303-691-4955.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017.

OEDIT Road Tour: Learn more about the Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator Program

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced that staff will be going on a road tour throughout Colorado to educate people about the Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator Program and how they can apply for and secure grants.

“In just the past three years, Colorado’s AI program has granted over $49 million to 375 organizations, helping them to scale and find great success,” said Stephanie Copeland, Executive Director of OEDIT. “We want to ensure that people in every part of the state are aware of the program and know how to successfully apply for a grant.”

The AI grant team will answer questions at two-hour meetings, as well as discuss the program in detail and give helpful grant training advice.

Tour Stops:

  • Steamboat 8/7
  • Grand Junction 8/8
  • Montrose 8/9
  • Telluride 8/9
  • Durango 8/10

The Advanced Industries (AI) Accelerator Programs promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s seven advanced industries by helping drive innovation, accelerate commercialization, encourage public-private partnerships, increase access to early stage capital and create a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness.

There are several different AI grants available for people to apply for:

  • Proof of Concept: grant funding is used to identify and pull technologies from research institutions where they were discovered and connect them to private sector where they can scale.
  • Early-Stage Capital and Retention: grant funding is used to fund companies using technologies developed in proof of concept grants and other early stage start-ups that have created viable products that meet a market need and that can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally.
  • Infrastructure Funding: grant funding is used to accelerate commercialization and innovation of AI products and services by building capacity and workforce.
  • AI Export Accelerator Program: grant funding is available for businesses to offset international business development and marketing costs.

For more information, please click here.

This entry was posted on Monday, July 31st, 2017.

Requiem for a digester

From Boulder Weekly – June 15, 2017:

By Christi Turner

Billions of microbes, and a $100 million waste-to-energy project, quietly dying

Bob Yost stands beside windrows of finished compost, one of the by-products of the Heartland anaerobic digester facility. The large domed digestion tanks stand in the background.

Neat rows of tanks, each with a capacity of 1.7 million gallons, tower above the plains. Three lagoons border the site to the west and north. Pipes of various sizes interconnect the tanks, along with the intake facility, unseen underground pipes, a tapered smaller tank, compressors and other mechanisms, creating a single organism. An unassuming rectangular building, small beside the tanks, houses the control room that oversees the entire site. To the far northern end is one last pipe, which connects to an interstate gas pipeline.

We’re in LaSalle, 60 miles northeast of Boulder in Weld County, the heart of the state’s oil and gas production. But this isn’t another oil and gas site: it’s an anaerobic digester. With its six “bioreactor” tanks, the facility is capable of turning vast amounts of agricultural and food waste into biomethane, a win for both waste diversion and renewable energy. It’s the only facility of its kind in Colorado, and the largest in North America.

Read the complete article

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017.

Is policy important to you and your organization? CAFR members are invited to attend the Policy Committee Retreat July 19

The last year saw some big opportunities for recycling policy at the state level but also underscored the challenges and level of effort needed by CAFR to propose state-wide legislation. On Wednesday, July 19, CAFR will host our annual Policy Retreat. The retreat is an important event for the organization 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. Some of the questions we will be looking to address at the retreat include:

  • What are CAFR’s policy objectives and activities for the near- and mid-term period?
  • What can CAFR and the Policy Committee do to directly assist in the increase of waste reduction and diversion statewide especially for the 2018 election year which will hold critical opportunities in the legislature and Governor’s Office?
  • What is the long-term role for CAFR in supporting recycling-related policy in Colorado?

For the last three years CAFR has had a long-term contract with a professional lobbyist. The lobbyist contract expires in June 2017. The Board has opted to not enter into a new contract for the remainder of the year. The decision was based on two main criteria: 1) We felt it was prudent to wait until our policy retreat and strategic planning activities were complete. The strategic plan will chart our future policy activities including how to approach a new lobbyist agreement. 2) The organization is working to minimize expenses while we focus on membership growth and value. Waiting to enter into a new contract will save the organization more than $10,000 in 2017.

The policy retreat is open to all CAFR members and our soon-to-be-formed Strategic Planning Committee will also be asking for input from all members. If policy is important to you and your organization, please try to attend the retreat and help shape the future of CAFR. If you can’t make the retreat, talk to a board member or the executive director at the Summit, call or email the board, or participate in the strategic planning discussion. Your input is necessary to make sure the organization best represents you!

Policy Retreat:

  • Date: Wednesday July 19, 2017
  • Time: 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Location: Denver metro location TBA

For more information or to sign up for the retreat, contact any of the Policy Committee co-chairs: Laurie Batchelder Adams (laurie@lbaassoc.com), Randy Moorman (Randy@ecocycle.org) or Jessie Burley (jessie@highcountryconservation.org).

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017.

National Recycling Coalition supports federal expansion of America’s recycling infrastructure

June 16, 2017  by Bob Gedert, President, National Recycling Coalition and the NRC Board of Directors – on behalf of the NRC members

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. Eliminating these programs will likely reduce critical support of the American recycling industry and negatively impact the American economy.

According to a recent statement from Ron Gonen of Closed Loop Partners, “These EPA programs analyze the way we consume, use and reuse materials and solid waste, providing tools and guidelines for industry, private companies and elected officials. The materials management and waste reduction programs guide investments into recycling facilities that sort and process material, and manufacturing infrastructure that utilizes these materials to make new products here at home – creating jobs in the process.”

It is disappointing to see proposed federal disinvestment in the recycling industry considering the jobs and opportunities recycling bring to our country, and the fact that the recycling industry is as large as the automobile industry. Infrastructure expansion into the recycling industry will bring new living wage jobs along with opportunities for the advent of new technologies in renewable energy and help businesses save money by being more efficient and reducing wasting.

One potential silver lining of the President’s budget proposal is new funding to support infrastructure redevelopment. Recently, the President toured the country announcing new transportation infrastructure funding for the airline industry, for the inland waterway transportation network, for dams and levee reconstruction, and for the federal highway system. The announcements throughout the “Infrastructure Week” outlined a series of proactive funding approaches aimed at revitalizing America’s decaying infrastructure.

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) strongly supports efforts to invest and improve our country’s aging infrastructure. The recycling industry particularly needs a 21st-century transportation system to efficiently transport raw materials and feedstocks to manufacturers throughout the nation and the globe, including increased capacity and investment in all modes of transportation, covering rail, surface, and waterways. All infrastructure projects could generate far more jobs from the reuse and recycling of buildings and roads and the use of recycled and recyclable materials wherever economically and technologically possible (e.g., use of rubberized asphalt in road construction and use of rebar from ferrous scrap).

NRC also believes that investing in American recycling infrastructure would provide an excellent return on investment and leveraging of federal funds. Support of American recycling infrastructure would enable America to bring home recycling jobs from overseas, and dramatically expand the three-quarters of a million jobs and tens of billions of dollars already occurring in economic activity. Instead of shipping nearly half of all recovered recyclables to overseas markets, a refreshed recycling infrastructure will support new American end markets, manufacturers, and businesses creating closed loop material streams and lower transportation costs.

Today’s rapidly evolving waste stream requires an upgraded recycling infrastructure from collection to processing to manufacturing. Recycling industry experts note that the “evolving ton” reflects the light-weighting of plastic containers (PET), a significant reduction in newsprint (ONP) in the consumer stream, and a significant uptick in old corrugated containers (OCC) known as the “Amazon Effect” due to internet sales to home delivery. Single-stream material recovery facilities (MRFs) that service residential communities were not designed for these consumer shifts and are in need of redesign and expanded capacity. End-users and remanufactures also need to reflect these consumer shifts. The “evolving ton” creates pressure points throughout the value chain from consumer product redesign and sales all the way through the recycling system, requiring a full upscaling of the American recycling infrastructure.

The National Recycling Coalition urges citizens to contact your local Congressional Representative as the Federal Budget is debated and revised this summer, asking for support of the USEPA budget, as well as new infrastructure support for the American recycling system.

Investing in America’s recycling infrastructure is an investment in American jobs, in the American economy, and in reducing costs for businesses that will provide an excellent return for the investment of federal funds.

The National Recycling Coalition is a non-profit organization that is focused on the promotion and enhancement of recycling in the United States. We are 23-affiliated recycling organizations strong, and have a network of more than 6,000 members that extends across waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting. The organization works to maintain a prosperous and productive recycling system that is committed to the conservation of natural resources, as well as accelerate sustainable approaches to the management of discarded materials.

This entry was posted on Monday, June 19th, 2017.

Student artwork answers the question “Where do you recycle?”

Student Winners of Statewide Recycling Poster Contest Announced

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. See the list of winners and their artwork.

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. “The judges liked the bright colors and clear examples in her artwork,” said Laurie Johnson, CAFR executive director.

There are many reasons to recycle, like saving resources, reducing pollution and creating a better planet. No matter where you recycle, putting materials in the recycling bin is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits happen locally as well as globally.

More than 20 schools participated in the contest. Each school selected its best artwork and submitted it to the statewide competition. Ten winners were selected from more than 150 entries. The posters were grouped into five grade categories, and a first- and second-place winner were awarded in each category.

This year’s winners came from Aurora, Castle Rock, Greenwood Village, Pueblo West, Rifle, Breckenridge, and Boulder. See the list of winners and their artwork.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017.

Congratulations to the 2017 Recycling Award recipients

 

The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) announces the recipients of the 2017 Recycling Awards. Winners were nominated by their industry peers in recognition of their contributions to or promotion of recycling and waste reduction.

The honorees:

  • Outstanding Business Recycling/Diversion Program
    Arapahoe Basin
  • Outstanding Government or Nonprofit Recycling/Diversion Program
    Four Corners Recycling Initiative
  • Outstanding Media Coverage
    Kevin Fixler, Summit Daily News
  • Outstanding Elected Official
    Jolon Clark, City and County of Denver
  • Cara Russell Rising Star
    Megan Lane, City and County of Denver
  • Mereth Meade Volunteer of the Year
    Russ Callas, resident of Boulder
  • Recycler of the Year
    Dani Orth, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
  • Recycler of the Year
    Nick Beni, Spark Fun Electronics
  • Lifetime Achievement
    Susie Gordon, City of Fort Collins

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. The Outstanding Government or Nonprofit Recycling Award is presented to the Four Corners Recycling Initiative (FCRI) for sustaining a recycling system for Montezuma County and the surrounding region since 2007. FCRI operates without tax payer funds and serves as a model of fiscal responsibility, raising all of the money necessary to operate through fundraisers, partnerships, grants, cost-share agreements, rebates, commodity sales and donations.

The awards will be presented at the annual Recycling Awards Gala, Monday evening, June 5, at the Rio Grande Restaurant in Fort Collins, Colorado. Tickets are $55 and are available online at www.cafr.org/summit.

The Recycling Awards Gala is part of the Summit for Recycling conference, hosted by CAFR. The Summit for Recycling is designed to support recycling professionals with tools, resources, and information that will guide them in their efforts to advance recycling. The conference schedule is complete with workshops, panel discussions, exhibit hall, site tours, silent auction, and networking opportunities.

CAFR is committed to supporting, educating and guiding individuals and leaders in business, education, nonprofits and government to take action that turns ever greater amounts of waste into marketable resources.  Questions? Read more about the awards or contact Executive Director Laurie Johnson.

This entry was posted on Friday, May 5th, 2017.

Get to know Fort Collins with some pre-Summit activities! Golf, hike, bike and more

The Summit for Recycling kicks off Sunday, June 4, in Fort Collins. The 2017 Summit seeks to provide tools for the business sector to increase waste diversion and implement sustainable materials management and explore ways our community leaders and local recycling organizations can engage the business sector on this issue. This year’s focus, “Recycling — Make it your business,” fosters Colorado communities’ zero-waste businesses – small, medium and large.

Conference attendees are invited to take part in these extracurricular activities, all guided by locals! To sign up for any of these activities, contact Sarah Meline at smeline@fcgov.com*Please include your cellphone number & email.

*Exclusive* Sustainability Tour of New Belgium Brewery
What: Tour of New Belgium Brewery with focus on Sustainability
When: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 4th
Where: New Belgium Brewery, 500 Linden Street, Fort Collins
Important Info: ***A limited number of participants allowed*** must register before May 31 with Sarah Meline at smeline@fcgov.com.

No trip to the Craft Brewing Capitol of Colorado is complete without stopping by one of our breweries. New Belgium is not only one of Fort Collin’s most famous breweries, but has committed to the idea of brewing sustainability. Get to know New Belgium a bit better  during this visit and (of course) enjoy beer samples at the end of the tour. Learn more about New Belgium at http://www.newbelgium.com/brewery/fort-collins.

Golf Scramble
What: Golf
When: 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 4th (meet at the course)
Where: City Park 9 Golf Course, 411 South Bryan Avenue, Fort Collins
Cost: $22 walking (easy course to walk), $32 to ride in cart

Get out on the green at the City Park 9 Golf Course! This historic 9 hole course is located next to the iconic City Park, and features mature trees and tight fairways. Easily walk the course, or cruise in a golf cart. Learn more about the course at  http://www.fcgov.com/golf/city-parknine.php.

Hike the Foothills
What: Moderate level difficulty hike in the foothills
When: 10:00 a.m., Sunday, June 4th
Where: Meet at Marriott Hotel – will carpool from there
Cost: A little bit of sweat!

The foothills west of Fort Collins boast incredible vistas, craggy rock formations, and delightful pinon-pine forests. Guided by a Fort Collins CAFR member, this moderate level hike requires some sweat and hard work – but will pay off with an unforgettable view. *More information on specific hike to follow.

Bike the Foothills
What: Moderate level difficulty mountain bike ride in the foothills
When: 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 4th
Where: 7-mile Blue Sky Trail, Blue Sky Trailhead Parking, 4780 W County Rd. 38 E
Important Info: ***Bring your own bike*** Mountain bikes will not be provided.

Along with awesome hikes, the foothills west of Fort Collins are home to some epic mountain bike trails! Bring your own mountain bike and join one of our organizers (a local mountain bike fiend) on the trails directly west of the city. It’s a fantastic way to get out and get riding while enjoying the incredible scenery of the foothills. This 7-mile trail ride flows well and links up to a variety of other trails, so you can easily extend your ride. Learn more about the trail at https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/342104/blue-sky.

Cruise FoCo
What: Easy level difficulty ride on city’s bike paths
When: 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 4th
Where: Meet at Marriot Hotel (for group ride)
Important Info: Up to 10 bicycles will be available to use for FREE! Bike locks will be provided; however, please bring your own bike helmet if possible (limited number of helmets available to borrow).

Our bike paths can’t be beat! The flat, easily ridable, and scenic network of bike paths in Fort Collins help make it a Platinum Rated Bike Friendly City. Join a local on an easy group ride starting from the Marriot Hotel to learn more about the town and see some of the sights – or explore on your own time. Many argue that our city is best explored on two wheels.

To sign up for any of these activities, contact Sarah Meline at
smeline@fcgov.com. *Please include your cellphone number & email.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017.

May 9 Front Range Business Round Table postponed until July

The Colorado Association for Recycling is inviting businesses into the recycling conversation in Colorado. Almost every business in Colorado is involved in some way in recycling and materials management. Businesses use materials to make products and deliver services and all of these materials have a life cycle. How can businesses best manage materials not only for the benefit of the environment but also for the benefit of the bottom line? CAFR business councils will tackle material end-of-life issues by bringing together the business community to share ideas, solve problems and be the voice for businesses in the recycling and sustainability community in Colorado.

The business councils will bring all sizes and sectors of business together. In the council setting each sector will focus on materials that are the most relevant to that sector. However, the council will come together as a group at the beginning and end of each meeting for the purpose of crossover information and revealing potential synergies amongst sectors to solve for materials issues.

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. The councils are not limited to members from those geographical areas. These two areas will simply be our first two host locations.

Businesses are invited to participate in the round table for the purpose of shaping the scope and direction of the business councils.

  • Front Range Business Round Table: Tuesday, May 9 POSTPONED until July

The councils are open to current CAFR business partners but will also welcome guests to participate for the purpose of exploring the opportunity of becoming a CAFR partner.

For more information, please contact: Laurie Johnson, CAFR executive director, at Laurie@cafr.org

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017.

CAFR reinvents committees – Find the one that’s right for you

The best way to get the most out of your CAFR membership is to join a committee! CAFR has reinvented its committees and tailored each one to different member interests. 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!

Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting Committee organizes the Annual Meeting that happens each year in October.
Learn more

✔ This is a good committee for members who haven’t done event planning but want to learn or grow their skills. Sign up

Nominating Committee (ad-hoc)
The Nominating Committee is an Annual Meeting Committee ad-hoc committee that works a few months out of the year to coordinate the board of directors nominations and elections.
Learn more

✔ This is a good committee for members who Want to be involved in the selection process for the board. Sign up

Development
The Development Committee works to establish and grow relationships with all partner-level members, business partners and individual sponsors and donors.
Learn more

✔ This is a good committee for members who have not raised money before but would like to learn how with the help of a mentor!
Sign up

Finance
The Finance Committee meets bi-monthly to review CAFR financials and investments.
Learn more

✔ This is a good committee for members who are interested in working with experienced members to learn about non-profit finance. Sign up

Membership and Education
The Membership and Education Committee works to provide learning events, networking and fun for our members. Learn more

✔ This is a good committee for members who enjoy connecting people and building relationships or are educators at heart and want to organize learning opportunities.
Sign up

Poster Contest and Future Leader Program Committee
(ad hoc)

These projects are part of the Membership and Education Committee.
Learn more

✔ This committe is good for members who want to engage Colorado students.
Sign up

Policy
The Policy Committee fills mulitple roles for CAFR. The committee tracks and promotes items of importance to the recycling community, educates legislators and decision makers and works with other organizations to ensure that the voice of recycling is heard in Colorado.
Learn more

✔ This is a good committee for members who don’t have experience with policy but want to learn or want to understand how policy affects their business.
Sign up

Summit for Recycling
The Summit for Recycling Committee is in charge of organizing this signature event for CAFR. Learn more

✔ This is a good committee for members who want to be part of a very active group and who want to contribute to the Summit and/or get experience in event planning.
Sign up

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

Who’s your recycling hero? Nominate them for an award. Deadline for nominations extended to April 7

Nomination Deadline: 3:00pm, April 7, 2017
Download a Nomination Form (PDF)

Each year, the Colorado Association for Recycling seeks 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.

Recycling Award Categories:

  • Media Coverage
  • Outreach
  • Business Recycling
  • Government or Nonprofit Recycling
  • Elected Official
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Rising Star
  • Recycler of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement

Who would you like to see recognized? Submit a nomination.

The Recycling Awards are part of the Summit for Recycling conference, organized by CAFR. The Summit is designed to support recycling professionals with tools, resources, and information that will help them in their efforts to advance recycling.

The Summit is Sponsored By

    

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Boulder County Resource Conservation Division
EcoProducts

C.U. Recycling
Colorado State University Facilities Management

This entry was posted on Friday, March 31st, 2017.

Waste diversion bill introduced in House

Last week, the CAFR Board of Directors voted in favor of moving forward with the Increase Solid Waste Diversion bill. CAFR worked with a stakeholder group, and with our contracted lobbyist worked to integrate the majority of comments from the stakeholders into the bill. Link to bill: HB17-1275 Increase Solid Waste Diversion

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.

Rep. Faith Winter and Rep. Kevin Priola sponsored the bill, which was introduced to the Transportation and Energy Committee and is scheduled for a hearing March 29th. CAFR members are encouraged to contact their represenatives, watch for emails outlining how to do that easily.

Questions? Contact Policy Committee Co-Chairs Jessie Burley (jessie@highcountryconservation.org), Randy Moorman (randy@ecocycle.org) or Laurie Batchelder Adams (laurie@lbaassoc.com) or CAFR Executive Director Laurie Johnson (laurie@cafr.org).

