March 2020

Monthly News & Updates in the Southeast
 Promoting sustainable recycling in the Southeast by connecting local supply and regional demand of recovered material.
Upcoming Events

April 7-9, 2020: Arkansas Chapter of SWANA Annual Conference- Fayetteville, AR- Postponed to Sept. 1.

April 14-16, 2020: Mississippi Recycling Coalition/MS “Magnolia” Chapter of SWANA Spring Conference- Gulfport, MS- Postponed to June 23-25.

April 27-30, 2020: ISRI Convention and Expo- Las Vegas, NV- Cancelled until 2021.

April 29- May 1, 2020: Virginia Recycling Association Annual Conference*- Virginia Beach, VA- Postponed to Oct. 27-30.

May 4-7, 2020: Waste Expo 2020- New Orleans, LA- Postponed to August 10-13.

May 13-15, 2020: TN Environmental Network Show of the South*- Chattanooga, TN- Canceled until 2021.
June 8-10, 2020: Recycling Florida Today Annual Conference- Daytona Beach, FL

SERDC News & Announcements
SERDC has contacted federal and state government offices advocating for recycling to be considered an essential service. The recycling industry is an essential Supply Chain component in our fight against Coronavirus.
For example, items such as medical supplies, food, and personal care items all are packaged and ship in boxes. Many of these boxes are made recycled paper and therefore recycling across the country is also essential. Without recycled material our packaging and product suppliers will not have the raw material needed to manufacture these vital components of the supply chain.
Other companies provide similar products necessary for the health and safety of our country. Please convey the importance of recycling being considered an essential service.
Together we will get through this difficult time.
SERDC Annual Report for 2019 Online
SERDC participated in more than 45 conferences, webinars and meetings during 2019. Among the 2019 locations were two trips to Washington, DC to speak to the congressional staff about recycling needs. Executive Director, Will Sagar was also a presenter at the EPA Administrator’s Round Table on America Recycles Day
Interviews were given to reporters from PBS, NPR, and the Atlanta Constitution Journal. These provided additional opportunities to communicate that, while recycling is experiencing troubled times, it is alive and there are end-users for the material in the region.

SERDC Recycling Infrastructure Grant Application Form Now Available
SERDC is the recipient of $500,000 from the Coca-Cola Foundation to increase recycling infrastructure in the Southeastern US.

Communities can apply for grants through SERDC to implement curbside programs, improve collection vehicles and add processing equipment to capture more material.

Grants are evaluated upon submission and awards are made in ongoing cycles. An application form is now available for submission.

From SERDC Members
ISRI Report: Volume of Recyclables Processed in the U.S. on the Rise
Posted on February 18, 2020 from

For the eighth year in a row, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) released its Recycling Industry Yearbook. It is a single source of data and information on the different aspects of the industry, including details on each of the major commodities. The book provides a clear understanding of how recyclable material is transported, processed, traded, and used in manufacturing, as well the environmental benefits. It is used by industry stakeholders, policymakers and government officials, international delegations, media, manufactures, students, and others interest in discovering more about recycling.

Key data and facts (based on the latest information at the time of publication) from the 2019 edition include:

138 million metric tons of recyclable material was processed in the U.S. in 2018 (the most recent data), up from 135 million metric tons in previous years;

The recycling industry generates nearly $110 billion in economic activity, and is responsible for more than 531,000 total jobs;

The publication was redesigned this year in a larger format and streamlined content, to be more accessible and user-friendly for the public, journalists, and policymakers while providing the most up-to-date information on the industry. An electronic version of the 2019 Recycling Industry Yearbook is available for free.

ISRI is a Trade Organization member of SERDC

SERDC member organizations participate in Texas event exploring glass recycling issues
Posted on March 17, 2020 from

In the spirit of America Recycles Week (headed by the U.S. EPA), the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) hosted a workshop on Nov. 13, 2019, to dig into the current challenges, looming barriers and potential solutions for increasing end-markets and the circulation of glass in Texas.

STAR, along with Glass Recycling Coalition (GRC) representative and O-I Vice President of Global Sustainability Jim Nordmeyer welcomed a crowd of 50 participants to the event, which was coordinated in Austin by STAR and the GRC. The workshop, sponsored by Strategic Materials, utilized Poll Everywhere, a live polling and interactive program, to engage attendees during two breakout sessions. EPA Region 6 provided the breakout session worksheets for attendees. The workshop truly brought forth the collaborative nature of the recycling industry.

Jim Nordmeyer, who is also a SERDC Board Member, and Laura Henneman present Balcones Resources with the industry’s first MRF Glass Certification.

STAR provided participants with useful data points from the 2015 Economic Impact of Recycling in Texas study, such as the number of recycling jobs, processors, and MRFs in Texas. The study also revealed that the economic value of recovering just 60% of the 657,577 tons of glass landfilled in Texas annually would result in adding $25,645,490 to the Texas economy.

Both O-I and Strategic Materials are business members of SERDC
STAR is a government member of SERDC
Around the Southeast
Electronics recycling company in North Carolina to add dozens of jobs in local expansion
Powerhouse Recycling Inc. is planning to invest $4.3 million to expand its Salisbury, NC facility, according to county documents. The expansion is expected to create 56 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. The facility, which is located at 220 Ryan Patrick Drive, is planning to add 100,000 square feet to the back of its existing building.

The company intends to have the building expansion completed and a majority of its new equipment installed by the end of the year. Remaining small-equipment installation is expected to take place in 2021.
Total Fiber Recovery invests in recycled pulp facility

Posted February 28, 2020 on

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced that a company called Total Fiber Recovery (TFR) plans to invest $49 million to establish its first recycled pulp production facility in the city of Chesapeake, Virginia. According to a news release from Gov. Northam’s website on this investment, Virginia had competed with Maryland and South Carolina for this project as well. The facility is expected to create 68 jobs.

TFR plans to begin operations at the recycled pulp facility in 2021 and annually process 300,000 tons of mixed paper and other recovered fiber from material recovery facilities (MRFs) in the mid-Atlantic region, according to Gov. Northam’s office. The company will increase the region’s capacity to process various grades of recovered fiber. With domestic and international offtake agreements in place, the pulp product created by TFR in Chesapeake will be transported to paper plants to become new products.

ReFED Announces New Executive Director
Dana Gunders has become ReFED’s new Executive Director. Dana has been serving in this role in an interim capacity since November 2019.

The year 2020 marks the start of a ten-year countdown to reach a 50 percent reduction in food waste in accordance with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ReFED has always believed in the power of economics and data to inspire their stakeholders and mobilize the capital and innovation necessary to achieve this goal.
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