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. The final report was submitted on July 1, 2021 to the Colorado General Assembly.
Learn more about how the report was developed in consultation with advisors and stakeholders:
Meeting 1: Guiding Principles
January 21, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Develop guiding principles for meetings/introduction to project and process.
Meeting 2: Center Goals and Elements
February 4, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Overview of center research goals, case studies, and elements for consideration.
Meeting 3: Funding, Governance and Elements work session 1
February 25, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Funding, governance, and other key element work session.
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).
Meeting 5: Consensus Check
April 15, 2021, 1-3 p.m. Consensus check of key market development center elements.
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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
Per SB 20-055 the department was required to conduct a literature review on producer responsibility programs throughout the U.S. and create policy recommendations based on the findings of the literature review. After surveying stakeholders, holding two stakeholder meetings, and incorporating public comments into the draft, the final literature review and policy recommendations below were submitted on July 1, 2021 to the Colorado General Assembly.
Producer Responsibility Literature Review and Policy Recommendations - prepared for the Colorado General Assembly per Senate Bill 20-055.
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: