Recent News and Announcements

  • 13 Apr 2018 1:16 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)
    Posted April 13, 2018 on

    The Recycling Partnership has helped generate $29 million in total infrastructure investment since 2014, according to the national nonprofit's latest annual report. This is made possible by corporate backers that spur matching government grants for local projects. The goal is to reach $33 million by the end of 2018.

    During 2017, the nonprofit helped place 182,000 curbside recycling carts across the country, bringing its collective total up to 407,000. Through 2017, The Recycling Partnership had reached 29 million households and worked with 583 communities. According to a recent press release, the figures are already higher based on recent activity.

    The goal is to move those tallies up to 500,000 carts, 40 million households and 750 communities this year. New backing from ExxonMobil (with a $1.5 million commitment), plus Amazon, Starbucks, Sappi North America and International Paper can be expected to help fuel these efforts.

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  • 12 Apr 2018 1:31 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    AMERIPEN – EREF WEBINAR: Analysis and Benchmarking of State Recycling and Diversion Goals

    May 2, 2018 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

    The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) recently completed analysis of waste management sustainability policies set by state/local agencies, such as recycling and diversion goals. The research explored the intent, structure, and language used in the policies in an effort to better understand the way recycling and diversion are defined from a policy perspective. Significant differences in these policy-based definitions between states prevents direct comparison, so a definition framework was developed to facilitate comparison and highlights ways in which policy goals can be based on measurable metrics. 

    Results on the number and types of policies, and implications on recycling rates, benchmarking, and goal achievability will be shared in the webinar.

    The cost of the webinar is $20.  Government officials, EREF and Ameripen Members can attend for free.  Please contact Kyla Fisher for more information on attending.

    Debra L. Kantner, M.Eng.

    Data & Policy Program Manager
    Environmental Research & Education Foundation

    Debra Kantner is the Data & Policy Program Manager for the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), where she performs state of practice research related to waste generation, disposal and recycling rates; and solid waste policy and technology. In this role, she works to disseminate findings from EREF’s data and policy analysis projects to advance sustainable waste management.

    She holds B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in environmental engineering from N.C. State University and has completed graduate coursework in Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering. Her research interests include recycling and diversion policies, organics management, and life-cycle assessment.

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  • 07 Mar 2018 3:14 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Expanding the Discussion

    To manage effectively our resources, efforts, and outcomes; solid waste managers and industry leaders need to speak the same language about the same materials.  The Measurement Matters Summit convened in Downtown Chattanooga in the Marriott Event Center.  It brought the top leaders and professionals in solid waste management, trade organizations, and industry to break new ground in understanding and defining measurement in materials management.

    Visit the Measurement Matters website to view the daily recap videos, speaker presentations, sponsors and more.

  • 26 Jan 2018 11:05 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    While the hotel block is now full, we still hope you can make this terrific event!  Registration rates will increase 

    You can still use the hotel block link to search for any available rooms at the host hotel--Chattanooga Marriott.

    Educational tours on Monday, February 26 are $30 and limited seats are available.  Tours depart from the Marriott lobby at the times indicated and return to the hotel after the tour.

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  • 19 Jan 2018 9:07 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    The EPA is hosting a Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Quality Matters - Free Resources to Support Plastic Recycling Programs on January 25, from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST.

    As recycling programs grow and change, one key tenet stays the same: Quality Matters! With new parameters being set through market demand and new policies to reduce imported material contamination, this mantra is more important than ever. This webinar focuses on new and updated materials and tools that support overall plastic recycling and examples of implementation at the municipal level.

    More Recycling is a research and consulting company with nearly 20 years of experience in the recycling of postconsumer materials, specifically plastics. The company serves as a liaison between industry, public agencies, and nongovernmental organizations and oversees the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP) and Plastic Recycling Terms and Tools resources for the American Chemistry Council.  

