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Update: Summit action groups take on tangible projects to address recycling challenges

The 2018 Summit for Recycling, June 3-5, coordinated twelve round tables that each focused on a specific aspect of recycling. CAFR uses round tables as a method to convene stakeholders on regional and topical issues for the purpose of advancing infrastructure, end markets and state and local policies in waste reduction, recovery and diversion.

Round tables are the first step in establishing action groups that take on tangible, actionable and measurable projects over the course of a 12-month period.

Status updates of from the twelve Summit round table action groups are below. View notes from the round tables


Organics Diversion Without Markets Equals What?

Form a Colorado composting stakeholder group that involves cities, counties, producers and manufacturer from across the state to make requirements on how to keep contaminants out of product and education and outreach for acceptable products.

STATUS: Currently identifying all major stakeholders within Colorado.  Next meeting is 9/24 in Denver.

E-Waste Five Years Later – We Know the Symptoms, Now Let’s Solve the Real Problem

There was an interest in this group to focus on two things:

  • Publishing statewide recycling events, maps of drop off sites, post a list of certified recyclers and what certifications they hold on CAFR’s website
  • Creating an education marketing kit that would be available for everyone to use and would provide consistent information.

STATUS:  The action group decided the first step was to assess the amount of actual illegal dumping that occurs across the state.  The group is drafting a survey to be distributed statewide as the first step in collecting the necessary data.

What Is the Best Way to Collect Our Stuff?

The action group from this round table will look at what it would take to build a case for a state bill for licensing haulers, administered by CDPHE, for the purpose of community safety as well as data collection. The CAFR group will meet with the new Colorado chapter of NWRA (National Waste & Recycling Association), CCI (Colorado Counties Inc.) and CML (Colorado Municipal League) to determine the viability of a bill.

STATUS: A meeting is schedule to discuss the potential for a statewide hauler licensing bill and the group will collaborate with CCI and CML on how that might impact cities and counties.

Cleantech Recycling Solutions

An action group was not organized as a result of this round table. A few members did decide to arrange a one-time meeting during the summer to bring together CAFR, OEDIT, CDPHE and other stakeholders together to share knowledge and make connections.

STATUS: The group will meet with the staff of OEDIT to discuss the needs for advance manufacturing end markets for recyclable materials in Colorado.

End-Market Business Development

Create a Colorado commodities road map similar to the Story of Stuff including:

  • Prioritize main commodities (ALUM, OCC, HDPE, PETE)
  • Develop campaign and education about relevance to local economy
  • Identifies barriers between production and end markets
  • Speak to businesses about needs/wants/haves to develop policy

STATUS: The group decided to assess the raw materials and manufactures that are present in Colorado as a function of the new Materials Synergy Exchange being developed by CAFR. The group will start work on collecting information and collaborating with other organizations in mid-October.

Closed-Loop Solutions for C&D

The action group from this round table will take steps to establish an ongoing CAFR C&D Council. The first action items for the council will be to see if they can promote the Colorado Contractors Challenge as a way to promote C&D diversion, assist in any way with CDPHE’s C&D research and work on listing materials for a C&D category on CAFR’s upcoming materials exchange platform.

STATUS:  The C&D Council launched in August.  The first task is to prioritize C&D materials by economic value and identify end markets for the top five materials that currently do not have end-market options in Colorado.  The group will also help GE Johnson Construction Company launch the Colorado Contractor’s Challenge to increase recycling on C&D projects.

Collecting Data to Effectively Measure Waste Diversion and Reduction

The action group for this round table will look at creating data standards for Colorado and potentially developing a toolkit that addresses where to start collecting data.

STATUS:  The first meeting of the action group is scheduled for 9/27.

Opportunities for Change at the State Level

The action item with the most votes was to develop compost market messaging and policy for compost buy-back. The other three action items will also be reviewed by the CAFR Policy Committee for consideration: electronic product stewardship, business personal property tax exemption for recyclers, data collection and OEDIT resources.

STATUS:  This group is working with the CAFR Policy Committee on their action items.

Moving the Needle at the Local Level

This round table produced three different proposed action groups. There are enough participants for one group to develop a toolkit for building codes and another to work on webinars to explain ordinances. Action groups coming out of this session will report to the CAFR Policy Committee. The Policy Committee will assign a liaison from the committee to participate in the local policy action group(s). Please sign-up if you would like to be on one of these action groups.

STATUS:  The groups are developing a toolkit for building codes and organizing webinars to explain how to pass ordinances to advance recycling.

Closed-Loop Solutions for Plastics

Form a work group to research the viability of alternative processing solutions. Begin by looking at Priyanka’s Renewlogy technology based in Utah. Also look at alternative collection programs starting with the Orange Bag program.

STATUS: The action group is going to Salt Lake City on 10/3 to see the Renewlogy technology.  There is a round table to discuss the Hefty Energy Bag program on 10/8 in Denver.

Landfills: Tipping the Scales to Divert More Waste

The action group will identify which landfills are doing education campaigns. Based on the diversion rate from the landfills doing education campaigns, the group will then request information on what is working to make their campaign successful. An information packet will be put together to provide recommendations for landfills not currently doing education campaigns.

STATUS:  The group is beginning the survey development process.

Financing End-Market Solutions

Create a funding resource page and toolkit to share on the CAFR website and, if time permits, research what would be needed to pursue a bill to grant a temporary reprieve to paying commercial personal property taxes for new/small end-market businesses (working with CAFR Policy Committee).

STATUS: The action group requested the Policy Committee to look into a business personal property tax exemption for recycling businesses.


This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018.