Recycling & Waste Management

To meet the goal of the Executive Order, all state agencies and departments must develop and submit a plan for waste prevention and diversion to the Greening Government Leadership Council (GGLC) by Dec. 31, 2016. These plans must set clear goals for expanding waste prevention and diversion efforts within the agency or department as well as identify a measurement plan to assess progress toward goals. By June 30, 2017, the GGLC shall develop quantifiable goals and metrics for recycling and waste diversion across state government beginning in Fiscal Year 2018 and continuing through Fiscal Year 2020. 

FY 2017 Statewide Report

The Greening Government Leadership Council (GGLC) worked collaboratively with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in Fiscal Year 2017 to develop goals and directives for recycling and waste management, as required by Executive Order D 2018-026 (Greening of State Government).

The working group has established a process for agencies to both determine a baseline for waste diversion and create a waste diversion goal, as well as additional strategies for achieving reduction success. Read the full Recycling & Waste Management Goals and Directives here.

GGLC Quick Tips

  1. Utilize Recycling Programs Properly. Make an effort to understand which products are recyclable and compostable and avoid contaminating the recycling and composting bins with non-recyclable/non-compostable waste. 

  2. Do not use paper that is not compatible for recycling such as thermal fax paper, glossy/plastic coating paper and bright colors. Instead, utilize 30 percent recycled content copy paper.

  3. Minimize office printing. Rethink printing large documents that can be reviewed electronically and maximize duplex (double-sided) printing when possible.

  4. Utilize reusable containers. Choose aluminum water bottles, coffee mugs and reusable tupperware that can be used on a daily basis to substitute for disposable one-time use items.

  5. Identify recycling receptacles, including those designated for battery and pen recycling programs.