Colorado Recycling: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste management law and rules: Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) 25-15-101 to 25-15-327, CRS 25-15-501 to 25-15-515, and regulations at 6 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1007-3

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Solid waste laws and rules: CRS 30-20-101 to 30-20-119 and regulations at 6 CCR 1007-2 and 6 CCR 1007-4

Hazardous waste recycling:

Lead-acid batteries: 6 CCR 1007-3, Part 267.80

Electronics: 6 CCR 1007-3 Section 273

Solid waste recycling: 6 CCR 1007-2 Sections 8.1 to 8.6

Certificate of Designation: 6 CCR 1007-2 Section 8.1.2 to 8.1.4

Closure: 6 CCR 1007-2 Section 8.3.6

Composting facilities: 6 CCR 1007-2 Section 1.2 and 6 CCR 1007-2 Section 14

Plastics recycling: CRS 25-17-101 to 25-17-105

Waste tire recycling: 6 CCR 1007-2 Section 10

Waste tire grants: 2 CCR 601-17

Regulatory Agency

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office of Environment Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Colorado's regulations for hazardous waste recycling follow the federal regulations, with additional requirements for lead-acid batteries and mercury-containing products. To review federal hazardous waste recycling rules, see the national section RECYCLING.

Colorado has specific solid waste recycling requirements for plastics and waste tires.

Colorado regulates electronic wastes under the state universal waste rules. See the state section UNIVERSAL WASTES for more information.

Administration and enforcement. CDPHE enforces the state's hazardous and nonhazardous waste recycling rules.

State Requirements


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