Senate Bill 20-055: Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets

In July 2020, the state legislature passed SB 20-055, Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets. This bill is intended to grow recycling programs by addressing the lack of local end markets for recyclable materials in Colorado.

The bill includes four main components: recycling market development center, producer responsibility literature overview, business personal property tax reimbursements and statewide education campaign on recycling.

Recycling Market Development Center

The department convened stakeholders together to help shape the structure and governing guidance for a Recycling Market Development Center, to support the development and growth of end market businesses in Colorado.

  Recycling Market Development Center advisors

Meeting 1: Guiding Principles

January 21, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Develop guiding principles for meetings/introduction to project and process.

  Stakeholder meeting 1 presentation

Meeting 2: Center Goals and Elements

February 4, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Overview of center research goals, case studies, and elements for consideration.

  Stakeholder meeting 2 presentation

Meeting 3: Funding, Governance and Elements work session 1

February 25, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Funding, governance, and other key element work session.

  Stakeholder meeting 3 presentation

Meeting 4: Funding, Governance and Elements work session 2

March 18, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Funding, governance, and other key element work session (continued).

  Stakeholder meeting 4 presentation

Meeting 5: Consensus Check

April 15, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Consensus check of key market development center elements.

  Stakeholder meeting 5 presentation


Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt, or 720-588-0040.


Statewide Education Campaign on Recycling: Erase the Waste

The department launched a statewide recycling campaign called Erase the Waste in February 2021. This recycling education campaign will connect Colorado residents to recycling best practices through social media, television and radio announcements, and written materials in public locations. Please visit the Erase the Waste website or sitio web de Erase the Waste en español for recycling tips and to take the “no glass in the trash” pledge. 

Download campaign text and graphics for community use.

Producer Responsibility Literature Review 

The department will study what industry and other states are doing about producer responsibility. The department will also engage stakeholders to develop policy recommendations.


  Sign up for updates on the producer responsibility stakeholder process


You can also find out more about the approach and timeline for stakeholder processes


Business Personal Property Tax Reimbursements

The Pollution Prevention Advisory Board (PPAB) and Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) Board of Directors may develop criteria for awarding funds to reimburse eligible recycling businesses for locally assessed personal property taxes. The PPAB program would cover businesses outside the Front Range, while the FRWD board would cover Front Range businesses. For more information, please visit:


Rachel Wilson-Roussel