Resources

So you find the business of recycling interesting?  We do too.  Whether you decide to make one change, or many, the benefits are boundless. We’ve provided a library of resources to help get you started.  Don’t be afraid to dive in and make a difference!

Waste Issues and Solutions-Resource Library

Around Your Home

Blue Star Recycler awards presented
There are tons of electronics to be recycled and this nonprofit has found a way, creating jobs for those with disabilities and those on the autism spectrum.

11 Ideas for Easier Recycling at Home
Recycling is simple, effective, and something the whole family can participate in.

9 Cool Apps for the Environmentally Conscious
As Americans become more aware of how we are impacting our planet, a burgeoning generation of apps has emerged to help.

8 Interactive Ways To Teach Children About Earth Day
Earth Day is celebrated worldwide. Read about how you can encourage your children to get involved.

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Are you a Food Waster?

Stop Wasting Overripe Fruit with This Smart, Simple Method
There's more life in that produce than you might expect, so step away from the compost bin! 

11 Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste
It’s not difficult for the average consumer to cut down on their personal food waste.

Food Recovery Challenge
Businesses and restaurants: learn how to cut down on food waste.

Around the State

Where to recycle old PCs and other e-waste in Colorado
Blue Star Recyclers opened its doors in Denver to become the second recycling center for the Colorado Springs-based company.

Most Colorado Glass Doesn’t Get Recycled, But That’s Starting to Change
Instead of being endlessly recycled, the glass that Denver residents put in their purple bins is reused only once, as a liner for landfills.

Styrofoam Recycling Coming to Colorado Thanks to Alpine Waste
Alpine is the first company in Colorado to get a new device that condenses Styrofoam.

How Colorado Is Turning Food Waste Into Electricity
The Heartland Biogas Project, which is located in rural Colorado, is converting food waste into usable methane gas. Care and Share Food Bank is working with A1 Organics, which runs the food waste processing portion of the Heartland Biogas Project, to ensure that the shelf-stable food they can’t distribute goes to the best use possible.  Care and Share recently provided A1 Organics with 40 pallets of food that would have otherwise gone into a landfill.

Around the Country

Three Headaches for the Recycling Industry
As the most advanced recycling operations in the world work to achieve 100 percent recycling, or so-called Zero Waste, three products have proved particularly stubborn.

6 waste and recycling trends to watch in 2016, as predicted by experts
Despite the plummeting values of surplus recyclables, haulers, recyclers and landfill operators are finding new ways to thrive.

4 Ways Partnerships With Tire Recyclers Benefit Dealerships
With the focus on environmentally friendly practices continuing to grow, many auto dealerships are forming partnerships with their local tire recyclers.

An urban farming business that operates from supermarket rooftops
Focus Foods creates greenhouses that use waste from fish to grow naturally organic vegetables, fruits and herbs, which in turn clean the water and return it to the fish. 

U.S. Sets First-Ever Goals to Reduce Food Waste
“The United States enjoys the most productive and abundant food supply on earth, but too much of this food goes to waste,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

Environmental Impact on Recycling Cardboard Boxes
Did you realize that in the United States over 90% of items shipped are packaged in cardboard?

Water Reuse Gains Momentum in U.S. Amid Drought, Water Scarcity
Water scarcity and drought continue to reshape the water landscape, as demonstrated by the recent increase in wastewater reuse projects in the U.S. 

Recycling: The Big Picture
Recycling not only conserves natural resources and reduces the amount of waste that must be burned or buried, it also reduces pollution and the demand for energy. 

The enormous carbon footprint of food that we never even eat
A massive amount of needlessly emitted carbon is poured into the atmosphere to produce unused food.

This Maryland Guy is Making Money on Food Waste, While Also Feeding the Hungry
Some of the food is just ‘extra’—farmers don’t always have a buyer for every piece of produce they grow—and some of it’s just ‘ugly.

Around the Globe

Scientists: This bacteria can eat plastic trash
Japanese scientists say they've discovered the first known bacteria able to break the molecular bonds of one of the world's most common forms of plastic.

Reusing and Recycling: Big Challenges, Big Opportunities
A single recycling facility can remove $75 million in valuable metals from e-waste annually.

Recycling provides substantial return on investment
Recycled materials are part of the global marketplace.

Why People Are Falling in Love With “Ugly Food”
The “ugly food movement” is taking off around the world as an answer to the problem of food waste.

The Rockefeller Foundation Announces $130 Million Initiative to Reduce Global Food Loss and Waste
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), we grow enough food to feed all the 1.2 billion hungry or undernourished people on the planet, yet one-third is never eaten.

Montreal wants complete ban on plastic water bottles
Montreal's mayor wants to fully ban plastic-bottled water — potentially making this the first metropolis to do so.

Meeting the E-waste Challenge
Up to 90% of global e-waste, worth nearly $19 billion, is illegally traded or dumped each year.

Crickets catch on in product development
Touted as a sustainable alternative to animal protein and already consumed in many regions of the world, edible insects may be critical to stabilizing the global food supply.

These remarkable floating farms could help feed hungry people around the world
Not enough space to grow on land? Here's another idea: Plant food in seas, lakes, and rivers.

One-Third of Food is Lost or Wasted: What Can Be Done
We overbuy because food is available at nearly every turn. We store food improperly. We take "use by" dates literally. We forget to eat our leftovers, and we suffer little or no consequence for scraping edible food into a bin.