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Upcoming Events

January 26-28, 2020: Recycle Florida Today Winter Summit-Lake Buena Vista, FL

January 28-31, 2020: USCC Compost 2020- Charleston, SC

January 30, 2020: Waste Management Sustainability Forum- Scottsdale, AZ

February 17-19, 2020; Plastics Recycling Conference- Nashville, TN

March 15-18, 2020: Southeast Recycling Conference and Tradeshow- Destin, FL

March 18-19, 2020: National Zero Waste Conference- Berkeley, CA

March 23-26, 2020: SWANApalooza- Atlanta, GA

March 23-26, 2020: Carolina Recycling Association Conference- Raleigh, NC

December 19, 2019 -- 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET
During this webinar, participants will discover the value and benefits of calculating your organization's excess, surplus and leftover food and beverage. They will also learn methods of excess food measurement, such as counting leftovers with a reliable pen and paper, using an excel-based spreadsheet to generate your food loss data, or harnessing 21st century artificial technology to automate quantifiable measurement results.

January 13, 2020 -- 1:00 to 2:00 p.m ET
In this one-hour webcast, coinciding with the report’s release, GreenBiz Group Chairman and Executive Editor Joel Makower, Trucost CEO Richard Mattison, and Lauren Smart, Trucost Managing Director and Global Head of Financial Institutions Business, will provide insights into key trends and metrics in sustainable business, including new metrics introduced in this year’s report revealing companies’ exposure to carbon price risk, and the growing climate risk faced by companies to their facilities and physical infrastructure.
SERDC News & Announcements
What has been happening since EPA’s first ever Recycling Summit one year ago?
Recent SERDC/EPA Webinar now online

The November 2018 Recycling Summit brought together leaders from industry and all levels of government to discuss opportunities to advance and strengthen the domestic recycling industry and markets. Four action areas were identified to improve or advance a national approach to recycling.

This webinar provided an opportunity to hear from workgroup participants and leaders from the Southeast on each of the four action areas. In addition, questions asked during the webinar have been answered online. If you were unable to attend or asked a question, here's the link.
SERDC to offer half day of sessions at SERC Conference in March
SERDC (Southeast Recycling Development Council) will be part of SERC (Southeast Recycling Conference)--yes two different organizations-and coordinating the sessions for Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

EarlyBird Registration Rates are good until 12/31/19. Join us in Destin, Florida this upcoming year!

North Carolina Recycling Market Development Roundtable spurs ideas
SERDC joined the NC Recycling Market Development Roundtable recently in Clayton, NC. The group produced a comprehensive list of ideas to improve policy, education, infrastructure and other areas. They also pledged to work together to grow and strengthen North Carolina’s materials management system. 

NC DEQ Section Chief, Wendy Worley commented "It is abundantly clear that we share a series of ambitious goals to improve North Carolina’s recycling landscape that will require ongoing partnership from all of the organizations represented in the room."

Grants Available for Recycling Infrastructure Improvements
Funding for another round of Grant funds from SERDC through a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation is open. Read more.
From SERDC Members
Registration open for the National Zero Waste Conference

The National Zero Waste Conference, organized by the National Recycling Coalition and held in Berkeley, CA is open for registration. This two-day conference, March 18 & 19, 2020, is in conjunction with the California Zero Waste Week at the UC Berkeley. Early registration is open now through December 18th.

The NRC National Zero Waste Conference will address many topics including circular economy, recycling jobs, organics, reuse, Zero Waste plans and more. Here is a link to the conference information: The Keynote speaker’s topic is “Building a Circular Economy with Zero Waste.”   Network with Zero Waste experts who will be speaking on the latest updates and best practices to reach Zero Waste.

The National Recycling Coalition is a Trade Organization Member of SERDC.

America Recycles Week

Last month, EPA celebrated America Recycles Week -- a week of events focusing on challenges facing the nation's recycling system. We hope you were able to follow along with some of the activities, but we wanted to share some links from around the web in case you wanted some more information.

SMM Web Academy Webinar on Recycling - Recording will be posted soon!

