Front Range Waste Diversion Program

About FRWD

The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD, or “forward”) program provides grants and technical assistance to Front Range communities to increase recycling, composting, and waste reduction. The FRWD enterprise consists of the FRWD board of directors and program administrative staff at CDPHE.

The current three-year strategic plan identifies goals in three focus areas:

  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Municipal solid waste, including organics and recycling.
  • Non-municipal solid waste, focusing on construction and demolition debris.

The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD, or “forward”) program and enterprise fund was approved by the Colorado state legislature in 2019 and collects funds from an increase in user fees at Front Range landfill to provide grants and technical assistance to Front Range communities to increase recycling, composting, and waste reduction.

Please continue to monitor this webpage for updates, or subscribe to FRWD funding opportunity email updates.

Check out upcoming grant opportunities and key differences between the RREO and FRWD programs.



Grant Opportunity

All current grant applications have closed for FRWD.


In response to its first RFA, the Front Range Waste Diversion enterprise has approved over $2 million for nine projects geared toward reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills in Colorado’s Front Range counties. These projects are expected to help keep 18,000 tons from Front Range landfills.

The funded organizations, amount allocated, and projects include:

  • City of Arvada: $500,000 to purchase recycling bins for Arvada’s new curbside recycling program.
  • City and County of Broomfield: $90,000 to develop a zero waste action plan for Broomfield.
  • Colorado State University: $80,810 to expand their existing compost site and program.
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver: $164,651 to upgrade and cover their ReStore storage yard to keep donated material out of the elements.
  • Scraps: $76,908.42 to expand yard waste collections in Edgewater, Arvada, and Wheat Ridge.
  • Town of Erie: $247,078 to relocate Erie’s recycling center and add cardboard and organic waste, and to complete a zero waste policy assessment which responds to the town’s Sustainability Master Plan.
  • Waste Management of Colorado: $500,000 to upgrade sorting equipment in order to save 1,400 tons from going to the landfill every year, reduce contamination, and increase efficiency on the sorting line.
  • We Don't Waste: $199,689 to double the amount of food they rescue and provide to low-income populations in the Front Range.
  • Wompost: $158,185 to provide food and yard waste recycling bins in Aurora.

Additional opportunities for local governments, institutions, nonprofits, and the private sector to apply for grant funding are slated for 2021, including another round of funding to advance zero waste in Front Range communities planned for publication in May 2021.


FRWD contracted with Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) to produce a waste diversion data survey for the Front Range. RSS researched methodologies for tracking and benchmarking progress in waste diversion and identified best practices, including an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of local and comparable out-of-state programs. The final report, accepted by the FRWD board of directors in December 2020, includes recommendations for Colorado and the Front Range region.

RRS Waste Diversion Data Survey

You can download the following documents:

FRWD Strategic Plan

FRWD contract template

Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report

Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report