August 2018   
environmental education made easy

I just returned from  CRRA 's annual conference in Oakland, CA and SWANA 's WASTECON in Nashville, TN. The important take-away from both conferences is that  China's National Sword is on everyone's mind. 

Our challenge to address it is three-fold:
  • Clean up our recycling stream by helping consumers recycle better. 
  • Remind recyclers that they are the first sorters in a global commodity market and not just throwing out trash. 
  • Go back to the first two Rs, reinvigorating our focus on waste reduction and reuse.  
Eco Partners can help you meet this challenge and communicate all your solid waste management goals to your community. Please give me a call or email me. We would love to work with you!

Happy (better) recycling, 

Elizabeth Roe
Eco Partners

P.S. Check out Gary's report below on the tour he took of Nashville's Honky Tonk Glass Recycling program while at WASTECON.
Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Eco Partners is excited to announce that Elizabeth was recognized at WASTECON with a 2018 SWANA Professional Achievement Award. Winners were nominated by their peers for solid waste industry excellence and dedication. Elizabeth serves as a mentor to a SWANA Young Professional and was nominated by her mentee, Catelyn Scholwinksi.

Hear Elizabeth's comments upon receiving her award.

Honky Tonk Glass Recycling!
Honky tonks in Nashville are famous for their music and long-neck glass bottles of beer.  Gary Roe, Eco Partners Vice President, joined a tour during WASTECON and learned about the city's new Honky Tonk Glass Recycling program. Here's an excerpt; read all about it here. 

Managers at The Second Fiddle, Layla's Honky Tonk, and Whiskey Bent Saloon gave us an inside look at their business and the nuts and bolts of implementing glass recycling from their perspective.  Bars along this famous section of Lower Broadway Street in Nashville (better known as "Lower Broad") typically serve beer only in longneck glass bottles to maintain the "honky tonk" ambience customers expect. 

And, they serve a lot of beer!  Sharon Smith, Assistant Director of Metro Nashville Public Works, says about two thirds of the 6,600 tons of trash generated downtown in 2017 was glass. Read on...

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