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.
Each year CAFR 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.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
CAFR educates legislators and decision makers and works with other organizations to ensure that the voice of recycling is heard in Colorado.
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).
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.
"Every year I learn something new at the CAFR Summit, and I've been in this field for nearly 30 years." -- Anne Peters, Gracestone, Inc.
"Networking, being able to connect with people in a focused environment away from the daily grind and create new and better ways to get 'er done." -- Bob Yost, A1 Organics
"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.
CAFR 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 2017, CAFR established its first regional council, the Colorado Springs Council. CAFR organized an industry round table. 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.
In 2015, CAFR hosted "Managing Waste in Healthcare II," a roundtable discussion to bring together healthcare sustainability leaders in Colorado and share their waste management best practices for hospital facilities.