CAFR tracks the most recent activities of the Colorado General Assembly related to the solid waste industry and CAFR’s members. If you are interested in more closely tracking the status of on-going legislation in Colorado, you can monitor CAFR’s Legislative Update page, sign up for the Legislative Update RSS feed or visit the Colorado General Assembly website.

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017.

Calling all college students! CAFR seeks candidates for its conference scholarship program

Are you planning to be a professional recycler in tomorrow’s workforce … pursuing a college degree today?

The Colorado Association for Recycling seeks candidates for its Future Leaders Program (FLP). This conference scholarship program 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. The theme for the 28th annual professional conference is “Recycling – Make it your business.”

The conference agenda includes educational sessions, a variety of presenters, exhibit hall, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction, and fun networking events. The Summit offers an excellent setting to network with private business, government, nonprofit and university representatives and learn about career opportunities in the recycling, materials management and sustainability fields. Registration, lodging, meals, and a travel stipend to attend the 3-day conference will be awarded. Applicants must be currently attending a 2- or 4-year college or university in Colorado. Community college, undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

To Apply
Eligible students may visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/futureleaderprogram to fill out the online application. Candidates studying environmental sciences, sustainability, biology, engineering, marketing or business programs, and related fields, are highly sought after. Responses are due no later than Friday, April 14, 2017, by 4:00 p.m. All applications will be reviewed by a panel of collegiate and industry representatives. Winners will be announced May 5, 2017.

This entry was posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017.

CAFR announces its 11th annual Recycling Poster Contest

The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) announces its 11th annual Recycling Poster Contest. The contest is open to all K-12 students and youth organization members in Colorado. Deadline for entry is April 24, 2017.

The contest showcases students’ artistic talent and commitment to the environment. One grand-prize winner receives a $100 gift card. Winning artwork will be used in Colorado’s 2017 America Recycles Day video and be seen throughout the state. Plus, each school with winning entries will receive a free one-year teacher membership to RAFT Colorado.

Download the rules.

Entries will be judged by a panel of industry representatives. Winners will be announced during the first two weeks of May. View previous winning artwork.

This entry was posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017.

Funding available for waste diversion and waste minimization projects

COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT,

RECYCLING RESOURCES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM

Building Opportunities to Maximize Waste Diversion and Create Jobs in Colorado

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is 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. Proposals should meet one or more of the following objectives (in no particular order of priority):

  • Establishing or improving programs or methods that divert materials from landfills, which may include material recycling or reuse for various materials or products, and composting;
  • Leveraging regional partnerships to maximize economies of scale;
  • Developing best practices in recycling, composting, waste minimization and diversion, reuse, and repurposing;
  • Implementing proven diversion methods through Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT), market incentives, contracting, municipal ordinances, or other mechanisms;
  • Improving market research and collecting data to identify opportunities for increased waste diversion;
  • Providing data on quantities of recyclables in order to set goals, track progress, and support new or expanded market development;
  • Providing detailed economic information on the impacts of recycling and material reuse in Colorado;
  • Educating and informing the general public about waste diversion.

A total of $1.8 million is available to fund multiple projects.

Information regarding this funding opportunity, the schedule, and the grant application can all be found on the CDPHE website.

Though optional, grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the pre-application conference. This is each applicant’s opportunity to receive feedback directly from the selection committee on proposal ideas and to resolve any questions an applicant may have about the Request for Applications document. The pre-application conference is scheduled to start at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the department’s main campus in Denver. Teleconferencing will be available. RSVP is required. Please reference the Request for Applications document for more details regarding the pre-application conference.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MARCH 3, 2017 AT 3:00 PM MST

Please direct questions via email to cdphe.ppp2@state.co.us. Questions will not be answered over the phone. Deadlines for submitting written inquiries are listed in the schedule of activities.

This entry was posted on Saturday, January 21st, 2017.

Calling all Colorado colleges and universities for RecycleMania 2017

The 2017 RecycleMania Tournament is right around the corner, and CAFR encourages all colleges and universities in Colorado to get involved! 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!

Join other colleges, including Colorado State University, Johnson & Wales University – Denver and Western State Colorado University, who have all already signed up for the 2017 competition. Visit www.recyclemania.org to get full details, including competition dates, and to sign-up for a series of orientation webinars to help campus coordinators get ready for the start of the competition. While they’re at it, coordinators can also add their school to list of schools signed-up for 2017. Local government and organizations are encouraged to pass the word onto local colleges that aren’t yet on the participation list.

This entry was posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017.

State establishes permanent medication take-back locations

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has established a permanent household medication take-back program, adding more than 42 drop-off locations in two dozen counties across the state.

In partnership with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, the health department developed the program in response to the increased need for safe disposal of prescription medications. The average American household has four pounds of medications, including both prescription and over-the-counter medications drugs. At the same time, teen abuse of prescription medications is on the rise. Research shows almost 38 percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from their parents’ medicine cabinet.

While safely disposing of medications helps reduce drug abuse, it also ensures they are not flushed down the toilet or thrown away, which can harm water quality and the environment.

“Prescription medication misuse and overdose numbers continue to climb, especially among youth. One simple thing we can all do to help is to dispose of our medications responsibly,” said Department Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Larry Wolk. “And it has the added benefit of protecting our water and environment.”

By the end of this year, the health department hopes to have at least one
drop off location in every Colorado county.

Needles, marijuana products and chemotherapy medication will not be accepted. The drop boxes are for household medications only. Health care facility waste will not be allowed.

To find a drop box location, go to takemedsback.org. Additional drop-off locations are still needed, so any pharmacy, law enforcement agency, medical clinic or hospital interested in participating should call 303-692-2903.

This entry was posted on Monday, January 9th, 2017.

CAFR kicks off 2017 by welcoming a new executive director

The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) announces the selection of Laurie Johnson as its new executive director. Johnson will fill the full-time position effective January 3, 2017.

Johnson brings more than 15 years of experience in recycling, sustainability and community services to CAFR. For the past three years, Johnson worked as vice president of client services for Recyclebank. At the start of her career Johnson worked for 10 years as operations executive director with the YMCA of Los Angeles, bringing together stakeholders to improve communities and build strong kids and strong families. Johnson has been involved in recycling, organics and sustainability across the U.S. She is currently a board member with the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) and has participated in trade organizations representing California, Arizona, Florida and the Southeast.

Johnson graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs and will complete her MBA in Sustainability with Antioch University in April 2017. When not advocating for recycling and sustainability, you’ll find Johnson enjoying Colorado’s outdoor adventures and Denver’s downtown venues.

Juri Freeman, CAFR’s president, said, “The entire board is extremely excited to have Laurie join our organization. She brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge, and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for the CAFR.” Johnson was selected after a regional search and selection process and received wide support from the CAFR board.

Johnson is available at laurie@cafr.org and will maintain an office at The Alliance Center in Denver. The CAFR board of directors also recognizes Amy Randell, CAFR’s interim executive director, and thanks her for her dedication to the organization. After successfully guiding CAFR over the last several months, Randell will be returning to her role as executive assistant starting January 3. Members will have opportunities to meet CAFR’s new executive director during CAFR’s Lobby Day, February 8, and at the 2017 Summit for Recycling conference, scheduled for June 4 through 6 in Fort Collins, among other events.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017.

Thank you Colorado Gives Day donors


Our sincere thanks to the individuals who contributed to the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) for Colorado Gives Day. We are continually humbled and inspired by everyone’s generosity.

10 Reasons for Giving

CAFR:

  1. Helps recycling programs and businesses grow.
  2. Advocates policies that promote recycling.
  3. Supports job creation through reuse and recycling.
  4. Protects land and water by advocating for proper waste disposal practices.
  5. Reduces food waste by encouraging composting programs.
  6. Closes the loop by promoting the purchase of recycled-content products.
  7. Helped pass the law to divert electronic waste from Colorado landfills.
  8. Led the effort to establish statewide rebates and grants for recycling projects.
  9. Spearheaded the legislation that allows all Colorado residents access to paint recycling.
  10. Coordinates the annual recycling poster contest for K-12 students that resulted this year in the video “Top 10 Reasons to Recycle.”

CAFR is the only statewide recycling coalition specifically working to advance and improve recycling opportunities in our beautiful state. Your contributions will help us continue programs that support recycling in 2017.

This entry was posted on Sunday, December 11th, 2016.

Call for Proposals: 2017 Summit for Recycling Conference – Deadline extended!

Summit for Recycling
June 4-6, 2017
Fort Collins Marriott
350 East Horsetooth Road
Fort Collins, Colorado

Download the Call for Proposals as a PDF

Submit Your Proposal

Please distribute widely to colleagues and contacts!

Deadline for Proposals – Extended: Friday, December 16, 2016

Theme: “Recycling – Make it your business”

Fostering Colorado communities’ zero-waste businesses – small, medium and large

The commercial sector can be an untapped market for increasing waste diversion. Businesses need to know recycling and composting save money by reducing a company’s trash bill and provide an opportunity to create a positive image in the community that attracts new customers and brings in more revenue. What steps can businesses that are already recycling take to further increase their sustainability goals? The 2017 Summit for Recycling seeks to educate the business sector about the benefits of waste diversion and sustainable materials management and explore ways our community leaders and local recycling organizations can engage the business sector on this issue. Attendees will learn how to incorporate recycling into sustainability plans, how to educate members of their business community on the benefits of recycling and why they should recycle.

Submit your most creative ideas!

CAFR invites you to submit a proposal that will offer original content and an interactive experience for our attendees. Along with networking opportunities and a rich exhibit hall experience, we want the 2017 Summit for Recycling program to speak not only to the business community but also to the haulers, MRF operators, recyclers and the local governments and nonprofits that drive participation in waste diversion programs.

Session Models

We will give preferential consideration to proposals that break away from traditional slide presentations. We are looking for creative session formats that will involve the attendees in debate, discussion and dialogue – interactive, proactive or just plain active! Having attendees leave the Summit with concrete and tangible tools to improve their programs or processes is a high priority.

Some format ideas you might consider:

  • Pro/con debate about a particular program
  • Panel discussion about a new idea for a cutting edge technology or system
  • Case studies and first-hand “testimonials” that illustrate how diverse approaches were used for achieving a goal with discussion about which approaches worked best and why
  • Hands-on workshop that introduces entrepreneurs to sustainability
  • Examples of a program that DIDN’T work followed by roundtable discussions of how it might be made to work
  • Ways to develop networks or support systems for particular sectors of the business community

Potential Topics

Proposals should be non-commercial in nature and appeal to a diverse and discriminating audience that has strong technical experience. Proposals must relate to the overarching theme or to these suggested topics:

  1. Business-centric practices: What do businesses need to know to effectively implement sustainable materials management practices, including recycling, in their organizations? What steps can businesses that are already recycling take to further increase waste diversion? Attendees should come away with greater understanding about the economic and environmental benefits of waste reduction, recycling and composting and the steps to implement a new or enhanced program. What resources are available to businesses to further increase their sustainability goals? How do businesses build a sustainable business culture that is attractive to new employees and customers? How can communities and the state provide business support that helps them be more sustainable?
  2. Food waste: An estimated 35% of the material sent to landfill is organic waste. Landfilling of both pre- and postconsumer food waste remains a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions and potential pollution. With new national campaigns and growing public awareness of wasted food and hunger, the time is right for exploring opportunities for innovation and policy developments that address the issue. Attendees should come away with a broadened perspective and knowledge about the tools and educational materials that are available, including different options for food waste such as human consumption, animal feed and compost. The important role of the institutional food industry and restaurant industry to reduce waste and manage organic waste streams should be explored in depth and successful leadership models should be reviewed. Such a discussion should include green procurement, including compostable disposables, green packaging and other products that reduce food waste.
  3. Sustainable materials management: As principles of sustainable materials management (SMM) gain traction around the world with large corporations how do we transfer this new body of knowledge to Colorado’s business community? Where have successful practices been established that turn SMM concepts into Standard Operating Procedures that could be adopted by attendees? Recycling is a main “plank” in the SMM platform and attendees can start or improve their programs at the same time as they look ahead for what it takes for SMM to become embedded in the business environment.
  4. Climate impacts: Products made from organic material such as compost, compost tea, and biochar can create an important carbon “sink” when applied to soil and have great potential for use in Colorado. Attendees should learn the relationship of compost and other organic product programs to state and local climate action plans and have a greater degree of comfort in understanding how these complex biological processes work in relation to their programs, businesses and communities. How does the management of agricultural, forested and range land and the use of organic products affect climate change? Could we move forward state-wide or regionally toward a carbon credit program that pays land managers to apply organic products? Additionally, attendees would benefit from knowing what has happened in the last 12 months that is making materials management a bigger part of the climate change discussion. What have locals done to push materials management as part of their climate change mitigation/prevention strategy?
  5. Other timely and relevant topics that may be of interest to attendees include examples of successful regional planning, how to improve worker safety, strategies for recycling business development such as economic incubators and job training programs and how to create or enhance end-markets for recycled materials.

Submit Your Proposal

To submit your proposal, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/summit2017proposals.

Those whose proposals are selected and who wish to attend the Summit (other than for their own session) receive a 50% discount on one-day or full registration rates (does not apply to any super early-bird or early-bird rates). Audio/Visual Requirements: Presenters will be responsible for submitting any presentation materials one week prior to the Summit (May 26, 2017). Submitters will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted no later than January 16, 2017.

If you have questions regarding the submission of your proposal, contact Amy Randell at amy@cafr.org or 970-372-5615. For more information on the 2017 Summit, please visit www.CAFR.org. We look forward to seeing you at the 28th Annual Summit for Recycling in Fort Collins, Colorado, June 4-6, 2017!

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016.

Celebrate the formation of the Colorado Composting Council December 9 at Westminster Brewing Co.

The Colorado Composting Council is now an official chapter of the U.S. Composting Council — Let’s celebrate!

Friday, December 9
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Westminster Brewing Co.
7655 W 108th Ave #600
Broomfield, CO 80021

Anyone invested or interested in composting in Colorado is invited.
RSVP to amy@cafr.org by December 7

The Colorado Compost Council (formerly the Rocky Mountain Organics Council) promotes sustainable utilization of organic resources. Not a member? Time to join up! Benefits include:

  • Certificate of membership
  • E-news, periodic updates of news affecting the organics recycling industry
  • Full voting privileges on issues and recommendations
  • Compost directory listing
  • Organized opportunities to network with purchasers, specifiers, service providers, manufacturers and regulatory personnel and other composters in Colorado and the U.S.
  • Direct access to industry specific research data.
  • Direct access to refined marketing tools and programs.
  • Certification programs for products and operators.
  • Legislative advocacy support related to the organics producers, products and services industry.

Meeting agenda

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Tap a keg ☺
  • Overview of Changes – RMOC → COCC
    • Brief history of the process – The egg has finally hatched!
    • Reasons/benefits for elevating the RMOC
    • Current membership overview
    • Financial report
  • New Structure – What’s it mean for you – Q&A
  • Current Issues/Goals
    • CDOT connection
    • Municipal Compost Requirement Promotion
    • New Compost Regulations
    • Brief overview and impact
    • Persistent Herbicides Issue Status
    • National Organics Program Status
    • Marketing Compost – using current resources
  • Future Opportunities
    • Compost Operations Management (USCC administered) Certification Program
    • You Tube videos
    • CAFR Summit
  • Membership reconnect and drive
  • Adjourn and continue social networking

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016.

Share CAFR’s new video and celebrate America Recycles Day

Celebrate the “Top 10 Reasons to Recycle” this November 15, America Recycles Day

Share CAFR’s new video recognizing the winners of CAFR’s art contest. Use it on your website or Facebook pages, share with your local TV stations and more. Show your pride in being a member of CAFR and help celebrate the top 10 reasons to recycle.

Show us how you celebrate ARD

The Education and Outreach Committee asks all CAFR members to send us pictures and a short synopsis (20 words) of what you did for America Recycles Day. We’ll share the information on CAFr’s website and social media channels. Send your photos and information to Susan Finzel-Aldred at aldred@pueblocounty.us before November 18.

America Recycles Day (ARD) has been the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States since 1997. Every year on and around Nov. 15, thousands of local event organizers mobilize throughout their community to educate millions of people about recycling within their communities.

Plan your own ARD event by taking advantage of the tools and resources available to make event planning easy and successful. Once planned, register your event here – this allows your event to become part of the national network of America Recycles Day events!

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. This includes:

  • Recycling at home, work/school and on-the-go;
  • Buying products made with recycled content; and
  • Educating and encouraging friends, family and neighbors to take the #BeRecycled Pledge.

Learn more about America Recycles Day.

This entry was posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016.

Colorado Association for Recycling seeks full-time executive director

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. The ideal candidate will also have:

  • An undergraduate degree with an advanced degree highly preferred.
  • Significant leadership experience, ideally of five or more years and in a membership association or other nonprofit organization. Demonstrated experience developing and cultivating strong stakeholder (i.e., member) relationships and fundraising, through sponsorships and grants, will distinguish the most attractive candidates.
  • Prior experience in the recycling or solid waste (or similar environmental/resource conservation field) while very attractive, is not required.
  • Demonstrated fiscal management skills including developing and managing an operating budget.
  • A proactive leader; intellectually curious; regularly investigates and brings new ideas to the organization, especially with regard to operational best practices and staff leadership; skilled in critical and creative thinking to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to issues.

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board President and takes direction from the Board of Directors for all activities and actions. The Executive Director will supervise the Executive Assistant and work very closely with externally contracted service providers (i.e., external accountant, lobbyist and Summit Program Coordinator). The Executive Director will administer an operating budget of $185,000. This is an exempt and full-time position.

CAFR is based in downtown Denver and offers considerable flexibility. The Association is comprised of approximately 225 members from across the State of Colorado and takes pride in offering a wide variety of services to its members and to the State, including: an Annual Summit for Recycling Conference, education and outreach, policy and advocacy and networking opportunities to name a few.

Detailed Position Specifications are available by clicking the link below: https://www.eflassociates.com/Portals/2/Position%20Specs/
CAFR_ED_FINAL%20Specs_7450.pdf

If you’re interested and would like additional information – or if you have a great individual to refer – please contact Lauren McElderry, of EFL Associates, at lmcelderry@eflassociates.com or 720.200.7021.

This entry was posted on Monday, October 17th, 2016.

Meet the candidates for the CAFR Board of Directors

CAFR’s Nominating Committee is tasked with assembling a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors election. While developing the slate of candidates the nominating committee ensures that the diversity of membership categories and geography of CAFR’s membership is represented. We encourage all members to get involved and vote and make sure your organization and region are well-represented in CAFR’s activities and that CAFR helps meet your needs.

In November, eligible CAFR members will elect five (5) candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2017-2019). Questions about the slate of candidates or the selection process can be directed to Tameem Khizer, Nominating Committee Chair.

We are pleased to present the slate of candidates for your consideration. The Nominating Committee is confident that the following candidates have the time, ability and inclination to serve on the Board of Directors. Each candidate has signed the CAFR Board Letter of Commitment, acknowledging their desire and ability to serve.

Candidates

 


Meet the Candidates

Chris BerryChris Berry
Republic Services
Commerce City

Chris has over 15 years of experience in developing and nurturing professional relationships with public, private, and nonprofits in collaborating to find ways to advance and fund important and necessary green initiatives in response to our growing need to embrace sustainability. As a former two-term Mayor of Lafayette, Colorado Chris led efforts to ensure Lafayette became the first city in Colorado to embrace a cart-content only pay-as-you-throw system for trash and recycling services.

