In 2017 the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) underwent a transformative strategic planning process that resulted in a new vision and mission. CAFR is working towards becoming a truly state-wide organization that is mission driven to advance infrastructure, end markets and policy in waste reduction, recovery and diversion. Every community in Colorado has specific dynamics and needs. Realizing this, CAFR is developing regional councils to work on local issues across Colorado. In August of 2017, CAFR chose Colorado Springs as the first new regionally focused council.
To coordinate the effort, the new CAFR Colorado Springs Council selected Alicia Archibald from Bestway Recycling to act as council president. The selection of Archibald reflects the diverse nature of the council, which is comprised of civic leaders, environmental advocates and business representatives. “We believe recycling can benefit everyone in the community when recycling programs and initiatives are developed with input from a diverse set of perspectives,” said Archibald. Brandy Dietz, general manager for Colorado Industrial Recycling, was selected as vice president of the council. Dietz noted that several of the council members represent businesses that often compete for customers. “I think it shows the spirit of Colorado Springs. Between the lines we may slug it out for customers, but our business leaders are always willing to work collaboratively when it comes to making the community better.” Andy O’Riley, also with Colorado Industrial Recycling, serves as the council secretary and has been instrumental in securing media channels and generating attention to promote the work of the council.
All CAFR councils take on tangible, actionable and measurable projects that can be accomplished in 12 months. A work group is formed from the council membership and the members work on an ongoing basis on the project. The Colorado Springs Council decided to take on cardboard diversion by proposing an ordinance that would ban the commercial disposal of old corrugated cardboard (OCC). The council’s goal is to get the ordinance passed by the end of 2018.
Interested in leading a group in your area? Contact Laurie Johnson, CAFR executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.