Recycling grants and support


Grant programs | Support and resources | Meet our staff


CDPHE administers two recycling grant programs, the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) program and the Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD) program, aimed at increasing waste diversion in Colorado. Through these programs, we offer technical assistance for end-market development, municipal waste diversion planning, and grant application guidance. We also provide resources to help communities, businesses, and other entities with waste diversion efforts. The Recycling Grants Team administers these programs. Learn more about our recycling grants programs and get to know our staff!

Grant programs

FRWD Front Range Waste Diversion logo



The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD, or “forward”) program provides grants and technical assistance to Front Range businesses, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and schools and universities to increase waste diversion across the Colorado Front Range. FRWD grant opportunities are available to the following thirteen Front Range counties: Adams, Araphoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller, and Weld. Visit the FRWD program website for more information about the program or the CDPHE FRWD web page to view open grant opportunities.

The Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) program provides grants, rebates, and technical assistance to businesses, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and schools and universities to increase waste diversion, create local jobs, and promote equitable access to recycling and composting infrastructure in communities across Colorado. Funds are distributed via grants and rebates. Visit the RREO web page for more information about the program and to view open grant opportunities.

To learn more about upcoming grant opportunities and key differences between the RREO and FRWD programs, please view the RREO and FRWD comparison matrix. For additional information about our grant programs, view the Recycling grants and support presentation shown at the 2022 Recycle Colorado Summit.


Support and resources

Erase the Waste


Erase the Waste is a statewide education campaign focused on recycling and waste reduction. This campaign connects Colorado residents to waste reduction and recycling best practices through social media, television and radio announcements, and written materials. Free educational materials are also available for community use. Visit the Erase the Waste web page to learn more.

Municipal Management Program logo, letters MMP


In 2021, the RREO and FRWD programs contracted with Colorado recycling nonprofit Eco-Cycle to establish a baseline of recycling data throughout the state, which resulted in the identification of key data gaps. As a result of this finding, the department has made a new waste diversion data collection program available for local governments to address data gaps, the Municipal Measurement Program (MMP). The MMP is a program assessment and planning tool that is free and easy for local governments to use. To learn more, please visit the Municipal Measurement Program web page.

NextCycle Colorado logo, circle with mountains, trees and buildings around it



NextCycle Colorado is a business accelerator that challenges businesses, organizations, non-profits, universities, and entrepreneurs to pursue innovative projects that will develop new, or improve existing, recycling and composting end markets in the state. NextCycle helps teams develop business plans, make connections across the state, find partners, understand industry and economic data, identify feedstock, secure funding, and drive toward shovel-ready projects under the guidance of an expert advisory committee. Visit the NextCycle web page to learn more.


Meet our staff

Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt

Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt (she/her/hers)
Recycling Grants Team Program Manager

Kendra joined CDPHE in 2016 and became the Recycling Grants Program Manager in 2021. Prior to joining CDPHE, Kendra worked for the State of Colorado Community College System, and spent many years in the financial services industry. Kendra earned a Master’s degree in Political Science from Colorado State University in Fort Collins where her areas of study were public administration and policy and American environmental policy. Kendra oversees the FRWD and RREO grant programs, and leads an amazing team of recycling grants professionals.

Contact: | 720-588-0040

Megan Vinet

Megan Vinet (she/her/hers)
Recycling Grants Team Work Lead

Megan joined the Recycling Grants team in 2020, previously working in CDPHE’s Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division as a Contract Administrator since 2018. Prior to pursuing a career in public service, Megan worked in the private sector supporting the operation of tours, assisting with planning tours, and negotiating and managing hotel contracts for tour groups in North America. She studied Social Sciences at CSU Global. As a team lead, Megan provides support to the grant specialists to ensure grant projects are successful, and writes the RFAs for RREO and FRWD.

Contact: | 720-588-0033

Sage Gilbert

Sage Gilbert (he/him/his)
Recycling Grants Specialist

Sage Gilbert joined the Recycling Grants team in 2022. With a degree in Environmental Science and English from the University of Denver, Sage is passionate about environmental stewardship and communication. Previously, Sage has worked in food service and education, and, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, he conducted research as Fulbright Grantee in Chile. As a contract monitor, Sage provides technical assistance to grantees to ensure the successful implementation of their waste diversion projects.

Contact: | 720-372-3719

Erin Girard

Erin Girard (she/her/hers)
Recycling Grants Specialist

Erin joined the Recycling Grants team in 2021. She completed her Master’s degree in Environmental Health at the Colorado School of Public Health, and holds undergraduate degrees in international relations and geography. She also trained as a Master Composter with Denver Urban Gardens in 2022. Previously, Erin worked with the United Nations on drought mitigation and disaster preparedness projects in the Pacific Islands. As a contract monitor, Erin provides technical assistance to grantees to ensure the successful implementation of their waste diversion projects.

Contact: | 720-381-4939

Katie Romero

Katie Romero (she/her/hers)
Recycling Grants Specialist

Katie joined the Recycling Grants team in 2022. Passionate about public service and sustainability, she previously worked for the U.S. EPA Region 8 as an Environmental Engineer protecting air quality in Indian country. She attended Missouri University of Science and Technology where she received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering. As a contract monitor, Katie writes scopes of work to aid in contract development for grantees, and provides technical assistance to grantees to ensure the successful implementation of their waste diversion project.

Contact: | 720-515-0518