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  • 06 Sep 2018 9:03 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    SERDC is pleased to offer this unique webinar with three experts who will provide information on successful programs for ensuring high quality curbside recyclables collection. They will share their tricks for improving material quality, and offer insight into what works – and doesn’t work, in residential single stream curbside recycling programs.

    This forward-looking webinar will include tips from experts, and tactics for successful recycling in 2018. Join us Thursday September 27 at 1 pm ET for a one-hour deep dive into successful recycling in our high-stakes, no-contamination world of recycling and come away with tools for success in your community.  The webinar will be moderated by Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director of Waste Management.

    Michelle Metzler is Waste Management’s Public Outreach Manager in the Pacific Northwest. For over a decade, Michelle has been working directly with customers, providing information to ensure customer know how to recycle right. Michelle currently leads a team of professionals and interns who have been able to keep inbound contamination in programs in the Pacific Northwest under 10%. Learn how these Best Practices work, and ask questions of Michelle about their successful programs; 

    Bob Cappadona is Vice President at Casella Recycling, and has been in the trenches for over twenty-five years, working with communities in the Northeastern U.S. Bob has been actively engaged with cities in the greater New England area implementing programs to improve the material quality collected for recycling. We’ll get insight from Bob about some of the successes in driving contamination reduction out of municipal programs – and what it takes to make these improvements. 

    Chris Coady is Technical Assistance Specialist at The Recycling Partnership, working directly with communities across the country to implement and improve the quality of residential recycling programs. With over a decade of experience serving communities and MRF operations, Chris is focused on the technical aspects of ensuring successful programs. Chris will offer specific examples of success – and tactics for implementing them in your community.

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  • 24 Aug 2018 9:50 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    At this week's WasteCon “Fighting Contamination" workshop, representatives from The Recycling Partnership, Waste Management, Keep America Beautiful and the Southeast Recycling Development Council had attendees brainstorm ways to reduce contamination in their local areas.

    One theme that stuck out was public education and the challenge of getting people to change their behavior. The Recycling Partnership advocated for a simplified marketing approach that used a more “direct ask” (e.g., a poster with bold letters saying “Don’t bag your recycling”) to initiate one change at a time instead of listing off multiple steps for people to take. Keep America Beautiful emphasized the need for consistency in education.

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  • 24 Jul 2018 9:47 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    We accidentally left out two additional events going on in the Southeast in our July Monthly Newsletter:

    Newsletters are sent out monthly that highlight upcoming events, SERDC related announcements, member news and regional releases about recycling in the Southeast.  Check out July's Newsletter and sign up below if you'd to get on the mailing list.

  • 18 Jul 2018 10:52 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Quality of material has never been more important.  On Monday August 20, 2018, from 1-5 pm CT, The Recycling Partnership, in partnership with Keep America Beautiful, and the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) will facilitate an energetic and creative workshop that will engage the audience and present proven best management practices and operational protocols that have been proven to decrease contamination and increase the capture of recyclables.  Participants will learn tactics and practical strategies for operations and outreach to take on the challenge of contamination.

    The workshop is free to attend and through the support of Waste Management, travel scholarships are being offered.  Applications are due by Monday, July 23 at 12 pm CT.

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  • 11 Jul 2018 2:26 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    In May, a group of organizations representing various segments of the recycling industry met to discuss ways to better collaborate to advance the industry as a whole. The initial meeting, which took place in Washington, DC, at the headquarters of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, was an open discussion aimed at identifying ways throughout the recycling stream to improve quality, increase demand for material, and promote products made with recycled content.

    As part of the initial phase, the organizations have released the following statement of cooperation:

    As representatives of the complete recycling chain, we understand that improving the quality of the recycling stream and increasing the demand for recyclables in the manufacture of new products will deliver economic and environmental benefits nationwide. We commit to actively engaging with one another to enhance the nation’s recycling systems, while simultaneously continuing our own organizations’ work to influence change.”

    The groups have scheduled a meeting in August to determine specific courses of action and efforts to work on collectively. 

    Organizations participating in the effort include:

    • American Forest & Paper Association
    • Ameripen
    • Association of Plastic Recyclers
    • Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
    • Keep America Beautiful
    • Northeast Recycling Council
    • National Recycling Coalition
    • National Waste & Recycling Association
    • Plastics Industry Association
    • The Recycling Partnership
    • Southeast Recycling Development Council
    • Sustainable Packaging Coalition
    • Solid Waste Association of North America.
  • 09 Jul 2018 8:49 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)
    This symposium is being held in cooperation with the Georgia Recycling Coalition (an NRC affiliate). Marjorie Griek, NRC Executive Director, Sarah DeSouza, NRC Executive Assistant and the members of the NRC Market Council are working on developing the agenda and confirming speakers for the July 31st symposium. This second symposium will take a different approach then the April 4th Regional Market Development Symposium in Portland, OR.

