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  • 25 Apr 2018 2:58 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    TDEC has positions currently posted as open in their Solid Waste Management Division, including an Environmental Manager and Environmental Scientist. 

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  • 24 Apr 2018 10:40 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    There's still time to register to attend.  Recycling Day at the South Carolina Statehouse is an opportunity for members of the industry, including businesses, non-profits, and individuals to meet with their legislators to discuss interests and recycling issues that matter most.  

    Join The Carolina Recycling Association and SERDC for a coffee/donuts meet and greet, orientation, and then walk across the street together to the statehouse to meet with your legislators.

    You must register to attend.  Parking and other details will be emailed directly to registrants ahead of the event.  Check in starts at 9:00 am.

    Register here

  • 17 Apr 2018 2:29 PM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Posted April 16, 2018 on

    Sierra Nevada has taken another step in its sustainability journey – diverting thousands of pounds of nitrile gloves from its manufacturing waste stream through The RightCycle Program from Kimberly-Clark Professional. Since 2016, the company has diverted more than 6,800 pounds of gloves, equivalent to the weight of more than 450 bowling balls.

    The RightCycle Program is the first large-scale recycling program for manufacturers and companies with non-hazardous lab, cleanroom and industrial waste. Since its launch in 2011, the program has diverted more than 500 tons of waste from landfills. As part of the program, used nitrile gloves and single-use apparel are sent to recyclers in the United Statesand turned into plastic pellets that are used to create new consumer goods such as flowerpots and lawn furniture, totes and storage bins.

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  • 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.

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