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RREO grant project summaries

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The descriptions of awarded RREO projects are listed by fiscal year (July 1 to June 30), including project title, amount awarded, a brief project summary, and a list of purchases. If you have any questions regarding any of the awarded projects, please contact cdphe_recycling_grants@state.co.us.

Grantee: CHT Resources

Project title: Increasing Diversion of Organic Waste on the Western Slope
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $758,220.00
Area of state: Mesa, Delta, Garfield, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties.
Purpose of the project: To expand and modernize CHT’s Class III compost facility. Grant dollars will be used to purchase composting equipment, including a front-end loader, a feedstock mixing tub, a deck scale, and a scale house building. Grant-funded equipment will allow CHT to increase compost efficiency and capacity on Colorado’s Western Slope.
Purchases: Steel Deck Scale, Feedstock Mixing Tub, Front End Loader, Scale House Building; contractual payments for electrical work.

Grantee: Clean Valley Recycling

Project title: 2022 Clean Valley Infrastructure Enhancement to Increase Resource Diversion Capacity
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $49,988.00
Area of state: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Otero, Prowers, and Kiowa counties
Purpose of the project: To increase access to recycling in rural communities in Eastern Colorado. From their central recycling facility in the town of Swink, Clean Valley Recycling serves surrounding communities through a hub and spoke model, providing both curbside and drop-off services throughout the Lower Arkansas Valley. Grant dollars will be used to purchase a forklift, electric pallet jack, and stretch-wrapping machine which will be used to sustain electronics recycling at Clean Valley’s central facility. In addition, grant funds will support the purchase of Ecotrainer recycling bins which will be used to increase cardboard recycling throughout Clean Valley’s service area.
Purchases: Electric Forklift, Electric Pallet Jack, Ecotainer recycling bins, Electric Stretch-Wrapper.

Grantee: Cowgirl Compost

Project title: Cowgirl Compost CO
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $110,115.07
Area of state: Moffat and Routt counties
Purpose of the project: To increase access to composting in rural communities in northwestern Colorado. Grant funds will be used to purchase a truck bed with bin lifter and a skid steer to increase processing capacity at Cowgirl Compost’s Hayden location. This grant will allow Cowgirl Compost to expand residential and commercial organics collections and increase organic waste diversion.
Purchases: Six-Yard Truck Bed with Bin Lifter, Compact Track Loader Skid Steer.

Grantee: GreenSheen

Project title: Paint container reuse operation
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $143,166.00
Area of state: Denver county
Purpose of the project: To foster the reuse of plastic paint containers. GreenSheen, an established paint recycler that processes paint from every county in Colorado, will implement a paint container washing and water filtration system. Grant funds will purchase a stationary enclosed trailer to house a washing operation system. The washing system will use a hot water pressure washer to strip paint and labeling from used plastic paint containers. The trailer will feature a washwater catchment basin and captured washwater will be filtered through the pumping and filtration system for reuse while residual paint material will be separated for reuse.
Purchases: Hot Water Pressure Washer, On-Board Winterization Kit, Water Filter, Fabric Media Filter Paper, Pumping and Filtration System, Vertical Fresh Water Storage Tank, Enclosed Trailer; contractual payments for fabrication and electrical work.

Grantee: Kiowa county

Project title: Kiowa county Recycling Improvement
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $98,212.00
Area of state: Kiowa county
Purpose of the project: To increase recycling and waste tire diversion in Kiowa county. Grant funds will be used to purchase a roll-off trailer and roll-off recycling bins. The recycling bins will be placed throughout Kiowa county to allow for easier pick up and transit of recyclables. In addition, grant funds will be used for waste tire shredding at Kiowa county’s Eads Landfill. The tire shredding will save a considerable amount of space in the landfill.
Purchases: Roll-Off Trailer, roll-off recycling bins; contractual payments for tire shredding.

Grantee: Montezuma county Landfill

Project title: Montezuma county Landfill Compost Project
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $400,000.00
Area of state: Montezuma county
Purpose of the project: To increase organics diversion and composting access in communities in Southwest Colorado. Grant funds will be used to purchase a windrow turner, which will allow the Montezuma county landfill to increase the efficiency and capacity at the landfill’s existing composting operation.
Purchases: Windrow Turner.

Grantee: Ska Brewing Co

Project title: Skampost-Ska Brewing Organic Waste Diversion and Compost
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $202,000.30
Area of state: La Plata county
Purpose of the project: To increase organic waste diversion in Southwest Colorado through composting beer waste. Grant funds supported the construction of a silo storage system at Ska Brewing’s brewery and a tanker truck. This equipment will be used to divert spent grain, hops, and yeast from the brewery to Table to Farm’s Class III compost facility. The finished compost will be mixed with locally recycled carbon sources to make the end product “Skampost” which can be used as a soil amendment by local gardeners, farmers, and landscapers.
Purchases: Grain Silo System, Tanker Truck; contractual payments for structural engineering, construction, crane installation, and welding.

Grantee: Table to Farm Compost

Project title: Community-Based Social Marketing Compost Pilot and Broader Scale
Implementation Plan for Table to Farm Compost
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $119,000.00
Area of state: La Plata county
Purpose of the project: To increase organic waste collection in Southwest Colorado through community-based social marketing and outreach. This grant will fund marketing and education efforts along with a three-month compost pick-up pilot program for 500 household subscribers. This community-based social marketing plan will support the City of Durango’s plan to achieve citywide compost collection, and it will support increased organic diversion at Table to Farm’s Class III compost facility.
Purchases: Contractual payments for marketing and education/outreach; contractual payments for compost collectional; staff salary for marketing director.

Grantee: Tires to Green Recycling

Project title: Waste Tire Recycling – Removing Tires from the Waste Stream Through
Increased Recycling Into Crumb Rubber
Awarded: May 13, 2022
Award amount: $164,396.00
Area of state: Weld county
Purpose of the project: To increase waste tire diversion in Northern Colorado through the conversion of scrap tires into crumb rubber. Grant funds will be used to purchase drum separators and a general-purpose screener capable of producing multiple crumb granule sizes. This equipment will improve the efficiency of Tires to Green’s existing tire-recycling facility, and help build capacity to tackle Colorado’s waste tire monofills.
Purchases: Rotex General Purpose Screener, Self-Cleaning Rare Earth Drum Separators.

Grantee: Town of Breckenridge

Project title: Improving Recycling Diversion Rates at Public Facing Receptacles
Awarded: August 8, 2022
Award amount: $167,600.00
Area of state: Summit county
Purpose of the project: To increase recycling access at public-facing receptacles in the town Town of Breckenridge. Grant funds will be used to purchase animal-resistant trash and recycling containers to replace and expand the current trash receptacles in Breckenridge. These receptacles will be placed in high foot-traffic areas in the Town of Breckenridge’s central corridor, promoting recycling awareness and increasing recycling rates.
Purchases: Animal-Resistant Trash/Recycle Containers.

