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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now accepting proposals for regional planning studies that examine how existing waste diversion activities in a defined region can be better coordinated with the intent to maximize waste diversion in the future.
This rebate is available to financially assist entities that operate free public recycling drop-off sites.
What do a myth-busting 4-year old, a bathroom in which personal care products come to life, a talking pizza box and three teenagers with a Ouija board have in common? They are among the fresh ideas submitted by consumers to help increase awareness of and participation in recycling across America.
The resolution calls on federal and state governments to recognize the rights of cities to enact ordinances to reduce waste in their local communities.
The intent of the program is to significantly increase the number of postconsumer paint collection sites and recycling opportunities for households, businesses and other generators of postconsumer architectural paint in Colorado.
More communities are beginning to recognize that glass in the single-stream is problematic. Two companies recently received grants from the state to try and improve the way glass gets recycled.
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a case brought by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and two other industry trade groups, which challenged the constitutionality of Alameda County, California’s drug disposal law.
Congratulations to the student winners of CAFR’s statewide recycling poster contest! The contest allowed students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to recycling. More than 27 schools participated, and 12 winners were selected from more than 200 entries.
04/30/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
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05/05/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
4.5 million students recycle and compost 80.1 million pounds in the 2015 RecycleMania tournament.
We are at 78% of our fundraising goal for the 2015 Summit for Recycling. Help us ‘close the loop’ by contributing to the $13,550 still needed. Every dollar helps. Can you sponsor the Summit?
Each year the Summit provides world-class educational sessions and networking for more than 270 attendees, brings together industry leaders to help move recycling forward in Colorado, and offers scholarships to select Colorado university students to attend, mentoring future recycling professionals. Sponsor now.
03/18/2015 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
02/04/2015 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
This study reveals that investing in infrastructure that helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills is a win-win situation for the economy and the environment.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now accepting grant applications for projects that promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials that would otherwise be treated as discards. Deadline for applications is March 3, 2015.
PaintCare Inc., a non-profit organization established by the American Coatings Association, will develop and submit a Program Plan, with input from stakeholders, for approval to the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment before the end of the year.
Keep America Beautiful’s, fourth annual, “Recycle-Bowl,” is a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students.
The report evaluates the potential impacts and roles that recycling, composting and pyrolysis may have on increasing the economic and environmental sustainability of managing Colorado’s waste-related resources.
CAFR’s Strategic Planning Committee is conducting a member survey to identify your thoughts on where we put our resources now and how that might be improved in the future.
06/06/2014 Governor Signed
06/06/2014 Governor Signed
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05/21/2014 Governor Signed
Winners will be recognized at a brief award ceremony June 8, 3:00pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton (1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.) in Colorado Springs. The ceremony is part of the Recycled Art Market. The art market is free and open to the public from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
05/17/2014 Governor Signed
05/17/2014 Governor Signed
03/27/2014 Governor Action – Signed
What is the difference between a tax and a user fee? A tax is an amount of money levied by a government on its citizens and used to run the government. A user fee is a fee charged for the use of a product or service.
02/13/2014 House Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Postpone Indefinitely
Colorado has a unique opportunity to enact paint stewardship legislation in partnership with the paint industry. Listen to CAFR Executive Director Marjorie Griek talk about HB14-029, the Architectural Paint Stewardship Bill.
Colorado lawmaker won’t be asked to watch paint dry, but they will see a bill to reycle those old paint cans in the basement. The Colorado Association for Recycling and the industry are working on a bill to create an industry-based paint recycling program.
The owner and chief executive officer of Executive Recycling were sentenced today for their roles in a fraudulent scheme related to the disposal and exportation of electronic waste to foreign countries.
According to the EPA, on average in 2011, Americans generated 4.40 pounds of trash per person per day, and only recycled and composted 1.53 pounds of it.
Outreach materials for the electronic waste ban are now offered in Spanish and available online.
05/08/2013 Senate Third Reading Passed
The Keystone Resort and Conference Center will host the Colorado Association for Recycling’s (CAFR) annual recycling summit. Attending the conference will be local recycling professionals from Recycle-Creede. Bill Burch and Tina Miani will be accepting awards as Volunteer(s) of the Year
05/10/2013:43 AM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
One of this year’s contest themes was “Plug In to E-cycling” in recognition of the new Colorado law that takes effect this summer.
CAFR Active Support
05/08/2013 Sent to the Governor
As the winner of the first-ever “You Make Recycling Work” Video Contest, E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado will be sending one person to attend this year’s Summit for Recycling for free!
The website hosts toolkits for anyone needing to communicate with consumers or the regulated community about the new law.