US EPA is a Government Member of SERDC.
North Carolina 2020 Community Waste Reduction & Recycling Grant Round

The N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) would like to announce the opening of the 2020 Community Waste Reduction and Recycling (CWRAR) Grant Round!

Counties, municipalities, councils of governments and solid waste authorities in North Carolina are eligible to apply for funding through this grant program. DEACS is seeking to support a range of projects that help public recycling programs build capacity to divert materials from the waste stream or that help increase public awareness of waste reduction and recycling.

Highlights for the 2020 CWRAR grant round include:

  • Maximum grant award increased! $30,000 for standard projects and $40,000 for priority projects.
  • 2020 Priority Projects include:
  • Outreach enforcement projects (e.g., cart tagging)
  • Food waste collection and recycling
  • Construction and demolition debris recycling

CWRAR Grant Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

NC DEACS is a Government Member of SERDC.
Around the Southeast/US
Mixed rigids film recycling site to open in SC next year
Posted November 20, 2019 on

PreZero Polymers will open a mixed rigids recycling facility in South Carolina. The Westminster, S.C. plant will be an expansion to an existing ACI facility. The expansion will process an estimated 50 million pounds of mixed rigids per year. The project costs about $10 million.

The facility will shred, wash, sort and pelletize bales of Nos. 2-7 and 3-7 plastic bales generated by materials recovery facilities (MRFs).

“There’s so much volume in the Midwest, mid-east, Southeast,” Melton said. “There’s a lot of material out there.”

The operation will provide an outlet for materials that have challenged recycling programs: Since overseas markets for low-grade plastics became spotty, some communities have found themselves disposing of the materials or cutting them from their programs.

“A lot of MRFs turned off their mixed rigids collection; we want to incentivize them and say, ‘We’re here for the long run and we want to be a reliable outlet for you,'” said Hendrik Dullinger, vice president of PreZero US.

Melton said the plant will be up and running during the second quarter of 2020.

SERDC Members can get 25% off the registration price by entering the promotional code 2020SERDC during registration.

Research Says U.S. Public Wants Government Leadership Akin To The Apollo Missions When It Comes to Recycling
Posted November 25,2019 on

Universal health care is a buzzword. So is Medicare for All. What about Recycling That’s Not Complicated? Maybe there’s a better way to put it. But new research shows that nearly eight in 10 Americans believe the federal government needs to take a leadership role in tackling packaging waste, along the lines of the Apollo space project.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents consumer packaged goods companies P&G, Coca-Cola, Clorox, General Mills, Mondelez and PepsiCo, conducted its latest research as a follow-up to the recycling contamination study. The research used data from a survey of 2,056 U.S. adults from Oct. 2-15. The new research finds that Americans consider plastic and packaging waste equal to or more critical than major issues like reversing climate change, fixing crumbling infrastructure and ensuring access to health care.

The organization adds that creating uniform standards is the first step in creating behavior change, and 93% of Americans believe national standards will alleviate confusion.

Association leaders say they don’t have a hard-and-fast number on the cost of implementing uniform recycling guidelines across the country. But in terms of economies of scale, a national system could help reduce costs and or make recycling profitable.

For example, a Your Bottle Means Jobs campaign in the Carolinas urges residents to put a couple more bottles in their bin each week to bring in more materials, keep recycling facilities running and create new jobs.

What can everyday people who agree with these results do?

“Recycling is managed at the local level, so consumers can weigh in with their elected representatives, encouraging them to partner with neighboring cities and towns on waste and recycling rules, to help create economies of scale,” Stasz says.

“There are great resources available for municipalities to implement best practices in recycling, like the materials provided free of charge by the Recycling Partnership that include signs, flyers and other educational materials municipalities can use to help educate consumers on what to recycle and how.”

Troy University to study plastic recycling
Posted November 25,2019 on

Troy University says its recently established Center for Material and Manufacturing Sciences has received a $2.7 million grant to look at new methods of recycling plastic waste.

A statement from the school says the money will pay for scientists and students to work on the project, plus equipment to do the work.

The grant is from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is part of the U.S. Commerce Department. It provided another grant of $3.2 million last year.

The research looks at ways to recycle polymers into new materials. Researchers will also study using hemp fiber to reinforce plastics and ways to test recycled material.
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