The state of Colorado currently has a 19 percent diversion rate, and in an effort to increase that number, the state is participating in studies to identify materials and end markets for remanufacturing and looking for new opportunities to get more residents and businesses on board with recycling.
For example, in early November, the Colorado Association for Recycling chose Colorado Springs as a participant for its pilot recycling program, which aims to attract more millennials and young people and increase the amount of paper and corrugated cardboard recycled.
The Gazette has more details:
Colorado's recycling rates lag far behind the national average and even further behind states with a progressive environmental agenda, a report shows.
"Colorado likes to say it's a green, environmentally conscious state, but it's pretty dirty when it comes to waste," said Laurie Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit Colorado Association for Recycling.
Only 12 percent of waste produced in the state is recycled, compared with the national average of 34 percent, says the report by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.