Recycling In Colorado Just Got Harder Thanks To New Restrictions From China – (A Better Title Would Be “Wishcylcing”)
As a state, Colorado hasn’t been the greatest recycler. New restrictions imposed by China on contamination levels, mixed paper and plastics aren’t making things any easier.
China used to be the leading re-manufacturer of recyclable material, and took in over half of America’s recycling. These new restrictions are not something the industry can easily rebound from. West Coast states that heavily rely on exporting their recyclables to China have even resorted to landfilling their materials. Colorado isn’t at that level yet, but the ripples of China’s decision are being felt around the state.
Alpine Waste & Recycling is responsible for collecting the recyclables for the entire city of Denver. Brent Hildebrand, Alpine’s vice president of recycling, said they were shipping about 40 percent of their materials to foreign markets — the bulk going to China. So the new restrictions presented some challenges for Alpine.
“We had to add some more labor to the system to help sort better and get some of the contaminants out of the stream,” Hildebrand said. “But then on top of that we had to slow down the system so the people could see the materials a little easier.”
The new limit on recycling contaminants set by China is no more than 0.5 percent.
Since January, Alpine has increased its workforce by 15 percent to keep up with the 0.5 percent contamination limit. Hildebrand said they’re still sending as much recycling as they can to China, but they’ve had to find new buyers in other countries to supplement.
Brent Hildebrand, Vice President of Recycling for Alpine Waste and Recycling, June 19, 2018.
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China is cracking down partly because American material recovery facilities have gotten a little lax about how much contamination goes into the recycling, said Wolf Kray with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. For example, anytime a stray red Solo cup ended up in a bale of mixed paper, the materials were contaminated.
“Because the markets have been so high and there’s been such a demand from China,” Kray said. “We haven’t done the best job necessarily as far as limiting the waste that’s gone into the recycling stream.”
And that “we” includes not just the processing facilities but also anyone who might not be recycling in the most diligent way. Colorado has a problem with what the industry likes to call “wishcycling.” Since there’s no set standard, Kray said it can be tricky to know what each program does and does not accept. “It varies even in the metro area,” he said.
Things We Shouldn’t Be Tossing In Our Purple Bins… But Probably Are*
Crinkly Plastic Cups (Red Solo Cups)
Food Take Out Containers
Plastic Film Wrap (Saran Wrap)
Scrap Metal (Broken Utensils, Old Cookie Sheets)
Plastic Grocery Bags
*Recyclables vary by collector statewide. Be sure to check with your local operator for acceptable items.
“There’s a lot of wishful recycling that goes on where people assume that if it’s got the recycling arrows on it that means it’s automatically a recyclable material and that’s certainly not the case,” Kray pointed out.
Even if the recognizable arrows are there, it doesn’t mean a facility can process or re-sell it. Some things recyclers get are not as questionable. At the Boulder County Recycling Center, conservation manager Darla Arians pointed out every time a shocking object came down the conveyor belt where workers were sorting.
“You can see that huge piece of metal he just pulled out!” she exclaimed. “That would destroy our OCC screen — our cardboard screen — which is the first piece of equipment that the material hits. If that had gone past him, the facility would have to shut down.”
Another way Alpine and other haulers across the state are handling these changes? They’re shipping material to Boulder County. Boulder has become a popular spot thanks to a new plastic sorting machine and the facility’s reliance on American buyers. They’ve been able to save more money than other recyclers around the state, putting Boulder in a position where they can help other haulers.
“Our inbound tonnage has gone up around 1,500 to 2,000 tons per month from other MRFs and haulers in the region because our gate fees are lower here than they are elsewhere,” she said.
In a millisecond, Boulder’s plastic sorting machine is able to tell the difference between a milk jug and a shampoo bottle using infrared detection. It then uses its 100-horse power air jet to shoot the material into the right container. The machine sorts more efficiently than any person, and Arians said a few are considering “this type of equipment, and with the new restrictions from China, they pretty much have to in order to keep up.”