Grantee: Arrowhead Recycling Services Inc.

Project title: Establishing a recycling drop-off center serving the Wiggins-Keenesburg area
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $57,539.70
Area of state: Weld and Morgan counties
Purpose of the project: To establish a recycling drop-off center in Keenesburg, serving the Wiggins-Keenesburg area. Grant funds supported construction activities, including building cement barricades and fencing, along with the purchase of dome top containers and a baler at the new drop-off location. This drop-off center will expand recycling accessibility in Morgan and Weld counties by enabling Arrowhead Recycling Service Inc. to collect corrugated cardboard, plastics, and metals for recycling.
Purchases: Dometop containers, vertical baler, cement barriers, chain link fence and cantilever gate, drop-off center signage.

Grantee: City of Alamosa

Project title: Concrete/Asphalt Crusher Purchase
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $443,552.00
Area of state: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache counties
Purpose of the project: To process concrete and asphalt collected from the local area for reuse in civic construction projects. Grant funds supported the purchase and implementation of an impact crusher and an excavator. This equipment will be used to process concrete and asphalt at the existing construction material drop-off facility operated by the City of Alamosa.
Purchases: An impact crusher and excavator.

Grantee: City of Longmont

Project title: Longmont Compost Cart Expansion Project
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $70,022.56
Area of state: Boulder county
Purpose of the project: To increase residential composting for yard and kitchen waste in the City of Longmont. The City of Longmont used grant funds to purchase 1,000 compost collection carts which were distributed to customers through the City’s opt-in curbside compost collection program. This project supported the City of Longmont’s goal to achieve 50% residential waste diversion by 2025.
Purchases: 1,000 compost collection carts.

Grantee: Custer County Project

Title: Custer County Recycles
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $380,852.00
Area of state: Custer, Fremont, and Huerfano counties
Purpose of the project: To reduce waste through a sustainable safe and efficient county-operated cardboard, paper, and metal recycling drop-off program for residents and businesses in rural Custer county and the surrounding areas with the capability to expand to glass and plastic. Grant funds supported the construction and operation of the recycling drop-off center, along with the purchase of shipping containers, and a horizontal baler and conveyor.
Purchases: foundation excavation, concrete foundation and slab, prefabricated steel building and building components, building erection, horizontal baler and conveyor, shipping container, horse trailers for collecting recyclables, welded containers on casters for staging recyclables prior to baling, signage, funding for recycling program manager.

Grantee: Food to Power

Project title: Reducing Food Waste in Colorado Springs
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $143,995.00
Area of state: El Paso county
Purpose of the project: To reduce food waste going to landfills in El Paso county through the construction of a food recovery center and the implementation of compost drop-off sites. Grant funds supported the construction of the Hillside Hub, a community food hub where recovered food is distributed and collected for composting. In addition, grant funds were used to purchase compost collection carts and a vehicle to increase compost hauling capacity. The Hillside Hub includes a neighborhood food center where community members can go to grow, eat, cook, compost, and gain employment.
Purchases: Compostable collection carts and a compostables collection vehicle; building costs, including materials and labor related to electrical, flooring and tile, welding, carpentry and drywall, and countertop work.

Grantee: Grand Junction Curbside Recycling Indefinitely

Project title: GJ CRI 2021 Expansion
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $53,449.00
Area of state: Mesa county
Purpose of the project: To support local businesses and residents in moving toward state waste diversion goals by expanding capacity at a new recycling drop-off facility. Grant funds were used to purchase a forklift and self-tipping storage containers to accommodate increased recycling at the drop-off facility. Grand Junction Curbside Recycling Indefinitely was acquired by the City of Grand Junction in February 2022. The City of Grand Junction continues to operate the recycling drop-off site.
Purchases: A forklift and six self-tipping containers.

Grantee: High Country Conservation Center

Project title: Summit County Pay As You Throw Implementation Plan
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $44,480.00
Area of state: Summit county
Purpose of the project: To increase waste diversion by developing a Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) implementation plan for Summit county. Grant dollars were used to hire a waste consultant and conduct a public outreach and stakeholder engagement process in Summit county. Draft ordinances produced through this process have been adopted in the Town of Frisco and the Town of Breckenridge.
Purchases: Funding to support High Country Conservation Center’s executive director and program director; consulting costs.

Grantee: Pitkin county

Project title: The Motherlode Mercantile – Pitkin County’s Material Reuse Center
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $167,073.05
Area of state: Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin Counties
Purpose of the project: This contract was mutually terminated. Pitkin county is eligible for future RREO program funding.

Grantee: SustainAbility

Project title: Styrofoam Diversion Community Hub Project
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $78,500.00
Area of state: Jefferson county
Purpose of the project: To increase the capacity of SustainAbility to serve the residential and business community by accepting more expanded polystyrene (EPS, more commonly known as Styrofoam). Grant funds were used to purchase an EPS densifier and train staff to operate the equipment. The densifier has greatly increased EPS collection capacity at SustainAbility’s drop-off center and allowed for efficient transportation of the material for resale.
Purchases: EPS densifier unit and staff training.

Grantee: Timber Age Systems Inc

Project title: Reduce Regional Wood Products Waste through Expanded CLT Production Capacity
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $92,501.00
Area of state: La Plata county
Purpose of the project: To divert wood waste from landfills and increase the production of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels for construction purposes. Grant funds were used to purchase equipment and support the development of Timber Age System’s CLT panel production.
Purchases: CNC Machine and Tooling, Vacuum Platen.

Grantee: Town of Fraser

Project title: Expansion of the Drop Recycling and Pay-As-You-Throw Trash Facility
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $53,926.00
Area of state: Grand county
Purpose of the project: This contract was mutually terminated. Town of Fraser is eligible for future RREO program funding.

Grantee: Town of Rico Project

Title: Town of Rico Recycling Program
Awarded: April 30, 2021
Award amount: $82,884.00
Area of state: Dolores county
Purpose of the project: Recycling service implementation in the Town of Rico through creation of a town recycling center including purchases for equipment and transportation. This contract was mutually terminated. Town of Rico is eligible for future RREO program funding.

Grantee: arc Thrift Stores

Project title: arc Thrift Stores Textile Recycling Expansion
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $25,000
Area of state: Denver county
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through the selling of unwanted items in arc Thrift Store’s Denver warehouse on secondary markets. Grant funds will be used to purchase an electric powered vehicle forklift to increase efficiency at arc Thrift Store’s Denver warehouse.
Purchases: One electric forklift.

