Barbara Heineken, RRS Consultant & Carton Council Rep


Barbara Heineken is a consultant with RRS with over 25 years of recycling program development and management experience Barbara has played a key role in RRS’ project with the Carton Council – specifically focusing on expanding knowledge and access to recycling cartons in the school environment. Her engagement of key stakeholders in administrative, legislative, educational outreach, and materials recovery aspects has led to implementation of many successful recovery programs.

Recent Team Projects

  • Carton Council: RRS has supported this collaborative association in achieving their goal of 60% U.S. carton recycling access through data research and analysis, communications and outreach, and policy/legislative monitoring and support.
  • St. Johns County, FL: RRS created a recycling coordinator handbook to improve reporting capabilities and maximize outreach opportunities to residents, commercial businesses, and schools.


  • Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)
  • Community Stepping Stones
  • Recycle Florida Today

Topical Expertise

  • Adding Materials to Recycling Programs
  • Recycling Challenge Materials
  • Recycling in Schools
  • Communication and Outreach

Recent Speaking Engagements/Publications

  • Carolina Recycling Association Conference (Mar 2018): Tools Rule: Free Resources for Recycling Coordinators & Educators
  • U.S. Green Building Council Green Schools National Network Conference (Mar 2017): Reducing Plate Waste through Recycling, Reduction and Recovery
  • Carolina Recycling Association 27th Annual Conference (Mar 2017): Resources to Boost Your Recycling Program
  • MassRecycle R3 Recycling & Organics Conference (Mar 2016): Linking Recycling & Education Including Composting
  • Recycle Florida Today/SWANA (Feb 2016): MRF Material Flow Study – A Look at the Sortability and Recyclability
  • Florida Fox 13 Earth Watch (Jan 2016): Milk Carton Recycling
  • WMNF Radio Radioactivity (Oct 2015): Does Recycling Make Sense?
  • New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse & Recycling Conference (Nov 2014): Carton Council’s Outreach Program
  • Learn Green: Florida’s Green Schools Conference (Oct 2014): Successful Carton Recycling in School
  • MassRecycle R3 Recycling & Organics Conference (Apr 2014): School Cafeteria Recycling – How Cartons & Food Scraps Can Work Together
  • Carolina Recycling Association Annual Conference (Mar 2014): National Recycling Outreach Initiatives


  • Bachelor of Environmental Planning, State University of New York, Albany
  • Recycling Manager Certification, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA)
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Certification, Occupational


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