Additionally, his experience includes understanding how to facilitate and build bridges among stakeholders with common goals and aspirations. Chris knows that to accomplish this requires innovative thinking, the ability to organize meaningful collaborations, and the willingness to develop and implement practical solutions that will help CAFR succeed with key projects, make better informed decisions, and meet their goals.

Chris joined Republic Services in April 2015. Since that time he has worked diligently to build relationships with municipalities in Colorado to assist them in the process of moving away from an open market service to a pay-as-you-throw trash and recycling service. Thank you for your support.

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Geoff DavisGeoff Davis
SustainAbility
Arvada

Geoff Davis is currently the Work Program Director for SustainAbility, a recycling company based in Arvada. SustainAbility offers commercial, residential, electronics and accepts hard to recycle materials.

Geoff previously worked for over thirteen years at a non-profit agency. Geoff led the charge away from fulfillment contracts to programs that focus on recycling. In this setting, Geoff put 45 people with disabilities to work by teaching them critical skills to work in the recycling industry. Geoff’s position with SustainAbility is reviving an innovative program that recycles healthcare plastics and blue wrap, supporting local hospitals in their goal of reducing waste.

Geoff has been an active member with CAFR for over four years, and is deeply committed to their vision and mission. He is an active member of the Education and Outreach Committee and the Membership Committee. Geoff has been an honorary board member for the last two years and offers a unique perspective to the board having worked in both the recycling and the nonprofit sector.

Outside of work Geoff enjoys spending time with his wife, being program director for TOPSoccer (a soccer program for children with special needs) and cheering on Manchester United.

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Juri FreemanJuri Freeman
Resource Recycling Systems
Boulder

I am running for the CAFR Board of Directors for a second term because I have a strong commitment to helping CAFR grow in 2017 and beyond. I would like to help CAFR continue to add value for its members, help maintain a robust diversity of members, and lobby for policy that supports all aspects of our industry. I have been involved with CAFR for nearly a decade and, if elected, I will continue to try to bring enthusiasm and dedication to hard work for the organization. I believe that my experience in both the private and public sectors of the recycling industry, my familiarity with programs, commodities, and markets around the state, and my willingness to do whatever I can to help CAFR grow will make me an asset to the Board of Directors. My work experience includes nearly three years managing the City of Denver’s recycling programs, and eight years as a consultant focusing on materials management related issues.

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Ellen FortierEllen Fortier
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Golden

Ellen Fortier has been the sustainability coordinator at NREL for 15 years and a participant of CAFR since 2006.

Ellen is passionate about waste diversion strategies for her employer, her community and our state. In addition to participating in CAFR she is an active council member in the CCSP, CoPSC and COCC(RMOC).

As part of her duties at NREL, Ellen:

  • Specializes in waste stream strategy development, implementation, and outreach
  • Performs data collection, monitoring and reporting associated with campus waste, sustainable acquisitions, and green product use
  • Develops and executes outreach campaigns to promote behavior change and support sustainable campus operations affecting NREL employees.

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Mark HoblitzellMark Hoblitzell
Town of Vail
Vail

Mark Hoblitzell is the Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for the Town of Vail. Before joining the town, Mark worked for Vail Resorts and the US Forest Service. He earned a B.S in recreation resource management and an M.B.A from West Virginia University. In his current roll with the Town of Vail, Mark is involved in the management of multiple sustainability program areas: waste diversion and recycling, energy efficiency, special events and economic development, transportation, education and communication, and ecosystem health. Mark’s work in waste diversion includes improving compliance and recycling rates through the towns PAYT program, managing annual waste collection and cleanup events, and leading educational presentations in schools and at community events. Additionally, Mark was instrumental in the development and implementation of Vail’s “Kick the Bag Habit” program which included a ban on single-use plastic bags and a fee on paper bags in the town’s grocery stores. This program has resulted in a 90% reduction single-use bags. In his free time, Mark enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and the Colorado outdoors.

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Beth LenzBeth Lenz
Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments
Cañon City

Beth Lenz serves as the Regional Recycling Director and Community Development Coordinator for the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments. She has been with the organization for 16 years, working in various capacities for the nonprofit, including developing and teaching a grant proposal writing workshop for nonprofits, as well as successful grant writing. During her tenure as the director of the recycling program, she has been able to decrease the cost of operations for the Regional Recycling Program (Upper Arkansas Recycling) by over 40%.

Beth is a SWANA Certified Recycling Systems Manager and has a passion for responsible, affordable recycling in rural Colorado.

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Randy MoormanRandy Moorman
Eco-Cycle
Boulder

Randy is the Director of Community Campaigns for Eco-Cycle where he has worked since 2012. He is passionate about building Zero Waste communities in Colorado. At Eco-Cycle, he has successfully spearheaded public outreach and advocacy campaigns that resulted in approval of Boulder’s new Universal Zero Waste Ordinance, brought curbside composting to Lafayette and Longmont, and increased recycling and composting in apartments and condominiums in Boulder. He is currently developing partnerships to increase recycling in Denver and engage the Latino community in Zero Waste initiatives.

Randy is deeply involved in the Colorado Association for Recycling, serving on the policy committee for the last four years, the annual Summit program committee for two years, and as co-chair of the Colorado Product Stewardship Council in 2015. Randy is also an experienced policy expert and advocate. Prior to joining Eco-Cycle, he was a lobbyist for Conservation Colorado, one of the state’s leading environmental nonprofits. Randy is excited about working with CAFR to advance policies that improve recycling and composting across the state and strengthen Colorado’s sustainable materials management economy.

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Cory St. ClairCory St. Clair
All Recycling
Englewood

Ever since elementary school I have had an interest in recycling. Growing up in Upstate New York I started a milk carton recycling program for our school to keep all of the cardboard from being thrown away, and my main source of income as a kid was recycling bottles and cans for five cents each.

Today I work in the scrap metal industry and I still have that same passion for recycling. Over the last four years I have developed an e-scrap program for two separate scrap yards in the Denver market. These programs have helped divert millions of pounds of electronics from the landfill, while also generating tremendous profit margins for the companies.

I feel I would be a great fit for CAFR’s Board of Directors because of my drive and commitment to protecting and preserving the environment. I would also like to be involved in making positive changes in legislation on a state and local level. I firmly believe that implementing innovative and progressive recycling solutions and waste reduction will result in a better future for my children and all future generations.

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Becca WalkinshawBecca Walkinshaw
Gallegos Sanitation
Fort Collins

Becca began her journey in the recycling industry with Gallegos Sanitation in 2007. In 2009 she was promoted to the position of sustainability coordinator, to represent GSI’s commitment to Triple Bottom Line business ethics.

Passionate about building relationships that create supportive communities, Becca works to maintenance a culture of transparent, educated, green-minded, health-conscious employees through environmental and social endeavors at GSI. For the Northern Colorado Community, she coordinates and consults on recycling programs for businesses, construction sites, special events, and schools. She also provides assistance with GSI’s marketing and outreach projects.

Becca earned her degree in Sociology and Human Services from Black Hills State University in South Dakota in 2005. In June 2010, she completed the Green Building Certificate Program from Colorado State University and received her LEED Green Associate accreditation in March of 2011. Prior to working at GSI, Becca spent two years as the membership and festival coordinator for the Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce in Arizona.

Her participation in organizations that support sustainability through volunteer efforts include the United States Green Building Council Northern Colorado Branch, City of Fort Collins ClimateWise Advisory Committee, City of Fort Collins Road to Zero Waste Strategic Committee, Poudre School District Strategic Sustainability Team, Sustainable Living Association Steering Committee, and Pathways to Family Wellness Support Group.

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Jerry Williams
Jerry Williams

Denver International Airport
Denver

For the last 15 years Jerry Williams has been a member of the Environmental/Sustainability team at Denver International Airport (DIA). Before the energy meltdown in the mid-eighties, Jerry spent 10 years as a geophysicist in the oil and gas industry after which he was a partner in a popular downtown brewpub along with other shady and unemployed geologists.

Jerry has been integral in the design and implementation of DIA’s Sustainability Vision. This comprehensive plan includes economic, social, and environmental initiatives such as: Greenhouse Gas Management, Energy Management, Waste Management, Water Quality, Green Fleet, and Green building (LEED). Jerry has endeavored to ensure that DIA, as one of Colorado’s enduring organizations, takes the long view in considering the potential impacts of their decisions to ensure that economic growth does not come at the expense of environmental protection or social responsibility.

In addition, over the last 12 years Jerry has designed and implemented a comprehensive landfill waste diversion program which encompasses: recycling, compost, source glass collection, and a food donation program (30,000 lbs. and counting) which was the recent recipient of Metro Caring’s 2016 Hungry for Change Award. Though Jerry hasn’t reach his desired diversion rate goal as of yet, the diversion rate has increased from less than 3% to 18% airport wide.

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This entry was posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2016.

Colorado compost community forms state Composting Council Chapter

Rocky Mt. Organics Council, Colorado Association for Recycling Partner with USCC

The State of Colorado has formed a regional chapter to promote the compost manufacturing industry under the umbrella of the US Composting Council, the group announced today.

The Colorado Composting Council (COCC) is now an official USCC chapter, grown from the Rocky Mountain Organics Council of the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR).

“We believe this move will give us a stronger voice within the State of Colorado to affect matters related to organics recycling and create new value for our membership,” said Dan Matsch, president of the COCC.  “We look forward to working with the USCC and other state chapters to maximize the many new opportunities for the compost industry to support resource conservation and environmental sustainability.”

The group currently has about 30 active members and will work to promote the industry and educate state regulators, local officials and the public about the importance of the compost manufacturing industry to local waste management programs, jobs and business development and use of compost in commercial and residential landscaping, for stormwater management, erosion control and green infrastructure needs and its beneficial impact on carbon sequestration. Members of the COCC will work with USCC to take positions on regulations and legislation that affect the industry and the market for compost in the state.

“The USCC—and the compost industry– is strongest in states like Colorado where there is an organized group from the industry,” said Frank Franciosi, executive director of the USCC. “We support chapters because they can directly touch the members we work to serve.”

Colorado becomes the fifth regional chapter of the USCC, which is growing due to the increased diversion efforts of communities who are removing food scraps along with the traditional yard trimmings and other organics from disposal. The demand side of the industry is expanding with the growing recognition of the beneficial uses of compost.

California, Minnesota, Virginia and North Carolina all have USCC chapters, and an organizational committee is working in Maryland-Delaware.

Members of the Colorado Composting Council’s board include: Matsch, of Eco-Cycle, Bob Yost of A1 Organics, Bryce Isaacson of Western Disposal Services, and Sarah Martinez of Eco Products.

For information about the Colorado Chapter, contact Dan Matsch at 303-444-6634. For more information on how to start a State Chapter contact Linda Norris-Waldt at 301.897.2715 x 2.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016.

CAFR comments on the state’s solid waste and materials management plan

The​ ​Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan commissioned by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is designed to guide the development of waste disposal, collection and diversion options for various geographic regions​ in the state ​for the next 20 years. The plan includes a list of recommendations to encourage and​ ​stimulate a shift in Colorado from solid waste disposal to sustainable materials management. The Plan is intended​​ to provide guidance to local communities for improvement in waste management and waste diversion operations.​

As representatives of Colorado’s statewide recycling industry and local governments, the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) applauds CDPHE’s decision to divide the state into four regions that reflect the diverse needs, gaps, barriers and opportunities in each region.

Increasing the amount of valuable materials diverted for recycling will foster the vibrant, sustainable economy that all Coloradans want. With CDPHE’s leadership, Colorado can reduce materials going to the landfill and reap the benefits of successful recycling programs, which create jobs, boost local economies, save valuable resources, reduce pollution that impacts climate change and protect our environment.

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 recommendations include:

  1. Expand CDPHE’s mission and authority to include enforcement and funding of diversion and sustainable materials management.
  2. Assign timelines and priorities.
  3. Commit to market development and assistance programs.
  4. Measure and evaluate actions based on climate change impacts.
  5. Set stronger resource recovery goals.
  6. Integrate materials management into state economic development programs.
  7. Quantify funding gaps, identify key funding sources, and set goals.
  8. Prioritize additional compost facilities.
  9. Expand compost markets.
  10. Develop plan for additional construction and demolition (C&D) materials diversion.

For the complete list of recommendations with more detailed information, read the official letter to CDPHE.

CAFR is a membership organization that assists individuals, businesses and nonprofits in turning waste products into marketable resources in Colorado.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016.

CAFR seeks part-time contractor specializing in conference program coordination

Request for Proposals:
Conference Program Coordination Services

CAFR seeks to hire a part-time contractor specializing in conference program coordination services for the 2017 Summit for Recycling. The contractor’s work would commence in October 2016 and conclude no more than three weeks after the 2017 Summit. The contractor is expected to attend the Summit, June 4–6, 2017, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The contractor will ensure that:

  • Logistical details relating to speakers and moderators are managed well and
  • Goals are clearly laid out and all timelines are met.

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 add-on training.

Proposals are due by 4:00pm MDT, Friday, September 30.

Download the complete request for proposals

This entry was posted on Monday, August 29th, 2016.

New tax exemption for recyclers. Learn how your business could qualify

If you’re a recycler or remanufacturer, this could benefit you!

In 2016, after two years of negotiations and coalition building, the Colorado Association for Recycling introduced a successful bill to treat machinery and equipment used in the recycling and reprocessing of waste products the same as those used in the traditional manufacturing process. SB16-124 clarifies that the state sales and use tax exemption should also apply to modern remanufacturing practices.

Download the Tax Exemption Fact Sheet (PDF)

How to Claim an Exemption

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:

Option 1At the time of purchase
Recyclers can present a completed form DR 1191 at the time of purchase. The entity making the exempt purchase must make copies and provide one to the vendor, one to the Department of Revenue, and keep one for its records

Option 2Claim for refund
If the exemption is not granted at the time of purchase, recyclers can claim the exemption by completing and submitting form DR 0137V for refund on sales tax paid. Entities typically request a refund for tax paid in error for manufacturing equipment and machinery. With
any claim for refund, the entity must provide receipts for the transactions for which it is requesting the refund. Statute of limitations: Statute of limitations for requesting a
refund for sales tax is three years from the date of purchase.

To expedite processing, entities claiming the exemption at the time of purchase or as claim for refund, should include the name of the facility as identified on the list of registered recyclers maintained by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Recyclers

  • Eligible entities are listed as a registered recycler through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
  • Present form DR 1191 at time of purchase or submit form DR 0137B for claim for refund.
  • Statute of limitations for requesting a refund is three years from the date of purchase.

More Information
Colorado Department of Revenue
Taxation Division
303-238-SERV (7378)
www.taxcolorado.com
Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This entry was posted on Monday, August 22nd, 2016.

Call for Abstracts: CAFR Annual Meeting “Lightning Round” – Deadline September 9

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. The “Lightning Round” gives you a chance to share your innovative ideas, program, and successes with more than 100 of your colleagues!

Abstracts are due September 9, and you’ll know by September 23 whether you’ll be speaking. Let’s hear from all those excellent programs out there!

Click here to submit your abstract

Questions? Contact
Janice Oldemeyer, Annual Meeting Co-Chair.

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2016.

Funding available for regional studies to optimize waste diversion

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH THE RECYCLING RESOURCES ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM

REGIONAL STUDIES TO OPTIMIZE WASTE DIVERSION

The intent of this solicitation is to incentivize regional planning initiatives that focus on examining how existing waste diversion activities can be better coordinated in a defined region so as to maximize waste diversion in the future. Key project activities will include conducting one or more waste audits to establish a baseline, identifying key stakeholders and convening stakeholder meetings, and identifying existing and future infrastructure needs and potential policy changes. The findings from each of these activities will be presented in a final report. A total of $250,000 is available to fund at least five regional studies with project budgets capped at $50,000 each.

Information regarding this funding opportunity, the schedule, and the grant application can all be found on the CDPHE website.

FIRST ROUND OF QUESTIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY AUGUST 29, 2016 AT 3:00 PM MDT

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE OCTOBER 31, 2016 AT 3:00 PM MDT

Please direct questions via email to cdphe.ppp2@state.co.us. Questions will not be answered over the phone.

This entry was posted on Friday, August 5th, 2016.

Recycling rebate applications for free public recycling drop-offs due August 31

APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016 AT 3:00 PM MDT

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment requests applications from entities wishing to claim a rebate from the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Fund. 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. More information about the rebate program, as well as the rebate application, can be found on the CDPHE website.

The total dollar amount for the rebate period covering July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 is $381,150. Note that rebates will be calculated using 12 months of data, a significant change to previous rebate cycles that were limited to six months.

Please direct questions or comments via email to cdphe.ppp2@state.co.us or to 303-691-4955.

This entry was posted on Monday, August 1st, 2016.

CAFR comments on ways to incorporate recycling into the Colorado Climate Plan

At the 2016 Summit for Recycling in Grand Junction, Taryn Finnessey, climate change risk management specialist at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, led a public engagement session on the Colorado Climate Plan. Based on the results of that session and through the work of CAFR’s Policy Committee, CAFR recently submitted a prioritized list of strategies to the department for incorporating recycling into the implementation of the plan.

Priority strategies:

  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.
  2. Coordinate with CDPHE to implement the Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan currently under development and connect the plan to the state Climate Plan.
  3. Dedicate staff at the state level to work on initiating and enhancing recycling, waste reduction and waste diversion in all state-owned and state-operated buildings and agencies (in support of #4 below), developing markets for sustainable materials management, implementing a state materials management plan and providing technical assistance to local communities.
  4. Lead by example in state government by strengthening and enforcing the Green Purchasing Order, by recycling and composting in all state agency facilities and by expanding state agency efforts to reduce food waste. Ensure these activities are acknowledged and supported by the state’s Greening Government Leadership Council. Share these efforts with local government partners.
  5. Seek avenues for state funding that support innovation in the waste sector, provide expanded waste diversion infrastructure to both rural and urban communities and provide incentives for markets for recycled material (e.g., tax breaks for citing a facility to make corrugated cardboard into new paper). Ensure waste recovery programs are eligible for funding sources focused on greenhouse gas reduction. 
  6. Implement policies that reduce organics (yard and food waste) in the landfill (a source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas). Prioritize policies that keep organic materials out of the landfill over mitigation programs such as landfill gas recovery systems.
  7. Include consumption emissions (the total emissions for a product, including its production and consumption) in future greenhouse gas inventories. Consumption emissions are reduced when products are recycled or re-used. Without the inclusion of consumption emissions in inventories, the full benefits of recycling and re-use are not included.
  8. Invest in materials management education and infrastructure in schools.
  9. Support market development of compost use, including CDOT purchasing.
  10. Quantify and include the greenhouse gas savings from waste reduction, recycling and composting in any plan updates or annual reports to highlight work already in progress.

For more information about CAFR’s work with the Colorado Climate Plan, contact Jessie Burley, Policy Committee chairperson, at at 970-668-5703 or jessie@highcountryconservation.org.

This entry was posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016.

Willing to host a tour of your recycling program or facility? Let us help

Gain support from your local representatives

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.

Let Us Help

If you’re willing to host a tour, we can help connect you with your local leaders and candidates. Contact Annmarie Jensen, Jensen Public Affairs, at 720-999-4765 or aj@jensenpublicaffairs.com.

How-to Guide

How To Host A Tour (PDF)

Ready to start planning? CAFR’s step-by-step guide for hosting a successful tour has been designed for general use and offers suggestions and considerations for customizing your tour. The guide was adapted from Jensen Public Affairs and updated by the CAFR Policy Committee in May of 2016 as a benefit for CAFR members.

Ready to host a tour?
Contact Annmarie Jensen at aj@jensenpublicaffairs.com or 720-999-4765.

If you host a tour
Please let us know. Send a note to amy@cafr.org.

Questions about CAFR’s Policy Committee?
Contact Jessie Burley, CAFR Policy Committee Chair, at 970-668-5703 or jessie@highcountryconservation.org

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016.