Boulder County’s Conservation Manager Darla Arians inside the county’s recycling center, June 22, 2018.
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Ninety-eight percent of Boulder’s material goes to American buyers for remanufacturing. Even with Boulder taking other counties’ materials, many are still scrambling to find new markets for a lot of it.
“You have essentially this big buildup of all the recyclables that are still getting collected and stored at recycling centers that need to go somewhere,” CDPHE’s Wolf Kray said. “So, because there’s more generation, essentially it’s devaluing the prices so that’s tough for the recyclers who aren’t making as much money on the actual end products when they sell them.”
Market values for recycled paper, plastics, aluminum, etc. have plummeted since restrictions went into place. That affects all recyclers, even ones like Boulder County that export very little because they sell most of their material stateside.
“If we get to the point where we’re getting a zero dollar or we were gonna be charged for a particular type of material, then we will hold on to it for 30 days and see what sort of pricing we can get in the next month,” Arians said.
For Kray, the solution lies in developing and bolstering domestic markets for recyclables. To that end, CDPHE offers grants to organizations to help develop recycling infrastructure in the state. In 2017, the program handed out 22 grants that went as high as $400,000. An Iowa company called Rewall that buys waste and turns it into building material is expanding to Colorado with the help of the grant program.
Another solution Kray mentioned has to do with the three R’s everyone learned in elementary school — reduce, reuse and recycle. Kray said there should be more emphasis on the first two and less reliance on the third.
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My Hair Trip Salon Denver, along with 167 other Colorado companies has been recognized as an environmental leader in the state of Colorado in 2018.
DENVER – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recognized 168 companies on Oct. 9, 2018 for outstanding environmental achievements that help keep Colorado a desirable place to work and live. The department, in partnership with the Pollution Prevention Advisory Board and the Colorado Environmental Partnership, presented the 19th annual Environmental Leadership Awards at the Infinity Event Center in Glendale. More than 400 government, business and community leaders attended.
The awards recognized Colorado organizations with gold, silver and bronze designations for voluntarily going beyond compliance with state and federal regulations and for their commitment to continual environmental improvement.
“We are proud to recognize all of Colorado’s environmental leaders and work with them to reduce barriers to innovation while protecting public health and the environment,” said Karin McGowan, the department’s interim executive director.
This year’s program will recognize 12 new Gold Leaders, 12 new Silver Partners and 16 new Bronze Achievers. The new Gold Leaders include My Hair Trip Salon Denver, Castle Rock Water, Ela Family Farms, Clifton Sanitation District and Xcel Energy.
The 2018 24-Karat Gold Award winner will be named at the event. Chosen by other Gold leaders, 24-Karat Gold Award winners are individuals or teams who have gone above and beyond required job duties to create and implement a program or initiative that made a measurable contribution to the environment, the economy and society. The Colorado Environmental Leadership Program is open to all Colorado businesses, industries, offices, educational institutions, municipalities, government agencies, communities, nonprofits and other organizations.
For a complete list of organizations with gold, silver and bronze designations and summaries of their environmental efforts, please contact Lynette Myers, Environmental Leadership Program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the department’s Environmental Leadership Program website.Leave a reply
Working together to keep people AND our planet beautiful!
The Green Circle Salons Mission
We are a new company with a mission to make the North American salon industry sustainable by 2020. We are doing this in a way that is affordable and achievable and most importantly, impactful. We believe that over time – and with the help of guests and employees – small steps to transform each salon will make green conversion possible and sustainable.
Greenest in the Industry
Green Circle Salons brings together some of the best brands from across the salon and spa industry as a way to offer you and your family, responsible, greener choices when it comes to looking and feeling beautiful. If you are looking to strike a greener balance and reduce your environmental impact in the pursuit to look and feel beautiful, take a look at our salon directory to find a Certified Green Circle Salon in your neighborhood.
Green Salon Directory
Our Directory offers a simple way to connect consumers with like-minded salons in their neighborhood.