Grantee: City of Alamosa

Project title: Rickey Recycling Center cardboard collection area cover and drainage improvements
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $25,000
Area of state: Alamosa county
Purpose of the project: To improve storage conditions and improve salvage value of cardboard stored at the City of Alamosa’s Rickey Recycling Center. Grant funds will be used to construct a structure protecting the cardboard storage area and install a concrete apron to divert stormwater runoff. Once fully implemented, the improvements will allow the recycling center to run more economically and efficiently.
Purchases: Rickey Recycling Center structure and concrete apron construction.

Grantee: Clean Valley Recycling

Project title: Clean Valley Recycling horizontal baler replacement
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $25,000
Area of state: Otero county
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through recycling in Otero, Bent, and Crowley counties and surrounding communities in southeastern Colorado. The baler currently owned by the Contractor is 15 years old and was purchased used in 2013 and repairs have become frequent and costly. Grant funds will be used to purchase a baler to replace the failing equipment.
Purchases: Horizontal baler.

Grantee: Colorado School of Mines

Project title: Campus expansion of recycling and composting
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $14,318
Area of state: Jefferson county
Purpose of the project: This project contract was mutually terminated. Colorado School of Mines will be eligible to reapply for RREO funding in the future.

Grantee: Compost Colorado

Project title: The trailer that will catalyze waste diversion
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $5,000
Area of state: Denver county
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through compost and yard-waste collection services in Front Range communities and surrounding rural areas. Grant funds will be used to purchase 7,500 lb. minimum total payload capacity trailers to increase yard-waste hauling capacity.
Purchases: Two 7,500 lb. minimum total payload capacity trailers.

Grantee: Huerfano county

Project title: Huerfano county waste transfer wood waste program
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $25,000
Area of state: Huerfano county
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through the implementation of a regional green waste or “leaf and limb” chipping service in Huerfano county. Grant funds will be used to purchase a high capacity wood chipper to mulch untreated wood for sale and reuse.
Purchases: High capacity wood chipper.

Grantee: Sana Packaging

Project title: PP waste diversion with recycled PP cannabis packaging
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $25,000
Area of state: Denver county
Purpose of the project: To incorporate the use of recycled polypropylene plastic (PP) from the cannabis industry to manufacture and sell pre-roll tubes to the industry, creating a closed-loop system in the Denver Metro area. Grants funds will be used to fund the retrofit of a tube injection mold to correctly identify recycled material sources. With matching funds, Sana Packaging will obtain child-resistance certification for the tubes as required by law.
Purchases: Pre-roll tube injection mold modification.

Grantee: Spring Back Colorado

Project title: A new forklift to increase recycling capacity and create more job certified positions at Spring Back Colorado
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $24,950
Area of state: Adams county
Purpose of the project: To expand box spring mattress recycling programs in Colorado. Grant funds will be used to purchase a new forklift to replace a failing one.
Purchases: Forklift.

Grantee: Sustainable Crested Butte

Project title: Recycle Train bridge to CHaRM facility
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $23,400
Area of state: Gunnison and Hinsdale counties
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through increased access to a hard-to-recycle program for the Gunnison Valley through the Recycle Train program. Grant funds will be used to purchase collection bags, a trailer to haul hard-to-recycle items to Boulder’s CHaRM facility, as well as sail flags to identify the event. Additionally, grant funds will support contractual payments for a graphic designer and videographer for Recycle Train outreach.
Purchases: Bulk material collection bags, trailer, sail flags, graphic designer and animated video contractual work, marketing materials.

Grantee: Town of Limon

Project title: Limon, the next cardboard recycling community!
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $15,779.17
Area of state: Lincoln county
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through implementation of a cardboard recycling program in the rural Town of Limon. Grant funds will be used to purchase five cardboard recycling bins to be placed in equitable and accessible locations throughout the community.
Purchases: Cardboard recycling bins.

Grantee: Town of Minturn

Project title: Public areas recycling implementation
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $20,000
Area of state: Eagle county
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through expanding recycling collection in Minturn’s downtown area. Grant funds will be used to purchase twelve (12) combination trash/recycle (two-door) wildlife-proof collection receptacles.
Purchases: Wildlife-proof recycling bins

Grantee: Vail Health

Project title: Vail Health recycling compactor
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $25,000
Area of state: Eagle county
Purpose of the project: This project contract was mutually terminated. Vail Health will be eligible to reapply for RREO funding in the future.

Grantee: Walking Mountain Sciences Center

Project title: Waste diversion infrastructure for actively green business partners
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $21,513
Area of state: Eagle county
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through implementation of compost and recycling collection for Actively Green businesses in Eagle county. Grant funds will be used to purchase new recycling, compost and trash collection stations. These stations will be placed at Eagle county businesses in an effort to standardize waste infrastructure, simplify waste operations, and improve waste station efficiency. Additionally, grant funds will support associated signage and a training program focused on proper use of the stations in an effort to maximize diversion and reduce contamination.
Purchases: Thirty multi-stream collection stations, bin labels, training workshops.

Grantee: Wompost

Project title: Community compost expansion
Awarded: 8/27/2021 (rescinded on 1/19/22)
Award amount: $25,000
Area of state: Adams, Arapahoe, and Douglas counties
Purpose of the project: This award was rescinded prior to an executed contract. Wompost will be eligible to reapply for RREO funding in the future.

Grantee: Yuma county

Project title: Yuma county community-wide recycling initiative
Awarded: 8/27/2021
Award amount: $25,000
Area of state: Yuma county
Purpose of the project: To support waste diversion through expansion of the recycling program in Yuma county from cardboard and aluminum collection only, to include paper, steel/tin, and glass recycling collection. Grant funds will be used to purchase four-yard recycling containers and pay for associated freight costs.
Purchases: Four-yard recycling containers, freight.

Grantee: City of Alamosa

Project title: City of Alamosa Pole Barn and Loading Dock Construction Plan
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $48,816.30
Area of state: Saguache, Alamosa, Conejos, Rio Grande, and Costilla counties
Purpose of the project: To build a pole barn and loading dock for the city’s recycling center. Grant funds supported the construction of a pole barn to protect stored bales of recyclable materials from weathering and being considered unrecyclable, as well as materials and supplies for a new loading dock to ensure safe and efficient loading of these from storage onto trailers for transport. This project will help reduce the number of rejected bales of recyclable material, therefore helping the overall green initiative that the City of Alamosa aspires to achieve.
Purchases: Bale rales, concrete loading dock, solar lights, bale storage building, concrete slab.

