Grand County donates $10,000 to start-up recycling nonprofit |

Grand County donates $10,000 to start-up recycling nonprofit

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado

Grand County is providing $10,000 in start-up funds for the soon-to-be nonprofit, newly formed “Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition.”

The organization emerged out of a recycling symposium in January facilitated by the Grand County sustainability group “Infinite West.”

Recycle Coalition board members told commissioners on Tuesday that nearly $15,000 was needed for seed money to develop the group’s website, logo, education outreach, newsletter, event planning and production and attorney fees.

The Coalition has formed with the goal of providing education on where recycling is available in Grand County, what can be recycled and the importance of recycling, according to Vice Chair Mike Meindl.

The group will provide a support system for recycling – including recruitment of recyclers – but will not facilitate or go into the business of actual recycling, board members explained.

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It will refer those places in Grand County that do recycle.

In its development phase is the group’s Green Star program that would enlist businesses to allow employees to bring their recyclables from home to work to be recycled. The program would also implement a rating system of businesses with green practices, Meindl said.

The group also plans to educate citizens about the notion that recycling “is not free and never has been,” Meindl said.

Commissioners voted to loan the Recycle Coalition county attorney time to aid with setting up the group’s 501(c)3 nonprofit status, saving the group $3,700 in attorney fees.

This in-kind gesture accompanied the county’s decision to grant the Coalition $10,000, which was found in the county’s leftover recycling funding.

As much as $30,000 was budgeted for recycling drop-offs at the Granby landfill, County Manager Lurline Underbrink Curran explained, but the county is expected to spend just $16,000 of that with the closure of the facility.

The county manager also offered the group the ability in the future to link its website to the existing Grand County website.

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