Front Range Waste Diversion Program

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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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Grant opportunity

Open grant opportunity: request for applications now available.

RFA #ZW030422:

Advancing Front Range Communities up the "Zero Waste Ladder"

This request for applications focuses on advancing community waste diversion. The FRWD Program invites grant applications to support Front Range communities in moving along this progression, regardless of where they are starting from, with the ultimate goal of reaching broad recycling and organic waste diversion goals.

Eligible applications will range from communities or local institutions taking the first steps of waste audits and initial planning or comprehensive proposals for full program design and policy adoption, to cities with more mature programs applying to increase participation and reduce contamination. Proposed projects must take place in one or more of the thirteen counties within the Front Range Waste Diversion program area: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller, and Weld counties.

This is the fifth funding cycle from the FRWD Program and the third focused on advancing community waste diversion. Please read the full RFA document for more details.

  RFA #ZW030422 document

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Applications are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2022.

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

Grants

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.

In response to its second RFA, the Front Range Waste Diversion enterprise has approved over $1.4 million for five projects geared toward reducing the amount of construction and demolition waste sent to landfills in Colorado’s Front Range counties. These projects are expected to help keep 16,000 tons from Front Range landfills.

The awarded organizations, amount allocated, and projects include:

  • 5280 Recycling Solutions: $350,147 to develop, test, manufacture, and distribute a construction and landscaping material made from recovered drywall, recycled plastics, and other waste materials.
  • National Center for Craftsmanship: $157,190 to deconstruct single-family residential dwellings and collect data measurements from their material types.
  • Perks Deconstruction: $124,900 to establish a facility to manage, sort, and store materials from deconstruction projects.
  • Resource Central: $443,384 for construction reuse facility improvements and a box truck to pick up donations.
  • Western Disposal Services: $338,084 to create a construction and demolition sorting and diversion center.

Resources

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

Contact

Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt
720-588-0040

Christina Cain
720-432-0178

Erin Girard
720-381-4939

Sonya Hansen
720-257-9319

Megan Vinet
720-588-0033

cdphe.frwd.program@state.co.us