Recent News

  • 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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  • 06 Jun 2018 12:37 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    With the introduction of more complex packaging materials comes increased pressure to add such materials to the blue bin. Often times there are questions surrounding its recyclability which causes friction between MRFs and the host municipality that is eager to include it.

    In this webinar you'll learn about ISRI's Inbound Scrap Specifications, how to craft careful language for your contract, and the right mix of elements that should be included in the agreement. Join this webinar and hear how you can start utilizing these tools and ideas with other stakeholders to develop a successful recycling program.

    Will Sagar, SERDC's Executive Director will be one of the speakers.

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  • 06 Jun 2018 12:34 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    You’ve invested time, money, and energy into providing the tools, education, and training that you hope will enable households, businesses, and institutions to successfully source separate organics. But what now… is participation low or waning? Are there too many contaminants in the organics bin? Too many organics in the trash bin?

    To gain insights on how to tackle these and other organics recycling challenges, join the Composting Collaborative for a dynamic webinar with Jennifer Tabanico and Kaitlin Phelps of Action Research, a firm with more than 15 years of experience changing human behavior through the application of traditional marketing activities blended with cutting-edge research findings from social and behavioral sciences.

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  • 22 May 2018 10:13 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Recycling Day at the NC Capitol is about educating our lawmakers on how great recycling is for North Carolina. Be a part of something special! Join us on the Halifax Mall in Raleigh right outside of the NC Capital Building and advocate for our industry. Many legislators simply aren’t aware of the positive economic, environmental, and social impacts of recycling in North Carolina. Not to mention, we make old stuff into new stuff instead of tossing it in the trash! 

    Recycling Day is a chance for you to have face-to-face interactions with the men and women who represent you. For our 2018 Recycling Day, we’re going to entice them with free treats on the Mall. And then WHAM! You, our participants will give them something to think about, including informative signage, information about recycling’s impact in the communities they represent, the benefits for NC, and the economic impacts of recycling.

    Event partners, the Carolina Recycling Association (CRA) and the Southeast Recycling Development Council, we will host two webinars before Recycling Day to help you have maximize your impact during the event . These will take place on Thursday, June 14 at 10 am or Friday, June 22nd at 1:00 pm. 

    Event info including webinar registration links, parking, and other important logistics will be emailed to registrants ahead of the event.

    Go to CRA webpage

    Register to attend Recycling Day at the NC Capitol

  • 17 May 2018 10:25 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)
    Pre-proposal topics must relate to sustainable solid waste management practices and pertain to the following topic areas:

    • Waste minimization
    • Recycling
    • Waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals or other useful products. This includes, but is not limited to, the following technologies:
    • Waste-to-energy
    • Anaerobic digestion
    • Composting
    • Other thermal or biological conversion technologies
    • Strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g. organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.)
    • Landfilling

    Additional details regarding pre-proposal formatting and submission requirements can be located at "How to Apply for a Grant."

  • 16 May 2018 2:28 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Please register for SMP 2016 and Measurement Matters Summit Results Webinar on Jun 28, 2018 2:00 PM EDT (1:00 PM CDT) at:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

  • 10 May 2018 5:05 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    SERDC Bronze sponsor, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Plastics Division announced three ambitious goals that crystallize U.S. plastics resin producers' commitment to recycle or recover all plastic packaging used in the United States by 2040 and to further enhance plastic pellet stewardship by 2022.

    Specifically, members of ACC's Plastics Division have set the following goals for capturing, recycling, and recovering plastics:

    • 100% of plastics packaging is re-used, recycled or recovered by 2040.
    • 100% of plastics packaging is recyclable or recoverable by 2030.
    • 100% of the U.S. manufacturing sites operated by ACC's Plastics Division members will participate in Operation Clean Sweep-Blue by 2020, with all of their manufacturing sites across North America involved by 2022.

    "We are embracing the drive toward a circular economy for plastics because it helps demonstrate our overarching commitment to sustainable materials management," said Steve Russell, ACC's vice president of plastics. "In setting these goals our industry is publicly affirming our vision of the future we want for safe, sanitary plastic packaging and our intention to get there quickly."

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  • 03 May 2018 4:21 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Posted on May 1, 2018 on Resource-Recycling by Colin Staub

    WestRock has taken over the former QRS Recycling plant in Louisville, Ky. It’s a 60,000-square-foot residential single-stream MRF, which WestRock says will handle approximately 9,000 tons per month of material.

    WestRock, a corrugated and consumer packaging producer, will sort and send fiber to a variety of downstream outlets. “This will be our largest recovery facility at WestRock,” said DJ VanDeusen, senior vice president of recycling at WestRock, in an interview with Resource Recycling.

    The MRF processes 6,000 tons per month of commingled material and roughly 3,500 tons of clean loose fiber. WestRock receives 100 percent yield on the loose fiber, and about 70 percent fiber recovery on the commingled material, meaning the facility will produce about 90,000 tons of recovered fiber per year, VanDeusen said.

    WestRock uses solely fiber in its manufacturing, so all of the plastics and metals collected at the Louisville MRF will be sold to outside buyers.

    WestRock is a Silver Sponsor Member of SERDC.

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  • 02 May 2018 10:12 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    The Recycling Partnership Announces Third Annual Steve Thompson Memorial Grants

    Applications Due Monday, June 4

    The Recycling Partnership, in association with Resource Recycling, Inc., is pleased to announce the third annual Steve Thompson Memorial Grant, giving free travel, accommodations and registration for the 2018 Resource Recycling Conference to the chosen winners.

    The 2018 Resource Recycling Conference will be held in St. Louis, MO from October 22-24. The grant includes conference registration, a two-night hotel stay, and travel reimbursement up to $500. APPLY NOW to bring your recycling program to the next level while building the national network of recycling professionals. "The Steve Thompson Memorial Grants allow us to build community, learn from one another, and continually improve the state of recycling in the U.S," said Keefe Harrison, CEO of The Recycling Partnership.

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  • 02 May 2018 10:02 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Exhibitor incentives when you reserve before May 12!

    This November, join SERDC at the biennial Summit in Historic Charleston, South Carolina. From November 12-14, 2018, the Double Tree on Church Street will be the place to showcase your organization. Join hundreds of private and public sector recycling advocates from the Southeast and beyond at this premier event. More information can be located on the 2018 Summit page.

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