Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Colorado’s recycling report remains bad but recent actions could make state a leader

Our 7th annual State of Recycling and Compositing in Colorado report finds the state is still one of the worst when it comes to recycling. But a flurry of state and local actions in recent years has the future looking much greener.

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Cover of CoPIRG Foundation and Eco-Cycle State of Recycling and Composting in Colorado report

For seven years now, our State of Recycling and Composting in Colorado report, co-written with Eco-Cycle, has highlighted that are recycling rate stubbornly remains one of the worst in the country.

This year, our report found we are only recycling and composting 16% of our waste. That’s half the national average.

Despite our green reputation, we’re downright trashy.

But this year, we expanded the report to include strategies to reduce, reuse and recycle and compost because the best way to deal with trash is to not produce it in the first place. And there’s plenty of trash that is unnecessary.

There is good news in this year’s report.

A series of state and local actions in the last few years that will help us reduce, reuse and expand recycling and composting has Colorado poised to jump from one of the worst to one of the best in the next few years.

Read the details here.


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