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.
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The FRWD board is seeking proposals for Technical Assistance Service Provider consultant(s) who will provide technical assistance to local governments that have an interest in establishing a new recycling program or expanding an existing recycling program, for post-consumer and commercial solid waste in Colorado. FRWD seeks to pilot an innovative new model that will help advance communities up the "zero waste ladder" and help ensure future grant dollars awarded through the FRWD grant program are dedicated to projects that will be sustainable in the long-term and establish new and robust local government programs for post-consumer recyclables, compostables, and construction and demolition waste in Colorado. The selected provider team will be contracted to develop a technical assistance program as Phase I of the project, and then manage that program as part of an ongoing Phase II. Written inquiries will be accepted with deadlines on May 3 and on May 24. Offerors should email their final proposal to email@example.com, no later than 3:00 pm on June 18, 2021.
The FRWD board is also seeking proposals for the FRWD Baseline Recycling Data Project. The project detailed in the Scope of Work is intended to gather data on the current state of waste diversion programs and policies on Colorado’s Front Range. Interested applicants should email their proposal to complete the scope of work to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than end of day, Monday, May 3, 2021.
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. Read the RRS Waste Diversion Data Survey.