CDPHE accepting comments on the Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan through September 6

The​ ​Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan will guide the development of waste disposal, collection and diversion options for various geographic regions​ in the state ​for the next 20 years.

The Plan includes goals and action items at both the state and local levels to improve waste management and to improve waste diversion through recycling, composting and other materials management methods. The Plan also includes a list of recommendations and steps to encourage and​ ​stimulate a shift in Colorado from solid waste disposal to sustainable materials management.

In addition, the Plan is intended​​ to provide guidance to local communities for improvement in waste management and waste diversion operations.​ ​The department is confident that the cost analysis​ ​information within the Plan will be particularly beneficial for local governments that are struggling​ ​with the financial aspects of solid waste disposal and landfill operations. The Plan provides strategies​ ​and recommendations for local governments to use in their decision-making.

The department welcomes your comments on the Plan. A public comment period will continue through September 6, 2016. Any comments received will be considered as we implement the Plan over the coming years. You may submit your comments using the link below or by contacting the department’s Solid Waste Program directly.

Submit Comments

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016.

We’re taking time for a happy hour. Please join us July 21 at The Alliance Center

In Memory of Cara Russell

Thursday, July 21

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
MapParking/Transportation

CAFR members are invited to The Alliance Center for a happy hour — two hours, actually. 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.

Questions? Contact Amy at amy@cafr.org/970-372-5615.

In Memory of Cara Russell
With The Alliance Center Community
~ Beer, wine and snacks will be available ~

This entry was posted on Monday, July 18th, 2016.

Getting back to work

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. Everyone is invited to her memorial service July 23, 2 PM, at Arvada United Methodist Church. A reception will follow. For those of you wishing to make a donation, you can contribute to the Cara Russell Memorial Fund. If you are struggling with the recent tragedy, a list of resources available for counseling and support are provided below.

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. Committee and council meetings resumed this week, and you’ll be receiving emails soon asking for input on Colorado Product Stewardship Council activities, asking for ideas for possible webinar topics and providing information on how to host a tour of your facility — and why now is a good time to do it.

If you’re looking for additional ways to be more involved, there are several current opportunities:

  • Volunteers are needed for the Poster Contest Committee. We’re taking the winning posters and an adorable video from one of the winners and we’re making a video for America Recycles Day. Join the committee and add your creativity to the design process.
  • Miss the Summit already and want to help plan the next big CAFR event? Join the Annual Meeting Committee and help select lightning round abstracts and develop other aspects of the event. This year we’re returning to the American Mountaineering Center in Golden on October 19.
  • Interested in guiding the organization? Board of Directors elections are coming up and candidates are needed.

To get involved with any CAFR activities, contact Amy at amy@cafr.org/970-372-5615.

The Board of Directors will meet next week on July 21 at The Alliance Center in Denver and will discuss plans to hire a an interim executive director and eventually begin the search for a new full-time executive director. CAFR members are invited a happy hour from 4 PM to 6 PM following the meeting. It will be a nice opportunity talk with friends and be reminded of everything we have to be thankful for. Look for more details soon.

In the mean time, we’ll keep Cara in our thoughts and extend our love and prayers to her family. During the past couple of weeks especially, I have been extremely grateful for the care and support of CAFR members and the thoughtful and considerate action of the Board of Directors. We are all fortunate to be part of this community.

Sincerely,

Amy Randell
CAFR Executive Assistant

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Resources available for counseling and support:

Denver Police Department – Crisis Intervention Response Unit
Clinician Kristin O’Gowan (cell: 720-227-5692)

The Denver Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Response Unit was part of the initial response to the Alliance Center following Cara’s death. Kristin has been involved with providing support services to individuals affected by this tragic situation and remains available to members of CAFR.

Denver Police Department – Victim Assistance Unit (720-913-6035)
The Victim Assistance Unit was part of the initial response and ongoing support related to Cara’s death. In addition to being part of the Denver Police Department we are also a part of the Denver Victim Services Network (www.victimservicesnetwork.org) which supports a “No Wrong Door” mission and philosophy with respect to those affected by crime. We can assist in providing additional resources and support to those directly and indirectly affected by Cara’s death.

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (RMCP)
This free, statewide, 24/7, year-round, community-based system of crisis intervention services offers skilled, hope-filled care to individuals and families in crisis. If you’re struggling with a mental or emotional problem, getting into trouble with drugs or alcohol, having family or relationship problems, or problems at work or school, call 844.493.TALK (8255).

The Center for Trauma & Resilience
Provides an immediate response to a client’s call for help. All services are confidential and provided by counselors and supervised student interns. 24-Hour Hotline: Emotional support and emergency assistance – 303-894-8000. Click hereto be taken to the frequently asked questions page.

Mental Health Center of Denver – Wellshire Behavioral Services
Wellshire Behavioral Services provides mental health therapy and psychiatric medications for children and adults. Call today at 303-504-6565 to find out if Wellshire Behavioral Services is appropriate for your needs.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016.

Memorial Service for Cara Russell July 23

Family, friends and the non-profit community are invited to Cara Russell’s memorial service Saturday, July 23, at 2:00 PM.

Cara Russell Memorial Service
July 23, 2:00 PM
Reception to follow
Arvada United Methodist Church
6750 Carr St.
Arvada CO 80004
303-421-5135

Cara Russell Memorial Fund
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.

This entry was posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016.

Cara Russell Memorial Fund

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.

 

 

This entry was posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016.

Vigil for Cara Russell – Join us tonight at The Alliance Center

Please join CAFR board members, staff and volunteers and The Alliance Center community this evening for a vigil for Cara Russell and her family.

 

Vigil for Cara Russell
June 30 – 5:00 PM
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202
Map

 

We will miss Cara. Our love and prayers are with her family.

If you are unable to attend the event this evening but still want to share your thoughts and feelings about Cara, please contact Megan Lane (lane.megan.r@gmail.com/303-717-3957) who will be saying a few words at the event.

The Alliance Center, through Denver’s Crisis Center, is in touch with Cara’s family and we will share additional information when it is available on how they would best like to honor Cara’s memory. For more information about the recent tragedy, read CAFR’s Letter from the President.

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016.

Letter from the CAFR President

Dear CAFR Members,

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.

Cara was the victim of a domestic violence attack that occurred yesterday at the CAFR office in the Alliance Center on 15th and Wynkoop. No other CAFR employees or members were present during the time of the attack and the suspect committed suicide. For more information on what happened, you can read an article here: http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/29/wynkoop-denver-shooting-victim-dies/

All CAFR activities will be put on a temporary hold for the next week to allow our Board and staff time to remember Cara and meditate on the connections we all have to each other in this world. Despite the terrible violence of this event, there is much to be thankful for and I will personally be doing my best to continually appreciate what I have and to let my family and friends know I love them.

The Executive Committee will meet late next week to discuss what needs to be done in the near term to keep the organization moving forward, including what we will do to help honor and support Cara’s family. As we learn more in the next few days about any funds or charities to support Cara’s memory, we will share them with you.

The full Board of Director’s will meet in late July at our already scheduled board meeting to come up with a plan for CAFR in the coming months. A horrible as this event has been, it will not prevent CAFR from following through with our vision to be the catalyst, leader, voice of recycling, and ongoing resource for the growth and sustainability of the recycling community in Colorado.

In sorrow,
Juri Freeman,
CAFR President

303.827.6586
jfreeman@recycle.com

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016.

2016 Summit for Recycling navigates the new era of materials management

(Grand Junction) – 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 2016 Summit for Recycling at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction, June 12-14, will focus on better understanding current material management systems and identifying innovative opportunities to decrease the amount of materials entering the waste stream.

This year’s keynote speaker, Bob Gedert, Director of the City of Austin Solid Waste Services Department, co-authored the Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, which outlines the implementation roadmap of Austin’s approach toward zero waste. Gedert has 40 years of experience in recycling and solid waste operations. He led the City of Fresno from a 29 percent recycling diversion rate in 2003 to a 75 percent recycling diversion rate in 2008 by expanding the recycling and composting services. While the chief of recycling for the State of Indiana, Gedert wrote many state statutes supporting recycling. Gedert is nationally recognized amongst his peers in the National Recycling Coalition for his work maximizing cost efficiencies in trash collection systems through the implementation of zero waste programming. Gedert will speak at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 13.

The Colorado Association for Recycling’s annual Summit for Recycling brings together more than 200 of Colorado’s recycling professionals. Waste processors, manufacturers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, trade associations, consultants and individuals will attend to learn how limited resources, new technologies and human behavior are reshaping the recycling industry. The Summit is a dynamic conference and exhibition complete with educational sessions, panel discussions, a variety of presenters, two-day exhibit hall, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction, and networking events.

The 2016 Summit for Recycling is sponsored by Ball Corporation, Waste Management, Larimer County, Momentum Recycling, PaintCare, Pollution Prevention Advisory Board, Republic Services, Waste Connections of Colorado, Waste-Not Recycling, Western Disposal Services, CAFR Board of Directors, City of Loveland, Colorado Industrial Recycling, Electronic Recyclers International, I.T. Refresh, Power Screening, A1 Organics, Boulder County Resource Conservation Division, Eco-Cycle, EcoProducts, Gallegos Sanitation, Iron and Metals, Resource Recycling Systems, Alpine Bank, City and County of Denver/Denver Recycles, Gracestone, Inc., Mesa County Solid Waste, Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, 4 Rivers Equipment, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado and High Country Conservation Center.

This entry was posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016.

Governor signs bill to help boost recycling in Colorado

(DENVER, CO) – The Machine Tools Sales Tax Exempt Recovered Materials bill (SB16-124) was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper yesterday. 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.

The tax exemption secured by this bill will spur investment by recycling processors and remanufacturers, bolster local businesses and support a robust and reliable source of local materials and supplies for recycled materials processors and manufacturers in the state. Ultimately, the tax exemption will help grow the state’s recycled materials processing and manufacturing industries, provide Colorado with additional economic benefits that are currently being lost to other states and boost the diversion of valuable recyclable materials from disposal in Colorado’s landfills.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Kevin Grantham and Rep. Kevin Priola. The signing comes just days before the annual Summit for Recycling hosted by the Colorado Association for Recycling, which will be held in Grand Junction June 12 through 14.

The recycling and remanufacturing industry helps to preserve and create new jobs in Colorado and is an important part of our state’s economy. A 2014 study found that recycling, reuse and remanufacturing sectors sustain more than 85,000 jobs in the state – more than 5,000 of them in rural Colorado.

This entry was posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2016.

CAFR recognizes outstanding recyclers

(Denver, Colo.) — The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) announced the recipients of the 2016 Recycling Awards. Winners were nominated by their industry peers in recognition of their contributions to or promotion of recycling and waste reduction.

The honorees:

  • Outstanding Business Recycling/Diversion Program: Alpine Waste & Recycling
  • Outstanding Government Recycling/Diversion Program: Lake County
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Recycling/Diversion Program: Boulder Food Rescue
  • Outstanding Elected Official: Jan Vigil, City of Alamosa
  • Mereth Meade Volunteer of the Year: Shari Malloy
  • Recycler of the Year: Brittany Evans, Clear Intentions
  • Lifetime Achievement: Marjorie Griek

This year’s awards highlight accomplishments in polystyrene foam and glass recycling, rural recycling, and efforts to reduce food waste. The awards also recognize the dedication of volunteers and individuals.

The awards will be presented at the annual Recycling Awards Gala, Sunday, June 12, at Varaison Vineyards & Winery in Palisade, Colorado.

The Recycling Awards Gala opens the Summit for Recycling conference, organized by CAFR. The Summit is designed to support recycling professionals with tools, resources, and information that will guide them in their efforts to advance recycling. The conference schedule is complete with workshops, panel discussions, exhibit hall, site tours, silent auction, and networking opportunities.

CAFR is committed to supporting, educating and guiding individuals and leaders in business, education, nonprofits and government to take action that turns ever greater amounts of waste into marketable resources. Click here for more information about the Recycling Awards.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.

Student artwork celebrates the benefits of recycling

Student Winners of Statewide Recycling Poster Contest Announced

(Denver) – Winners of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 10th annual recycling poster contest were announced today. The contest allowed students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to recycling. More than 30 schools participated. Each school selected its best artwork and submitted it to the statewide competition. Ten winners were selected from more than 200 entries. The posters were grouped into five grade categories, and a first- and second-place winner were awarded in each category.

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. Recycling reduces the need for virgin materials and therefore reduces water use in manufacturing.

There are many reasons to recycle, like saving resources, reducing pollution and creating a better planet. Collecting used bottles, cans, and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental, and social returns. Some of these benefits happen locally as well as globally.

“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.

2016 recycling poster contest winners (*grand prize):

1st Place

  • Seung Lee – Bear Creek High School, Lakewood (9th through 12th grade)
  • Nathanel Cho – STEM School and Academy, Highlands Ranch (7th through 8th grade)
  • Teagan Quinby – Hoff Elementary, Keenesburg (5th through 6th grade)
  • Aylin Vega – Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, Denver (3rd through 4th grade)
  • Yunah Kim – Cherry Creek Academy, Englewood (kindergarten through 2nd grade)

2nd Place

  • Wyatt Suit – Mountain View High School, Loveland (9th through 12th grade)
  • Karah Hunter – Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch (7th through 8th grade)
  • Elizabeth Jensen – Flagstaff Academy, Longmont (5th through 6th grade)
  • Emily Jin – Eagle Crest Elementary, Longmont (3rd through 4th grade)
  • Galen Teller – Teller Elementary, Denver (kindergarten through 2nd grade)

See the winning artwork online.

This entry was posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016.

You’re invited to CAFR’s Happy Hour and Recycling Roundtable May 19 in Colorado Springs

Don’t become extinct when it comes to the ever changing economics of the recycling markets.

Join other CAFR members and sustainability supporters for drinks and an informal discussion, led by Bill Morris of Blue Star Recyclers! Topics include current prices, predictions, getting the most from materials and finding partners for exchanges.

WHERE?
Fossil Craft Beer Company
2845 Ore Mill Road
Suite #1
Colorado Springs, CO (head west on Hwy 24)

Suggested $10 donation ~ Summit scholarship fund

~Food and drinks on your own~

8 taps, 3 flagship ales, scratch-made ginger ale, plus a great food truck!

Hosted by the CAFR Education and Outreach Committee ~ For info , call Brandy (719) 492-1971 or Susan (719) 406-5201

This entry was posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016.

Summit early-bird registration rates extended through May 20

Register now. Don’t miss Colorado’s premier recycling conference.

The Summit for Recycling conference, June 12-14, in Grand Junction offers attendees a variety of specialized workshops and plenary sessions throughout Monday and Tuesday. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, learn, and share your experiences.

The Summit is a dynamic conference and exhibition that brings together the state’s recycling professionals and individuals dedicated to the principles of recycling, waste prevention and composting. The agenda includes educational sessions, exhibit hall, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction, and fun evening networking events.

Summit registration fees include the Monday-evening welcome reception and breakfast, lunch and snacks Monday and Tuesday and support world-class educational sessions. The Summit for Recycling is a major CAFR fundraising event and is a cornerstone to build and grow recycling in Colorado.

2016 Summit for Recycling
June 12-14, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Junction
www.cafr.org/summit

“Innovate to Succeed: Navigating the New Era of Materials Management”

In a world of sustainability, what does our traditional recycling industry, which handles products at end-of-life, offer? Where do source reduction, reuse, repurposing and environmentally sound purchasing fit in? What challenges and opportunities present themselves as Design for Environment (DFE), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), product stewardship, dematerialization and related initiatives change both the volume and composition of material entering the waste stream? How does the global market impact our decisions in what materials to manage and how? Welcome to the era of responsible materials management!

This entry was posted on Friday, May 6th, 2016.

Join the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board – Apply by May 19

Join the board. Make a difference.

The Pollution Prevention Advisory Board (PPAB) is looking for six new members. We are encouraging responses from people with diverse backgrounds and abilities. Your diversity will help us create culturally responsive programs and services.

APPLY
Deadline: 5pm on May 19

About the PPAB

  • The PPAB has been active for over 20 years.
  • Board members serve three-year terms and can be reappointed once.
  • Meetings are the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1.p.m. at CDPHE; lunch is served.
  • We are looking for representatives from environmental groups, community groups, local governments and businesses.

The PPAB’s Role

  • Advise CDPHE on pollution prevention policies and programs
  • Support statewide pollution prevention efforts
  • Distribute pollution prevention grants
  • Approve CDPHE’s recycling grants and rebates

Questions?

Lauren McDonell
PPAB Administrator
lauren.mcdonell@state.co.us
303-692-2979

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016.

CAFR weighs in on CDPHE’s statewide solid waste plan

The Colorado Association for Recycling submitted a letter to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in March outlining policies and initiatives for consideration during the state’s solid waste planning process.

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 (materials management), over those that result in valuable commodities being buried in a landfill. CAFR and its membership reflect the economic, geographic, and political diversity in Colorado, and the Board of Directors believes that any state-level actions should take these factors into consideration.

Contact: Juri Freeman, CAFR President, (303) 827-6586

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016.

Can carton recycling work in rural communities?

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. Considering these challenges, adding new items like milk and juice cartons to the recycling mix may seem unattainable.

The hub-and-spoke model, first championed by the airline industry, has proven to be an effective solution for recycling in rural communities. One recycling transfer station or materials recovery facility (MRF) acts as the “hub” accepting recyclable materials from the “spokes,” neighboring communities surrounding the hub location. By centralizing recycling collection, communities and private haulers can enjoy reduced recycling transportation costs and tipping fees.

Clean Valley Recycling understands the hub-and-spoke model. The mainly volunteer-powered recycling transfer station in Swink, acts as the hub, servicing six counties with source separated, drop-off recycling sites, the spokes. The clean materials are bailed and sold to end-markets.

Clean Valley Recycling wanted to add juice and milk cartons to their recycling program. Management was unsure where to begin, so they reached out to the Carton Council, a group of carton manufacturers that deliver long-term collaborative solutions in to divert valuable cartons from the landfill. The Carton Council gave Clean Valley Recycling an electronic tool kit with public education materials and provided them with a list of brokers and markets that accept cartons and educated them about the grants available through Carton Council, including equipment, public education and school grants.

Once Clean Valley Recycling made it possible for residents in all six counties to recycle cartons, they began partnering with an intermediate school in La Junta. Once they perfect the process at the intermediate school, Clean Valley Recycling plans to expand the program to other schools in La Junta and Rocky Ford.

During a webinar hosted by CAFR about carton recycling, Michele Wagner of the Carton Council cited Clean Valley Recycling as a success story, but said they were still looking for an economical way to move bailed cartons to market. Mick Barry of Angel of Shavano Recycling, a MRF in Chaffee County, contacted Wagner after the webinar. Angel of Shavano had been collecting cartons from a three-county area. After winning a Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) grant, Barry was able to purchase a new bailer and sorting line. The improvements to his MRF allow him to begin offering carton recycling to several other counties and to Clean Valley Recycling. Barry had previously worked with Clean Valley to broker their plastics, so now he will broker both plastics and cartons. Mick could sort both commodities to further increase his carton volumes. Thus, another hub-and-spoke partnership was born.

“This is a perfect example of a hub and spoke model,” said Wagner. “It is actually a hub and spoke within a hub and spoke.”

Partnerships are key when using the hub-and-spoke model. Pinpointing available resources and reaching out to potential communities, processors, brokers and the private sector can help hub-and-spoke partners take advantage of shared resources, transportation efficiencies and consistent recycling messaging and education.

For further information on adding cartons to a new or existing program email info@recyclecartons.com or call Michele Wagner, Carton Council, at (303)710-5355.