    Washington, D.C. Department of Public Works has created new outreach materials that both expands the materials collected in the city, while providing clear, concise descriptions of the plastic packages and containers that can be recycled in the program.  

    East Hartford, CT is a WRAP Partner city, which worked with a local retailer launch a campaign to provide improved signage and education for customers about film packaging that can be included in the bin along with grocery bags. 

    Learn more about the Webinar

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  • 11 Jan 2018 10:40 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Now accepting nominations for the Mississippi Recycling Coalition’s Environmental Hero “Recycler of the Year” Awards.  

    These annual awards recognize the outstanding recycling efforts and programs of local governments, state and federal agencies, businesses/corporations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and new programs (less than 2 years old) in one or more of these categories.  

    This awards program is one of the MRC’s many activities conducted to help educate our residents on the benefits of recycling and promote the growth of the recycling industry in Mississippi.  

    Please help us in our efforts to highlight our environmental heroes in the state by nominating a deserving organization.  The deadline to submit nominations is January 29, 2018, and you are welcome to nominate your own organization.  Award winners will be announced and presented with a plaque at our annual Recycling Awareness Day event at the State Capitol on Wednesday, February 7 (More information to come on this event).  

    For more details and to download the nomination form 

  • 11 Jan 2018 9:36 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    These classes are not limited to Tennessee solid waste and recycling professionals. 

    January 16-19, 2018 – The Tennessee Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of American (TN-SWANA) will be working along with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and other TTA Partners to offer the following training:  Managing Recycling Systems – See Description Below

    Class Location: Lane Agri-Park in Murfreesboro, TN, southeast of Nashville.

    TN SWANA Members or participants who become members can take this SWANA Course and Exam at half price due to the TTA Partnership.

    If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Mary Anderson at to register. Class space may be limited.

    Course Description:  Managing Recycling Systems

    This course focuses on recycling materials found in municipal solid waste (MSW) generated from residential, commercial and institutional sources, not including hazardous wastes, household hazardous wastes or special wastes. The course provides information on successfully planning, developing, marketing, and managing recycling programs. Managing Recycling Systems also addresses collection, processing, application of end-use standards and protection of human health and the environment.

     Who Should Attend

    Facility owners, operators, manufacturers, managers, supervisors and employees, involved in the daily operation of a recycling facility or program.

  • 09 Jan 2018 11:10 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Reported on today

    When Infinitus Renewable Energy Park (IREP) opened in 2014, it was seen as a promising sign that mixed waste processing could be making a comeback, but challenging commodity markets and other factors led the facility to close in Oct. 2015. This effectively canceled recycling in Montgomery and affected programs as far as Florida. IREP also left behind more than 18,000 tons of organic material, which caught fire multiple times and posed stormwater hazards, that the city paid to have removed.

    Mayor Todd Strange recently said he hopes to resume recycling service soon and is in talks with at least three companies that could take over operations at IREP. Two were described as "international," and another is said to be from the West Coast. At least one company has expressed possible interest in resuming mixed waste processing while others would operate a more traditional material recovery facility.

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  • 14 Dec 2017 3:40 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Globally, we throw out about 1.3 billion tons of food a year, or a third of all the food that we grow.

    This statistic and more were published by The New York Times this week in an article on Food Waste.  It has a lot of impressive stats, including "The United States as a whole wastes more than $160 billion in food a year."

    Give it a read.

  • 13 Dec 2017 12:39 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Do you want to help design a new data management, program assessment, and public outreach service that will be available free-of-charge to municipal solid waste and recycling program managers in 2018?

    One of our Sponsors, Re-TRAC has created a survey to discover which features will bring the most value to municipal waste & recycling programs. We encourage all municipalities to complete the Municipal Measurement Program Feedback Survey through December 15.  While the promotion of a free registration to RRC 2018 has expired, the survey is still open for two more days and seeks your data. The survey is extensive and the feedback you provide is being used to provide a real advancement in how data is tracked, itemized and reported.

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