Outstanding Elected Official: Senator Kevin Priola

Senator Kevin Priola is a champion for recycling and waste diversion. He lives near a landfill in Adams County and is greatly impacted by the large amounts of valuable material he sees landfilled on a daily basis. He has been a passionate recycler all of his life.

In 2016, then Representative Priola sponsored SB16-124, “Concerning Sales and Use Tax Treatment of Equipment Used for Processing Recovered Materials” that was passed and made into law that year. The law now extends the state sales and use tax exemption for the purchase of machinery or machine tools to businesses that process recovered materials.

In 2019, he teamed up with Senator Faith Winter on Recycle Colorado’s Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise Grant Program bill (SB19-192). Senator Priola was an avid leader working hard to generate support for this important bill. He explained to his colleagues the need for funding to improve both the collection of recyclable materials and the development of end markets to use those materials. SB19-192 will help build our recycling economy in Colorado by providing both technical and financial assistance to local communities in the Front Range. These new efforts will attract new businesses to Colorado with more dependable sources of recyclable materials.

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