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Colorado Recycling Information You Need to Know

E-waste is banned from Colorado landfills

Computers, printers, computer peripherals, mp3 players, DVD players, TVs and other electronics are banned from entering Colorado landfills. While this has been the case for businesses and corporations for quite some time, it is now the law for Colorado residents as well.

Senate Bill 12-133 passed in July, 2013 made it illegal for residents to dump any sort of e-waste into the trash.

So where can you dispose of e-waste?

The Colorado Department of Public Health suggests using one of the following to find a local e-waste recycler:

  1. Find one on the Map
  2. Find by your zip code (GreenGadgets.org)
  3. PDF list of e-cyclers

The Colorado recycling rate is below the national average

Although, it’s trending upward over the past several years, the State recycling rate is still only hovering around 13%. The national average is more than double that.

The average amount of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated per person in Colorado is nearly double the national average at 8.58 lbs. per day. Colorado residents recycle on average 2.24 lbs. per person each day.

On the bright side, the total waste diversion rate in 2012 was 41.7%. This accounts for scrap metal recycling, construction and demolition debris (C&D) recycling, composting, reusing, and industrial waste recycling.

The Colorado Association for Recycling (CAFR) aims to turn things around in Colorado. It is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to waste diversion and recycling in Colorado. It has set goals to achieve a 66% waste diversion rate, and reduce waste disposal down to 3.5 lbs. per person per day, by 2021.

With the help of the CAFR, other nonprofits, and government entities, new recycling legislation, education and outreach is currently in the works. The future looks bright.

Attend a future Hazardous Waste Workshop or outreach program

Learn more about how to properly dispose of hazardous wastes, e-waste, and other solid wastes by attending workshops or outreach programs put on by the State.

It allows you to ask questions and learn about policies and rules governing the solid waste industry in Colorado, as well as how it all relates to you and the environment.

Email for more information: comments.hmwmd@state.co.us

Learn more about Colorado’s solid waste rules, regulations and laws

Colorado has a variety of statutes, regulations and laws governing the disposal and hauling of wastes within the State. It’s important to brush up on these to ensure you don’t violate any laws during your next bulk waste removal, renovation, roofing job or cleanout project.

Get access to this information at this link:

http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDPHE-HM/CBON/1251616361122