Clean Valley Recycling furnishing bins from grant
Clean Valley Recycling (CVR) has been awarded a $56,700 grant in recognition of plans to expand its recycling program and create new green-sector jobs. The funding is part of the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity (RREO) competitive grant program, which is administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
The RREO grant program gives for-profit, nonprofit, and local entities the infusion of funds they need to expand access to recycling and help Colorado surpass the national average. However, grantees must demonstrate more than a plan for better managing waste. Each must also show how it will help build local economies and create permanent jobs for Coloradans who are ready to get to work.
Clean Valley Recycling is building on more than $11.5 million in RREO grant funds that have gone to making a positive impact on the quality of life in towns, cities and regions across Colorado. “The funds we receive through our RREO grant will help us provide more recycling services to area communities,” said Dee Hostetler, manager of CVR. As an RREO recipient, Clean Valley Recycling has purchased 15 cardboard collection bins to be placed at local communities and businesses. The Fowler bin has been placed on Hwy 50 at Scratch’s Pub and is for the general public to use.
Other communities receiving cardboard collection bins are La Junta, Manzanola, Rocky Ford, Ordway and Las Animas. “Cardboard is bulky and takes up much space in our landfill plus it is one of the easiest items to recycle. As landfill space becomes increasingly expensive, it just makes a lot of sense to recycle as much as we can. In 2016, CVR recycled 386 tons of cardboard. With help from this RREO grant, we are hoping to increase that number significantly in 2017-18. The grant will also allow the purchase of a skid steer loader to help manage recyclable materials at our hub in Swink. “
“We are pleased to recognize Clean Valley Recycling for its dedication and commitment to reducing the amount of waste sent to Colorado landfills and creating new jobs in the local economy,” said Eric Heyboer, RREO Grant Program administrator at CDPHE. “Through our RREO grants, we incentivize partnerships that are a win-win for Colorado’s economy and the environment and this project exemplifies that mission,” said Eric Heyboer. Clean Valley Recycling provides four full-time equivalent jobs for the local economy and many more volunteer and community service positions.
Clean Valley Recycling recycles paper, plastics, metal, glass, paint, as well as electronics. For information about Clean Valley Recycling, visit www.cleanvalleyrecycling.org. For more information about RREO grants, visit www.colorado.gov/cdphe/recyclinggrantrebates.