Grantee: City of Glenwood Springs

Project title: Creating an Accessible Recycle Center in the Heart of Glenwood Springs
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $149,600
Area of state: Garfield county
Purpose of the project: To establish a new, accessible recycling center within Glenwood Springs’ city limits to address key environmental and economic challenges facing the city. Grant funds supported construction of the infrastructure to make the recycle center operational. This project will increase the city’s recycling rate, creating environmental benefits such as decreased pollution, increased waste diversion, and reduction in energy and water usage.
Purchases: Xeriscape, drywell, site excavation and earthwork, and installation of the following items: roadway bases, asphalt roadway, concrete driveway, gates, concrete pads, staff portable building, cedar fence, water service lines, sewer service lines, electrical service lines.

Grantee: Clean Valley Recycling

Project title: Clean Valley Recycling Hub-and-Spoke Improvement Project
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $51,454
Area of state: Bent, Crowley, and Otero counties
Purpose of the project: To increase recycling capacity and efficiency so the facility can meet the increasing demands of commercial and residential recycling customers. Grant funds supported the purchase of various equipment, such as commercial collection bins for cardboard and a box truck, as well as marketing brochures for public education. This project will allow Clean Valley Recycling to not only increase their recycling capacity, but to increase their recycling rates.
Purchases: Eco-Tainer bins, brute blue recycling bins, sandbags, box truck, stenciling/stringing sandbags, business signage/installation on warehouse, signage for recycling bins, signage on box truck, advertising, brochures.

Grantee: Colorado state University

Project title: Composting Expansion, CSU
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $66,226
Area of state: Larimer county
Purpose of the project: To increase CSU’s existing composting facility to accommodate additional compostables from campus expansion and increase collections of compostable materials on all three Fort Collins campuses. Grant funds were used to enlarge the stormwater retention pond in conjunction with additional work supported by the Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise (FRWD) Program. This project will allow CSU to meet the 2016 Colorado Integrated Solid Waste and Materials Management Plan statewide and regional solid waste diversion goals by addressing solid waste generation, source reduction, and recycling and disposal regulations and policies.
Purchases: Stormwater retention pond.

Grantee: Delta Brick and Climate

Project title: Utilizing Crushed Glass for Sustainable Ceramic Building Materials
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $91,316
Area of state: Montrose and Delta counties
Purpose of the project: To increase manufacturing capacity at their factory to meet increasing demand. Grant funds were used to purchase various equipment such as an industrial mixer and high-volume kiln. This project will enable Delta Brick and Climate to fulfill more orders and help the company move towards its long-term goals to create a mid-sized brick factory, repurposing significant amounts of glass, removing sediment from the reservoir, destroying coal mine methane, and employing upwards of 50 people with living-wage jobs.
Purchases: high volume kilns, industrial mixer, plastic hoppers, dust separator, clear tarp.

Grantee: Evergreen Zero Waste

Project title: Compost Fleet and Geographic Expansion with Roll-Off Program
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $308,748
Area of state: Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, and Gunnison counties
Purpose of the project: To continue to serve current customers, coordinate community-wide diversion events, expand into surrounding areas, and contribute to the success of compost and recycling facilities. Grant funds were used to increase the organization’s fleet by purchasing two compactor trucks. One of these trucks will contribute organics that are currently landfilled to a new compost facility while doubling the amount of Kroger grocery stores being served, and the other will allow expansion into unserved local areas. This project will allow Evergreen Zero Waste to expand their services into neighboring communities while creating at least two new full-time positions within the organization.
Purchases: compactor truck, Roll off truck.

Grantee: High Country Conservation Center

Project title: Waste Diversion Study Implementation: Focus on Food & Glass in Summit county
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $38,628
Area of state: Summit county
Purpose of the project: To divert food waste by creating food scrap and glass recycling programs for 25 restaurants and educating restaurant employees and commercial association managers. Grant funds were used to purchase restaurant bins and supplies, signs and labels, technical assistance, and facilitate employee engagement. This project benefits the state by increasing diversion, building on a state-funded waste diversion study, and providing a replicable framework for commercial buildings and restaurants.
Purchases: Recycling/compost bins and trolleys, Recycle Across America labels, additional signage, funding for employee engagement and incentives, funding for program director, program coordinator, graphic designer, and videographer.

Grantee: Lake county

Project title: Lake county MACK Truck
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $269,832
Area of state: Lake county
Purpose of the project: To replace Lake county’s existing 1999 Mack truck, add additional personnel to their recycling program, and increase county-wide education and outreach in an effort to reduce recycling contamination. Grant funds were used to purchase a new Mack truck for the county’s recycling program. This project allows for Lake county to continue to support recycling endeavors in their community without costly equipment breakdowns that force recyclable material into the landfill.
Purchases: Axle truck, roll-off hoist.

Grantee: Perks Deconstruction

Project title: Increasing Deconstruction Services around the Greater Denver Region
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $102,122
Area of state: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Denver, and Jefferson counties
Purpose of the project: To increase deconstruction services in and around the Greater Denver region and therefore increase the amount of materials available for reuse. Grant funds were used to purchase vital equipment needed to expand Perks Deconstruction's business, such as a dump truck, safety gear, and various tools and supplies. This project allows for construction and demolition material to be increasingly reused, repurposed, and donated to nonprofits such as Habitat ReStore.
Purchases: Cordless driver and impact drill, reciprocating saw, hand trucks, ladders, denailers, medical kits, hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, ear plugs, pry bars, hammers, scaffolding, scissor lift, dump trailer, truck with dump cargo, dump truck, HEPA vac, work light, generator, funding for OSHA 30 training.

Grantee: Resource Central

Project title: Increasing Waste Diversion through Materials Reuse: Transitioning Toward A Circular Economy
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $300,000
Area of state: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and Weld counties
Purpose of the project: To make Resource Central’s facility for their material reuse program more accessible throughout the year by covering their yard from weather conditions. Grant funds were used in conjunction with funds from the City of Boulder’s Community, Culture, and Safety tax and from Boulder county to build this facility. This project helps lessen the impact of weather on material resale, which has reduced waste diversion in the past due to snow, ice, rain, hail, and extreme temperatures.
Purchases: Earthwork, concrete, and HVAC systems.

Grantee: Southeast and East Central Recycling Association (SEECRA)

Project title: Increasing Material Recovery in Southeast and East Colorado
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $228,724
Area of state: Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Elbert, Huerfano, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Aminas, Lincoln, Otero, and Prowers counties
Purpose of the project: To increase waste diversion and create jobs by replacing an aging piece of infrastructure critical to recycling efforts in southeast and eastern Colorado. Grant funds were used to purchase vital infrastructure for this goal, including a collection trailer with multiple sorting sections and collection bins. This project allows SEECRA to increase their waste diversion abilities, material recovery rate, and create jobs.
Purchases: Custom trailer and crane, collection bins.

