Summer 2020

Monthly News & Updates in the Southeast
Promoting sustainable recycling in the Southeast by connecting local supply and regional demand of recovered material.
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Upcoming Events
VIRTUAL EVENT: August 25-27, 2020:

VIRTUAL EVENT: September 1-2, 2020: NERC-Northeast Glass Forum

September 1-3, 2020: Arkansas Chapter of SWANA Annual Conference- Fayetteville, AR

VIRTUAL EXPO: September 14-17, 2020: Waste Expo 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT: September 22-23, 2020: Recycling Florida Today Annual Conference

VIRTUAL EVENT: October 5-7, 2020: Georgia Recycling Coalition Annual Conference

VIRTUAL EVENT: October 5-9, 2020: State of TX Alliance for Recycling Annual Summit

VIRTUAL EVENT: October 20-22, 2020: Paper and Plastics Recycling Conference

October 21-23, 2020: TSWDA Conference- Gatlinburg, TN

October 26-28, 2020 Arkansas Recycling Coalition Annual Conference- Eureka Springs, AR

October 26-28, 2020: E-Scrap Conference- New Orleans, LA

October 27- October 30, 2020: Virginia Recycling Association Annual Conference- Virginia Beach, VA
Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday August 5: 2 pm ET
Keeping Materials in Motion hosted by Resource Recycling
Learn how The Recycling Partnership works with producers of all materials to take direct action, multi-layer stakeholder improvement, and powerful community and MRF partnerships.

Tuesday August 11: 1 pm ET
Recycling Resilience: Defending Recycling hosted by Carolina Recycling Association
In this webinar you will hear from several recycling programs and communities where success was achieved through one or more solutions, and where partnerships and resources made all the difference in keeping essential recycling services available to the community.

Wednesday August 19: 2 pm ET
The Path Forward hosted by Resource Recycling
Coordinators of recycling programs across the country are grappling with budget constraints and ongoing safety concerns. At the same time, residents and elected officials are hoping for sustainability efforts to find new ways to blossom. The heads of municipal recycling programs in different regions open up about their efforts this unprecedented era

Wednesday August 26: 2 pm ET
Measurement Matters: How Do We Measure Now? hosted by Resource Recycling
Explores metrics and data in the age of the coronavirus. Industry leaders Re-TRAC, The Recycling Partnership and the U.S. EPA will walk attendees through the ins and outs of the importance of data collection and the ways it can continue to yield program results.
SERDC News & Announcements
SERDC Welcomes new Silver and Bronze Sponsor Members
Upgrades to Silver Member Sponsorship. Thanks for being a SERDC member since 2011!

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New member to SERDC as a Bronze Sponsor. We're excited to have you join!

Recognized for our superior engineering, CP Group leads the industry in innovative material separation technology, innovation, and equipment durability.

We provide large and small systems for a variety of industries, including MSW, Single Stream Recycling, C&D, C&I, e-Waste, and Waste to Energy.
What Communities Need to do to Keep Recycling as an Essential Service Recording Online
Last month's webinar was chocked full of data and useful information not only about the projected state of financial resources for communities, but also tactics that can preserve crucial recycling programs. If you missed it, the recording in now on our website.
SERDC offers a chance for Southeast Material Recovery Facilities (MRF's) to be heard

SERDC is conducting a survey of the region's operating Material Recovery Facilities (MRF's) to identify existing infrastructure and to recognize operational challenges. SERDC will evaluate barriers to strengthening the supply chain. SERDC has obtained funding from the Glass Packaging Institute and the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association to conduct the survey.

If you operate a MRF in the Southeast and haven't taken the survey, please go here. All individual results will be kept confidential.
From SERDC Members
COVID-19 Relief to Assist Recycling Programs in NC: Help Keep Your Recycling Program Going
The NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) recently a new grant funding opportunity available to North Carolina local governments and private recycling businesses through the COVID-19 Recycling Relief Grant Program.
Proposals are now being accepted for projects to purchase equipment and/or resources to support residential recycling programs that have been stopped or impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. DEACS is seeking grant projects that support or improve an existing recycling program operated by a local government or a private recycling business. There is no deadline for grant proposals. Proposals will be continuously accepted, and awards will be made for the winning proposals on a rolling basis while funding is available.
For more information, contact:
Sandy Skolochenko at (919) 707- 8147,
Matt James at (919) 707-8133,

NC DEACS is a member of SERDC
EPA looks back on recycling progress in US as it pushes for further improvement
Posted on July 8, 2020 from

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has highlighted the progress the U.S. has made in recycling and outlined how it is working with its partners to address current challenges. According to the EPA, recycling benefits communities, the environment and the American economy, accounting for nearly 757,000 jobs and $36.6 billion in annual wages.