Quickly access important details that will save you time and effort. Look for the green banner and get informed about specific promotions and savings opportunities – as a new client you can receive special incentives and promotions at participating salons! Find links to salon websites and social media pages to stay up to date on the latest news!
It’s not only about looking good and feeling good-it’s also about doing good!
Green Circle Salons sets very clear standards, and is an open, relationship‐focused company.
We believe in clear expectations, ethical business dealings, transparency, accountability, and inclusiveness. Fairness, honesty and integrity is our compass. We are a movement for positive green change that has substance but also style, learning, and creativity. By working together to understand the links between our actions and their consequences on the planet, we will prove the value in sourcing locally and increasing efficiency, while redirecting, recycling, and repurposing materials once destined for landfill.
We are committed to giving back 5% of our pre-tax profits to work with local and international organizations to support programs that create positive social and environmental change.
Imagine if we all just believe and act on the things we know. If we’re honest about how our actions have consequences on people and the planet. Imagine then, the differences we can make together. Today, undoubtedly, climate change is the challenge of our time. We recognize that environmental issues are not just a series of isolated events like deforestation, the landfill crises or air pollution. We are beginning to understand that environmental problems affect our economics, our social structure, and the health and wellbeing of humanity as a whole.
When we opened, we partnered with The Certifiably Green Denver Program and the Mayor’s office to become a certified green business. We have been re-certified each year since then.
Certifiably Green Denver is a joint venture between the Denver Department of Environmental Health and the Downtown Denver Partnership to provide education and recognition to businesses for exemplary environmental achievement.
Certifiably Green Denver provides free, confidential, non-regulatory environmental assistance to Denver’s business community. The program helps your business find opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability while minimizing environmental liability through pollution prevention. Sustainability advisers are provided at no cost and begin by visiting your business to complete a comprehensive assessment identifying ways to conserve.
Sustainability advisors at the City are provided at no-cost to Denver business owners.
Step 1 – Schedule a walk through assessment of your business with one of our advisors. Call 720-865-5457
Step 2 – After the assessment is complete, your adviser will work with you to prioritize and implement practices that benefit your business. Program advisers are available to provide assistance whether you are interested in single measures or overall certification.
Compliance – Proper management practices help minimize wastes, reduce downtime, and keep you in compliance with regulations.
Cost Savings – Less waste means lower disposal and operating costs. Ef cient use of materials,
water, and energy saves money.
Public Image – Superior environmental practices positively affect your image with customers, the community and employees.
Public Recognition – CGD publicly recognizes certi ed businesses through free advertising. This includes Internet listings and advertising in the newspaper, magazines, radio, and water bill inserts. Certi ed businesses receive a framed certi cate and a window decal from CGD.
> Assessments to identify water conservation
and energy-ef ciency options
> Information and assistance to meet your business’ environmental sustainability needs
> Public recognition for your environmental efforts
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Certiably Green Denver (CGD) is a voluntary and non-regulatory program that provides free educational outreach and technical assistance on a variety of environmental issues to businesses in the City and County of Denver. The primary goals of the program are to increase participation and adoption of sustainable practices to minimize use of hazardous materials, improve energy ef ciency and water conservation, and decrease the use
of resources and generation of waste.
Our Partners are leaders in the business community who are setting the standard for environmental sustainability.
Certi cation Criteria
CGD has developed industry-speci c criteria that target environmental issues and concerns speci c to the of ce and retail environment.
The criteria are separated into ve categories: Business Management, Energy Ef ciency, Water Conservation, Resource Management, and Transportation. All core
criteria, plus two electives, must be met in each category
to achieve the certi cation. The elective criteria are intended to provide businesses the exibility to take advantage of initiatives that are of most interest and bene t to them.
In order to maintain certi cation, businesses must continue to comply with the core criteria and complete at least one new elective criterion from each category every year. CGD staff will follow-up annually with Partner businesses to ensure that they continue to meet the certi cation criteria, to encourage further improvement, and to lend assistance in overcoming technical issues and challenges.
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Why does My Hair Trip Salon in Denver have more 5-star online reviews than any other eco-friendly and/or organic salon in Colorado?
