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Construction and Demolition Diversion Challenges

Across the Front Range, surging economic and population growth have stimulated the construction industry.  New homes, apartment complexes and buildings are being built while older buildings are being removed or renovated.  This construction activity generates jobs, homes, and offices, but at the same time, generates a significant amount of construction and demolition (C&D) waste.  Keeping…

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Waste Tires and Paint – Colorado Product Stewardship Successes

Product Stewardship, the practice of minimizing the health, safety and environmental impact of products across their entire life cycle while also maximizing economic benefits, is receiving increasing attention in both the public and private sectors. But years before the term was common in waste management vernacular, stewards of public health recognized the threat that certain…

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Noxious Weed Management

Myrtle Spurge. Bohemian knotweed.  Medusahead.  Camelthorn.   No, these aren’t the latest craft beers, they are all considered noxious weeds in the state of Colorado. The state of Colorado has designated specific plants as noxious weeds because the plants present a threat to natural or agricultural lands, including Boulder’s beautiful open spaces. Noxious weeds are plants…

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Using Compost in Your Lawn & Garden

Increasing organic matter in soil with compost is a simple act packed with benefits that contribute to healthy soil and a strong, vibrant landscape. Soil will benefit from a compost boost in almost any application including trees and scrubs, seeded lawns, under sod, in lawn aeration, and in flower beds, borders and vegetable gardens. Did…

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Food Waste in the U.S.

The numbers are staggering – 133 billion pounds of food wasted in the U.S in 2010 (the most recent year for which data is available). That’s 40% of all food produced in the country at a cost of $161 billion annually. Food loss occurs all along the supply chain including production, storage, transportation and retail.…

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