Grantee: Table to Farm

Project title: Table to Farm Compost: Waste Diversion and Expansion Project
Awarded: May 5, 2020
Award amount: $187,850
Area of state: Archuleta, Delores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan counties
Purpose of the project: To establish a Class III compost facility in La Plata county and increase waste diversion from landfills. Grant funds were used to finalize an Engineering and Designs Operation Plan and construction of the facility including stormwater management, receiving and mixing pads, and an open-air structure for product bagging and processing. This project will turn local “waste” into a highly valuable commodity for use in agricultural production, creating a closed loop system that keeps both financial and environmental resources recirculating locally in southwest Colorado.
Purchases: Funding for planning, design, and construction, funding for soil web tuition.

Direct Polymers

FY 20-21, Post-Consumer Recycling Plastics Processing and Compounding Expansion in Colorado

Award Amount: $981,419
Area of State: Denver Metro
Purpose of the project: To expand post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) processing at Direct Polymers’ Denver facility. Grant funds supported the expansion of sorting, shredding, grinding, decontaminating, washing, drying, extruding, and blending PCR materials into custom pelletized composites to be reused in Colorado or shipped to other parts of the country. Additionally, this project further supported Colorado markets by limiting reliance on foreign sources of PCR. Over time, the project will create a minimum of twelve full-time positions. Grant-funded equipment was purchased and delivered in two phases over fiscal years 2020 and 2021. All equipment will be installed and functioning no later than June 30, 2021.
Purchases: friction washer, used plasticycler system, wet grinder, grinder control unit, sink-float tank, platform, dryer, shredder, conveyors, rotary and fly knives, nuts and bolts for wet grind line, ferrous/non-ferrous metal separation, aspirator, cutters, wash line/water treatment, compounding line, air compressor, utility augers, ferrous/non-ferrous metal detection plate, metal for material discharge stand, ducting and clamps for air classification system, sterling blower for pneumatic material transport, and incline conveyor belt.

 

Earth Enterprises

FY 20, Expanded Scrap Plastic Pellet Manufacturing

Award Amount: $235,305
Area of State: Located in Weld County, Front Range (with statewide benefits)
Purpose of the project: To support the expansion of end markets by production capacity, which relies upon recycled scrap plastic materials as feedstock for manufacturing of pellets. The pellets will be used for any product using plastic feedstock, including colored films, plastic bags, pipe, plastic decking, plastic furniture, buckets, and receptacle units. This expansion increased the conversion of scrap plastic into high-grade pellets for end markets, keeping these materials out of Colorado landfills. By generating pellets for in-state customers who are currently importing feedstock from other states, emissions will be reduced, thus improving air quality for all Coloradans.
Purchases: Metal detection conveyor, chiller, water tower system, spin dryer, and air compressor.

 

Estes Park High School

FY 20, Estes Park High School Closed-Loop Plastic Waste Diversion Project

Award Amount: $11,763
Area of State: Larimer County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To create a closed-loop system within Estes Park High School to generate high-quality 3D printer filament from recycled plastic. This project is student-driven, combining waste diversion with educational benefits. Grant funds supported the purchase of supplies for the collection of recycled plastic, along with equipment to clean, shred, dry, and extrude the collected plastic. Estes Park High School students also publicized the project online in an effort to sell products generated.
Purchases: Dryer, shredder, extruder, 3D printer, spools, laundry tub, bottle-cleaning brush set, drying rack, collapsible cart, and recycling bin.

 

Montezuma County Landfill

FY 21, Composting Operations

Award Amount: $127,500
Area of State: Montezuma County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To implement expanded composting production at the county’s landfill. The resulting compost is sold to local residents for use in gardens and landscaping. This grant supported the purchase of a screening machine for processing compostable yard waste and broadening the program to include compostable food waste at the Montezuma County Landfill. The use of the screening machine also results in an increase in waste diversion at the Montezuma County Landfill. The facility is anticipated to create one new full-time equivalent position with one additional part-time employee in the next five years. The positions will pay wages above the living wage and will create jobs for rural Colorado.
Purchases: Screening trommel.

 

Rubberosion

FY 20-21, Closed-Loop, Full-Scale Production of High-Value Waste-Tire-Derived Products via Compression Molding and Coloring

Award Amount: $410,705
Area of State: Weld County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To support increased production capacity, creating feedstock for the manufacturing of goods. The expansion allowed for the installation and development of a next-generation rubber molding and granule paint plant that creates molded rubber bricks, blocks, stormwater management products, and eco-vehicle tracking pads. Utilizing recycled crumb rubber diverts it from the tire monofill in Hudson, Colorado, which is slated to close in 2024. A 150-ton hydraulic press and rubber granule paint plant will be installed to increase production. This project will support five full-time equipment operators when fully implemented. The positions created will earn pay well above the living wage definition for Weld County.
Purchases: 150-ton molding press and materials-moving components, rubber granule paint line equipment, and contractual costs for an electrician.

 

Table to Farm

FY 20, Table to Farm Compost: San Juan Artisan Soils

Award Amount: $101,951
Area of State: La Plata County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To increase compost to artisan soil production. The process turns local organic waste into a highly valuable commodity for use in agricultural production – from table to farm to table – creating a closed-loop agricultural system that keeps financial and environmental resources recirculating in Southwest Colorado. This project will support three and a half full-time employees and one part time employee in rural Southwest Colorado when fully implemented.
Purchases: Hopper/mixer, industrial grinder, glass crusher, and contractual payment for soil and compost advisor.

 

Vartega

FY 20-21, Carbon Fiber and Engineered Plastics Recycling for Advanced Composites Production

Award Amount: $364,000
Area of State: Jefferson County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To expand engineered plastic recycling capabilities. This project supports the repurposing of nylon and polypropylene found in end-of-life consumer goods, deregistered vehicles, and manufacturing scrap. When these items are combined with carbon fiber, the degradation that typically occurs in recycling is resolved, creating an affordable, high-performing feedstock with a low carbon footprint. Grant dollars funded an agglomerator, shredder, fluid bed dryer, and accompanying air filtration and cooling systems. Vartega plans to add seven full-time positions when the project is fully implemented.
Purchases: Cooling system, air filtration systems, fluidized bed dryer, and contractual payment for an electrician.

3xM

Thunder Mountain Organics Recycling Facility

Award Amount: $1,197,623
Area of State: Montrose County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To establish a new composting facility in western Colorado. Grant funds were used to purchase equipment needed to support the facility, to hire a subcontractor to prepare the site, and to install retention structures and a scale.
Purchases: Roll-off truck, roll-off bins, portable office trailer, semi-trailer, turbo separator, scales, surveying costs, excavating costs, fencing, concrete costs, and contractual payments for construction and installation services.

