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Summit round tables identify actionable solutions to recycling challenges. Sign up for an action group before July 6

The 2018 Summit for Recycling 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.

Summaries of outcomes from the twelve Summit round tables are below. View notes from the round tables

CAFR members are invited to participate in the action groups that formed as a result of the Summit round tables. Sign up by July 6. A CAFR representative will be in contact with each group by Monday, July 9, about next steps.

Sign up before July 6
View notes from round tables

Organics Diversion Without Markets Equals What?

Form a Colorado Composting Stakeholder Group: Put together a stakeholder group that involves cities, counties, producers and manufacturer leadership from across the state to make requirements on how to keep contaminants out of product and education and outreach for acceptable products.
Sign up for the organics diversion action group

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.

Sign up for the e-waste action group

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 Assoc), CCI (Co Counties Inc.) and CML (CO Municipal League) to determine the viability of a bill.
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Cleantech Recycling Solutions

There was not a specific action group topic that came from this group. A few members did decide to arrange a one-time meeting this summer to bring together CAFR, OEDIT, CDPHE and other stakeholders together to share knowledge and make connections. Please sign-up to be included in this meeting.
Sign up for the cleantech action group

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

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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.
Sign up for the C&D action group

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.
Sign up for the data action group

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.
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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.
Sign up for the local policy action group

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). The action group will also request the Policy Committee to look into a business personal property tax exemption for recycling businesses.
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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.
Sign up for the plastics action group

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.
Sign up for the landfill action group

This entry was posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2018.