State-sponsored grants divert waste from landfills and create new green-sector jobs

Denver, CO March 3, 2020 – PCs for People has been awarded a $74,436.79 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).

Colorado has made strides when it comes to diverting trash from landfills by reducing, reusing and recycling waste, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. According to CDPHE, in 2007 the state diverted only about 7 percent of the nearly 10 million tons of household and commercial trash generated that year. Eleven years later, those numbers have improved as 17 percent of roughly 7 million tons of waste was diverted from landfills in 2018. Yet Colorado still lags well behind the national average of 35 percent for waste diversion.

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.

PCs for People is building on more than $17.3 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 do more to refurbish thousands of computer devices for Colorado’s low-income families and divert more than 750,000 of electronic waste from landfills,” says Alejandro Dopico, PCs for People’s Director of Operations for Colorado.  As an RREO grant recipient, PCs for People will be purchasing a 26' box truck to support e-waste pickups across Colorado and increase our warehouse efficiency with an electric indoor fork lift; pallet jack scale with 5,000 lb capacity; and, CleanFreak 20 Inch Walk Behind Scrubber. These additions to PCs for People operation will allow them to support more than 10,000 low-income households annually across the region with high quality refurbished computer devices to succeed in today’s economy

“We are pleased to recognize PCs for People 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, RREO Grant Program administrator at CDPHE.

For more information about RREO grants, visit www.colorado.gov/cdphe/recyclinggrantrebates.

About the RREO Grant Program

The Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Act (HB 07-1288) created the RREO Grant Program with the intent to fund implementation projects that promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials that would otherwise be treated as discards. Projects that meet this goal are designed to implement recycling, composting, anaerobic

digestion, source reduction, and beneficial use/reuse for a wide variety of materials. Funds are

awarded to businesses, local governments, nonprofit groups, and schools and universities throughout Colorado. The grant program is under the authority of Colorado’s Pollution Prevention Advisory Board.

MEDIA CONTACT  Tony Frank  |  303-961-8340  |   afrank@pcsforpeople.org