Closing the Loop
January 31, 2018
Welcome to the first edition of this quarterly update brought to you by the Sustainability and Materials Management Units at CDPHE! We are excited to share with you some of our current initiatives and programs focused specifically on materials management issues. We hope you find this and future updates a valuable source of information as we find new ways to engage our stakeholders. Join us as we shift from a waste-focused approach to a sustainable materials approach.
Would you like to minimize costs, reduce risk and eliminate waste? CDPHE provides free onsite assessments that identify pollution prevention opportunities in water conservation, energy efficiency and waste reduction. The program is open to all Colorado businesses.
Waste can be eliminated by modifying production processes, using nontoxic or less toxic chemicals, implementing conservation techniques or reusing materials. From improvements in housekeeping to upgrades to efficient technologies, opportunities exist in any business!
Preventing pollution before it’s generated makes more sense than generating waste, managing it and sending it offsite for recycling or disposal. If you don’t generate waste, you don’t have to track it, permit it, pay for treatment or disposal, and insure against the risks associated with it.
"I am so appreciative that you came up to our facility today. You are the FIRST person that has a grasp on our scale and what we need to accomplish. Your input is so valuable and I just can’t thank you enough for your efforts." -- Kate Brown, Founder & President, Boulder Organic
When: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Where: Denver Museum of Nature and Science (Ricketson Auditorium)
RSVP: By Feb. 9
Discuss program criteria and benefits.
Explain how to apply.
Provide overview of CDPHE services from:
Small Business Ombudsman.
Pollution Prevention Program.
- Formal proposals to the department involving sampling and analytical characterization of the waste.
- Evidence of the benefits of the proposed use.
- Confirmation that the proposed use poses little to no threat to public health or the environment.
Colorado’s Medication Take Back Program is expanding
By: Greg Fabisiak, CDPHE
The Colorado Household Medication Take-Back Program helps Colorado residents safely dispose of unused and expired medications. Proper disposal is just one piece of the comprehensive strategy for preventing prescription drug abuse that includes safe use and safe storage. Ensuring proper disposal keeps medications such as opioids, sedatives and stimulants from being misused or abused. It also helps protect Colorado’s environment and wildlife from medications that might otherwise be flushed or trashed.
Over the past year, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics and law enforcement agencies have joined the state-funded program and installed nearly 90 secure drop boxes covering 47 of Colorado’s 64 counties. The department continues to expand the program with a goal of establishing at least one permanent collection site in every Colorado county. To find locations, visit takemedsback.org.
- February 5: Pre-application conference for RREO Waste Diversion Grant.
- February 15: ELP Seminar.
- March 1: Tier II Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reports Due.
- March 2: RREO Waste Diversion Grant Applications Due.
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