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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 MCAnderson@montgomerycountytn.org 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 WasteDive.com 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.

    Read more....

  • 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.

    Fill out Survey


  • 08 Dec 2017 11:11 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    The Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, US EPA and SERDC have teamed up to plan the 2018 Measurement Matters Summit February 27- March 1 in Chattanooga, TN.

    We've had some great questions asked recently about who should attend and we wanted to share here:

    1)  Most of the discussion seems to be geared toward statewide measures and the use of the EPA’s State Data Measurement Sharing Program.  If a city has little control over the use of the state sharing program, could you describe the value you see for cities to participate in this discussion?

    Response: The first main value is understanding the big picture - How do we become more consistent between the cities in a state, how is this local data used at the state and national level and what impacts does poor data quality at the local level impact the state and national level such as implementation of bad policy based upon misinformation, duplicated data, or a poor understanding of what is being expected.  Many of the sessions will speak to these issues. 

    Secondly this is not a conference, but a summit designed to bring those with understanding of measurement and the ablility to change the industry standards and benchmarking together to identify future policy and practices to push and implement in the future.   

    Thirdly, we need municipal perspective to make sure the cities, towns, villages, and similar chartered government organizations have input in the discussion.  We have pushed this out to our state municipal government and are encouraging participation.

    Day 2 will include sessions and discussion on new methods of measuring curbside performance and also ways in which non-tonnage metrics can be applied to assessing recycling success. 


     2)  Could you address whether you think the conference will aid cities in measuring their waste diversion?

    Response: I believe that cities would benefit and learn techniques, strategies and most importantly knowledge in consistent measuring.  Sometimes just using consistent terms or identifying what to measure makes all the difference.


     3)   Do you think that Day 3 would be valuable for a city participant, given that the focus may be national?

    Day 3 will include a deeper discussion on improving local program performance measurement.  We need input as to the needs of municipal governments related to establishing outcomes from these discussions.  Example - should we push to include measurement and metrics into future certification programs in organizations like SWANA and their Managing Recycling Systems coursework, what do local material (waste and recycling) characterization studies look like?  What is the methodology?  While many of these discussions will lead to post-Summit action steps, this is an opportunity to be a part of this national effort and help define the framework to make it happen.

    Learn more at www.measurementmatters.net


  • 08 Nov 2017 10:24 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    Representatives from all over the country are gathering today and tomorrow in Asheville, NC for the Fall Forum.  If you are attending, you can access your guide here.  Read more about the Forum.

  • 09 Oct 2017 10:58 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    On October 18 at 10 am ET, SERDC and Recycle Florida Today (RFT) will hold a free webinar on Market Development.  Wayne Gjerde, the Recycling Market Development Coordinator for the State of Minnesota, will speak on the demand side, while Will Sagar, Executive Director of SERDC, will address the supply side and the importance of reducing contamination with consistent messaging, efficient collection/processing and collaborations between public and private sector.


    Please register for SERDC/RFT Market Development Discussionon Oct 18, 2017 10:00 AM EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1387088179518984707. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


    Recycle Florida Today, Inc. (RFT) is Florida’s premier recycling organization representing more than 200 recycling and environmental professionals throughout Florida from both the public, private and non-profit sectors. RFT was formed to be a driving force to help Florida implement its recycling goals and objectives. RFT continues to provide educational and networking opportunities on the subject of recycling for all Floridians as well as support to local and state elected officials on laws and regulations affecting the recycling industry.


    The Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC) was established and created by professionals in the recycling industry representing, but not limited to, eleven (11) southeastern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, and VA).  SERDC  unites industry professionals, organizations, government agencies and individuals engaged in the business of recycling; to foster communications among those groups; to promote sustainable recycling programs; and, to coordinate education and public awareness activities related to recycling.

  • 06 Oct 2017 10:55 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    The tentative agenda is now available for your viewing.   As you can see, they have a great line-up planned as they celebrate 20 years of MRC, and you do not want to miss out!  So if you plan to attend and you haven’t already done so, please go ahead and send in your registration form.  

    If you are interested in sponsoring the conference please send in the sponsor form.  All sponsor information will need to be in by noon on Friday, October 20 to allow for printing of signage and other conference materials.  Therefore, to take advantage of this opportunity to display your company or organization logo at the conference, please send the sponsor form in before the deadline.

    For additional information about the conference including lodging options and online payments, please visit the 2017 Conference Webpage.  

  • 05 Oct 2017 10:47 AM | Jen Dabbs (Administrator)

    A reminder to North Carolina members that the NC Recycling Business Development Grant (RBDG) round is open until October 19. Free money is hard come by these days and if you have equipment or other infrastructure needs to increase recycling capacity or expand utilization of recycled materials in the manufacture of goods, this is a great opportunity for recycling businesses in North Carolina. 

    The selection process is very competitive. Unfortunately, every good grant project cannot be funded. Related to that, SERDC has learned of a consultant that is offering assistance to recycling businesses with grant proposal development.   For thirteen years, she was a member of the RBDG grant selection committee and has read and scored hundreds of grant proposals.  Please reach out to sherry@mmr-consulting.com or visit http://www.mmr-consultants.com.  

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