Colorado may have a green reputation, but when it comes to trash, the truth is that our state is one of the most wasteful in the nation. Colorado recycles only 12% of its waste, much less than the national average of 34%.
With new statewide goals in place to increase recycling, Eco-Cycle and CoPIRG took a look at recycling rates in cities and counties across the state and published the first-ever The State of Recycling in Colorado report. The report finds only 18 Front Range cities track their recycling data while nearly half of counties have measured their diversion. The City of Loveland came out on top with the best residential recycling rate at 61%.
The report also recommends five action steps to help Colorado improve recycling and meet the new statewide recycling goals. These include collecting data in every community, expanding curbside recycling for all Front Range residents, investing in more composting infrastructure and programs, establishing financial incentives such as volume-based pricing, and expanding recycling to businesses and apartments.
See how your community stacks up and read the report at www.ecocycle.org/zerowastecolorado.