NextCycle Colorado content library



Top quick read resources

Business plan development

Help with understanding the logistics of starting, owning, and operating a business in Colorado. This section provides resources such as Colorado taxes, employer responsibilities, and liability insurance information.

Financial resources

Resources for alternative or additional funding mechanisms for businesses including governmental state and local grants, lending, venture capital and other funding sources.


Key state, county and local diversion ordinances, regulations that promote / inhibit recycling, and Colorado’s solid waste master plan.

Material and diversion data

Waste composition studies

  • Boulder County - 2019 Boulder County residential, ICI (industrial, commercial, institutional), and C&D waste composition study.
  • Grand County - 2016 Grand County waste diversion study.
  • Larimer County - 2016 Larimer County residential, commercial, self-haul, and C&D waste composition study.
  • Northwest Colorado - 2018 waste composition for Eagle, Garfield, Rio Blanco, Routt, and Moffat Counties.
  • Pitkin County - 2016 Pitkin County waste diversion study.
  • Pueblo County - 2017 Pueblo County residential and commercial waste composition.
  • Southwest Colorado - 2015 waste composition study for Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan Counties, and Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Tribes.
  • Western Colorado – 2018 waste composition study for Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Gunnison Counties.


Colorado’s current recycling and disposal infrastructure with maps of landfills, transfer stations, compost processors, and materials recovery facilities as well as state and regional end markets.

Industry and market resources

Recycling/composting related trade organizations and coalitions and recycling business information such as bale specifications, technical documents/guidelines, and highlights to recycling market reports.

​Specifications and standards

Trade organizations

  • AFPA - American Forest and Paper Association
  • APR - The Association for Plastic Recyclers
  • CAMA - Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association
  • Colorado SWANA - Rocky Mountain Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America
  • CDRA - Construction and Demolition Recycling Association
  • BioCycle - Organics trade organization / publications
  • Manufacturer’s Edge - Colorado chapter of Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network
  • National Recycling Coalition (NRC) - Non-profit group focused on promotion and enhancement of recycling in the US.
  • ISRI - Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • SMART - Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles
  • SRI - Steel Recycling Institute
  • Recycle Colorado - Recycle Colorado (formerly Colorado Association for Recycling) is a non-profit dedicated to advancing recycling and composting infrastructure, end markets, and state and local policies.
  • USCC - US Composting Council.

NextCycle initiatives in other states

  • NextCycle Michigan - Initiative by Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
  • NextCycle Washington - Initiative by the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology, King County, Seattle Public Utilities, Washington State Department of Commerce, and Washington Recycling Development Center.