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.
The Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) will be hosting the fourth and final webinar in their series on product stewardship solutions in rural areas. This webinar will assist solid waste collectors in planning for the management of carpet and mattresses — two bulky, difficult-to-handle items.
Featuring a diverse panel of speakers, this webinar will walk attendees through best practices for setting up the infrastructure for carpet and mattress stewardship programs. It will present information about the amount of collection space required, transportation requirements, appropriate processing centers, and materials recovery. And, it will discuss opportunities for all states to increase recycling opportunities and build capacity for carpet and mattress stewardship legislation.
For more information or to register for this free webinar, go to https://www.productstewardship.us/event/carpet-mattress-rural-areas.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is seeking interested applicants for the State Recycling Coordinator's position. The position will help lead the State's efforts to grow and enhance recycling conditions in Mississippi. The primary functions of this position include:
- Administering and directing the Agency's program efforts to coordinate, promote, and measure the recycling efforts of the State of Mississippi.
- Developing and conducting statewide outreach initiatives on recycling and waste reduction for the public; for state and local governments; for schools, colleges and universities; for commercial and industrial facilities; and for other public and private organizations in the State.
- Providing support to the recycling industry in the State to help develop and grow this business and industry sector.
- Assisting with establishing recycling at state agencies and institutions.
- Coordinating the local government recycling efforts in the State of Mississippi.
- Developing, implementing and managing a system for reporting and measuring recycling conditions in the State of Mississippi.
The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability, FedEx, International Paper, Brother International, Buckman International, The Sustainability Consortium, CRG Sustainable Solutions and others are sponsoring a conference on sustainable supply chain for businesses. A special emphasis will be on sustainable packaging, sustainable purchasing, sustainable IT, and recycling. The conference will bring together leaders from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi including industry giants, mid-sized manufacturers and distributors, and small operations. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Memphis - Univeristy of Memphis, 3700 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111 on April 7, 2015 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information, visit the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability website.