2014 Mississippi Recycling Conference
Trustmark Conference Center at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
October 28, 2014
More information at http://www.msrecycles.org/fall2014confreg.html
The last of the Southeast Recycling Devleopment Council's 2014 Webinar Series will be next Monday, October 20, 2014, at 2:00 PM CDT. This webinar will highlight who has successfully converted to single stream at convenience centers. Speakers will discuss the trouble with rural conversions, local government push-back, the different types of compactors, and marketing materials to MRFs. Presenters will include Tim Fox, Three Rivers Solid Waste; Scott Mouw, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Steve Nanny, Rutherford County, NC; and Amanda St. John, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Registration is free and available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9219603271859584513.
If you are planning to attend Sustaining Recycling in Mississippi: Developing Our Game Plan, there are several possible lodging options within a few miles of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for attendees to consider. The closest options, at this time, appear to be the Best Western Plus Flowood Inns & Suites, Econo Lodge Inns & Suites, or America's Best Inns & Suites on Treetops Boulevard and Cabot Lodge Milsaps on State Street near Woodrow Wilson. Additional lodging options are available by zooming out on the map below or clicking on "View on Google Maps."
Please note, attendees that choose to stay at the Cabot Lodge Milsaps cannot access Lakeland from the Woodrow Wilson entrance on I-55. They should access Lakeland Drive by driving north on State Street to Old Canton Road (at the fork by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, go right) and then take a right at the light onto Lakeland.
Treetops Blvd. Hotels
Cabot Lodge Milsaps
The next program in the Southeast Recycling Devleopment Council's 2014 Webinar Series will be next Friday, October 10, 2014, at 9:00 AM CDT. This webinar will discuss the need for converting to carts and why carts make sense. Speakers will share their experiences with the transistion, key steps in the process, and potential stopping blocks. Presenters will include Bill Leonidas, ReCommunity; Mike Horney, City of Kernersville, NC; Tara Yates, City of Cayce, SC; and Steve Coe, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Registration is free and available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2888940774567170561.
The Carton Council of North America has recently released a new report written by Reclay StewardEdge, Inc. which assesses various policies designed to drive recycling of post-consumer packaging and printed paper. The report, "Research and Analysis of Policies that Drive Increased Recycling," provides an overview of selected policies implemented across the United States and identifies best practices both at the state and local levels that private and public sectors can utilize in their efforts. Three main types of policy mechanisms are covered: disposal bans, recycling policies and Pay-As-You-Throw. “The report reinforced that decisions really should be made based on local circumstances, including the nature of the existing recycling infrastructure and policies already in place as well as stakeholder concerns and interests,” said Elisabeth Comere, who oversees government affairs for the Carton Council and is director of environment for US and Canada for Tetra Pak Inc. For more information on this report, please read the full press release. Additional information on the Carton Council's policy documents may be found at http://www.cartonopportunities.org/policy.
The Can Manufacturers Institute has announced that registration is now available for the 2014-2015 Great American Can Roundup (GACR). The GACR is an easy and fun way to raise money and help the environment. Public or private K-12 schools, Boy/Girl Scout units, and U.S. Service Academy units or companies can win cash prizes. The top school in each state (based on cans per student) will receive a $1,000 award and the top school in the U.S. will receive an additional $5,000! For scouting programs, there are are individual, troop, and council awards and prizes are available. More information on the Great American Can Roundup and registration are available at CanCentral. The GACR runs from America Recycles Day (November 15) to Earth Day (April 22) and the registration deadline is January 16, 2015.