FRWD technical assistance content library

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The FRWD Technical Assistance program will support local governments in Colorado in their climb up the “zero waste ladder” by establishing or expanding robust programs for post-consumer recyclables, compostables, and construction and demolition waste in Colorado.

While the Technical Assistance program is still under construction, this content library of curated PDF documents and web links is free to use and is organized by topic. Municipalities, counties, special districts, and other local governments are welcome to explore its resources and use them as a springboard to develop the waste diversion potential of their jurisdiction. Please note that these documents and web links may cover several topics; as such, they may appear in multiple sections. The content library spreadsheet displays the resources in a grid form and is available for reference.



  • Plan outline template - outline template for standard solid waste management that can be tailored for large or small governments.

Best practices

  • City of Boulder Trash Tax - approved in 1994, this established an occupational tax for residents and MFUs/businesses that generates roughly $1.8M/year for programming and infrastructure.
  • Colorado Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan (ISWMP) - diversion plan categorized by different locations throughout CO - appendix D contains funding sources.
  • Longmont Solid Waste Management Fee - adopted in 2017 with the city’s PAYT system, this additional fee of $2.96/household-month is assessed to cover special collections and events.
  • Summit County Mill Levy - mill levy approved in 2018 to fund 5 key areas across the county with roughly $2M/year available to expand and add new waste diversion programs and infrastructure.