 

Boulder County

Leadership, Innovation, and Sustainability with Robotic Sorting Technology

Award Amount: $184,456
Area of State: Boulder County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To sustain an existing recycling program in Boulder County by increasing recycling processing efficiencies through the purchase of robotics technology. Automating the sorting process also reduces the risk of worker exposure to blood-borne pathogens by replacing line sorters with robotics. The robotic sorters perform a dangerous and physically demanding job with greater speed, efficiency, and accuracy than human sorters. These improvements boost Colorado’s waste diversion rate by reducing the amount of recyclable material being sent to landfills, moving the facility towards Boulder County’s goal to be zero waste by 2025.
Purchases: Robotic sorter and contractual payments for air connectivity and electrical and communication installation and permitting.

 

CH2E

Crumb Rubber Finishing Equipment (Powderizer) Purchase and Installation

Increasing Waste Diversion and Creating Jobs by Expanding Crumb Rubber Production Capacity

Award Amount: $241,105
Area of State: Weld County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To expand end-market uses for waste tires by installing equipment that processes waste tires into crumb rubber. Grant funds were used to purchase and install equipment to develop a steady supply of crumb rubber.
Purchases: Powderizer, powderizer air system, equipment supplies and spare parts to support system, conveyor and material movement components, equipment rental costs, contractual payments for electrical work, mechanical installation, and building and equipment modification.

 

Custer County

Recycling Skid Steer for County Landfill

Award Amount: $37,500
Area of State: Custer County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To support an existing recycling program through the purchase of a skid steer to increase operational efficiency and provide a safe working environment for staff and volunteers.
Purchases: Skid steer with vertical lift and operating capacity of 1,900 pounds and 60-inch bucket and pallet fork attachment.

 

D&L Construction

Impact Crusher

Award Amount: $350,000
Area of State: Montezuma County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To increase the recycling rate of reclaimed concrete and asphalt pavements in southwest Colorado. Grant funds were used to purchase and install equipment to process aggregates so that they can be reused in regional road and bridge projects.
Purchases: Track-mounted impact crusher with dual-slope screen and return conveyor.

 

PCs for People

Transportation Expansion and Warehouse Efficiency

Award Amount: $74,437
Area of State: Denver Metro
Purpose of the project: To support the expansion of Colorado e-waste recycling by increasing PCs for People’s capacity to meet the growing demand for hauling e-waste for recycling in Colorado. PCs for People collects and processes e-waste materials in order to refurbish computers, display monitors, keyboards, and printers and provide them at low to no cost to individuals with low income levels. Refurbished items are then distributed through retail, distribution events, and an online store, as well as through low-income schools, community organizations, and non-profit organizations. Recycling e-waste diverts hazardous materials and toxic elements from Colorado landfills, protecting the health of Coloradans. Grant funds purchased a used 26-foot box truck to increase transportation of e-waste at multiple regions in the state. Funding was also used to purchase a forklift, walk-behind scrubber, and pallet jack with scale to increase productivity at the warehouse.
Purchases: 26-foot box truck with lift gate and wrapping, walk-behind scrubber, pallet jack with scale, personal protective equipment, and screwdriver bit kits.

 

Town of Palisade

Palisade Expansion of Leaf and Branch Mulching Program

Award Amount: $105,092
Area of State: Mesa County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To sustain an existing leaf collection program. Existing equipment had exceeded its service life and the program was burdened with excessive operating costs and heightened risks to worker safety. Grant funds were used to purchase a new leaf collection unit and brush chipper.
Purchases: Trailer-mounted leaf collector with debris vacuum and brush chipper.

 

Upper Arkansas Recycling

Upper Arkansas Recycling Equipment Upgrade

Award Amount: $142,635
Area of State: Fremont and Custer Counties, Rural
Purpose of the project: To sustain an existing recycling program in Fremont and Custer Counties by increasing collection efficiencies. Existing equipment had exceeded its service life, and the program was burdened with excessive operating costs and heightened risks to worker safety. Grant funds will be used to replace existing collection equipment.
Note: Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments ceased recycling operations in November of 2020 and transferred equipment to FY2021 grantee South East & East Central Recycling Association (SEECRA). The equipment was retrofitted to meet SEECRA’s needs.
Purchases: Custom-built trailer with articulated crane and hydraulic kit, OCC collection bins.

City of Cortez

Curbside Residential Recycle Truck Purchase

Award Amount: $70,638
Area of State: Montezuma County, Rural
Purpose of the project: The City of Cortez purchased a new curbside collection truck. The new truck replaced an aging curbside truck that was 26 years old. The key objective was to improve efficiency in service by cutting down route times and to make additional public recycling options available.
Purchases: Recyclables Collection Truck.

 

EverGreen Zero Waste

Bear-Proof Compost Carts and Dumpsters

Award Amount: $120,000
Area of State: Pitkin County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To purchase bear-proof collection carts and dumpsters, an imperative and expensive necessity for maintaining and growing rural compost collection programs.
Purchases: Various sizes of Bearicuda Bins.

 

FoodMaven

Lost Food Diversion Program Expansion

Award Amount: $350,001
Area of State: Denver Metro
Purpose of the project: To reduce food waste in Denver and the vicinity by capturing and selling or donating surplus food through the FoodMaven’s established network of buyers and food banks.
Purchases: Transport vehicle, dock scissor lift, temperature moderation equipment, ice machine and bin, standing order picker, hand pallet jacks, electric pallet jack, industrial packing table, spill kits, steel carts with casters, mobile cart, shelving, three-tier sink, steel table, HVAC retrofits, meat grinder, and a patty machine.

 

Go Green Pallet

Waste Reduction Wood Grinder

Award Amount: $161,675
Area of State: Weld County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To establish a zero-waste wooden pallet recycling operation by reducing the amount of scrap wood from unusable and non-recyclable pallets sent to the landfill.
Purchases: Grinder, auger, baffled screens, fluid coupling, and a magnetic separator.

 

San Luis Valley Regional Solid Waste Authority

Bale Twine and Green Waste Recycling Project

Award Amount: $39,010
Area of State: Rio Grande County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To establish new waste diversion programs focused on baling twine and green waste at the San Luis Valley Regional Landfill. Grant funds were used to purchase a skid steer to allow for easier handling and loading of the baling twine and green waste.
Purchases: Skid steer, pallet forks, and grapple forks.

 

Upcycling Technologies (aka Rewall Company)

Creating Construction Materials from Food and Beverage Cartons

Award Amount: $1,545,820
Area of State: Denver, Front Range
Purpose of the project: This project was not completed due to transfer of ownership and change of project plans.
Purchases: N/A.

