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 firstname.lastname@example.org.