At an event held to catalyze $100 million in impact investments into Colorado, Blue Star Recyclers was unanimously selected by expert investors as the Social Venture of the Year (press release).
A program developed by the U. S. State Department brought civic leaders from Algeria, Bahrain, Botswana, Bulgaria, Jordan, Nepal, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Vietnam to the U.S. in March to share strategies for social responsibilities and volunteerism. Read more.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified Blue Star Recyclers they were selected to receive a Recycling Resource Economic Opportunity (RREO) grant of $125,000. RREO grants promote economic development through the productive management of recyclable materials. Andy O’Riley, Director of EHS and VERN, stated the grant would build capacity of VERN, Blue Star’s hub and spoke recycling network. “The funding will help purchase equipment and services to improve capacity, efficiency, and safety, allowing us to do what we do better and safer”, he said. See more about RREO grants.