RREO grant projects for fiscal year 2016

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These final reports from Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016) projects provide an overview of the project as well as explain the successes, obstacles, and outcomes. We released two Requests for Applications for the FY 2016 grant cycle. The first set of projects emphasized new infrastructure, especially through the development of Hub-and-Spoke recycling infrastructure to enhance the financial viability of recycling in Colorado and to create new jobs in the state. The second set of projects emphasized regional studies to optimize waste diversion from Colorado landfills.
 

307 Investments (view final report)
Project title: Southwest Regional Recycling Facility
Award: $263,209
Geographic area: La Plata, San Juan and Montezuma County
The goal of this project is to increase the financial viability and long term sustainability of recycling in Southwest Colorado by reducing the distance commodities have to travel to be recycled, and will serve as a consolidation point for all recyclables collected in Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties. Funds will be used to purchase equipment to bale recyclable material.
 
A1 Organics (view final report)
Project title: Purchase of Tiger HS 640 BioStrainer De-Packaging System
Award: $402,300
Geographic area: Front Range
This project serves to develop a new process that will capture source separated organic waste that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. Grant funds will be used to purchase a specialized food waste de-packaging system. This system will process the source separated organics into feedstock for anaerobic digestion.
 
Angel of Shavano (view final report)
Project title: Recycling Hub-and-Spoke Expansion Project
Award: $285,794
Geographic area: Chaffee County and surrounding communities
The equipment purchased with these grant funds will sort plastics, papers, and metals into higher market grades. This will sustain recycling in Chaffee County and central Colorado, providing an economically viable solution for recyclables collection, and will support two permanent full-time positions. Ultimately, this project aims to increase the volume of recyclables collected in Chaffee County and central Colorado.
 
Bruin Waste (view final report)
Project title: Bruin Waste Management Recycling Sorting Facility
Award: $97,392
Geographic area: Montrose, San Miguel and San Juan County
Bruin Waste will establish an efficient recycling facility in Montrose, Colorado, that processes single-stream recyclables for market and provides a safe working environment. This project will also increase the capacity of four existing public recycling drop-off centers, reducing transportation costs to haul the recyclables from each drop-off center to the recycling facility. Grant funds will be used to purchase a horizontal baler and a ventilation system for the recycling facility, as well as four, 20-yard gable-top roll-off containers to be placed at four recycling drop-off centers.
 
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (view final report)
Project title: Colorado Capitol Building Recycling Project
Award: $70,556
Geographic area: City and County of Denver
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) will improve the existing recycling program at the Colorado State Capitol Building and 16 other buildings comprising the Capitol Complex. Grant funds will be used to purchase and install recycling bins, educate key stakeholders about the program, and draft a recycling program guidance document for the benefit of the Capitol Complex and other state agencies.
 
Go Green Pallet (view final report)
Project title: Non Standard Size Pallet Recycling Program
Award: $19,350
Geographic area: Front Range
Funds will be used to purchase a saw and a venting unit for Go Green Pallet’s existing heat treatment system, aiming to increase the supply of new wooden pallets in Colorado by remanufacturing obsolete or damaged wooden pallets. The remanufactured pallets will conform to internationally and nationally recognized standards. 
 
Momentum Recycling (view final report)
Project title: Glass Fines Recovery and Market Development Project
Award: $202,003
Geographic area: Statewide
Momentum will open a new 'bottle-to-bottle' glass recycling facility in the Denver area. This project will establish a supplemental method to process previously unrecoverable glass fines. Grant funds will be used to purchase equipment to segregate and bag glass cullet, and as a result, will serve to increase the amount of glass recycled in Colorado.
 
Onsite Electronics Recycling (view final report)
Project title: Equipment Purchase for Material Processing and Expanded Recycling
Award: $99,218
Geographic area: Fort Collins and surrounding areas
This project serves to increase the variety of material collected and processed at the grantee’s existing facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, by increasing collection, storage, and processing capacity. Funds will be used to purchase: new storage containers for segregating materials prior to baling; self-dumping hoppers to improve worker safety and increase processing efficiencies; a new box truck for the collection of recyclables from customers and to transport baled commodities to area recycling facilities.
 
Pitkin County Government (view final report)
Project title: SCRAPS 
Award: $201,765
Geographic area: Pitkin County
SCRAPS will establish a network of community collection sites, increasing the amount of food waste processed at the Pitkin County compost facility. This project will be complemented by a comprehensive education and outreach campaign. Grant funds will also benefit Pitkin County’s existing compost facility through the purchase of a bagging system allowing finished compost to be sold on-site and in local gardening centers.
 
Twin Enviro Services (view final report)
Project title: Twin Enviro NW Colorado Recycling Expansion
Award: $289,283
Geographic area: Routt, Moffat, and Jackson Counties
Through construction of a recycling facility in Milner, Colorado, Twin Enviro Services will service Routt, Moffat, and Jackson Counties. The facility will increase the financial viability and long-term sustainability of recycling initiatives in northwest Colorado. Funds will be used to purchase equipment to sort, handle, and bale recyclable material.
 
 
Regional Studies to Optimize Waste Diversion

EcoAction Partners (view final report)
Project title: Sneffels Waste Diversion Planning Project
Award: $18,144
Geographic area: Ouray and San Miguel Counties
This project serves to study Ouray and San Miguel Counties’ existing waste diversion activities, suggest ways to coordinate those activities to maximize economic efficiencies, and establish goals that will guide future efforts to minimize the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Specifically, these funds support a waste audit in each County, a gap analysis, and public forums.
 
City of Fort Collins (view final report)
Project title: Regional Wasteshed Planning, Northern Front Range
Award: $48,750
Geographic area: Larimer County, City of Fort Collins, and surrounding areas
Funding will support a study of Larimer County’s existing waste diversion activities, suggest ways to coordinate those activities to maximize economic efficiencies, and establish goals that will guide future efforts to minimize the amount of waste sent to the landfill. This project will include a waste audit, multiple community forums, and a regional survey.
 
Town of Fraser (view final report)
Project title: Grand County Public Outreach and Strategic Planning
Award: $31,815
Geographic area: Grand County
This opportunity supports an examination of Grand County's existing waste diversion activities, suggests ways to coordinate those activities to maximize economic efficiencies, and establishes goals that will guide future efforts to minimize the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Specifically, this study will include multiple community forums, a regional survey, and a waste audit.