We asked recycling and reuse experts to take on a reader’s dilemma about retiring perfectly good fossil fuel-powered machinery.
How will Colorado’s new bag fee impact your life? Just look to the cities that already have bag charges.
As the state follows many local communities with a 10-cent plastic fee on Jan. 1, and a ban in 2024, conservationists count up the benefits.
Colorado researchers created a new way to recycle plastics. But some question if it’s the right next step.
University of Colorado researchers found an emission-free way to turn end-of-life plastics into resins used commonly in the electronic, automobile and aerospace industries
Colorado prepares to “mine” key materials from the recycling bin ahead of new law taking effect in 2026
New laws are set to move the needle on the state’s “abysmal” recycling rate of only 16%, advocates and industry leaders say
Denver wants a major recycling expansion. But it needs to start charging fees to get it done.
Denver residents would pay a monthly fee for garbage hauling while getting recycling and compost bins picked up weekly as part of the deal, in a proposed major overhaul of waste handling aimed at lifting local and statewide recycling rates closer to the national average. Residents of single-family homes and apartments up to seven units […]
Advocates want to charge companies to create a statewide recycling program in Colorado
State Sen. Kevin Priola had his recycling epiphany while staring at an empty pizza box. The grease stains on the lid spelled it out for the Henderson Republican: Colorado recycles only about 15% of its waste because recycling is too hard. Even a dedicated recycler like Priola was surprised to learn that cardboard with food […]
Colorado has a dismal recycling rate. Could a fee on manufacturers turn things around?
In Boulder, where every resident automatically receives access to recycling and composting services, more than half of the city’s waste is diverted from landfills. But in many Colorado cities and towns, residents who want to recycle must pay extra, or make a trip to recycling centers. The discrepancy between the relative ease of recycling in […]
Glass can be recycled infinitely. Here’s how it works in Colorado’s “closed loop.”
The life cycle of a glass bottle — from creation to use to disposal to reconstitution — can all happen within Colorado, and theoretically continue forever. Glass that’s been recycled first goes to a material recycling facility, such as Eco-Cycle or GFL Environmental, along with paper, plastic, aluminum and everything else in the single-stream recycling […]
Colorado will likely miss its recycling goals again this year. What will it take to change the tide of waste?
Colorado is struggling to improve its stagnant waste-diversion rates, and environmental advocates say making progress is crucial in the effort to battle climate change and the effects of population growth. The state diverted just under 16% of its waste to recycling or compost in 2019, down from a 17% diversion rate in 2018 and well […]
Front Range residents tossed out 28% more trash than their rural Colorado neighbors last year
Recycling is down in Colorado while the amount of trash produced is up. But don’t blame it on COVID-19 and the numerous to-go containers Coloradans used to patronize local restaurants and businesses in the pandemic. The most recent data is from 2019, months before the first coronavirus case in the state was confirmed. According to […]