“Since EPA was founded in 1970, the U.S. recycling rate has risen from 10 percent to 35 percent, and we aim to push it even higher,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler says. “Later this year, EPA will establish new national recycling goals and take steps to support the recycling industry in new ways.”

When EPA was founded, the national recycling rate was less than 10 percent. Curbside recycling was not an option until 1980 when Woodbury, New Jersey, became the first city to offer collection at the curb. Today, recycling programs can be found across the country.

Last year, at the 2019 America Recycles Day Summit, EPA released the National Framework for Advancing the U.S. Recycling System, and Wheeler announced that EPA would establish a national recycling goal in 2020.

US EPA is a member of SERDC

Sonoco FRESH to Host Food, Packaging & Sustainability Summit, Sneak Peek Webinars and Sustainable Packaging Design Workshop
Posted on July 8, 2020 from

Sonoco FRESH (Food Research Excellence for Safety and Health), a Sonoco and Clemson University initiative to develop new technologies and new forms of packaging to optimize the fresh food lifecycle, is pleased to host a series of events focused on innovations in packaging.

With the theme of “Safe. Secure. Sustainable.,” the February 2021 Summit, hosted on the campus of Clemson University, will offer a unique opportunity to stimulate high impact discussions on how the issues associated with each part of the food value chain can be used as opportunities to drive business and benefit society.

In preparation of the Summit, Sonoco FRESH will host sneak peek webinars September 22-23, 2020. To register for the sneak peek webinars, please visit

In addition, the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics will host a virtual Sustainable Packaging Design Workshop September 23-24, a packaging primer that describes the role of designing for sustainability in a circular economy. T

Sonoco Recycling is a member of SERDC
Around the Country
Texas Study Will Examine Current Recycling Economy in Texas, Discover Opportunities for Growth and Propose Action
Posted on July 15, 2020 from

A statewide recycling survey that was launched on June 1st will close on August 31st, 2020. The Recycling Market Development Plan seeks to document recycling and the use of recyclables in manufacturing in Texas, as well as evaluate multiple recycling economic issues in greater detail. Survey results will be used to develop a Recycling Market Development Plan that will provide recommendations for Texas policy makers to address the economic, environmental and policy issues of interest to Texas businesses and governmental agencies.

The effort is the result of a bill passed in the 86th Texas Legislative Session (Senate Bill 649), which requires the development of a Recycling Market Development Plan to take an updated look at the economics of the recycling industry in Texas and provide details about the current and needed infrastructure to manage the state’s recyclables, as well as various recommendations on how to support and grow the Texas recycling industry. An educational campaign will also be developed to highlight the economic benefits of recycling, the companies in Texas utilizing recycled feedstock, and contamination reduction messaging.

Colorado law calls for exploration of recycling market development center
Posted on July 29, 2020 from

Last month, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed SB20-055, or the “Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets” bill. The legislation directs the state's Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) to provide a plan by July 2021 for what a recycling market development center could look like in Colorado.

A recycling market development center would ideally boost recycling levels in Colorado while encouraging an industry that makes use of those materials, Bailey said. Some of those motivators are already in place. One DPHE program, NextCycle, is an incubator for start-ups making use of waste streams. Launched in 2019, the state program encourages business development to help Colorado meet its 2036 goal of a 45% recycling rate. The state also sponsors a grant program that funds investments in recycling collection efforts and technology. 

When pitching the idea of a more robust recycling economy, Bailey said that opportunities for new jobs resonated the most with legislators. This motivator aligns the state with other efforts like the Southeast Recycling Development Council and programs in North and South Carolina, all of which served as models for what the Colorado development center could look like.program. The North Carolina program provides funding and education resources for potential companies, and assistance dealing with permitting processes. The South Carolina initiative also emphasizes helping existing businesses figure out recycling or zero waste options.  

Nestlé Waters North America Expands Use of 100% Recycled Plastic (rPET) in Three Additional Brands, Doubles rPET Use across U.S. Domestic Portfolio
Posted on July 16, 2020 from Yahoo! Finance

Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) today announced that three more of our U.S. domestic still water brands have started to convert their packaging to 100% recycled plastic. Ozarka® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water, Deer Park® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water and Zephyrhills® Brand 100% Natural Spring Water packaging, which has long been 100% recyclable, will now be both 100% recyclable and made from 100% recycled plastic. With the expansion of recycled plastic (rPET) to these brands, nearly 60% of all households in the U.S. will have access to one of our regionally distributed spring water brands in bottles made entirely with recycled plastic.

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