This entry was posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016.

Who is your recycling hero? Nominate them for an award – Deadline extended to April 8

Nomination deadline extended to April 8, 2016.

Each year the Colorado Association for Recycling seeks nominations for our annual Recycling Awards. These prestigious 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.

Recycling Award Categories:

  • Outstanding Outreach – Educational Institution, Municipality or Nonprofit
  • Outstanding Business Recycling/Diversion Program
  • Outstanding Government or Nonprofit Recycling/Diversion Program
  • Outstanding Elected Official
  • Outstanding Media Coverage
  • Mereth Meade Volunteer of the Year
  • Recycler of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement

Wouldn’t you like to see your hero rewarded?
Submit a Nomination

The Recycling Awards are part of the Summit for Recycling conference, organized by CAFR. The Summit is designed to support recycling professionals with tools, resources, and information that will help them in their efforts to advance recycling.

Click Here to Register for the Recycling Awards Gala or the Summit for Recycling

This entry was posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016.

CAFR announces new executive director

The Board of Directors of the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting recycling and composting in Colorado, announced today that they have hired a new executive director to manage membership, events, fundraising, legislative and other program activities. 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. She was mayor of Buena Vista, Colo., from 2006 through 2010 and has operated a consulting business. According to Juri Freeman, CAFR’s president, “We are very pleased that Cara will be applying her considerable skills and focused strategies to growing the membership value, breadth and depth of CAFR.” Russell was selected from a field of nearly 40 applicants and received wide support from the CAFR Board.

Russell will be available at executivedirector@cafr.org next month. CAFR is currently confirming a new office location, which is expected to be in the Denver metro area. The 2016 Summit for Recycling conference, scheduled for June 12 through 14, will provide opportunities for members to meet CAFR’s new executive director as well as a comprehensive agenda of technical and networking presentations and panels (Summit information can be found at www.cafr.org/summit/).

Contact: Juri Freeman, CAFR president, (303) 827-6586

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016.

It’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in Colorado

PaintCare has set up 141 drop-off sites since the start of the Paint Stewardship Program in July 2015, and continues to recruit more sites. 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.

Other PaintCare drop-off sites will be located at transfer stations, recycling centers and household hazardous waste (HHW) programs. PaintCare is now working with 15 government agencies to pay for paint transportation and processing.

This year the program is planning paint drop-off events to supplement permanent sites; the first event is April 23. These events operate similarly to HHW events but only accept PaintCare Program products (paint, stain and varnish). Most businesses or households with large volumes (at least 300 gallons) of stockpiled paint can also request a pickup directly from their home or place of business. Contact  Kevin Lynch, 720-481-8858.

Kevin Lynch, PaintCare
klynch@paintcare.org

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016.

Gallegos Sanitation tackles food waste in Poudre School District

Gallegos Sanitation and the Poudre School District in Fort Collins are collaborating on a pilot program for food waste recycling. 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. Previously the school food waste was composted at A1 Organics but soon it will be recycled at the Heartland Biogas Project, when it is fully operational in the next couple of weeks.

The Gallegos Sustainable Innovations Educational Program — in collaboration with each school’s principal, custodial staff, paraprofessional staff, teachers, and, most importantly, the students — is proving to be successful. There have been a number of challenges, however, such as:

  1. keeping carts sanitary and safe to be brought back inside the school lunchroom,
  2. the logistics of outdoor placement of the carts during winter weather
  3. cleaning carts and removing frozen food during cold weather, and
  4. maintaining an on-going team of supervisors who are responsible for sorting contaminates during lunch time.

Although, with a little attention, most of these challenges have been corrected.

The greatest challenge has been the capital expenditure and the financial burden of transportation costs (currently there is no local recycler within a 20-mile radius), the additional handling of carts to keep them clean and safe, and the high cost of recycling foodwaste compared to the landfill tipping option.

Becca Walkinshaw, Gallegos Sanitation
Greenqueen@gsiwaste.com

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2016.

A reminder to recycle right

How often have you stood in front of a recycling bin and responded much as you would respond if you were traveling through an international airport trying to read signs in a language you didn’t understand? I, for one, will say often.

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. You may already know this and roll your eyes at my redundancy. Read on.

Recycling is one way we can help our planet stay green, and yet there are many ways we can mess it up. Compostable items may look recyclable but can only be composted. Plant-based bottles look plastic, so they tend to end up in the plastic recycling bin, but can’t be recycled. Plastic bags contaminate the recycling process by getting caught in industrial machines and slowing or shutting down entire recycling sites for hours at a time. Envelopes can be recycled but with that thin strip of plastic on the front –it’s actually cellulose that breaks down with water- can confuse us on what to do with it. Paper can be recycled, but not paper with plastic coating. You can recycle magazines. White paper is easily sorted whereas color paper causes problems. You’re not supposed to recycle any thin pliable plastics. In all my years of recycling, even writing this out was a great reminder. So how exactly do we get around all of these confusing recycling mishaps?

One organization is tackling this issue head on. Recycle Across America(RAA) aims to streamline the recycling messaging so that we don’t see dozens of different recycling labels, enhancing confusion as we go through our day. RAA offers labels for all kinds of recycling for home, office and schools. When these standardized labels were introduced to the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2015 they saw an astonishing improvement in recycling rates compared to the event in 2014. Four times more glass bottles, 6 times more plastic bottles, and 14 times more aluminum cans were recycled when the labels were used. RAA works with L’Oreal, Kiehl’s, Sony, Bank of America, Whole Foods, among others, to make sure these labels are getting into national school districts. When implemented into the San Diego School District, $200,000 dollars was saved in trash hauling fees! In some school districts recycling rates are doubling. There are nearly 2 million students utilizing these labels and the outcome is clear. Consistent messaging works.

Green Up Our Schools helps schools thrive in making a sustainable difference in their communities. Effective messaging is exactly the kind of thing we look for in our recycling role models. Communicating should be simple. I’ve always loved creating my own recycling labels. But I gladly retire my color pencils and conform. We all need to work together to eliminate confusion and increase our awareness around what can be recycled and where. Lets all recycle right.

Katherine Homes, Green Up Our Schools
katherine@greenupourschools.org

This entry was posted on Friday, March 11th, 2016.

New food-grade plastic processing facility makes headway

Recycle Projects has started processing food-grade bales in their new plastic recycling facility, located in Commerce City. A year after being awarded funding from a CDPHE RREO grant, the nonprofit has made a new plastic sorting technology available to enhance local recycling markets.

Roughly 40,000 pounds per month of food-grade bales is being collected from the Boulder County Recycling Center. The diverted bales provide a local Colorado market for plastic previously unsorted and therefore significantly devalued.

Lou Perez, Boulder County Recycling Facility, and Laura Brower, Director of Recycle Projects, stand in front of the first mixed food-grade bales in the US! 

Food-grade bales consist of plastic cups, clamshells, deli trays, and other rigid food and drink container plastic; all plastic types are mixed in the bale and sorted at Recycle Projects’ facility.

Recycle Projects recently attended the Plastics Recycling Conference in New Orleans, LA, to learn more about the plastic markets and, in particular, about how to obtain FDA approval for the post-consumer recycled food-grade bales.

Recycle Projects is still seeking to upgrade their facility and provide wider access for both material suppliers and manufacturers to this unique grade of material. For more information, email Laura@RecycleProjects.org or visit www.lifecycleplastics.com.

Laura Brower, Recycle Projects
laura@recycleprojects.org

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016.

CU students help Green Girl Recycling tackle Boulder’s Zero Waste Ordinance

This past fall semester Green Girl Recycling had the unique opportunity to work with a group of business and marketing students taking a class at CU in project management. We were asked to develop a project that the students could tackle that would benefit our company and help the students gain experience.

I was excited to choose the City of Boulder’s new Zero Waste Ordinanceas our project. What is the ordinance? Following Seattle and San Francisco, Boulder has become the third city in the nation to require recycling and composting citywide. 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 City of Boulder has a goal to divert 85% of the city’s current waste from the landfill by 2025.

WOW – huge goal, big ordinance and lots to do. I began meeting with my ‘team’ of students: Sophie, John, Clark, Hunter and Slater. We started by setting goals for outreach to our customer base with a timeline and then worked backwards so that we could achieve outreach, education, and infrastructure goals by December.

Students at the University of Colorado helped educate business customers about the City of Boulder’s new Zero Waste Ordinance.



Did I say this was a big project? My team and I began meeting in October and by November they understood who Green Girl Recycling was, helped us create new educational and outreach flyers, and attended a huge City event where they learned about the Zero Waste Ordinance. The City of Boulder worked hard preparing for this event and even developed a new website, which helps with education. Check it out at:www.bouldercolorado.gov/zero-waste

After the Zero Waste Event held by the City, we created a complete data base, sent newsletters to all businesses about the ordinance, and partnered with PACE (Partners for a Clean Environment) who now helps us with face-to-face outreach at customer locations who want to sign-up for composting before June of 2016.

By the second month the CU students and I reworked all our flyers so that trash, recycling, and compost bin labeling would be exact, easier to understand, and stand out at break areas so that ANYONE would understand what is compostable, recyclable, or just going to the landfill. All these new flyers are on our website at www.greengirlrecycling.com – check them out!

I learned A LOT from this project and program. I bet I learned more than they did honestly. I found that the youth coming through business school today is vibrant, aware, and able. Someone told me once, you are a sum total of all your experiences. If that is true, I added much more to that total from working with those students in just those few months.

Extra special thank you to my student team who helped us accomplish so much in only two and a half months: John William Clayton, Slater Dean, Hunter Johnson, Sophie Li and Clark Salamie.

Bridget Johnson, Green Girl Recycling
greengirlrecycling@yahoo.com

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016.

Grants help expand EPS recycling to curbside

The 2016 FRC grant funding cycle is open and proposals are due by April 1, 2016.

While the idea of sustainability has moved past the novelty phase that felt like a buzzword trend a decade ago, the need to continue to look for meaningful ways to further reduce the constant stream of waste sent to landfills remains. The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), a North American trade association composed of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and operators/retailers in the food service and packaging industry, launched a new initiative that takes an important step in ensuring valuable reusable materials are recycled instead of sent to landfills.

In 2014, a dozen members of the FPI came together to establish the Foam Recycling Coalition (FRC) to provide direct support for the increased recycling of foodservice packaging made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. Foodservice industry items made of EPS foam include the cups, plates, bowls, and carryout containers we’re all familiar with. However, meat packaging and egg cartons from the grocery store are often made from the same polystyrene foam. With this in mind in 2015 the FRC, in association with the EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA), announced a new grant program to help businesses in the recycling industry increase their capacity to accept post-consumer EPS foam products.

Up until recently, the bulk of EPS foam recycling efforts focused on industrial sectors where things like protective packaging for refrigerators or televisions result in large volumes of material collected from commercial product distributors and vendors. The FRC grants will target supporting entities that manage residential curbside and drop-off recycling programs in order to extend foam product recycling to the individual consumer level.

“The idea behind the grant program is to help material recovery facilities recycle EPS cost-effectively,” remarks Lynn Dyer, president of the FPI. “Essentially it’s all about volume and economics. What can we do to make diverting consumer-level EPS foam products from the waste stream more appealing to the recycling industry from an economic perspective?”

The obstacle, as Dyer points out, has always been the sheer volume of space required to transport the recycled foam content to a processor that will then recompose the foam into a reusable form for the next stage of the cycle. The grant program specifically provides funding for material recovery facilities to purchase a specialized compactor known as a densifier that compresses the foam. Since foam products are more than 90% air, the densifier greatly reduces the volume of space required to store or transport it.

When asked what is on the horizon for the FRC and their efforts to support EPS foam recycling, Dyer suggests that the answer is hopefully more of the same. More grant applicants, more detailed investigations into each applicants reach and effectiveness, and more grant awards followed by a public information process to make consumers aware of the opportunity to recycle products that are every bit as common and reusable as those made of other materials.

Sean O’Keefe, Layer Cake Creative
720-836-7117 

This entry was posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016.

CDPHE seeks input on statewide Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is currently developing Colorado’s Integrated Solid Waste & Materials Management Plan to develop program and policy options for moving materials management (MM) forward in Colorado. As part of this initiative, half-day stakeholder meetings (most are 8:30-1:00) are being conducted around the state (see the following schedule). For attendees, the department is targeting stakeholders interested and involved in solid waste including, but not limited to:

  • landfill and recycling / diversion facility owners and operators,
  • community/county solid waste professionals,
  • haulers,
  • elected decision-makers,
  • brokers,
  • non-profit recyclers,
  • recycling businesses, etc.

The meetings will focus on identifying “waste shed” issues and opportunities, disposal/processing facility needs and gaps, examine opportunities for shared services, and address recycling / diversion opportunities and funding gaps.

The department wants your input/ideas/feedback at the stakeholder meeting in your area.

Preliminary schedule:

  • Tuesday, January 19 – Alamosa
  • Wednesday, January 20 – Lamar
  • Thursday, January 21 – Pueblo
  • Monday, January 25 – Durango
  • Tuesday, January 26 – Grand Junction
  • Tuesday, February 16 – Webinar (designed for consultants & those unable to attend other meetings)
  • Wednesday, February 17 – Denver Metro
  • Thursday, February 18 – Silverthorne
  • Tuesday, February 25 – Sterling
  • Wednesday, March 2 – Loveland

CLICK BELOW to indicate your interest in attending. Space is limited, sign-up is required, and you will be contacted regarding your interest. Thank you!

CLICK HERE: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CDPHEMeetings

The project is being conducted by Burns and McDonnell (disposal and landfill elements, project lead) and Skumatz Economic Research Associates (workshops & recycling/diversion elements). Wolf Kray is the CDPHE lead. For more information on these meetings, contact Lisa Skumatz, 303/494-1178 or skumatz@serainc.com.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 16th, 2016.

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

On Wednesday, January 27, CAFR members from around Colorado descended on the Capitol for the inaugural CAFR 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. CAFR was introduced in the House gallery and welcomed by Representative Foote, but the interaction didn’t stop there.

Throughout the day, CAFR members worked in teams of three and four to target legislators in key districts, providing lawmakers with educational information, and promoting CAFR’s tax exemption bill for recyclers (SB16-124). CAFR also proposed a Recycling Market Analysis as a long-term strategy to attract new recycling and remanufacturing businesses to the state.

Over lunch, CAFR members spoke with Zach Pierce, Energy and Natural Resource Policy Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper, about how to elevate recycling at the executive level. The group was joined by Senator Newell, former champion of the Paint Stewardship Program enacted in 2015, and Representative Roupe and Representative Joshi.

Senator Kevin Grantham, the tax exemption bill sponsor, welcomed more than 40 attendees to the Legislative Reception in the evening. A huge thank you to Stoney’s Bar and Grill, a Denver Certifiably Green restaurant, who hosted the reception. They generously donated the appetizers, space, and AV. Stoney’s also highlighted their sustainability efforts and the importance of a robust recycling industry to their local business.

Lastly, a big thank you to the CAFR Policy Committee whoorganized this event. If you’re interested in joining the Policy Committee, contact Jessie Burley at jessie@highcountryconservation.org.

This entry was posted on Monday, February 8th, 2016.

CDPHE seeking new members for the RREO program’s advisory committee

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. This committee is tasked with oversight of the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) Fund, advising the department on the administration of this Fund’s grant and rebate programs.

Due to the committee’s membership requirements as prescribed in statute, two of the seats that are available can be filled only by those who are employed by a for-profit business or nonprofit organization. The remaining two seats must be filled by a representative of an urban and rural municipality, respectively. The selected applicant will serve out the remaining term of the seat being filled (either through August 2017 or August 2019).

Selected applicants will have the option to re-apply as an incumbent for up to two consecutive four-year terms. All committee members are appointed by the Executive Director of the department through a competitive selection process. Note that being a member of this committee does not preclude your business or organization from applying for future grant or rebate opportunities through the RREO program.

Applications will be accepted through February 3, 2016.

For more details or assistance in completing an application, contact Eric Heyboer, RREO Program Administrator, at 303-691-4955 or via email at cdphe.ppp2@state.co.us.

Help shape the future of the RREO Program and apply today!

Committee Member Application

This entry was posted on Thursday, January 21st, 2016.

Calling all colleges and universities for RecycleMania 2016

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.

Throughout February and March campuses across the country will be rallying students and staff to up their game recycling and reducing waste as part of this friendly competition. Registration is now open for all colleges & universities. Join Colorado State University and Western State Colorado University who have already signed up for 2016.

Visit www.recyclemania.org to get the full details including competition dates and to sign up for a series of orientation webinars beginning on January 7 to help campus coordinators get ready. While they’re at it, colleges can add themselves to the list of schools already signed up for 2016. Local government and organizations are encouraged to pass the word onto local colleges that aren’t yet on the list.

This entry was posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015.

Check out our new video!

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. CAFR’s new video highlights the 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.

Share the video

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015.

Call for Abstracts: 2016 Summit for Recycling – Deadline Extended to December 11

2016 Summit for Recycling
June 12-14, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton
743 Horizon Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506
More Information

Please distribute this call for abstracts widely to colleagues and contacts

Deadline Extended: December 11, 5:00pm

Submit Your Abstract: Click here
Be sure your proposal relates to the theme. Read more below about what we’re looking for.

Theme: “Innovate to Succeed: Navigating the New Era of Materials Management”

In a world of sustainability, what does our traditional recycling industry, which handles products at end-of-life, offer? Where do source reduction, reuse, repurposing and environmentally sound purchasing fit in? What challenges and opportunities present themselves as Design for Environment (DFE), Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), product stewardship, dematerialization and related initiatives change both the volume and composition of material entering the waste stream? How does the global market impact our decisions in what materials to manage and how? Welcome to the era of Responsible Materials Management!

One of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s primary objectives is to help its members to be aware of and adjust to changing market conditions. The 2016 Summit for Recycling will, therefore, present a program designed to examine ways in which recycling companies inside and outside of Colorado are innovating to stay ahead of the curve as the emerging materials management movement gathers momentum.

CAFR invites you to submit an abstract for a session that will offer our members alternatives at a time when traditional recycling models are under increasing economic pressure. Our objective is to provide educational sessions and workshops that are full of genuinely “outside the box” ideas for changing the way we operate. Along with networking opportunities and a rich exhibit hall experience, we want the 2016 Summit for Recycling program to provide a true turning point for our industry in Colorado.

Potential Topics & Session Models

Having thought hard about the materials management movement, we think we can classify the opportunities for our industry into four headings:

  • New Technology: What are the possibilities for increasing the efficiency of material processing equipment; improving collection systems to deliver more material for the same cost; incubating and commercializing technologies for recycling new or different materials?
  • Markets: Materials in the waste stream are different and the value of traditional materials is less than it was. What are the markets for these new materials? How is it possible to offset declining material prices in global markets? Are there ways to attract manufacturers that can use recycled materials to Colorado or to encourage local manufacturers to use recycled content in their products?
  • Business Models:What is the scope for regional cooperation to achieve scale in collection and processing operations? Are there opportunities for traditional recyclers in reusing or repurposing certain products otherwise destined for landfill?
  • Education:What happened to “FREE”? Businesses and residential customers may have to pay for (or pay more for) collection services. What do we have to do to educate customers about why this is happening and to convince them not to walk away from recycling?

We will look favorably on proposals that break away from traditional slide presentations, although we recognize that this year’s theme may lend itself to that type of proposal. Please, however, think hard about how to involve attendees in your proposed sessions or how to deliver a stimulating panel debate on a theme-related topic. Having attendees leave the Summit with concrete and tangible tools to improve their programs or processes is a high priority.

Our industry is facing very different circumstances to those of ten or even five years ago, and we urge you concentrate your proposal on how we can adjust our business models and operations to a world that will be increasingly dominated by the principles of materials management. Abstracts MUST relate to the overarching theme.

