RREO grant project summaries

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The following summaries capture recent grant projects funded by Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity program.

  • The RREO End-Market Grant Projects for Fiscal Year 2020/2021 focus on creating, expanding, and supporting viable end markets and closed-loop resource systems.
     
  • The RREO Grant Projects for Fiscal Year 2020 and for Fiscal Year 2019 emphasize general infrastructure development for all types of waste diversion activities.
     
  • The 2019 Regional-Municipal Studies examined waste diversion activities in a particular location and proposed solutions to support and improve them.
     
  • The 2019 RREO Mini-Grants connect grantees with funds for small-scale projects through a simplified application process.

Grant project summaries

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.