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

The department will convene 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.

  Sign up for updates on the stakeholder process

We are still finalizing the stakeholder timeline, but anticipate that:

  • Stakeholder recruitment will be in November 2020.
  • Meeting dates will be announced in December 2020.
  • Meetings will take place from January to April 2021. 

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:

Statewide Education Campaign on Recycling

The department will conduct a statewide campaign to educate Colorado residents about recycling through social media, television and radio announcements, and written materials in public locations. We expect the education campaign to begin in January 2021.


Rachel Wilson-Roussel
(303) 692-2976