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 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.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2014-2015 Mississippi School Recycling Grants. This year we are awarding up to 10 school grants of $1,000 each to create or expand a school recycling program. This grant is available to both public and private K-12 schools in Mississippi. The deadline for applications this year will be October 31, 2014. More information on the Mississippi School Recycling Grant is available here and applications should be completed online here. If you have any questions regarding these grants, please contact the School Grant Committee by email.
The first of the Southeast Recycling Devleopment Council's 2014 Webinar Series will be this coming Thursday, September 25, 2014, at 2:00 PM CDT. Topics for the webinar will include how to build an efficient, cost-effective Hub & Spoke program; how to feed and sustain a successful operation; and challenges others have faced in doing Hub & Spoke. Speakers will include Jack Horner, Goodwill Industries Knoxville, Inc.; Rob Taylor, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources; and Robert Hunter, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. Registration is free and available at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4348936085602209794.
The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership in conjunction with several sponsors are offering a Business Electronics Scrap Collection Day on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Mississippi Farmer's Market (929 High Street, Jackson).