Submit Your Abstract:
Click here and fill out the details of your proposal. Abstracts are limited to 150 words or less.

Those whose proposals are selected and who wish to attend the Summit (other than for their own session) receive a 50% discount on one-day or full registration rates (does not apply to any Super Early-bird or Early-bird rates).

Audio/Visual Requirements: Presenters will be responsible for submitting any presentation materials one week prior to the Summit (June 3, 2016).

Submitters will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted no later than January 20, 2016.

If you have questions regarding the submission of your abstract, please contact Amy Randell at amy@cafr.org or 970-372-5615.

We look forward to seeing you at the 27th Annual CAFR Summit for Recycling in Grand Junction, Colorado, June 12-14, 2016!

This entry was posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2015.

EPA releases new Sustainable Materials Management Program Strategic Plan

Last week the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released their new Sustainable Materials Management Program (SMM) Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2017 through 2022. The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is pleased to see so many synergies between the EPA and NRC’s efforts on Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) over the past year, and anticipates opportunities for collaboration.

In an email sent to NRC and other leaders in SMM, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Mathy Stanislaus, noted that “This strategic plan represents the collective thinking of EPA staff and management across the country, as well as input from many stakeholders including states, industry, and non-governmental organizations. The life-cycle based decision-making and systems-based approaches of SMM 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. SMM truly represents a change in how we think about environmental impacts and economic opportunities.” He also noted that the EPA has chosen three main strategic priorities as the focus for the EPA’s future SMM efforts, and that these present significant opportunities to achieve environmental, economic, and social results. These focus areas are:

“1. The Built Environment – conserve materials and develop community resiliency to climate change through improvements to construction,
maintenance, and end-of-life management of our nation’s roads, buildings, and infrastructure;
2. Sustainable Food Management – focus on reducing food loss and waste; and
3. Sustainable Packaging – increase the quantity and quality of materials recovered from municipal solid waste and develop critically important collection and processing infrastructure.
In addition to these strategic priorities, we will continue work in our other SMM emphasis areas including sustainable electronics management, materials measurement, life cycle assessment, and SMM international efforts. Our international efforts include participation in the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency that provides a forum to exchange and promote best practices with business and other stakeholders to address the challenges of SMM.”

View the full plan here.

NRC will continue to provide input to and coordinate with EPA on areas of mutual interest outlined in the EPA plan. NRC’s SMM Summit held in May and followup SMM Roundtable held in September is helping lay the foundation for future dialog with EPA on collaborations in the future.

 

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015.

CAFR Tour: Mattress recycling at Spring Back Colorado – November 19

CAFR members are invited to join the CAFR Board of Directors and staff November 19, 3:00-4:00pm, in Denver for a tour of mattress recycling at Spring Back Colorado. RSVP required.

Spring Back Colorado 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.

Their strategy is to form partnerships with local nonprofits that offer life skills programs and employ their program candidates to systematically deconstruct mattresses and box springs while seeking mattress recycling partners that will help develop outlets for the non-common bi-products. The formation of partnerships in the nonprofit and recycling arena will allow for the development of innovative ways to process mattress waste that are not currently in practice. Learn more at springbackco.org.

The one-hour event will include a tour of the facility, demonstrations and plenty of time for questions and answers.

RSVP Required

CAFR members sign up for the tour of Spring Back Colorado here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/66YWV66 before noon on November 18.

Questions?
For general questions, contact Amy at amy@cafr.org or 970-372-5615. For questions about Spring Back Colorado and mattress recycling, contact Chris Conway at 303-358-8904.

This entry was posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015.

“I Will Recycle” Sweepstakes: October 15 – November 20, 2015

This year Keep America Beautiful, in celebration of America Recycles Day, is offering a change to 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. We encourage you to participate by posting the language on your twitter or Instagram pages to let your network know about the promotion. For more information here are the Official Rules.

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015.

Meet the candidates for the CAFR Board of Directors

CAFR’s Nominating Committee is charged with developing a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors election that represents the diversity of membership categories and geography of Colorado’s recycling, composting, and waste-diversion community.  The diversity represented by the existing directors who will continue to serve in 2016 and the candidates you will be voting for next month is represented in this table. We encourage all members to get involved and make sure your organization and region are well-represented in CAFR’s activities and that CAFR is helping to meet your needs.

The Nominating Committee is confident that the following candidates have the time, energy, and ability to serve CAFR. Each candidate has signed the CAFR Board Letter of Commitment, acknowledging their desire and ability to serve.

In November, eligible CAFR members will elect five (5) candidates to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term (2016-2018, ending December 2018). Questions about the slate of candidates or the selection process can be directed to Laurie Batchelder Adams, Nominating Committee Chair.

Candidates

 


Meet the Candidates

Lynn CoppedgeLynn Coppedge
City of Lakewood
Lakewood

Lynn Coppedge is a Sustainability Planner with the City of Lakewood. Her primary responsibility is the implementation of the City’s communitywide Sustainability Plan, which includes residential, commercial, and municipal zero waste goals. Lynn also facilitates the Employees’ Committee for a Sustainable Lakewood, which organizes many of the City’s zero waste events, including the annual Sustainability Awards Ceremony and the Employee Picnic. Lynn received her Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability and Bachelor of Science in Planning at Arizona State University where she also received her Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree. She worked with ASU’s Sustainability Solutions Services on multiple waste-related research projects and prior to moving to Colorado, she gained experience in community planning for local Arizona municipalities.

Like many other transplants Lynn has grown to love Colorado and aspires to see it live up to its “green” label and achieve its diversion goals. After work, you can find her on her bicycle, exploring local markets and parks and taking pictures of creative zero waste stations.

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Tim DaileyTim Dailey
Hi-Tec Plastics Recycling
Aurora

My name is Tim Dailey and I am the General Manager at Hi-Tec Plastics Recycling. We have been around for 5 years now, recycling #2 HDPE, #3 PVC, #4 LDPE, and #5 PP. We recently acquired Peak Plastics, allowing us to expanded from 1 line to 5 lines. I have been a plastics processor for 15 years, my 2nd career after running restaurants the previous 20 years.

After attending the Summit this past June, my eyes were opened to the state of recycling in Colorado, the obstacles to increasing what is recycled, and the challenges we face to support and expand current legislation that bands items from landfills. I believe I can offer a unique perspective to the board, and help work solutions facing Colorado Recycling. Specifically, I want to be involved with finding homes and uses for more of the material we are trying to keep out of landfills. As an association, we should be pushing State agencies to changing their perspective and purchasing patterns to use these materials in everyday applications. I hope to be a part of that process.

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Geoff DavisGeoff Davis
DataSafe of Colorado
Westminster

Geoff Davis is the General Manager of DataSafe of Colorado. DataSafe is a division of North Metro Community Services (NMCS), providing employment opportunities to persons with developmental disabilities.

Geoff has been at NMCS for over twelve years, and in 2010 Geoff took over as Program Manager for work floor services. Geoff led the charge towards programs that focus on recycling. Geoff recognizes that these programs serve two very significant purposes: they are good for the environment and still provide meaningful employment to individuals with developmental disabilities. In 2014, these programs diverted over one million pounds of materials from the landfill, creating over thirty new jobs.

In his spare time, Geoff enjoys travelling with his wife, reading and volunteering for a nonprofit committee.

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Clifford HenryClifford Henry
Yuma County Landfill
Eckley

Yuma County Landfill is in the middle of Yuma County. We are a one station landfill with 3 full time employees and 1 part timer. I have worked for Yuma County for twenty years, the last fifteen as supervisor for the landfill. I am a member of the SWANA organization.

My recycling program is steadily growing with the support of my Landfill Board and County Commissioners. We have recycled OCC, newspaper, magazines, metals, tires, and recently started plastics. Currently we have plastics & newspaper drop-offs in Yuma and Wray. Our OCC recycling includes 60 trailers parked at businesses in Yuma, Eckley, Wray, Idalia, Kirk, and Joes. This has saved over 229 tons of just OCC from entering our landfill in 2014.

I feel like it is important for the eastern part of our state and other small communities to have a voice in your organization. Due to uncontrollable circumstances our voices are sometimes not heard. Recycling in rural areas is difficult due to transportation and volume pricing. This is why I feel I could contribute as a member on your board.

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Eric HeyboerEric Heyboer
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Denver

Eric has worked for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for nearly five years as administrator of the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Grant Program. Prior to that, he was involved in the development and implementation of Boulder County’s zero waste program for County offices, as well as having dabbled in the operations of the County’s household hazardous waste facility. And prior to that, he was an aspiring professional treehugger working toward his BA in Environmental Studies. Eric served on the CAFR Board from 2012 through 2014,
and in that capacity, worked with the Summit planning committee. Eric believes CAFR plays an important role in helping our members navigate Colorado’s materials management system. Today’s market is challenging, which requires creativity to be successful. He hopes to bring some of that creativity to the Board so that CAFR can help all of its members be successful.

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Shaun LaBarreShaun LaBarre
University of Colorado – School of Law
Boulder

Shaun LaBarre serves as the Program Manager for the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment, at the University of Colorado-School of Law. The Getches-Wilkinson Center is one of the nation’s premier environmental law and policy research centers, with programs and initiatives focusing on natural resources, water and public lands issues in Colorado and the West; energy and environmental security in the developing world; electricity regulation and energy policy; climate change law and policy; and native communities and environmental justice.

Prior to joining CU, Shaun worked on issues of recycling/reuse, water conservation, and energy conservation for the Boulder-based, Center for ReSource Conservation. Shaun brings to CAFR significant nonprofit management experience, while having been recognized for his environmental work receiving awards including; the Leadership Initiative Award from the Colorado Green Building Guild, Boulder County Eco-Hero, and Colorado Recycler of the Year from CAFR. In 2015, Shaun was named a BizWest Top 40 und Forty honoree for the Boulder Valley. Shaun holds degrees in Psychology and Environmental Studies, and is currently pursuing an MBA.

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Beth LenzBeth Lenz
Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments
Cañon City

Beth Lenz serves as the Recycling Director and Community Development Coordinator for the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments. She has been with the organization for 15 years and during that time, Beth has been able to decrease the cost of operations for the Regional Recycling Program (Upper Arkansas Recycling) by 40%. Beth is a SWANA Certified Recycling Systems Manager and has a passion for responsible recycling in rural Colorado.

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Jason LockhartJason Lockhart
Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado
Colorado Springs

Jason Lockhart is the Salvage and Recycling Specialist for Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado in Colorado Springs. Since 1998, he has held many roles at Discover Goodwill and been instrumental in developing and growing Discover Goodwill’s recycling and repurposing operations. During his tenure, Jason helped Discover Goodwill reduce waste by 37%. He also negotiated and implemented a partnership between Discover Goodwill and Dell to recycle all noncommercial computers free-of-charge to residents. He created the sorting procedures and baling operations for textiles, cardboard, paper, plastic, and fibers at Discover Goodwill. Jason also developed the procedures to recycle and repurpose glassware. His efforts contributed to more than doubling recycled metal at Discover Goodwill. He looks forward to the opportunity to learn and share ideas with other organizations facing similar challenges, and ultimately make a larger environmental impact throughout the state of Colorado.

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Caroline MitchellCaroline Mitchell
City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins

I am a Colorado native who grew up in Fort Collins and has a BA in Biology. I’ve worked for the City of Fort Collins for the past four years, and worked for non-profit recycling organizations for eight years prior.

My work includes policy projects to significantly expand recycling in Fort Collins, working directly with the multi-family and business sectors to start and improve programs, as well as being in charge of the waste and recycling data for Fort Collins. In previous positions, my work included coordinating a community’s migration to single stream recycling, volunteer coordination, and zero waste event planning.

I am interested in joining the CAFR board of directors as a representative of local government and of Northern Colorado. Benefits that I could bring to the CAFR board include over twelve years of experience in the recycling industry, focusing on outreach, education, and policy; specialized knowledge of challenges and opportunities in the business and multi-family recycling sectors; community outreach, communications, and writing skills. Recycling is my passion—I want to share my enthusiasm and consider having fun to be integral to our important work!

I believe CAFR is essential to the growth of recycling in Colorado. The networking, education, and policy work of CAFR is invaluable. I’m excited to utilize my background from both non-profits and local government, including my experience in event planning and policy development, to be of value to the board and the membership of CAFR.

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Lisa A. Skumatz
Lisa A. Skumatz, Ph.D Principal

Skumatz Economic Research Associates
Superior

I have 30+ years of experience in waste diversion, half of that in Colorado. My focus has been to identify strategies / policies that make recycling as effective and cost-effective as possible. I want more recycling in Colorado, and I applaud – and want to encourage — all state actors that make that happen, public and private. CAFR is a critical “connector” and advocate for recycling in the State and I love its coalition nature. My goals are to 1) see CAFR be an even better information source, including new and existing practical research and tools, and latest policy /technology information; 2) help state and local government and private haulers / businesses achieve a continually improving environment for recycling, wherever / however we can; 3) have CAFR be a friendly, inviting organization that recognizes and respects the value, contribution, and roles of all members, and 4) hold useful, high-value networking and conferences for members. I previously served 8+ years on CAFR’s board, and will work hard to achieve these goals. I would much appreciate your vote.

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Tracy TousleyTracy Tousley
Bio Pappel
Colorado Springs

My name is Tracy Tousley; I work as the plant manager for Bio Pappel representing the end-user. I am a new comer to the recycling industry, along with that comes fresh insights and an open mind. I have broad perspective from grass-roots operations to end user. From networking in the State I have gained insight into the key concerns of new recycling program startups, as well as the quality needs of the consumer. I have learned an extensive amount about the carbon foot print and the real need for a better way of encouraging recycling and just how low the recycling rate for the state of Colorado is in comparison to other states. I look forward to the opportunity to help educating and growing recycling. I intend to do my all to as a director and contribute to the success of the organization. As a mother, recycling is not just about the money to be made buying and selling of the commodity, but about the world we leave be behind for our children to inherit.

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Becca WalkinshawBecca Walkinshaw
Gallegos Sanitation
Fort Collins

Becca began her journey in the recycle industry with Gallegos Sanitation in 2007. In 2009 she was promoted to the position of Sustainability Coordinator, to represent GSI’s commitment to Triple Bottom Line business ethics.

At GSI, Becca coordinates recycling programs for business, construction, events, and schools. She assists with marketing/education and frequently presents on all things “recycling”. She works within GSI to formalize their environmental endeavors to support a culture of green-minded, health-conscious employees.

Becca achieved her degree in Sociology and Human Services in 2005 then gained expertise in communications and interpersonal skills as the membership/event coordinator for Pinetop-Lakeside Chamber of Commerce before landing at GSI. In June 2010, Becca completed the Green Building Certificate Program from Colorado State University and received her LEED Green Associate accreditation in March of 2011.

Her participation in organizations that support sustainability through volunteer efforts include the: United States Green Building Council Northern Colorado Branch, City of Fort Collins Climate Wise Advisory Committee, Sustainable Living Association Steering Committee, and Pathways to Family Wellness Support Group.

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Jerry WilliamsJerry Williams
Denver International Airport
Denver

For the past 12 years, my position has been with the City & County of Denver, more specifically at Denver International Airport. In addition to monitoring the environmental aspects of DIA’s oil and gas fields, I manage DIA’s dynamic Solid Waste Programs.
Embedded in DIA’s Strategic Plan is the goal of reducing landfilled waste by 10% by the year 2020 (based on a 2012 baseline).

DIA’s recycling program diverts over 1,600 tons of product from the landfill annually. The composting program captures between 150 to 200 tons of organics annually from concessionaires. Our recently implemented food donation program, in partnership with Metro Caring (a local non-profit), has a goal of donating over 86,000 pounds of food annually.

Recycling and the proper stewardship of our natural resources have never been as critical to the survival of our planet as they are today, yet the current economy presents formidable challenges to these obligations. At DIA, we are finding ways to overcome these challenges in creative and economical ways.

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This entry was posted on Sunday, October 11th, 2015.

CAFR joins Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

 The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) has joined forces with leaders from government, industry, academia, standards organizations and NGOs to develop a groundbreaking guidance program for leadership in sustainable purchasing.  Public and private sector organizations will use the program to guide trillions of dollars in collective purchasing towards goods and services that simultaneously meet the needs of their organization, society, and the planet.

CAFR, through its Colorado Council for Sustainable Purchasing, joins an esteemed group of organizations representing purchasers, suppliers and the public interest, including Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Center for Environmental Health, Ecoinstitut, and World Resources Institute.

As a member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, CAFR will play an instrumental role in solving the biggest obstacle to sustainable institutional purchasing: a lack of standardization in how sustainable purchasing is defined, guided, measured and rewarded.  The Council’s Guidance Program for Leadership in Sustainable Purchasing v1.0, now under development, will enable efficient sharing of best practices, solutions, training, benchmarking, recognition, and policy efforts among organizations, sectors, and regions.

“The Council supports a strategic approach to sustainable purchasing that is consistent across sectors,” says Executive Director Jason Pearson. “The potential for alignment, market influence, and supply chain innovation accelerate dramatically when we all speak the same language and use similar processes to evaluate and mitigate the impacts associated with institutional purchasing.  The Council’s visionary members are working to unleash the full transformative potential of global institutional purchasing, which in the US alone annually represents an estimated $10 trillion in spending.”

 

About Colorado Association for Recycling

CAFR is committed to supporting, educating, and guiding individuals and leaders in business, education, nonprofits and government to take action that turns ever greater amounts of waste into marketable resources. www.cafr.org

CAFR’s Colorado Council for Sustainable Purchasing is a group of like-minded organizations who share procurement and supply chain management strategies and learn from each other. The group believes that by harnessing their collective knowledge and experience they can better align their efforts and significantly leverage resources and influence in creating a cleaner environment, a healthier community and better workplaces in Colorado. www.cafr.org/members/ccsp.php

About the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

Launched in 2013, the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council builds on four years of work by the Green Products Roundtable, a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder forum convened by the Keystone Center in 2008.  The Council’s mission is to support and recognize institutional purchasing leadership that accelerates the transition to a prosperous and sustainable future.  Today, more than one hundred member organizations are working together to advance this mission. www.purchasingcouncil.org

This entry was posted on Monday, September 21st, 2015.

CDPHE report highlights measurable progress, regulatory changes and innovative solutions

Colorado’s Paint Stewardship program took effect on July 1. The program makes it more convenient for households and businesses to recycle unwanted paint. This milestone is one of many achievements the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division cites in its 2014-2015 annual report, released this week.

Other notable waste diversion accomplishments from the past year include:

  • In the 2014 legislative session, House Bill 14-1352 was passed, updating and consolidating the state’s waste tire management and recycling laws.

The report features infographics with statistics from each program within the division:

  • Recycling municipal solid waste resulted in …
    • Natural resources conservation equivalent to 2 million barrels of oil and 10,200 railcars of coal
    • Energy savings equivalent to the energy used in 107,000 homes in a year
    • 1,920,000 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions prevented; equal to emissions from over 404,000 cars
  • The Electronic Recycling Jobs Act resulted in 24 new electronic recycling facilities in the state.
  • Twelve beneficial use projects in 2013— resulted in 522,749 tons of solid waste diverted from landfills.
  • Fifty-eight waste grease transporters and 10 waste grease facilities registered in 2014.

This entry was posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015.

America Recycles Day registration is open

It’s not too soon to start planning — and to register for —
America Recycles Day.

If you’re looking for ways to promote America Recycles Day or tools to host a successful event check, out the toolkit page.

Register your events here!

Some tools that might be especially helpful to you, are the Go to GuidesMedia AdvisoryNews Release Template and Email Copy for Newsletters.