 

Western State Colorado University

Rocketing Sustainability in Gunnison County

Award Amount: $139,690
Area of State: Gunnison County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To establish a composting program on the campus of Western State Colorado University. Grants funds were used to purchase a self-contained composting unit, as well as to redesign the outdoor area where the composting unit was installed. This showcase project serves as an educational tool for both students and community members, introducing them to the concept of composting.
Purchases: Compost unit, roofing structures, storage bins, compost sifter, weight scale, heat tape, shipping container, loading dock signage, posters/educational material, and the contractual cost of building the composting site.

City and County of Denver

City and County of Denver Municipal Study

Award Amount: $250,000
Area of State: Denver Metro
Purpose of the project: To revise and update the City and County of Denver’s Solid Waste Master Plan. This study consisted of an extensive stakeholder process and a robust waste characterization focused on three sectors: the commercial sector, multi-family units, and construction and demolition projects. Additionally, an analysis of best management practices to optimize waste recovery in each of these three sectors, as well as the single-family residential sector, was included in the Solid Waste Master Plan update.
Purchases: Contractual payments.

 

Summit County

Summit County Regional Study

Award Amount: $49,934
Area of State: Summit County, rural
Purpose of the project: To determine the success of existing waste diversion programs and to inform future waste diversion programs in Summit County. In order to meet Summit County’s goal to double waste diversion from 20% in 2018 to 40% by 2035, data on waste generation trends was needed to inform the design of future programs and policies. A regional study was completed that examined solid waste composition, identified gaps in materials management infrastructure, and sought input from stakeholders within the study area. Ultimately, the results of the study identified the infrastructure needed to support existing and future waste diversion in Summit County.
Purchases: Waste audit supplies, travel expenses for contractors, and contractual payments.

Adams State University

Adams State Recycling and Education Initiative

Award Amount: $17,347
Area of State: Alamosa County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To expand the recycling program at Adams State University. Grant funds were used to purchase recycling stations for every building on campus. Grant funds were also used to purchase reusable bags, establishing recycling stations in each dorm room. This project supported the University’s goal of creating a strong recycling campus culture.
Purchases: Recycling stations and reusable bags.

City of Durango

City of Durango Recycling Outreach

Award Amount: $23,377
Area of State: La Plata County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To increase participation and reduce contamination within the City of Durango’s curbside recycling program. A variety of outreach strategies was implemented to raise community awareness and encourage residents to sign up for collection reminders via the City’s web application.
Purchases: Recycling truck billboards and other forms of outreach.

City of Fort Collins

Improvements to Timberline Recycling Center Infrastructure

Award Amount: $23,689
Area of State: Larimer County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To improve operational efficiencies and better accommodate users at the Timberline Recycling Center in the City of Fort Collins. Grant funds purchased a new cardboard compactor.
Purchases: Cardboard Compactor.

City of Northglenn

Northglenn Recycles – City Events and Residential Outreach

Award Amount: $19,986
Area of State: Adams County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To increase the recycling rate in the City of Northglenn. Funds were used to make recycling more visible and convenient at community events through the purchase of recycling bins and a roll-off container. An outreach campaign was also funded that focused on the City’s residential curbside recycling customers. An estimated 38,000 residents benefit from this project annually, and an additional 150 tons of waste is diverted from Colorado landfills each year.
Purchases: Recycling Bins, outreach materials, and a roll-off container.

Clean Valley Recycling

Clean Valley Recycling Forklift upgrade

Award Amount: $17,240
Area of State: Otero County, Rural<
Purpose of the project: To increase operational efficiencies at the recycling center serving Otero, Bent, and Crowley Counties and their surrounding communities. The equipment purchased with grant dollars replaced a 29-year-old forklift. Repairs had become frequent and costly, and the value of the forklift has greatly diminished.
Purchases: Forklift.

Colorado School of Mines

Recycling Campaign

Award Amount: $24,976
Area of State: Jefferson County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To expand recycling program access and awareness on the Colorado School of Mines campus through the installation of recycling stations and the launch of a nitrile glove recycling program in the university’s labs. Additionally, grant funds were used to inform students about the campus recycling program at campus events.
Purchases: Nitrile glove collection boxes, recycling stations, and outreach materials.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

On-Mountain Composting Development Program

Award Amount: $13,598
Area of State: Gunnison County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To increase capacity for an existing composting program located at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Funding supported the purchase of two composting systems and a protective shed. The resulting mulch serves as a nutrient-rich topsoil to be used for landscaping purposes. This project diverts an additional four tons of food waste from the landfill and benefits 50,000 individuals annually.
Purchases: Shed and composting units.

Discover Goodwill

Western Slope Recycled Product Warehouse

Award Amount: $25,000
Area of State: Mesa and El Pasto Counties, Urban/Front Range
Purpose of the project: To increase storage space at the Grand Junction/Mesa County facility. Funds were used to purchase a storage building to house recycled/reused products awaiting transport to the organization’s hub in Colorado Springs. This project supports an additional 200 tons of materials annually and benefits approximately 61,000 individuals.
Purchases: Storage building.

Douglas County School District

Diverting Waste Through Recycling and Education in Douglas County Public Schools

Award Amount: $22,474
Area of State: Douglas County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To expand recycling access to a number of schools within the Douglas County School District. Grants funds were used to purchase recycling bins for both classrooms and lunchrooms. Schools within the district were given recycling bins based on their ability to commit to creating a culture of recycling among students, staff, and teachers and on their ability to measure improvement in recycling rates.
Purchases: Recycling bins.

Eco-Cycle

Environment, Education, Employment: Expanding Zero Waste Events across the Front Range

Award Amount: $7,900
Area of State: Various Counties, Rural and Front Range
Purpose of the project: To increase the frequency of zero waste events and improve public understanding of recycling and composting in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Weld Counties. Grant funds were used to purchase zero waste stations for indoor and outdoor events, as well as integrated signage. An estimated 325,000 individuals benefit from person-to-person contact at zero waste events annually and a total of 34 tons of waste is diverted from Colorado landfills each year. This project also supported the addition of 1 FTE, 1 PTE, and four seasonal employees.
Purchases: PVC pipe, spring link, and bungee cords; signage: topper, mesh banner, and large feather banner.

Lake County

Lake County Public Works

Award Amount: $23,300
Area of State: Lake County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To expand cardboard recycling in Lake County and reduce the amount of non-recyclable materials found in the recycling stream. The project also bolsters the public’s understanding of recycling in Lake County. Grant funds were used to purchase roll-off containers and associated signage and to launch an outreach campaign.
Purchases: Two roll-offs, outreach materials, and signage.

Monument Waste

Telehandler for Single Stream Transload Facility

Award Amount: $25,000
Area of State: Mesa County, Urban
Purpose of the project: To increase diversion rates and improve recycling productivity in Grand Junction. The grant-funded equipment diverts an additional 200 tons of waste from the Mesa County Landfill annually and supports one full-time employee position.
Purchases: Bobcat Telehandler.

