Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
This statewide event invites all K-12 students and youth organization members to showcase their artistic talent and their commitment to the environment.
Historically, Recycle Colorado produces a video highlighting the best of the artwork submitted, produces a postcard highlighting a grand-prize winner and America Recycles Day, and continues to secure sponsorship of the contest by businesses in the recycling industry.
Community, Business & Industry
Recycle Colorado educates legislators and decision makers and works with other organizations to ensure that the voice of recycling is heard in Colorado.
In 2018, Recycle Colorado (formerly Colorado Association for Recycling/CAFR) opposed a bill to repeal the Pains Stewardship Act. In 2017, CAFR introduced failed legislation to increase solid waste diversion by establishing diversion goals, requiring data collection and reporting by counties and landfills, and providing technical assistance to counties and landfills regarding the data collection and reporting. In 2016, CAFR introduced successful legislation to create a sales and use tax exemption for recycling equipment. In 2014, CAFR introduced successful legislation to create the Paint Stewardship bill (SB14-029), which requires paint manufacturers to implement a paint management program in Colorado that includes convenient and free locations where consumers can drop off their leftover paint and have it recycled or disposed of properly. In 2012, CAFR introduced successful legislation to ban electronic devices from landfills (SB12-133) to encourage recycling of electronics and to protect the environment in Colorado. The bill also requires state agencies to recycle electronic devices using only certified electronics recyclers. In 2007, CAFR introduced successful legislation to create the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity grant program (HB07-1288) and successfully renewed the program in 2010 (HB10-1052) and successfully increased funding and extended the program in 2013 (SB13-050).
Community, Business & Industry
The annual Summit is a dynamic conference and exhibition that brings together the state's recycling professionals and individuals dedicated to the principles of recycling, waste prevention and composting. The Summit is the only source of recycling, composting, manufacturing and reuse/reprocessing industry information available within the State of Colorado in this format. Each year, more than 250 people from the recycling and composting industries gather to share data and ideas, network, and improve their understanding of recycling and the specific challenges we face in Colorado. Each year, scholarships are awarded to college students to attend the conference, fostering the next generation of recycling and composting professionals.
"I had fun and would like to come back next year. I found some good networking opportunities and I got to meet face to face with some people that I have worked with for years and never met previously." -- Anonymous Attendee
"it was highly successful and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. I love that it provided a proactive and democratic framework for the organization to take action on a number of issues.Thanks for all of your thoughtfulness and hard work!" -- Anonymous Attendee
"I can count on CAFR's Summit to re-energize me for the year: The old friends I connect with, the new programs & enterprises introduced, and the policy discussions light a fire under me like nothing else." -- Laurie Batchelder Adams, LBA Associates, Inc.
Recycle Colorado seeks to advance infrastructure, end markets and state and local policies in waste reduction, recovery and diversion by hosting industry round tables and regional recycling councils.
In 2018, Recycle Colorado established two regional councils, the Western Slope Council and the Northern Colorado Council, and its first subject-matter council, the Cannabis Council. Recycle Colorado also hosted a glass round table and an e-scrap round table.
In 2017, Recycle Colorado established its first regional council, the Colorado Springs Council. CAFR organized an industry round table. Recycle Colorado (formerly Colorado Association for Recycling/CAFR) hosted the webinars "State of Mattress Recycling," "State of Electronics," "Carpet Recycling," and "Product Stewardship Overview and Case Study." CAFR hosted two rural and Front Range round tables, two happy-hour events, in Boulder and Fort Collins, and one webinar, "Creating Your Business/Organization Materials Management Plan."
In 2016, CAFR hosted three happy-hour networking events; one in Colorado Springs and two in Denver.