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Poster Contest

Deadline for entry April 29
For K-12 Students
"Top 10 Reasons to Recycle"
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Summit for Recycling

June 12-14, 2016
DoubleTree by Hilton
Grand Junction
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Community Events

May 1, 2016
International Compost Awareness Week

May 3, 2016
Colorado Council for Sustainable Purchasing Meeting

May 4, 2016
Summit Planning Committee Meeting

May 4, 2016
Tip of the iceberg - Textile Diversion Strategies & EPR Symposium

May 10, 2016
Sustainability & Your Office Equipment - What can you do?


Legislative Updates

SB16-124 Machine Tools Sales Tax Exempt Recovered Materials

04/29/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
CAFR Active Support

HB16-1004 Measurable Goals Deadlines CO Climate Action Plan

03/30/2016 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely

Recyclers meet with senators and representatives during CAFR’s 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.


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Welcome to the Colorado Association for Recycling

You are a part of our special mission: to support, educate and guide individuals and leaders in business, education, nonprofits and government to take action that turns ever greater amounts of waste into marketable resources. Without you, our mission would not be successful.

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CAFR Recycling News

Join the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board – Apply by May 19

PPAB is looking for six new members. Apply today. Your leadership will promote pollution prevention and sustainability in Colorado.

CAFR weighs in on CDPHE’s statewide solid waste plan

On behalf of CAFR members, the Board of Directors urged CDPHE to prioritize and promote programs, policies, and planning that favor material reuse, recycling, and composting, over those that result in valuable commodities being buried in a landfill.

Can carton recycling work in rural communities?

Recycling in Colorado’s 47 rural counties can be challenging. Resources are stretched thin, and distance barriers lead to expensive and often inefficient transportation costs. Adding new items like milk and juice cartons to the recycling mix may seem unattainable. The hub-and-spoke model has proven to be an effective solution.

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Colorado - We Can Do Better

Did you know that the recycling rate in Colorado is only 11% compared to 34% in the rest of the country?

CAFR created this video to showcase the recycling challenges and successes in Colorado. Watch it and be inspired to improve Colorado’s recycling efforts! And help us get the word out by sharing the video with a friend.


CAFR is a Proud Member of NRC

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is a national nonprofit advocacy group with more than 6,000 members. The Coalition represents and advocates for every sector of the recycling industry across the country.

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Ball Corporation

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Western Disposal Services

CAFR Says “Thank You” To Our Sponsors

Click on the links at left to learn more about our Sponsors, Supporters, and Friends. Learn how you can sponsor CAFR or make a donation. Your dollars support our public education and industry advancement efforts throughout the state. We couldn’t do all we do without your support!

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Become a CAFR member, sponsor an event, or make a donation and actively contribute to furthering recycling in Colorado and the nation!