National Center for Craftsmanship

NCC DeConstruct Equipment

Award Amount: $25,000
Area of State: Larimer, Denver, Weld, and Routt Counties, Front Range and Rural
Purpose of the project: To provide safe and self-reliant transport of recycled materials in Larimer, Denver, Weld, and Routt counties. The grant-funded pickup truck replaced volunteer/personal vehicle use and supports educational outreach efforts. This project also supports the creation of one and a half full-time employee positions and diverts an additional 500 tons of waste from Colorado landfills annually.
Purchases: Pick-up truck.

Our Community Foundation

Eagle River Valley Food Bank Recovery Project

Award Amount: $23,517
Area of State: Eagle County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To support food rescue activities in Eagle County, ultimately keeping wasted food from going into the landfill. Grant funds purchased a walk-in cooler/freezer to store perishable items.
Purchases: Walk-in cooler/freezer unit, installation labor, and three-tier wood crate.

PCs for People

Recycling Warehouse Capacity and Efficiency

Award Amount: $5,247
Area of State: Denver Metro
Purpose of the project: To increase diversion of electronic waste from Colorado landfills. Grant funds purchased equipment and supplies to refurbish or deconstruct computers. The project supports a part-time employee position and will recycle and refurbish an additional 18 tons of e-waste annually.
Purchases: Hard drive wiper parts, racking bay supplies, drill sets, repair toolkits, air compressor kit, and packing boxes.

Poudre School District

Compost Too Good to Waste

Award Amount: $5,000
Area of State: Larimer County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To establish a sustainable composting program at Wellington Middle School in the Poudre School District. The school purchased an in-vessel aerobic compost unit and grant funds were used to purchase supplies and signage. Additionally, a marketing campaign was developed and implemented to maximize participation in the compost program and minimize contamination.
Purchases: Bins, liners, labels, and outreach materials.

Recycle Colorado

Materials Synergy Platform

Award Amount: $8,700
Area of State: Statewide
Purpose of the project: To facilitate the diversion, recovery, repurposing, and remanufacturing of materials that would otherwise be destined for the landfill via an online waste exchange platform.
Purchases: Contract service content developer, online waste exchange platform, training supplies, and outreach materials.

Spring Back

Expanding Service Opportunity and Building Mattress Recycling Capacity

Award Amount: $25,000
Area of State: Denver Metro
Purpose of the project: To expand a box spring mattress recycling program in Colorado. Grant funds purchased a box truck to support mattress collections in the Denver Metro area. This project supports three full-time employee positions and diverts an additional 56 tons, equivalent to 1,704 mattresses, from Colorado landfills annually.
Purchases: Box truck.

Town of Breckenridge

Smart Technology Pilot Project

Award Amount: $25,000
Area of State: Summit County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To increase recycling in the Town of Breckenridge through a pilot program to install cloud-connected dual-stream smart compactor cans. Grant funds were used to purchase cans that operate and transmit real-time data via off-grid solar power. In addition to the pilot program, the funding supported an outreach plan to change the behavior of visitors and businesses regarding disposable coffee cups that contaminate recyclables.
Purchases: Double station smart compactor cans, liner bags, and an outreach campaign.

Town of Ophir

Town of Ophir Compost Program

Award Amount: $14,073
Area of State: San Miguel County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To double composting capacity for the community. Building on a previous grant, two additional composting units were installed in an existing enclosure. These composting units are available to all Town of Ophir residents. Additionally, funding purchased lumber to expand an existing enclosure.
Purchases: Two composting units, shredder, lumber.

Town of Springfield

Expanding Recycling in Springfield, Colorado by Increasing Bins for Recycle Collection

Award Amount: $11,420
Area of State: Baca County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To expand access to recycling in the Town of Springfield. Grant funds were used to purchase recycling bins that are available to the public to recycle a variety of materials both at the landfill and within the city limits.
Purchases: Recycling bins.

Town of Vail

Residential Roll-Cart Exchange Program

Award Amount: $5,022
Area of State: Eagle County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To protect wildlife, reduce litter, and improve the Town of Vail’s curbside recycling program. Grant funds were used to purchase wildlife-resistant 32-gallon trash carts to replace older, larger carts. Funding also supported the development and distribution of outreach materials to promote the recycling and composting program.
Purchases: Wildlife resistant trash carts, and outreach materials.

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Increasing Clean Commodities while Engaging Campus Community

Award Amount: $22,295
Area of State: El Paso County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To increase cardboard recycling rates at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs campus. The project supports a part-time student work position. An estimated 10,000 students benefit from the project and an additional 12 tons of waste is diverted from Colorado landfills annually.
Purchases: Electric collection vehicle.

Vartega

Thermoplastic Regrinding System for Recycling Applications in Manufacturing Material Advancements

Award Amount: $25,000
Area of State: Jefferson County, Front Range
Purpose of the project: To expand thermoplastics processing for reuse and recycling. Grant funds were used to fund the purchase of a rotary cutter and a complementary air filtration system to capture nuisance dust. This project supports one full-time employee position and is estimated to divert 500 tons of waste from Colorado landfills each year.
Purchases: Rotary cutter and air filtration system.

Walking Mountains

The Zero Waste Program at Walking Mountains Science Center

Award Amount: $5,270
Area of State: Eagle County, Rural
Purpose of the project: To increase the prevalence of zero waste events in Eagle County, as well as to improve the public’s understanding of recycling. Grant funds were used to purchase zero waste station supplies needed to implement zero waste events.
Purchases: Tents, bins, compostable liners, sandbags, sand, scale, sorting gloves, and signage.

Year One-Mile High Youth

Mile High Youth Corps’ Energy & Water Conservation Program

Award Amount: $14,978
Area of State: Denver Metro Purpose of the project: To divert the porcelain fragments of recycled toilets from Colorado landfills. Inefficient toilets taken from clients’ homes are recycled free of charge to program participants. Grant funds paid for personal protective equipment for workers uninstalling the toilets and for the implementation of an education and outreach campaign to raise awareness on the importance of saving water and energy among the clientele.
Purchases: Personal protective equipment, sorting bin, tablets and protective cases, outreach materials, and contractual work of a graphic designer.

Yampa Valley Sustainability Council

Yampa Valley Recycles

Award Amount: $19,961
Area of State: Routt County, Rural Purpose of the project: To educate Routt County residents and visitors on items that can be diverted from the landfill. The centerpiece of this education campaign is the implementation of an internet-based recycling guide. Grant funds were used to create a recycling guide and waste sorting game within the internet-based application. A marketing campaign was also launched to inform the community that this resource is available to them.
Purchases: Two iPads and keyboards, software development design, branding campaign, and an outreach campaign.