Webinar Dates:

Sep. 23 – ARD Workplace Recycling

Oct. 7 – ARD/R-B Event Organizers

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

Funding available for regional planning studies that examine waste diversion

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. These regional planning studies will include conducting one or more waste audits, identifying key stakeholders and convening stakeholder meetings, and identifying existing and future infrastructure needs and potential policy changes. The findings from each of these activities will be presented in a final report. The anticipated project timeline is November 30, 2015 through October 31, 2016.

Applicants have the flexibility to define the regional study area, which will be influenced by the flow of post-consumer waste materials from point of collection to processing center. The regional study must focus on the effective management of residential and commercial post-consumer recyclables and compostables. Reuse of materials may also be included in the regional study if the Applicant wishes to expand the scope beyond recyclables and compostables.

A budget of $215,000 is available to fund no more than five regional studies. Project budgets cannot request more than $50,000 in grant funds. If the majority of proposals request less than the maximum award amount of $50,000, it is possible that a fifth proposal may be funded.

Please visit the department’s website for more information about this Request for Applications and to access the grant application templates.

**Deadline extended to October 9, 2015, 3:00 PM MDT.**

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015.

Recycling rebates available for free public recycling drop-off sites – Deadline August 31

APPLICATIONS DUE MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015 at 3:00 PM

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) requests applications from entities wishing to claim a rebate from the Recycling Resources Economic  Opportunity (RREO) Fund. This rebate is available to financially assist entities that operate free public recycling drop-off sites. For more information, and to access the rebate application, please visit the CDPHE website. The total dollar amount for the rebate period beginning January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015 is $150,000.

Please direct questions via email to cdphe.ppp2@state.co.us or to 303-691-4955.

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015.

Consumer-generated videos bring fresh ideas to increase participation in recycling

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL & THE AD COUNCIL SHOWCASE WINNERS OF “I WANT TO BE RECYCLED” VIDEO CONTEST

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.

Keep America Beautiful and The Ad Council today announced the winners of its “I Want To Be Recycled” video contest, conducted in association with Zooppa, the global social community of creative talent. The contest asked crafty recyclers to create and submit videos about how to “give your garbage another life” through recycling. The contest is an extension of the “I Want To Be Recycled” Public Service Advertising (PSA) campaign, which was launched by Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council in 2013.

The contest challenged participants to illustrate the importance of recycling in their own voice through one of three topics: Upcycling Made Beautiful, Recycling Mythbusters and Recycling Community Stars. Winning videos were selected by a panel of judges from the Ad Council, Keep America Beautiful and Zooppa. Videos will be prominently featured and shared through Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council communications and social channels. Winners will share in a cash prize pool of $25,000.

Overall Winners:

  • 1st Place: Potty Talk – The members of the bathroom family discuss the pros and cons of letting a recycling bin move in.
  • 2nd Place: Urban Myths – On a dark and stormy night, three teenage girls gather to share stories of recycling gone wrong… but are they just tall tales? Only the Ouija board knows for sure.
  • 3rd Place: Let’s Make Soap – The story of Samir Lakhani, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh student and his creation, EcoSoap Bank, an organization that acquires and recycles leftover soap from hotels, and puts it into the hands of people in other countries who otherwise would have no access to the most essential form of hygiene.
  • 4th Place: Pizza Box – A talking Pizza Box makes it clear that it doesn’t want to be thrown in the trash and dreams of having another life after being recycled.

Category Winners:

  • Upcycling Made Beautiful: Did You Guys Hear About John? – John’s “friends” in the bathroom give him a tough time when he dreams of becoming a hairbrush in his next life.
  • Recycling Mythbusters: It’s My World – It’s important that we know what we can recycle and put the myths to rest. This video lets us know what we can recycle and explains that it is Our World.
  • Recycling Community Stars: Saving Old Growth Lumber – Detroit’s Workshop makes furniture out of deconstructed homes that would usually be headed to a landfill. Kevin Borsay and James Willer are building a sustainable business that looks at recycling as an economic advantage, both creating jobs and beautifying blighted neighborhoods.

Early Entry Winners:

  • 1st Place: Closing the Loop – Drew Lamb, an entrepreneur and hardcore recycler from Southern Oregon, shows us how important it is to “close the loop” and maximize efficiency in operations, and in the process he dispels the silly—but unfortunately, all too common—notion that recycling is, “just for hippies.” Because the truth is that recycling can be an extremely business-savvy decision.
  • 2nd Place: Ask Kaitlynn – Four-year old Kaitlynn, who recently learned about recycling in her Pre-K classroom, busts some myths in her very own talk show, Ask Kaitlynn.

The “I Want To Be Recycled” campaign educates Americans and encourages them to recycle more, recycle right and help them to make recycling a part of everyday life. The latest phase of the campaign, which launched in March 2015, encourages the recycling of personal care products in the bathroom with brand new ads created pro bono by agency Pereira & O’Dell highlighting what these products can become upon recycling. Check out the latest PSAs here and here. The campaign, which has generated nearly $90 million in donated media to date, directs consumers to IWantToBeRecycled.org, which includes comprehensive resources on recycling and an interactive game. The website offers information on which products to recycle, how to recycle products and what the products could potentially transform into when recycled properly. The site also includes infographics and detailed information on how to find a recycling facility nearby for a wide array of product categories. Learn more at IWantToBeRecycled.org.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015.

U.S. Conference of Mayors adopts resolution in support of municipal zero waste principles

The resolution calls on federal and state governments to recognize the rights of cities to enact ordinances to reduce waste in their local communities.

2015 Adopted Resolution
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
83rd Annual Meeting
June 19-22, 2015
San Francisco

In Support of Municipal Zero Waste Principles and a Hierarchy of Materials Management

WHEREAS, solid waste management is one of those most basic of services that a city must provide to its residents, and cities and local government entities exclusively bear the operational and financial burdens of sustainable municipal solid waste management; and

WHEREAS, The United States Conference of Mayors has a long history of supporting the principles of sustainable waste management and of endorsing programs and initiatives that promote them; and

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This entry was posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015.

Colorado’s Architectural Paint Stewardship Program goes into effect July 1

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has reviewed and approved PaintCare’s revised Colorado Architectural Paint Stewardship Program Plan, which means the paint stewardship program will be effective July 1, 2015.

On June 6, 2014, Governor John W. Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 14-029 – the Colorado Architectural Paint Stewardship Program. The goals of the Colorado Paint Stewardship Law are for paint manufacturers to establish a system of paint stewardship that:

  • Provides substantial cost savings to household hazardous waste collection programs;
  • Significantly increases the number of postconsumer paint collection sites and recycling opportunities for households, businesses and other generators of postconsumer architectural paint; and
  • Exemplifies the principles of a product-centered approach to environmental protection, also referred to as product stewardship.

If you would like to review any of the related documents such as the revised Colorado Program Plan and CDPHE’s approval letter on the Plan, please see the Department’s paint stewardship webpage:
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/paint-stewardship

For PaintCare program information, please see the PaintCare Colorado webpage: http://www.paintcare.org/paintcare-states/colorado/

For additional information, contact:

Wolf Kray
Environmental Protection Specialist, Materials Management Unit
P 303-692-3337 | wolfgang.kray@state.co.us | www.colorado.gov/cdphe

This entry was posted on Monday, June 29th, 2015.

Westword: Most Colorado glass doesn’t get recycled, but that’s starting to change

This is a comprehensive article on glass recycling that highlights the great work of CAFR members.

From Westword – June 24, 2015:

Glass is infinitely recyclable, so it’s easy to imagine that the bottles and jars you put out at the curb every week are headed off to be melted down and remade — baby-food jar into baby-food jar, beer bottle into beer bottle, forever and ever, amen. But not in Denver, or in many other Colorado communities with single-stream recycling, where everything from paper to plastic to glass is thrown into the same bin. Instead of being endlessly recycled, the glass that Denver residents put in their purple bins is reused only once, as a liner for landfills.

Surprised? That’s understandable. The city doesn’t draw attention to the fact — and hasn’t since it became the first place in Colorado to switch to single-stream recycling in 2005, in an effort to get more residents to participate. “Single-stream itself is a very positive thing,” says Eric Heyboer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “When you make it really convenient for people to recycle, they will recycle more.”

Read the complete article:
http://www.westword.com/news/most-colorado-glass-doesnt-get-recycled-but-thats-starting-to-change-6833033

This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015.

Supreme Court decides not to hear PhRMA Case v. Alameda County

Alameda County, California’s drug disposal ordinance will stand, paving the way for more states and local governments to pass similar drug take-back laws. 

Boston, Mass. – The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in 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. The ordinance – the first of its kind – requires drug manufacturers to fund and manage the safe disposal of unwanted medications. The Supreme Court decision means that the Alameda ordinance, as well as similar laws passed in San Francisco, CaliforniaSan Mateo, California, and King County, Washington, will stand.

The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the challenge brought by PhRMA, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization will pave the way for more extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws, which hold manufacturers responsible for the end-of-life management of their products. By taking accountability for these items once consumers are done with them, producers can help protect both communities and the environment.

Product Stewardship Institute Chief Executive Officer and Founder Scott Cassel joined environmental groups and local government officials in applauding the decision. “This is good news for the residents of Alameda County, San Francisco, San Mateo County, King County, and others, who will have a safe and convenient way to dispose of their unused and expired medications. Not only that, this decision paves the way for other municipalities and states around the nation to pursue similar legislation.”

“As the Supreme Court declined to hear this case, the Ninth Circuit court’s opinion is the controlling law in that jurisdiction. Policymakers in the region who seek to implement extended producer responsibility laws like the one in Alameda County should be able to move forward comfortably,” noted Jayni Foley Hein, Policy Director at the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law.

Back in 2012, Alameda County unanimously approved the landmark Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, requiring pharmaceutical companies that sell, offer for sale, or distribute their drugs in the county to fund and manage a drug take-back program. The three aforementioned industry groups filed suit, claiming that the ordinance violated a legal doctrine called the dormant Commerce Clause, derived from Article I of the U.S. Constitution. A federal district court ruled in favor of the county in August 2013. PhRMA and the two trade groups appealed, and in September 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit also ruled in favor of Alameda. The industry then filed a petition for certiorari with the Supreme Court.

During this three-year legal battle, Alameda County moved forward with its stewardship program. San Francisco, San Mateo County, and King County also adopted similar laws. The Supreme Court’s decision not to grant certiorari in this case means that those programs, all located within the Ninth Circuit jurisdiction, will continue to proceed as planned.

PSI has advocated for EPR laws on pharmaceuticals since 2004, developing model legislation to help counties like Alameda take action. The organization has effectively worked to change federal requirements to provide more convenient collection opportunities for controlled substances. In 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration released its final rule on the Controlled Substances Act, granting greater flexibility as to when, where, and how consumers may dispose of their unwanted medication. To aide in local efforts, PSI has offered technical assistance to implement effective, convenient drug take-back sites around the country. PSI has also been working with King County to implement its pharmaceutical EPR program, and will continue to promote the introduction of new programs in light of this decision.

Looking to learn more? Check out PSI’s fact sheet exploring the implications of the Supreme Court decision, and another fact sheet outlining the history behind the case.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015.

Student artwork shows recycling is part of the Colorado scene

Winners of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 9th annual recycling poster contest were announced today. The contest allowed students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to recycling. More than 27 schools participated. Each school selected their best artwork and submitted it to the statewide competition. Twelve winners were selected from more than 200 entries. The posters were grouped into four grade categories and a first-place winner and runners-up were awarded in each category.

This year’s grand-prize winner, Habin Kim from Cherry Creek High School, drew an idyllic Colorado scene with recycling at the front and center. “The goal of the contest,” said Amy Randell, CAFR executive assistant, “is to raise awareness about recycling and help students realize that they can have a positive impact on our environment.” Unfortunately, while there any many Colorado citizens dedicated to recycling, low landfill tip fees, a geographically dispersed population, and one of the lowest MSW recycling rates of any state, keep recycling volumes in Colorado low. “We’re working to change that,” said Randell.

2015 recycling poster contest winners (*grand prize):

1st Place
Habin Kim – Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village (9th through 12th grade)*
Jennifer Kim – Campus Middle School, Greenwood Village (6th through 8th grade)
Maliah Sena – Heritage Elementary, Pueblo (3rd through 5th grade)
Emmarie Pino – Sunset Park Elementary, Pueblo (kindergarten through 2nd grade)

Runners-up
Angelina Burk – Sunset Park Elementary, Pueblo
Shelby Eldridge – Roncalli Stem Academy, Pueblo
Jennifer Garcia Flores – Boys & Girls Clubs Owen Branch, Denver
Jodi Griffin – Sunset Park Elementary, Pueblo
Ryanna Mata – Central High School, Pueblo
Marissa Myer – Ranview Middle School, Highlands Ranch
Sadie Rowe – Timber Trail Elementary, Castle Pines
Keely Tolleson – Springs Community Night School, Colorado Springs

See the winning artwork online: www.cafr.org/events/postercontest.php

This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015.

Colorado College takes top spot in “Food Service Oganics” division of RecycleMania

4.5 Million Students Recycle and Compost 80.1 Million Pounds in 2015 RecycleMania Tournament

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 13, 2015) – For the second year in a row, a small university in Seattle,  Wash., was crowned Grand Champion of RecycleMania, a waste reduction and recycling competition among colleges and universities across 49 U.S. states and Canada. At Antioch University Seattle, just 4 percent of the  “waste” generated on campus ended up in the trash, with the other 96 percent being composted or recycled.

The 394 schools participating enrolled 4.5 million students, with the American contingent representing nearly one in five U.S. college students. The RecycleMania program is managed by Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit that builds and sustains clean, green and beautiful communities.

Competing colleges and universities are ranked according to how much recycling, trash and food waste they collect over two months. Between the Feb. 1 kickoff and the final recycling weigh-in on March 28, participating schools recycled or composted 80.1 million pounds of recyclables and organic materials, preventing the release of 129,411 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E) into the atmosphere, which is equivalent to preventing annual emissions from 25,375 cars.

A new aspect of the competition, the “3R Actions Challenge,” encourages students to not only take action by reducing, reusing and recycling (commonly referred to as “The three R’s”), but also to share those actions via text, Twitter or a mobile app. Chatham University, University at Albany, University of Texas at Arlington, and The Ohio State University came out on top, reducing, reusing, recycling and “selfie-ing” their way to victory in their respective population divisions.

The colleges and universities taking home top prizes include:

  • “Grand Champion” (percentage of overall waste that is recycled): Antioch University (96 percent)
  • “Per Capita Classic” (total pounds of recyclables per person): Loyola Marymount University (73.9 lbs.) 
  • “Waste Minimization” (least overall waste per person): North Lake College (3.3 lbs.)
  • “Food Service Organics”: Colorado College

Complete results for all 13 categories can be found at http://recyclemania.org, including a breakout that shows how schools performed by athletic conference, institution size, state, and other groupings. The national winners of each category are recognized with an award made from recycled materials.

“RecycleMania took the competition to a new level in our 15th anniversary year,” said Stacy Wheeler, president and co-founder of RecycleMania, Inc. “We are thrilled with the increased engagement around waste reduction and recycling spurred by 3R Actions, the new digital and social component of the RecycleMania Tournament.”

Weekly rankings kept the competitive energy surging from week to week in categories including 3R Actions; recycling rate; overall recycling by weight; least amount of total waste; and most recycling per capita for paper, cardboard, cans and bottles, and food waste. Colleges also participated in special categories targeting electronics, film plastics, and materials generated at home basketball games.

“We know that competition is a significant motivator,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “Keep America Beautiful is proud to encourage recycling among young leaders through the RecycleMania program. Congratulations to all the participants making a difference in their campus communities.”

The competition is made possible with the sponsorship support of Alcoa Foundation and The Coca-Cola Company.

“The students and universities participating in RecycleMania continue to drive impactful change by significantly reducing waste in hundreds of communities,” said Esra Ozer, president, Alcoa Foundation. “Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation congratulate this year’s winners and participants on their remarkable efforts to promote recycling.”

“Recycling has a huge benefit to society and our vision is for all Americans to become avid recyclers. Supporting programs to help make recycling a habit is the best way for us to increase recycling rates,” said Bruce Karas, vice president of environment and sustainability at Coca-Cola North America. “At Coca-Cola, we are pleased to continue our support for RecycleMania to encourage college students to recycle more. Our hope
is that students will create recycling habits that continue throughout their lives and impact future generations.”

About RecycleMania
The RecycleMania Tournament was launched in 2001 as a friendly challenge between Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling on their campuses. RecycleMania is an independent program of RecycleMania, Inc., a nonprofit composed of a board of directors who are professional college recycling and sustainability managers from across the country. Program management is provided by Keep America Beautiful with additional
program support from the United States EPA’s WasteWise program and the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC). This year, RecycleMania partnered with National Wildlife Foundation’s Campus Ecology program, Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) and myActions. For complete competition details including a list of participating schools, visit the RecycleMania website at http://recyclemania.org.

This entry was posted on Monday, April 13th, 2015.

Help us meet our fundraising goal

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
  • Offers scholarships to select Colorado university students to attend, mentoring future recycling professionals

Sponsor now

Contact Marjorie Griek, Executive Director, at mgriek@cafr.org/303-975-6975 or Bryce Isaacson, Board Member and Summit Chair, at bisaacson@westerndisposal.com/303-444-2037.

This entry was posted on Monday, April 6th, 2015.

Recycling a boon to Colorado’s economy, study shows

The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) recently announced that recycling, reuse and remanufacturing have positive economic impacts on the state’s economy, according to a study commissioned CDPHE. The study found the following benefits from the waste diversion industry:

  • It sustains more than 85,000 jobs.
  • State and local tax revenues generated from waste diversion activities amount to nearly $1.3 billion per year.
  • The industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of Colorado’s overall economic output.
  • For every job created within the waste diversion industry, one additional job is created elsewhere in the labor market.

“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,” said Eric Heyboer, Recycling Grant Program administrator at the department.

ENVIRON International, the consulting firm hired to complete the study, used the economic input-output modeling system IMPLAN, or Impact Analysis for Planning, as the basis of its analysis. The firm also conducted a survey of businesses, nonprofits and local governments directly associated with the industry.

Read the entire report, Economic Study of Recycling in Colorado, on the department’s website.

This entry was posted on Friday, January 16th, 2015.

Funding Opportunity for Waste Diversion Projects

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. Projects that meet this goal are designed to implement programs focused on source reduction, recycling, anaerobic digestion, composting, or beneficial use/reuse for a wide variety of materials. Projects that employ the Hub-and-Spoke model will continue to be a first tier priority for the grant program, though other project ideas are welcome.

The intent of this solicitation is to fund projects that will:

  • Accomplish greater levels of solid waste minimization, waste diversion (from landfill disposal), recycling (for various materials or products), material reuse and/or composting;
  • Implement proven diversion methods such as Hub-and-Spoke, Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT), market incentives, contracting, municipal ordinance, or other mechanisms;
  • Create jobs;
  • Improve the financial viability of recycling, composting, and reuse activities in Colorado;
  • Educate and inform the general public about recycling; and
  • Establish regional partnerships to maximize economies of scale.

Approximately $1.8 million is available for this solicitation. Funding is made possible through the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Fund (C.R.S. §25-16.5-106.5 Chapter 270 Article 19.7). The department intends to fund multiple projects for a duration of one year, July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Though optional, grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the bidders meeting. This is each applicant’s opportunity to receive feedback directly from the selection committee on proposal ideas and to resolve any questions an applicant may have about the Request for Applications document. The bidders meeting is scheduled for 9:00 AM on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the department’s main campus in Denver. Teleconferencing will be available. RSVP is required. Please reference the Request for Applications document for more details regarding the bidders meeting.