03/08/2013 Governor Action – Signed
02/12/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
02/06/2013 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Electronic devices banned from landfills; responsible recycling by state agencies required.
While there is much disagreement on how to boost our economy, something we can all agree on to create green jobs, reduce landfills and litter, and protect our natural resources is recycling.
One of the largest buyers of waste paper in the Rocky Mountain region is closing its doors.
Leaders of both the National Recycling Coalition (NCR) and the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA) are pleased to announce today that the two organizations will join together. A letter of agreement between the two organizations will outline the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition.
Drop that plastic cup or cardboard box into the recycling bin, and there’s a good chance it might find its way to China.
Local residents with developmental disabilities will soon have more job opportunities and San Luis Valley residents will soon have somewhere to recycle electronics.
05/21/2012 Governor Action – Signed
04/20/2012 Governor Action – Signed
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05/09/2012 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 05/10/2012 (Defeated)
05/09/2012 Governor Action – Signed
Just in time for the observance of Earth Day this weekend, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law Friday that bans disposal of electronic equipment in landfills and requires the state of Colorado to dispose of its e-waste through certified recyclers.
That waste includes televisions, desk computers, laptops, disc players and other items. Cell phones are not included — under the reasoning that recycling programs already address the problem of cell phones.
04/06/2012 Governor Action – Signed
Techies might be camped out in line for new iPads this week, but one day the popular tablet computers will be obsolete, and people will be tempted to throw them in the trash.
The Colorado Senate passed a bill that would ban electronics from being placed in solid waste landfills starting July 1, 2013.
Henry Renteria-Vigil, once a welfare recipient, found his riches in the wastelands of Colorado’s landfills.
The state Senate passed the Electronic Recycling Jobs Act on Wednesday by a vote of 28-6.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers wants to ban certain types of electronic devices from landfills, a measure to promote recycling of old electronics.
Today, the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee approved theElectronic Recycling Jobs Act, sponsored by Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass) to create new jobs in the recycling industry.
A bill that would shut a loophole in a state program designed to encourage recycling of used tires — but instead paid companies to dump them — made it through a key legislative subcommittee Wednesday.
Projects that expand on recycling efforts in rural areas will be the focus of grants in Colorado, the Department of Public Health and Environment announced.
As people enjoy playing with all of the new electronic gadgets they received this holiday season, recycling advocates are urging them to not just throw away their old ones.
People across the country opened big ticket electronic items this morning for Christmas. Once the boxes are opened and wrapping paper thrown away, gift recipients are left asking: now what?
Electronic devices, flat screen TVs, computers, phones and games, are popular gifts but for a lot of people who already have older models, it raises a question about what to do with the items being replaced.
CAFR will strive to meet the following 10-year goals for Colorado through our programs, education and leadership: Reduce individual waste disposal to 3.5 pounds/person-day and increase diversion to 66% by weight.
The resolution that expresses support for improvement in the collection, processing and use of recyclable materials throughout the United States.
Colorado groups push for recycling electronics to stimulate economy and improve public health.
More than 120 recycling professionals gathered to learn about the best practices, challenges and lessons learned when it comes to implementing zero waste at public venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
U.S. Senate Resolution 251 expresses support for the improvement of collection, processing and consumption of recyclable materials throughout the United States.
Recycling professionals and individuals dedicated to recycling from across Colorado recognized the outstanding achievements of their peers at the 2011 Colorado Summit for Recycling, Colorado’s 22nd annual statewide recycling conference.
The contest allowed students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to the environment. Forty schools from across Colorado participated.
With input from the Colorado Association for Recycling, Senator Gail Schwartz introduced legislation April 29 that would require large recyclers and processors to be certified by the state public health department or national programs like e-Stewards and R2.
The nation’s accelerating shift from incandescent lighting to a new generation of energy-efficient bulbs is raising an environmental concern: the release of tons of mercury every year.
04/13/2011 Governor Action – Signed
03/09/2011 Governor Action – Signed
Three issues that will be on the ballot this fall have caused quite a bit of debate throughout all sectors of Colorado. These are known as Amendment 60, Amendment 61 and Proposition 101. The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) Board of Directors passed a motion at its September Board meeting in Boulder to oppose all three ballot items
Product stewardship is the focus of a new council formed under the umbrella of the Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR). The board of directors of CAFR approved the new Colorado Product Stewardship Council at its June meeting in Steamboat Springs
06/10/2010 Governor Action – Signed
06/11/2010 Governor Action – Signed
04/29/2010 Governor Action – Signed
04/13/2010 Governor Action – Signed
House Bill 09-1282 (PDF) created an Electronic Device Recycling Task Force (EDRTF) to gather input regarding the benefits and consequences of establishing a landfill disposal ban for electronic devices.