The final report on the MRF Material Flow Study commissioned by the Carton Council, American Chemistry Council (ACC), National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Association of Postconsumer Plastics Recyclers (APR), and the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) was released just this past month by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS) in conjunction with Reclay StewardEdge and Moore Recycling Associates.
A key emphasis of the report for local governments is the need to communicate with all stakeholders more regularly on material recovery efforts. Regular communication between the local government and MRF operator(s), in particular, is critical to understand the material flow rates and types to the MRF, the opportunity for increasing both volume and types of commodities to the MRF, and the various contamination issues for the MRF operator. In additoin to communication with the MRF, the need for communicating with local residents is also critical. The local governments need to communicate any necessary changes in behavior to residents and other participants in the recycling program. Regular reminders of what materials can be recycled will help keep contamination to a minimum.
The Tennessee Recycling Coalition will be hosting a workshop entitled Recycling at a Major University on August 13, 2015 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM at the Administration Building on the Univeristy of Memphis campus. The workshop will cover the University of Memphis' system of recycling at a large university and how that can be applied to any size of school or business. Personal lessons learned, as well as some great ideas for outreach and promotional ideas about recycling will be shared. There is a $25 registration fee for non-TRC members and you may register for the workshop on TRC's website.
MDEQ's Luis Murillo retired on June 30th from state government service after more than 22 years of working with the solid waste management program at the Department. Luis started with MDEQ in 1992 with the State's Waste Tire Management Program after the adoption of the state's waste tire program laws by the Legislature.He worked over the years to help manage Mississippi's programs for the dispersal of waste tire grants, solid waste assistance grants, regional recycling grants, waste tire abatement funds and helped lead various other solid waste and recycling program efforts. In the last few years, Luis had worked primarily with communities in North and South Mississippi to assist with funding support for various local government solid waste programs and services. Luis' easy-going style and brand of humor made him popular with all those who he worked with. Mark Williams with MDEQ's solid waste programs noted that "Luis was an ever-reliable, trustworthy employee and friend who will be sorely missed."
MDEQ will be working in the near future to fill the Grant Coordinator position. However, in the interim, persons in the North and South regions of the state may contact Mark Williams or Denise Rodgers at MDEQ regarding any questions or issues related to solid waste, waste tire or regional recycling grants.
We’re all aware of the challenges when it comes to recycling plastic bags and plastic film (i.e. dry cleaning bags, bread bags, plastic film packaging around paper goods, drink bottles, and other plastic films) through curbside collection. Now there’s a growing national movement to boost plastic film recycling by helping communities better educate the public on the appropriate ways to recycle this material, and it’s having an impact. It’s called the Wrap Recycling Acton Program, or WRAP.
Through this free EPA Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy webinar you’ll learn from experts and your peers about how WRAP can help you meet your sustainability goals by improving residential recycling of plastic film packaging, with an emphasis on harmonizing approaches and outreach materials.
Join the US EPA for a free webinar to discuss "Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013" on Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 12:00-1:30 PM CDT. This will be a thorough discussion of the recently released Characterization Report (formerly MSW Characterization Report), and participants will hear about the newly expanded and improved measurement efforts by the US EPA to facilitate the move toward more sustainable materials management (SMM). In addition to the national solid waste, recycling, generation, and disposal numbers, the new report now includes data on construction and demolition (C&D) generation and more information on source reduction and economic analysis. You may register for this webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/360359804142107394.