Please visit the department’s website for more information about this Request for Applications and to access the grant application templates.

Applications are due March 3, 2015, 3:00 PM MST.

This entry was posted on Friday, January 2nd, 2015.

Colorado Paint Stewardship Program

In the 2014 legislative session, SB029 (the Paint Stewardship bill) was introduced and passed. This bill requires paint manufacturers to implement a paint management program in Colorado that includes convenient and free locations where consumers can drop off their leftover paint and have it recycled or disposed of properly.

PaintCare

PaintCare Inc. is a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association (the trade association of paint manufacturers) to implement paint stewardship programs in the United States. With input from stakeholders, PaintCare will develop and submit a Program Plan for approval to the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) before the end of the year.

Contacts

Marjaneh Zarrehparvar, PaintCare (202) 719-3683 | mzarrehparvar@paintcare.org
Hilary Collins, CoPSC, (720) 564-2224, hcollins@bouldercounty.org
Marjorie Griek, Colorado Association for Recycling (303) 975-6975 | mgriek@cafr.org

This entry was posted on Sunday, September 14th, 2014.

Are you looking for a fun and creative way to increase school recycling participation in your community?

Keep America Beautiful’s, fourth annual, “Recycle-Bowl,” is a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students.

Open to all schools, the recycling competition kicks off this October. Registration is now open on the Recycle-Bowl website at http://recycle-bowl.org. The competition runs from Monday, October 20 through Saturday, November 15, culminating on America Recycles Day. Participating schools will track and report how much recyclable material they collect.

At the close of the four-week competition, the school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win bragging rights! A national champion will then be chosen from the top statewide winners to receive a recycled content park bench for their school.

For tools, tips, educational activities and promotional materials – check out the Recycle-Bowl website.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014.

CDPHE releases report evaluating recycling, composting and pyrolysis

In 2013, CAFR helped pass Senate Joint Resolution 13-038 that directed the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to host a limited number of meetings with stakeholders to evaluate the use of recyclable materials that are beneficial for recycling, composting and pyrolysis and to develop a report with recommendations on how to further improve the sustainability of Colorado’s waste-related resources.

The report, available here, reviews the existing practices and emerging technologies being developed for beneficially managing discarded material and evaluates the potential impacts and that recycling, composting and pyrolysis may have.

Reducing waste generation and increasing the amount of waste recycled and composted are more effective options to reduce waste than utilizing conversion technologies such as pyrolysis, according to the report.

Additionally, the report highlights anaerobic digestion, for energy production and diversion or organic waste, and developing local end markets for derived resources, which has the potential to result in environmental benefits, economic growth and new employment opportunities, as potential areas for further exploration.

With a diversion rate of 26% in 2012, Colorado fell below the national average of 34% in the amount of material that is diverted annually from landfill disposal to recycling and composting.

To advance sustainable materials management in Colorado at this time, the department recommends that efforts continue to focus on capital investments made through the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Fund’s hub-and-spoke grants. The next step should be to develop a statewide waste reduction plan for each of the waste-shed regions across the state.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014.

CAFR Strategic Planning Survey

CAFR Asks for Help Strategizing for 2015

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. Now is your chance to help set CAFR’s direction for the next few years! Completing the survey (at the Summit, online or face-to-face) automatically enters you into a drawing for one of five $50 gift cards.

Your input is invaluable – the extra five minutes you spend providing real feedback could help CAFR increase its focus on member benefits and better leverage its industry impact. Contact Laurie Batchelder Adams at laurie@lbaassoc.com for more information. Thanks, in advance, for your input.

This entry was posted on Saturday, June 21st, 2014.

Congratulations to the student winners of CAFR’s statewide recycling poster contest

Winners of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 8th annual recycling poster contest were announced today. The contest allowed students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to the environment. More than 20 schools participated. Each school selected their best artwork and submitted it to the statewide competition. Twelve winners were selected from more than 125 entries. The posters were grouped into four grade categories and a first-place winner and runners-up were awarded in each category.

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.

One of this year’s contest themes was “a rind is a terrible thing to waste” in recognition of the positive impact that composting can have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and, when applied to soil, how it helps plants to grow. May 5-11 is International Compost Awareness Week. What better way to celebrate than congratulating the following students for their winning artwork?

2014 recycling poster contest winners (*grand prize):

1st Place
Ciena Higginbotham – Home School, Florissant (9th through 12th grade)*
Michelle Hou – Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch (6th through 8th grade)
Elizabeth Brandt – Eisenhower Elementary, Boulder (kindergarten through 2nd grade)
Emily Glynn – Timber Trail Elementary, Castle Rock (3rd through 5th grade)

Runners-up
Natalie Baker and Kallan Craig Libric – Olander Elementary, Fort Collins
Lauren Butler – Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs
Hannah Culp and Jazmyne Swartz – Hudson Academy of Arts, Hudson
Lydia Groshong – Eisenhower Elementary, Boulder
Josephine Heaney – Carlson Elementary, Idaho Springs
Jared Holland – Home School Academy TRACKS, Colorado Springs
Lindsay Kendall – Timber Trail Elementary, Castle Rock
Morgan Trechter – Home School Academy TRACKS, Colorado Springs

See the winning artwork

The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) is committed to supporting, educating and guiding individuals and leaders in business, education, nonprofits and government to take action that turns ever greater amounts of waste into marketable resources. For more information about CAFR contact Marjie Griek.

This entry was posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014.

Paint Stewardship – Tax, User Fee or a program whose time has come?

By Marjorie Griek, CAFR Executive Director

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. 

I pay taxes. You most likely pay taxes too. We pay taxes so our community, county or state can build or maintain roads. I get that. Most of us use them and it makes sense for the government to build and maintain roads for the common good.

We pay taxes to build, maintain and operate schools. I pay those taxes even though I no longer have school-age children but I do it for the common good. Everyone deserves an education.

We pay taxes for our government to operate Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities so that certain hazardous products we as consumers buy won’t end up in landfills, water treatment facilities or storm drains. I understand why they do this but should they? It does provide a common good – I certainly don’t want my water polluted with car oil, herbicide or oil paint or any number of other products HHW programs collect. Having HHW collection service available is certainly a benefit to me.

But these are consumer products. I choose to buy these items. Should we expect our taxes to pay for the disposal of my old shoes or hat? Manufacturers choose to produce these items and encourage us to buy them. Many say on their labels “Dispose of properly.” They are telling us that their product may not have a typical end-of-life scenario.

When I choose to buy a product, I am choosing to be responsible for it. If I know a product is hazardous or needs to be ‘disposed of properly,’ I have to assume that there will need to be some extra measure of care taken with any leftover product. Manufacturers know this and rightfully warn us. But why don’t manufacturers take more responsibility for their products at end-of-life? Why do we as taxpayers have to cover those costs and assume that responsibility? Why are my taxes paying for their externalities?

In 2012, the Colorado Product Stewardship Council surveyed Colorado counties regarding Household Hazardous Waste programs. 22 of 64 counties collect paint; all of them indicated that paint was approximately 50% of their HHW volume. The budget that pays for handling this paint typically comes from taxes you and I pay. Why am I paying taxes for the disposal of a consumer product that someone else chose to purchase? Isn’t there a better way to do this? Yes, there is.

Paint manufacturers have stepped up and are working to remove the burden on government and taxpayers by becoming accountable for handling leftover paint. They have worked closely with other stakeholders to develop a system whereby you and I will be able to take all our leftover paint; oil-based, latex, stain, varnishes, etc., and have it properly disposed for no cost.

This is the Paint Stewardship program.  It is funded by those of us who buy and use paint.  Yes, the cost of the paint I purchase will go up a bit. This is a user fee. Paying this fee will make it so that I am no longer burdened by a) having my garage and closets full of old paint that I don’t know what to do with and b) paying more for end-of-life disposal.  The Paint Stewardship program requires that there be convenient and free drop-off sites for the collection of leftover paints. If a permanent site can’t be found for whatever reason, regular collection events will be held instead. Goodbye, paint; welcome back, closet space!

Paint stewardship works and is becoming the wave of the future. It truly is a program whose time has come.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014.

CAFR talks to Colorado Public Radio about the Paint Stewardship Bill

Listen to CAFR Executive Director Marjorie Griek talk about HB14-029, the Architectural Paint Stewardship Bill, with Colorado Public Radio (click here).

Colorado has a unique opportunity to enact paint stewardship legislation in partnership with the paint industry. A statewide paint stewardship program would make the paint industry responsible for collecting and managing leftover paint in Colorado, reducing the role of government and the burden on taxpayers.

The Product Stewardship Institute estimates that 10% of all new architectural paint sold in the US goes unused. SB14-029 addresses both latex and oil-based paint, but its main purpose is to increase latex paint recycling in the state. In Colorado, roughly 1.2 million gallons of leftover paint are available for recycling each year, but paint recycling opportunities are extremely limited.

The legislation will promote environmentally sound practices for the handling of unused architectural paint that the purchaser of the paint no longer wants by imposing a uniform, per-container assessment on retailers and distributors. The program would establish enough postconsumer architectural paint collection sites throughout the state to ensure that at least 90% of Colorado residents have permanent collection sites within 15 miles of their homes.

Learn More
Read the Architectural Paint Stewardship Program Fact Sheet
View the Official Bill

This entry was posted on Monday, February 3rd, 2014.

Recycling in the News: Colorado lawmakers will be asked to recycle that paint in the basement

The Denver Post – January 7, 2014

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 goal is to set up a system making paint industry responsible for collecting and dealing with – 10% of paint in US that isn’t used,” said Hillary Collins, Colorado recycling association. “Disposing of paint is often left up to municipalities. It is a cost.”

Link to complete article

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 8th, 2014.

Executive Recycling company and executives sentenced for fraud and international environmental crimes

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

July 23, 2013

DENVER – Executive Recycling, Inc. (a corporation) and Brandon Richter, age 38, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, the owner and chief executive officer of Executive Recycling, were sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez for their roles in a fraudulent scheme related to the disposal and exportation of electronic waste to foreign countries, announced United States Attorney John Walsh, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Kumar Kibble and EPA Criminal Investigation Division Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Martinez. Executive Recycling, the corporation, was sentenced to pay a $4,500,000 fine and serve 3 years on probation. Richter was ordered to serve 30 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years on supervised release. Judge Martinez also ordered Richter to pay a $7,500 fine and $70,144 in restitution joint and several with the victims of the crime. Richter was ordered to report to a Bureau of Prisons facility within 15 days of designation. Judge Martinez also ordered $142,241.10 in asset forfeiture.

The defendants were convicted in December 2012 of multiple counts of mail and wire fraud and environmental crimes related to the illegal disposal of electronic waste, smuggling, and obstruction of justice, following an 11-day trial.

Last week former vice president of operations, Tor Olson, age 38, of Parker, Colorado, was sentenced to serve 14 months in prison, pay a $5,000 fine, and pay over $15,000 in restitution. Olson remains free on bond pending appeal.

Executive Recycling, Inc., as a corporation, Brandon Richter and Tor Olson were indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver on September 15, 2011. The jury trial before Judge Martinez began on December 3, 2012. The jury reached their verdict on December 21, 2012. Olson was sentenced on July 17, 2013.

According to the indictment, as well as the facts presented at trial, Executive Recycling was an electronic waste recycling business located in Englewood, Colorado with affiliated locations in Utah and Nebraska. The company collected electronic waste from private households, businesses, and government entities. Executive Recycling was registered with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a “Large Quantity Handler of Universal Waste.” Richter, as owner and CEO, was responsible for supervising all aspects of the company. Olson, the vice president of operations, was responsible for running day-to-day operations.

A significant portion of electronic waste collected by the defendants were Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs). CRTs are the glass video display component of an electronic device, usually a computer or television monitor, and are known to contain lead. The defendants engaged in the practice of exporting electronic waste, including CRTs, from the United States to foreign countries, including the People’s Republic of China. The defendants regularly negotiated the sale of electronic waste to brokers who represented foreign buyers or who sold the electronic waste overseas. The foreign buyers often paid the defendants directly. To transport the electronic waste, the defendants used shipping cargo containers which were loaded at the company’s facility. The containers were then transported by rail to domestic ports for export overseas.

Executive Recycling appeared as the exporter of record in over 300 exports from the United States between 2005 and 2008. Approximately 160 of these exported cargo containers contained a total of more than 100,000 CRTs.

Between February 2005 and continuing through January 2009, the defendants knowingly devised and intended to devise a scheme to defraud various business and government entities who wanted to dispose of their electronic waste, and to obtain these business and government entities’ money by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses. The defendants represented themselves on a website to have “extensive knowledge of current EPA requirements.” The defendants falsely advertised to customers that they would dispose of electronic waste in compliance with all local, state and federal laws and regulations. It was part  of the scheme that the defendants falsely represented that they would dispose of all electronic waste, whether hazardous or not, in an environmentally friendly manner. Specifically, the defendants falsely represented that the defendant company recycled electronic waste “properly, right here in the U.S.” They also stated that they would not send the electronic waste overseas.

The defendants’ misrepresentation induced customers to enter into contracts or agreements with the defendants for electronic waste disposal. Each victim paid the defendants to recycle their electronic waste in accordance with the representations made by the defendants. Contrary to their representations, the defendants sold the electronic waste they received from customers to brokers for export overseas to the People’s Republic of China and other countries.

“The defendants in this case not only caused actual harm to the environment by shipping electronic waste overseas for dumping, they defrauded their customers by falsely claiming to be disposing of that waste in an environmentally safe way,” said U.S. Attorney John Walsh. “As cases like this one show, federal investigators and the U.S. Attorney’s Office can and will reach beyond our country’s borders to investigate crime and prosecute wrongdoers.”

“This prison sentence and fine awarded to this CEO demonstrate that there are no shortcuts to following U.S. export laws,” said Kumar Kibble, special agent in charge of HSI Denver. “This CEO also intentionally deceived the public for years by falsely advertising an environmentally friendly recycling business plan within the United States. Instead, he regularly exported tons of obsolete and discarded electronic equipment containing toxic materials to third-world countries, and took actions to illegally hide these practices from government officials.”

“The defendants claimed to safely recycle e-waste in the U.S., but regularly exported obsolete and discarded electronic equipment with toxic materials to third-world countries,” said Jeff Martinez, Special Agent in Charge of EPA’s criminal enforcement office in Colorado. “Pollution and greed respect no boundaries and EPA is committed to combating the illegal traffic of e-waste, which poses particularly significant environmental health risks in developing countries.”

This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Environmental Protection Agency Criminal Investigation Division and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Special Prosecutions Unit.

The defendants were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Suneeta Hazra and Valeria Spencer and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lillian Alves.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2013.

EPA publishes 2011 Municipal Solid Waste Report

EPA released the 2011 Municipal Characterization Report, which provides data on annual US waste generation, recycling, and disposal. According to the EPA, in 2011, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material. Our national recycling rate is 34.7 percent. On average, Americans generated 4.40 pounds of trash per person per day, and recycled and composted 1.53 pounds of it.

Check it out – http://www.epa.gov/osw/nonhaz/municipal/msw99.htm

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013.

CDPHE E-Waste Materials Now Available in Spanish

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is pleased to announce that outreach materials for the electronic waste ban are now also offered in Spanish (currently available on CDPHE’s website). From the posters to the brochure to the editing instructions — all materials have been translated and are available to the public for downloading and customization.

This entry was posted on Saturday, June 8th, 2013.

Recycling in the News: Creede recyclers to receive awards

Mineral County Miner – May 17, 2013

CREEDE—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.

Cary Bush, founder of Recycle-Creede, endorsed her employees; “Bill Burch and Tina Miani have worked as volunteers for Recycle-Creede for the last five years. For the past three years they’ve seemed like full-time employees, except that Recycle-Creede can’t pay them— yet.”

Miani said, “my husband and I are receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award as a couple, because of our efforts to keep Recycle-Creede from getting buried in increasing amounts of recyclables. We didn’t think about the award.” She continued, “the recyclables never stop coming. No matter how much work we put in, we turn around to see more that needs our attention.”

Link to complete article

This entry was posted on Saturday, May 18th, 2013.

Student Winners of Recycling Poster Contest Announced

Winners of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 7th annual recycling poster contest were announced today. The contest allowed students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to the environment. More than 20 schools participated. Each school selected their best artwork and submitted it to the statewide competition. Twelve winners were selected from more than 180 entries. The posters were grouped into four grade categories and a first-, second- and third-place winner was awarded in each category.

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. Beginning July 1, 2013, Colorado residents may no longer dispose of most electronic waste (e-waste) in their household trash because Colorado landfills may no longer accept e-waste. Electronic products are made from valuable resources, like metals, plastics, and glass, all of which require energy to mine and manufacture. Reusing and recycling consumer electronics conserves our natural resources and avoids air and water pollution, as well as greenhouse gas emissions that are caused by manufacturing virgin materials. For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s ‘Electronics and Computer Waste’ webpage: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/ewaste.

See the winning artwork

Congratulations to the 2013 recycling poster contest winners (*grand prize):

Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

  • 1st place – Alicia Garcia, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver – Owen Branch
  • 2nd place – Kira Wilhelmi, Blue Mountain Elementary, Longmont
  • 3rd place – Amy Cao, North Ridge Elementary, Highlands Ranch

3rd through 5th Grade

  • 1st place – Dylan Alagna and Graham Barrett, Crested Butte Community School
  • 2nd place – Melanie Calderon, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver – Owen Branch
  • 3rd place – Titan Mikuta, Whittier International School, Boulder

6th through 8th Grade

  • 1st place – Kaitlynn Husovsky, Mountain Ridge Middle School, Highlands Ranch
  • 2nd place – Madison Sanford, Elizabeth Middle School, Elizabeth
  • 3rd place – Celeste Velazquez, Vineland Middle School, Pueblo

9th through 12th Grade

  • *1st place – Evelyn Gonzalez, Fort Morgan High School, Fort Morgan
  • 2nd place – Rebecca Farris, Pueblo West High School, Pueblo
  • 3rd place – Gavin Ramos, Pueblo West High School, Pueblo

This entry was posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2013.

CAFR Announces “You Make Recycling Work” Video Contest Winner

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 City of Fort Collins Environmental Services Department, Colorado Springs Recycles, and E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado all submitted inspirational videos but, in the end, the creativity and humor of E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado’s video about the importance of electronics recycling won the most votes on CAFR’s Facebook page. Please join CAFR in congratulating them on a job well done. And thank you to everyone that voted.

Summit for Recycling attendees can see the winning video at the Summit, May 19-21 in Keystone, CO. The agenda is complete with educational sessions, a variety of presenters, exhibit hall, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction, and fun evening networking events.

The Colorado Association for Recycling’s annual recycling Summit is a dynamic conference and exhibition that brings together the state’s recycling professionals and individuals dedicated to the principles of recycling, waste prevention and composting. The agenda is complete with educational sessions, a variety of presenters, exhibit hall, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction, and fun evening networking events. This year, 2013, is the 24th year of the Summit.

Find out more about the Summit: www.cafr.org/summit

This entry was posted on Sunday, May 5th, 2013.

Official E-Waste Website and Materials: Electronic Recycling Jobs Act

The official Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Electronic Recycling Jobs Act website and outreach materials toolkits are now live and available online.

Beginning July 1, 2013, Colorado residents may no longer dispose of most electronic waste (e-waste) in their household trash because Colorado landfills may no longer accept e-waste. For the official bill, answers to FAQs and additional information, please visit: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/ewaste.

The website hosts toolkits for anyone needing to communicate with consumers or the regulated community about the new law. The toolkits include downloadable materials such as a brochure, posters, fact sheets, public service announcements and more. Instructions and pointers for personalization of the materials are in the toolkits, as well.

Help spread the word: forward this information to anyone else who would benefit.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013.