2022 Webinar Series

April 20       May 18        June 15        July 13        Aug 10       Sept 14

The 2022 Webinar Series, hosted by SERDC will target the National Recycling Strategy’s five strategic objectives and showcase best practices and evolving initiatives.

All webinars are on Wednesday and begin at 11 am ET for approximately one hour.  Members and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters for the benefit of discussion. The webinar offering is free of charge to all attendees and the recording will be posted here.

  • April 20 The State of Recycling in the US and US EPA's Recycling Goal of 50 by 30
  • May 18  Reducing Contamination in the Recycled Materials Stream
  • June 15  Enhancing Policies to Support Recycling
  • July 13    Increasing Collection and Improving Materials Management Infrastructure
  • Aug 10   Standardizing Measurement and Increasing Data Collection 
  • Sept 14  Improving Markets for Recycling Commodities 

May 18, 2022 at 11 am et

Reducing Contamination in the Recycled Materials Stream

The U.S. MSW recycling system currently faces a number of challenges, including confusion about what materials can be recycled.  The National Recycling Strategy identifies actions to address these challenges that build on the collaborative efforts by stakeholders from across the recycling system that began under the 2019 National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System.

Reducing contamination in the recycling stream will enable more material to be recycled and can result in less material being discarded and higher quality recycled materials produced for manufacturing feedstock.  This webinar will gain perspective on how we can meet this goal from three different sectors:  communities that are collecting the material, NGOs that are exploring ways to reduce confusion and manufacturers that design machinery to keep contamination out of final feedstock.


Megan Byers, Program Director, Association of Plastic Recyclers

Megan Byers plays a multifaceted role at the APR, utilizing her love of data and design to bring a strategic, accessible approach to the organization's programs. Megan also provides coordination and research support to the U.S. Plastics Pact, where she facilitates workstreams on Design for Recyclability, Problematic and Unnecessary Materials, and Composting. Previously, she led communications, policy, and stewardship initiatives at the Product Stewardship Institute, where she specialized in plastic pollution prevention.

Rusty Angel, Eastern Region Sales Manager, Machinex

Rusty joined the Machinex Technologies team in 2011 as the Sales Manager for the Southeast Region USA. In August 2017, his role was expanded and now he is responsible for the entire Eastern Region of the United States. Rusty has been involved in industrial equipment sales since 1993 and in the recycling industry since 2002.  Machinex designs, manufactures and installs complete sorting systems for single-stream, mixed waste, C & D and Waste-to-Energy facilities.

Jennifer Harrman,  Zero Waste Program Manager, Metro Nashville Waste Services

Jenn Harrman serves as the Zero Waste Program Manager for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and has over 10 years of professional experience in community education and digital communications. She has worked for several non-profits including the National Trust for Historic Preservation before joining Metro Government and much of her work has centered on building effective communications and educational programs that teach the public about the importance of our valuable resources. In her current role, she focuses on improving Nashville’s recycling program, expanding and promoting the city’s other waste diversion programs including composting, and advancing efforts to reduce waste in construction and demolition projects citywide. She also serves as a staff expert to Nashville’s Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee and sits on the Nashville Food Waste Initiative Steering Committee and the Nashville Environmental Justice Initiative Steering Committee.

April 20, 2022 

The State of Recycling in the US and US EPA's Recycling Goal of 50 by 30

Recently, Ball Corporation recently commissioned a research report presenting the first state-by-state comparison of recycling rates for common container and packaging materials (CCPM) in the US. The report is the first of its kind and is intended to set baseline data for each state that can be leveraged to inform policy, design programs and assess infrastructure proposals and improvements. Hear from Ball on that report focused on the SE US.

The US EPA will follow with an overview of the Congressional and Policy Drivers impacting the agency’s Sustainable Materials Management division and the first part of the National Recycling Strategy, including the ask for leaders and supporters of the strategy’s objectives.

The webinar is moderated by SERDC Program Committee Member Natalie Betts, of Balcones Resources.


Megan Lane: Recycling Manager of Beverage Packaging North and Central America, Ball Corporation

Megan has over ten years of experience in the sustainable materials management and environmental industry.  Megan joined Ball in 2021. In her role Megan supports the development of policies, strategic projects, and investments in infrastructure that increase the recycling rates of aluminum and help foster circular economies across North and Central America.

Prior to coming to Ball, Megan worked at the City and County of Denver for five years where she managed projects, developed frameworks and policies, and lead strategic initiatives. Megan also has experience in solid waste management consulting and managing zero waste/sustainability programs for venues and arenas.

Barbara Alfano: PCB & Sustainability Section Chief of Land, Chemicals and Redevelopment Division,
United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 4

Barbara Alfano manages the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 PCB & Sustainability Section. She joined the EPA in 1988, after working as a national wetland specialist for six years in St. Petersburg, Florida. Most of her EPA experience includes Superfund and Brownfields assessment and cleanup. For five years, she served as the regional EPA Brownfields Coordinator. Her background includes growing up in Pennsylvania and graduating from the University of South Florida in Tampa. Barbara feels privileged to collaborate with diverse communities in the southeast to protect human health and the environment.

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