Well the #1 thing making My Hair Trip #1 is the way they treat their guests from the owners to the receptionists. While at My Hair Trip Salon in the Denver Art District guests are always greeted with a smile and offered a beverage, purified water, organic coffees and teas, or a cold beer or glass of wine. Friendly conversation mixes in the air with fresh smells of natural health and beauty products as the salon buzzes with positive energy and activity.
Clients are always commenting on how “good it feels” in the shop and the owners say that has always been one of their main focuses. “We want to have a space where, no matter who you are, what’s your style, your personality, no matter what’s going on in your life, you can come here and feel comfortable and be taken care of.” says Paul Zamora, co-owner of My Hair Trip.
My Hair Trip Salon definitely stands out from the crowd of other salons in Denver and indeed in the industry in general, starting from their strict policies on what products they carry and what services they provide there is a genuine sense of family at the shop that is palpable and is a pleasant change of pace from an industry that is typically highly competitive, self-centric, and at times, toxic. My Hair Trip has found a way to work together as a team for common goals as a unit, and it is noticeable in the mood of the shop.
My Hair Trip also uses a personal touch. Our stylists always handle their clients from start to finish. A lot of other salons will have assistants and apprentices wash and style their clients, not at My Hair Trip, our clients are the most important thing and it will always be that way at this revolutionary organic hair salon.
So bottom line is there is a lot going on at My Hair Trip Salon in Denver, Colorado, that is helping them to climb to the top of their industry and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
You can check them out at 8th and Santa Fe in the Denver Art District.
or at myhairtrip.com
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We are so proud and grateful at My Hair Trip Salon Denver to have more 5-star ratings and reviews than any other eco-friendly salon in Colorado! We pride ourselves on putting the health and wellness of our clients and staff above all else. Each company we partner with is 100% within our ethos as well.
Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. This is our motto, and it is the key to our clients’ happiness. When you look good, then you can feel good. When you feel good, then you can be good. We focus on listening to our clients. What do they want for their look? Why do they want that? What direction are they wanting to go in the future? Through our focus on the needs of the client and the utilization of the best eco-friendly and natural products today and into the future, we are able to provide a greater value than the prices we charge, and it is our promise that we always will.
Our clients come to us from Denver, Boulder, Aurora, Colorado Springs, Vail, Summit County, Morrison, Golden, Steamboat, Castle Rock, Florida, California, Texas, and its because we offer products, services, and an experience that you can only get one place, My Hair Trip Salon Denver.
No nasty, harmful chemicals here! We promise we will never use anything with ammonia, sulfates, parabens, or that has been tested on animals. We can get you the look that you want, guaranteed, but that’s not all that we do. We are an organic beauty shop that can help our clients’ fulfill and supplement all aspects of their lives, body, mind, and spirit.
We also are faithful and walk with Jesus Christ, but our doors and arms are open to all who come. Please come as you are. We are a place of peace and of purpose to enrich the lives of our clients and staff.
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We want to make sure everyone has the correct information about us and our salon. We are an organic salon, all of our products and services are eco-friendly in their ingredients, packaging, shipping, and are 100% cruelty free. Our color lines are 100% ammonia free and we have a 100% gluten-free color line as well. We also use a color line that is 100% free of PPD’s which works miracle for clients with skin and scalp allergies.
One of our products that we carry and are asked about a lot is our hair and body serum made right here in Denver by Phia; at Phia they harness energies created by sun, soil, and water, found in fields, forests, and oceans from the far corners of the world. 100% vegan, never tested on animals, contains no artificial preservatives, sodium chloride, MEA, DEA or dyes. 100% Sulfate, paraben and gluten free. ingredients: Argan oil, Silk Amino Acids, Vitamin E, Flower and Herb Essences. The flower and herb essences are what give the product its fragrance. For anyone with more questions about organic beauty, hit us up anytime or shoot us a line at email@example.com, or Facebook message us. Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good.
We also carry Davines as our luxury product line from Italy. We love Davines as a company so much, they are totally in line with our philosophy regarding sustainable beauty. Here is a little word from Davines about where they are coming from.