    The markets in the Southeast for most materials are relatively strong (albeit at lower prices). The NRC Markets Council would like to focus this workshop on generating quality supply of materials which will further satisfy the needs of the end markets in this part of the country.

    The Symposium will take place on July 31, 2018 at the Crown Plaza Atlanta SW in Peachtree City, GA.  More information to follow on the NRC website

  • 21 Jun 2018 11:50 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Join industry leaders Rick Anthony, Kate Bailey and Kate Davenport to discover how recyclers that embrace Zero Waste are addressing the current challeng es in the recycling industry. They continue to achieve high quality and work to get higher than average market prices. Their high quality also continues to help them sell all materials collected in curbside recycling programs today. They will discuss how businesses and communities that have adopted Zero Waste goals and policies are better able to market their materials, while improving and decreasing operational costs.

    There is a $25 fee for attending. Learn more

  • 21 Jun 2018 10:08 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) needs your input to understand markets issues in the Atlanta / Southeast area.  

    NRC is planning the next in its series of Market Development Workshops in Atlanta in July.  As part of our preparation for this in-depth workshop, they need to gather information on local conditions, opportunities, gaps, etc.  

    Please help by filling out the workshop "pre-survey" below.  Thank you in advance. 

  • 18 Jun 2018 8:45 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    All year, the men and women of the waste management industry are hard at work collecting, processing, filtering, and recycling over 250 million tons of garbage. They do this to keep our environment clean and our communities safe. The week of June 17th is our time to come together and collectively show our appreciation.

    Take a minute this week to thank your garbage and recycling man for the important, yet unappreciated jobs they do.

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  • 13 Jun 2018 4:11 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    EPA is announcing a new resource in the fight against food loss and waste: the Excess Food Opportunities Map. This national, interactive map can help you save money, feed people, and keep food out of landfills. The map identifies more than 500,000 potential generators of excess food (e.g. correctional facilities, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, hospitality industry, food manufacturers and processors, and food wholesalers and distributors) and estimated generation quantities, as well as over 4,000 potential recipients of excess food (e.g. anaerobic digestion and composting facilities, food banks).

    The map can help users identify:

    • potential sources of food for rescue;
    • potential feedstocks for compost and anaerobic digestion;
    • potential infrastructure gaps for managing excess food; and
    • alternatives to sending food to landfill.

    The map is intended to give users the tools to understand the potential magnitude of excess food in their communities, and help make connections between generators and recipients such that more food is diverted from landfills and put toward more beneficial uses. Find out more here:

    This demonstration and discussion of methodology will be accompanied by a presentation about how this data can be used at the community level.  The webinar is Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT.

    Melissa Pennington, Sustainability Coordinator, EPA Region 3
    Melissa Pennington spent the first 22 years of her EPA career as a project manager in the Superfund Division specializing in cleanup implementation and enforcement. This time was divided between Region 3 (Philadelphia) and Region 9 (San Francisco). In July 2011, she switched gears and dove into voluntary programs as a Sustainability Coordinator in the Office of Materials Management. Her overall focus is to build capacity for organics recycling in Region 3 and at the national level through collaboration with strategic partners. Most notably, Melissa assembled and leads the Core Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Technical Team. This team includes individuals from many different EPA offices and Regions with technical expertise in AD systems. The nature of this team demonstrates EPA's desire to break down silos and to develop consistent AD policy. Team projects include: a white paper on the basics of AD, an ongoing data collection project, and development of EPA's AD website (

    Claudia Fabiano, Sustainable Management of Food Team, EPA Headquarters
    Claudia Fabiano joined the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery in 2016. In her role on the Sustainable Management of Food team, she leads EPA's food waste measurement methodology revisions and co-leads development of EPA's Excess Food Opportunities Map. She also works with Canada and Mexico on the Steering Committee for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation project, Measuring and Mitigating Food Loss and Waste, and leads EPA's Food: Too Good to Waste peer network. Prior to this, Claudia was a team leader in EPA's Office of Water working on water quality policy and regulations. Outside of her work at EPA, she is an active member of Washington DC's Food Recovery Working Group.

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