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. The FRWD enterprise consists of the FRWD board of directors and program administrative staff at CDPHE.

The current three-year strategic plan identifies goals in three focus areas:

  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Municipal solid waste, including organics and recycling.
  • Non-municipal solid waste, focusing on construction and demolition debris.

The Front Range Waste Diversion (FRWD, or “forward”) program and enterprise fund was approved by the Colorado state legislature in 2019 and collects funds from an increase in user fees at Front Range landfill to provide grants and technical assistance to Front Range communities to increase recycling, composting, and waste reduction.

The request for applications (RFA) for the Construction & Demolition Waste Diversion and Reduction on the Front Range grant opportunity opens in January 2021. Please continue to monitor this webpage for updates, or subscribe to FRWD funding opportunity email updates.

Request for Applications now available

RFA #32892: Advancing Construction & Demolition Waste Diversion and Reduction on the Front Range

This funding cycle focuses on sustainable construction and demolition (C&D) waste diversion and reduction. End markets, infrastructure, and local policy or ordinance development are all encouraged under this cycle.

  Download the RFA document for complete information


To get started 

  Create new application for RFA #32892

or log in to your Blackbaud account.

  Access a previously started application

Applications are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 15, 2021.


  How are current FRWD and RREO grant opportunities different?


In response to its first RFA, the Front Range Waste Diversion enterprise has approved over $2 million for nine projects geared toward reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills in Colorado’s Front Range counties. These projects are expected to help keep 18,000 tons from Front Range landfills.

The funded organizations, amount allocated, and projects include:

  • City of Arvada: $500,000 to purchase recycling bins for Arvada’s new curbside recycling program.
  • City and County of Broomfield: $90,000 to develop a zero waste action plan for Broomfield.
  • Colorado State University: $80,810 to expand their existing compost site and program.
  • Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver: $164,651 to upgrade and cover their ReStore storage yard to keep donated material out of the elements.
  • Scraps: $76,908.42 to expand yard waste collections in Edgewater, Arvada, and Wheat Ridge.
  • Town of Erie: $247,078 to relocate Erie’s recycling center and add cardboard and organic waste, and to complete a zero waste policy assessment which responds to the town’s Sustainability Master Plan.
  • Waste Management of Colorado: $500,000 to upgrade sorting equipment in order to save 1,400 tons from going to the landfill every year, reduce contamination, and increase efficiency on the sorting line.
  • We Don't Waste: $199,689 to double the amount of food they rescue and provide to low-income populations in the Front Range.
  • Wompost: $158,185 to provide food and yard waste recycling bins in Aurora.

Additional opportunities for local governments, institutions, nonprofits, and the private sector to apply for grant funding are slated for 2021. Later in the year, another round of funding will be available to advance zero waste in Front Range communities.


FRWD contracted with Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) to produce a waste diversion data survey for the Front Range. RSS researched methodologies for tracking and benchmarking progress in waste diversion and identified best practices, including an evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of local and comparable out-of-state programs. The final report, accepted by the FRWD board of directors in December 2020, includes recommendations for Colorado and the Front Range region. Read the RRS Waste Diversion Data Survey.


Download the FRWD Strategic Plan and the FRWD program announcement flier



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