The Southeast Recycling Development Council works to unite industry, government and non-government organizations to promote sustainable recycling in the Southeast.

Eleven states united to increase sustainable recovery of recyclable materials.
How do we do that? Direct action to boost recovery. Workshops to educate recycling officials. Outreach to communicate with elected officials. Research and reporting to gauge the current recycling market.
                   SERDC Summit 2014 Registration now open!


SERDC Tennessee Recycling Day

  On March 26, 2014 SERDC with support from the Tennessee Recycling Coalition produced the fourth annual Tennessee Recycling Day in the Legislature.  This year marked the shift from a breakfast event to a lunch gathering in the cafeteria.  Of the 18 participants several companies and organizations were represented, including RockTenn, Tennessee Tire, Liberty Tire, Nissan, Pratt, Alcoa, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Tennessee Recycling Coalition.  This year participants were encouraged to schedule appointments with their delegates and several did so.  For those without appointments, we broke up into teams and assisted them with cold calls to their delegates' offices.  Many were able to meet with their Representatives and Senators, who were supportive in hearing about recycling business in their districts.  Over sixty Representatives and Senators then joined us for lunch.  This year's change in format led to better interaction between industry representatives and their elected officials.   The event continues to get better each year. 

Alabama Passes Bill Supported by SERDC and APR. 

Earlier this month the Alabama legislature passed a bill requiring plastic containers that claim degradability to also be labeled "Do Not Recycle."  Now consumers can make informed choices about how to handle their containers upon discard.  Alabama is a national leader in plastic recycling.  The largest HDPE plastic bottle recycler in the world calls Alabama home.    Bill sponsor, Representative Alan Boothe (Troy) said, "This bill is not only about protecting the consumer , it's about protecting and creating jobs."  For more info click here: Alabama Passes Bill 

SERDC Board Member, Scott Mouw, in Resource Recycling.  
Scott Mouw along with colleagues Rob Taylor and Joe Fitzpatrick published an article discussing the success in program participation and quality recovery of recyclables in North Carolina, highlighting that 80% of NC communities have transitioned from open bins to rollcarts. Check out the article online HERE.

SERDC is excited to be featured in Recycling Today.
Program Manager, Elizabeth Jackson, contributed an article explaining the various types of degradable plastics, the effects on the recycling industry, and the actions being taken. Check out the article online HERE or the printable version HERE.

2014 State Recycling Days. 

In 2013, SERDC had a huge success partnering with State Recycling Organizations on Recycling Days at State Legislatures. Please click below to register for Tennessee and check back for the June 4 registration in North Carolina's.M

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SERDC Monthly Newsletter. Are you current on recycling developments in the Southeast? SERDC's monthly e-newsletter highlights regional events & recycling progress. Email SERDC to join or submit information you would like to see in our newsletter.

SERDC Membership.
Are you interested in becoming a SERDC Member? Check out our 2013 Membership Benefits or the Join SERDC link to become a member today. Please email our Program Manager with any questions.

Welcome New SERDC Sponsor Level Members!
We would like to welcome Pratt Recycling as our Gold Sponsor as well as Ball Corporation and Waste Management as Bronze Sponsors.


            Whats Happening Now


       September 15, 2014

           Hilton Riverside, 
        New Orleans

Don't wait to hear about recyclings next big idea from someone else.  Attend the 2014 Recycling Innovators Forum and discover how these opportunities will affect your organization and the industry as a whole.
The deadline for submitting a short proposal to the second annual Recycling Innovators Forum is rapidly approaching, but there's still time to enter your game-changing idea to the competition.   Don't miss out on this years exciting Recycling Innovators Forum submit your proposal by  April 30th for a chance to win one of the two $20,000 prizes. 
Check out our Recent Activity to find out more about how SERDC works to increase recycling in the Southeast.



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