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.