Headlines November 17, 2020

Headlines November 17, 2020

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Colorado Waits for Possible COVID-19 Restriction Increase and Relief Announcements

Colorado is expected to move to a higher level of restrictions this week aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Case numbers and hospitalizations continue to rise in many parts of the state, including the metro area. The Denver Post reports that officials from the state and several counties have been in talks to determine the new regulations. They are not expected to be as strict as the stay-at-home order issued last April. Governor Jared Polis is expected to announce the new rules later today.

The total number of state residents hospitalized with the virus is close to 1,300 as of Monday. That’s higher than the previous one-day hospitalization record set in April.  In Boulder County, case numbers continue to rise but state data shows that new admissions to county hospitals for COVID are stable or declining.

And the state legislature is expected to convene in a special session on COVID-19. The governor and the Democratic legislative leadership released a joint statement saying they are discussing additional relief for families and businesses. They say the failure to approve additional COVID relief at the federal level heightens the need for more state action. No date yet for the special session.

Boulder Continues to Lead the Way in Colorado Recycling Rates

According to a new report by Eco-Cycle and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group Boulder’s recycling rate increased from 39% in 2015 to 50% in 2019 with commercial recycling making the biggest gains.

The Daily Camera reports Boulder’s Mayor Sam Weaver noted that the city’s universal zero waste requirement, established in 2015, is the reason for the large increase in recycling rates.

The report also noted 10 Front Range communities with the highest rates of recycling, with five of them located in Boulder County.

In 2019 Louisville recycled 44% of its waste, Lafayette and Longmont recycled 36% and Superior recycled 24%. Boulder County has the highest county-level recycling rate in the state at 37%.

Boulder County’s annual Zero Waste Action Plan ranks communities on how much progress they made toward reaching zero-waste goals.

Boulder made the most progress at 70%; Nederland and Superior were in the middle at 31%; and Erie was at the bottom with 13% progress.

Statewide, Coloradans recycled less and produced 5% more trash in 2019. The state’s recycling is not seeing substantial progress — only enough to keep up with population growth.