All projects listed below began in July 2013 and are active through June 30, 2014. Final reports from projects in previous funding cycles can be found here.
Goodwill Industries of Denver
Project Title: Recycle Expansion Project
Geographic Area: Denver MetroGoodwill Denver was unable to process and recycle 27 million pounds (13,500 tons) and was forced to send this waste to a landfill, costing $95,000. To reduce this number, Goodwill Denver will purchase equipment (conveyor, forklift, bins) and will increase staffing to implement a three prong approach: sort trucks before they head to landfills for tipping; place recycling bins throughout rural and underserved areas of Goodwill Denver’s territory; and increase e-waste recycling without charging a fee to the public. Goodwill Denver will divert 20% or 5.4 million pounds (2,700 tons) from Colorado’s landfills and into recycling streams.
Green Sheen Paint and Design
Project Title: Developing Sustainable Infrastructure and Jobs in the Paint Recycling Industry
Geographic Area: City of Englewood, StatewideGrant funds will be used to develop a network of Habitat for Humanity ReStore spokes throughout Colorado, to develop sustainable infrastructure necessary for expansion of spokes in underserved communities and to purchase adequate equipment for GreenSheen's recycling hub in the Denver area thereby dramatically increasing access to environmentally friendly options for paint recycling and eco-friendly recycled content paints.
Peak Plastics Recycling
Project Title: HDPE Pit Liner Solutions and Expansion of Plastics Reprocessing
Geographic Area: DenverPeak Plastics Recycling will establish a recycling facility to process HDPE, LDPE, PP, PS, ABS, and PVC plastics, the bulk of which are being exported to other states. Peak will bale, shred, grind, wash, and pelletize all collected plastics. This grant project will specifically focus on recycling HDPE liners, a material used in the oil and gas industry to control spills at well sites. Peak Plastics hopes to become a central depository and recycler of this material for the entire midsection of the United States.
Spring Back Colorado
Project Title: Capacity-Building for Mattress Recycling in Colorado
Geographic Area: DenverSpring Back Colorado is a social enterprise providing mattress recycling services. This project will allow Spring Back to become self-sustaining by expanding mattress recycling capacity statewide and forging new partnerships for material sourcing. Grant funds will be used to purchase a box truck, additional warehouse space, a baler, and miscellaneous warehouse equipment.