Recycling, Waste-to-Energy & Recycling
Recently, I’ve taken it upon myself to try to learn everything there is about waste recycling and sustainability, especially in communities close to home. My research led to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CHPHE). Naturally, I signed up for their newsletter, Closing the Loop. Here’s a recap of a couple of stories featured in the May 2018 issue:
Brewers Are Going Green. Around 350 craft brewers make their home in Colorado…and many of them are making the move to adopting extensive sustainability practices. A recent CDPHE assessment helped identify additional opportunities to reduce energy and water use and minimize wastewater and solid waste. It’s hoped that the initiative with help cultivate a more active sustainable brewers network with a summit to be held to share best practices.
Colorado’s Impact Regarding China’s Recent Ban on Imported Recyclables. China’s new policy has resulted in substantial economic and logistical challenges for recycling programs throughout the US and Colorado. Over the last decade, the US has become dependent on export markets for recyclables because lots of paper and plastic collected from single-stream recycling end up in China for processing. The effects of the import ban have been felt most by recyclers in the west coast states. A handful of recyclers in California and Oregon, most affected by the ban, have even had to landfill their stockpiles of recyclables due to running out of storage space.