Recycling grants and support


CDPHE offers grants and technical assistance to support recycling and waste diversion in Colorado. We operate two grant programs and other funding opportunities to improve recycling and have several other initiatives to help increase waste diversion.

Check out upcoming grant opportunities and key differences between the RREO and FRWD programs.

  RREO and FRWD comparison

For additional information about our grant programs, view the presentation shown at the 2022 Recycle Colorado Summit.



Front Range Waste Diversion Program

The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD, or “forward”) program provides grants and technical assistance to Front Range communities to increase recycling, composting, and waste reduction.



Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Program

Since its inception in 2007, the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity program has awarded over $25 million in funding to businesses, local governments, nonprofit organizations, and schools and universities to develop recycling infrastructure and promote sustainable behavior change in communities across Colorado. Funds are distributed via grants and rebates, approved by the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board.


Colorado NextCycle

Colorado NextCycle is a business incubator designed to improve the end markets for recovered commodities and organic materials in Colorado.

Waste Diversion Initiatives

  • End-Market Development.
  • Infrastructure Projects.
  • Mini-Grant Projects.
  • Regional Studies.


Kendra Appelman-Eastvedt

Sage Gilbert

Erin Girard

Sonya Hansen

Katie Romero

Megan Vinet

FRWD Program

RREO Program


RREO data

Key statistics that prove the positive impact recycling has on Colorado's economy.
Recycling data, statewide landfill disposal statistics, data origins and interpretation, regional waste composition findings.

​​​​RREO program annual reports

Erase the Waste

Erase the Waste

Erase the Waste is the statewide education campaign on recycling. Please visit the Erase the Waste website or sitio web de Erase the Waste en español for recycling tips and to take the “no glass in the trash” pledge.

Download campaign text and graphics for community use.