Our ideal of beauty works through practical and “sustainable” efforts. For us, sustainability deals with the responsibility we owe to ourselves, the people with which we work, our customers, and the world in which we live and operate. Our vision of “sustainability” has a range of connected meanings:
– “sustainability” in regard to our commitment to minimizing the impact on the environment, not compromising the quality or quantity of natural resources today or tomorrow;
– “sustainability” in regard to the effectiveness of our products and the safety of our customers, thanks to the privileged use of natural ingredients, enhanced with cutting-edge cosmetic technologies and an artisanal spirit;
– “sustainability” in regard to “freedom of creation”. Our decisions are led more by “intuition” than “calculation”. Our pioneering spirit guides us to explore ideas beyond trends. At Davines, every idea is born free and then developed with authenticity, in harmony with our values.
– “sustainability” in regard to “ethics”, which in ancient Greek means “house, shelter, lair”. Honored of being a family company, we make our professional environment a homely place where to develop oneself and create sincere and trustful relationships with others, based on transparency and collaboration.
In summarizing, “beautiful and good” – as the ancients referred to the inseparable unity between exterior and interior beauty – is another way to say “Sustainable Beauty” and “Sustainable Beauty” is another way to say Davines.”
Our main color line is Organic Color Systems and they are truly amazing as well, here is a little bit about OCS
– Mission Statement –
“We will change salons for the better by eradicating harmful chemicals, toxins, and carcinogens in the salon environment without sacrificing the health, beauty, and well-being of clients, stylist, or salon professionals.”
Organic Salon Systems provides professional hairdressers with high performance hair products which maximize the use of gentle, nourishing and natural ingredients while minimizing the necessity for harsh or damaging chemical additives. With these healthier products and better information, we hope to bring about superior results, increased competence and a safer salon environment for all concerned. To accomplish our mission, we have adopted the following company ethos:
• Nurture the beauty, dignity, respect, health, and well-being of all;
• Pursue uncompromised integrity;
• Deliver excellence in all that we do;
• Only distribute the highest performance, healthiest, most natural, and gentlest products available;
• Continually recognize that the best way to grow our business is by helping our clients grow theirs;
• Fully disclose all product ingredients and act with transparency, honesty, and integrity;
• Never divert our product lines or allow them to be sold to non-professionals;
• Maintain an ethical environmental policy;
• Do not tolerate any products ever tested on animals;
• Train, educate, and provide information which will enable the industry and our clients to become healthier while improving their service quality;
• Provide world-class service to our clients and always strive to become the best at what we do in every regard.
WE LOVE PHIA!!! made right here in Denver Colorado.
“A little something from Phia: At Phia, we believe that the complex molecular structures of nature’s purest ingredients contain beneficial attributes and energies that synthetics will never possess. In our laboratories, we strive to create powerful products by combining the best nature has to offer in perfect mathematical formulations while engineering the physics of nature to create unique bio-energetic bouquets.
For the past six years, Phia’s founder has researched the energy of essential oils. Based on this work, it was discovered that this energy is visible, vibrant and long-lasting. In contrast, synthetic ingredients commonly used in commercial products were found to be faint or lifeless. Natural energies impact the way we feel, the way we think and how we live.
At Phia, we harness energies created by sun, soil and water, found in fields, forests and oceans from the far corners of the world. Products are created with your well-being in mind, deliberately void of synthetic substances that deflate or destroy the vibrant energy of natural essences.”
If you have any questions about organic beauty or sustainability or My Hair Trip feel free to give us a shout at the shop or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook.Leave a reply
Certifiably Green Salon
My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only “Green” salon, barbershop, art gallery and jewelry and apparel boutique.
We have wanted to work in phases from our first day of building, throughout the buildout process, into opening, into our everyday practices as a business and a team, towards the goal of being a certified, green business.
When My Hair Trip Salon Denver teamed up with the City of Denver and the Department of Environmental Health this year, the vision of how to actually become a sustainable, green business started to become a reality.
