Grant helps fund expanded recycling operation

A Grand Junction operation has been awarded a grant to expand its recycling program to offer additional residential curbside services as well as hire another full-time employee.

Curbside Recycling Indefinitely received $21,441.50 through the Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity competitive grant program administered by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The program awards grants to for-profit and non-profit entities to expand access to recycling.

“The funds we have received through our RREO grant will help us provide more residential curbside customer collection of household recycling material,” said Kimberly Beck, chief administrative officer of Curbside Recycling Indefinitely.

Beck said Curbside Recycling Indefinitely will offer services to more than 100 additional customers with a new residential curbside collection unit with the capacity to divert more than 58,500 pounds of material a month from the Mesa County landfill. This will also create an opportunity for an additional full-time employee.

“We are pleased to recognize GJ CRI for its dedication and commitment to reducing the amount of waste being sent to Colorado landfills and creating new jobs in the local economy,” said Eric Heyboer, administrator of the grant program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

A recent study found the Colorado recycling industry sustains more than 85,000 jobs and accounts for about 5 percent of overall economic output in the state. This generates nearly $1.3 billion a year in state and local tax revenue.

For more information about Curbside Recycling Indefinitely, call 242-1036 or visit the website at www.gjcri.com.