January 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

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

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

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

February 11, 2020: NRC/KAB Recycling Market Development Workshop-* Memphis, TN

February 12-14, 2020: Keep America Beautiful Conference*- Memphis, TN

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

March 9-11, 2020EPA Region 4 States RCRA SMM and SWM Meeting*- Columbia, SC

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

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

March 23-26, 2020SWANApalooza- Atlanta, GA

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

*SERDC will be speaking/attending
Upcoming Webinars

February 20- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

The latest information about trends in U.S. materials generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling as described in EPA’s recently released Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM): Facts and Figures 2017 report.  Hosted by EPA SMM Web Academy.

March 19- 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

The State of Oregon has conducted groundbreaking – and sometimes provocative – research into the environmental benefits and limitations of recycling. Hosted by Northeast Recycling Council.
SERDC News & Announcements
SERDC Newsletters now accessible on website
SERDC newsletters will now be archived on our website under the NEWS AND ACTIVITY top navigation tab. With increased security around emails, some of our friends can no longer click links found within this newsletter. If accessed through our website, you should not have this problem when reading more about news and activities referenced.

The web address is www.serdc.org/newsletter
SERDC Grant helps fund infrastructure and education
Canton and Clyde, NC Transition to Curbside Carts
The towns of Canton and Clyde are among the first recipients of the SERDC Recycling Infrastructure Grant funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation. In addition to the transition from recycling bags to curbside carts, which is currently happening, the cities are implementing an education program to include clear messaging on handouts, the cart itself and their websites. After the carts have been distributed, the cities will also work with the collection provider to conduct audits on participation and leave oops tags to help residents make sure that the materials collected remain contamination free.
Canton has 1900 households and hopes to increase their current 70% participation rate with the carts. Clyde has 565 households and estimates similar participation rates . The SERDC grant award is $14,333 for the combined cities. In addition, the communities have received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, and funding from both the county and individual towns.

In 2018, SERDC received $500,000 from the Coca-Cola Foundation to increase recycling infrastructure in the Southeastern US. Grants are evaluated upon submission and awards are made in ongoing cycles. The deadline for the spring 2020 round is March 15.

Board retreat sets 2020 Work Plan
The 2020 SERDC Board of Directors met January 13-15 in Flat Rock, NC for their annual planning retreat. April Carlock, former Board member and Secretary, served as facilitator.

New Board members present were Dawn Gaines, Dexter Matthews, Kurt Schmitz and Wendy Worley. They were officially welcomed and contributed to the committee leadership and deveopment of the 2020 work plan.

SERDC committees consist of Board Development, Finance, Membership, Programs and Marketing. The committees generally meet monthly and any SERDC member is welcomed to join.

As SERDC continues to be the leader in promoting sustainable recycling in the Southeast, plans are underway to expand the recycling manufacturers map and promote clear and consistent messaging about recycling .
Evening social conversation at Will Sagar's house captivates SERDC Board members Rusty Angel and Dexter Matthews as well as former Board member April Carlock.
From SERDC Members

Forging Ahead: Regional Market Development Workshops series in Memphis
Join the National Recycling Coalition, Keep America Beautiful, and the U.S. EPA in Memphis, TN on February 11 for a robust discussion about recycling education and market development. You don’t want to miss this event that engages recycling professionals in a discussion about their current and evolving in supporting recycling markets and programs. The fee is $75-$100 for this one-day event and is separate from the full KAB Conference fees.

  • Engage and network with recycling professionals to discuss current and evolving initiatives to support recycling markets and programs.

  • Learn about innovative recycling infrastructure developments and recycling tools that support new and expanding recycling markets.

  • Understand how state and local governments help enhance recycling infrastructure by supporting regional circular economies.

  • Meet new contacts in the recycling industry to network with and leverage new partnerships

  • Obtain free resources available that you can customize for your programs.

KAB and US EPA are members of SERDC
Around the Southeast
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Aircraft recycling company to invest $100M in NC’s Global TransPark, creating 475 jobs
Posted December 19, 2019 on https://www.wraltechwire.com/

Aviation company Aircraft Solutions, with its “self-developed most effective new recycling technology,” is investing nearly $100 million to establish a new aircraft recycling center at North Carolina’s Global TransPark in Lenoir, County.

Aircraft Solutions serves commercial and military clients with aircraft that have reached their end of life stage and are ready for decommissioning. Despite an aircraft’s age, older airframes often contain many valuable parts and materials that can be recycled. Aircraft Solutions’ new recycling center will systematically remove, catalog, and inspect parts, certifying them as either usable, repairable, or unfit for service.

$240M investment will extend production life of York County SC paper mill
Posted December 16, 2019 on the Charlotte Business Journal

New-Indy Containerboard will extend the production life of a 63-year-old operation in York County by as much as another 40 years, executives say. The facility, which at last count employed about 430 workers, will convert to the production of containerboard used to make cardboard boxes.

The Catawba plant will add a new capability to New-Indy, which currently uses all-recycled fiber at its paper mills. The converted machines in York County will allow New-Indy the capability of mixing virgin pulp and paper with recycled fiber for customers.

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