Working with a Sustainability Advisor in the Certifiably Green Denver program, we were able to analyze, and update, sustainable practices in energy, waste, water, and transportation.
We did it! Today our dream of being a certified green business is a reality! We are officially recognized as certified green salon, and we are proud to be.
My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only organic hair salon, barbershop, art gallery, and jewelry and apparel boutique. Located in the heart of the Denver Art District on Santa Fe, This Denver salon is at 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, 80204. The salon’s focus in on customer service and customer satisfaction, specializing in chemical free products and services.Leave a reply
“Many company owners use environmentally friendly cars, recycle materials and buy biodegradable office supplies because they care about what happens to the environment. It also makes good business sense, making their companies more competitive and lifting employees’ morale.
W&M Properties, a New York-based real estate company that also has a construction affiliate, has switched its fleet of more than 25 pickup trucks to hybrid Ford Escape cars. President Tony Malkin said of the hybrids, “they pay for themselves in the fuel savings.” He noted that most of the company’s driving is done on local streets, and called the pickups’ mileage “appalling.”
W&M has also implemented recycling programs in the buildings it manages, including ones that handle discarded computers — “it’s what you’re supposed to do, but people don’t do it,” Malkin said.
The company also is recycling about half the materials it’s removing from a project being done for Pitney Bowes. “You’re using less landfill space, and it’s product that can be used again in the future,” Malkin said.
Malkin said his company is using more green practices because “the current way of doing business is destructible.” But, he said, “people want to do business in an environmentally sustainable fashion and we are at a competitive advantage by moving the needle toward green.”
There are many ways that companies can go green. Some of them are simple, and basic, such as conserving energy with appliances and equipment that aren’t power guzzlers. Recycling is a very common way to go green. So is buying paper and other supplies that are made with recycled material.
There are plenty of resources detailing how to go green on the Internet, in bookstores and in libraries. Environmental groups have information as well.
Mark Mandel, co-owner of Mark Drugs, a Roselle, Ill., pharmacy, said his business recycles even though the local government doesn’t have a recycling program.
“It’s an extra effort, but we feel it’s important to be conscientious about the environment,” he said.
Mandel said paper from computer printouts is sorted, with blanks pulled out, saved and reused. His company hasn’t needed to buy prescription pads since it started recycling.
He also finds it’s good for morale. “The staff realizes you are concerned,” he said, and noted that the good feeling generated by his attitude filters down to their interactions with customers.
“Everyone takes a team attitude,” he said.
The company plans to construct its own building in the future, and Mandel said it will be a green building.
Of course, for some companies, their reason for being is green, for example, organic food stores or manufacturers of clothing made from natural fibers only.
Floorworks, a Toronto-based hardwood flooring manufacturer, sells green products — it says its wood comes from forests that have been approved by the Forest Stewardship Council, a group that aims at managing forests in an environmentally friendly way. Co-founder Brian Greenberg said the company also donates a percentage of its profits toward the replanting of rainforests.
Greenberg said the company wanted to help fight the deleterious effects of climate change. “One of the problems we can address through the sale of our products is to be involved with reforestation.”
That kind of activism appeals to many consumers, who are often drawn to the idea that the money they spend can be doing good for the world. But they’re also looking for products and services that are good for them — Greenberg said his company has thrived by selling flooring that isn’t covered with polyurethane, but that’s protected by oil. That stops plastic particles from going into the air, he said.
The Greenhouse Grille, a Fayetteville, Ark., restaurant, sells organic food and uses as many environmentally friendly products and services as it can find. Clayton Suttle, a co-owner, said he and his partners have eaten organic food for years because of its health benefits, and “when we were looking into opening a restaurant, it just kind of carried over.”
“We’re trying to go as much so-called green as we can,” he said.
The partners weren’t sure from the get-go that their concept would work. But organic food has become very popular in their area, and the fact that local organic farmers were selling their meat and produce to the restaurant has helped.”
From: Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press
Published April 19, 2007 12:00 AM