Today, on America Recycles Day, Eco-Cycle and CoPIRG, released our second annual State of Recycling in Colorado:2018 report. Our beautiful state continues to be one of the most wasteful in the nation. Our recycling rate statewide has stalled at 12%, far below the national average of 35%. But it doesn't have to be that way. This report highlights what's working in communities around the state and calls upon Governor-elect Polis to take action to transform Colorado into a recycling hub for the Rocky Mountain region.

Highlights from the report include:                                                

  • The five cities with the best residential-recycling rates (from single-family homes) are Loveland (61 percent), Boulder (52 percent), Louisville (44 percent), Aspen (40 percent) and Longmont (40 percent).
  • The City of Fort Collins diverts nearly 70 percent of its industrial waste, including wood waste, scrap metal, concrete and asphalt, which was a big reason why it has the best recycling rate overall (55 percent) when you include residential, industrial and commercial recycling.
  • Longmont had the biggest improvements in their rates from last year, thanks to a new curbside composting program to collect food scraps and yard debris from residents.
  • Edgewater, Morrison, New Castle, Rifle, and Silt reported data for the first time.
  • Three businesses in Colorado that are processing recyclables, providing local jobs and contributing to a thriving recycling economy in Colorado.


We salute the cities, counties, and businesses that are innovating in the realm of Zero Waste to make recycling and composting more accessible and convenient for us all, and call upon our new Governor to help the entire state benefit from a robust recycling economy!

State of Colorado Media 

CBS NewsColorado Recycling Efforts Fall Short Of National Average
9 NewsColorado generated record amount of waste in 2017, recycling rates remain stagnant
Colorado Sun: Coloradans produced a record 9.3 million tons of trash last year. Only 12 percent of it was recycled

#1 Perfect your recycling service

It's common these days for waste haulers to offer options that allow residents to customize their recycling and trash service - for example, trading in your large trash bin for a smaller one and paying less for trash services! Or, if you didn't have the option for curbside recycling or compost in the past, that may have changed. This is day to check out services available to you!

#2 Cozy up to the guidelines

New technology and markets are changing what can be recycled. Knowing your city's recycling guidelines will help you decide what can be recycled...and what can't! Contaminated recycling batches might be sent to landfill, so keep your recycling clean by checking out your recycling guidelines today!

#3 Identify one thing you buy frequently that doesn't come in recyclable packaging. Now look for an alternative in a recyclable package, or a reusable option

Raisins in a bag? Not recyclable. Instead, buy raisins in paperboard boxes - they're recyclable! Trail mix packaged in plastic? Not recyclable. Instead, fill up your own bag with trail mix from the bulk aisle! 

#4 Shop with recycling in mind

Many things, from earrings to paper towels to fleece jackets, can be made with recycled content. When you buy items labelled "Made from recycled materials", you're contributing to a thriving recycling economy!

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