Regional Approaches to Fuel Local Circular Economies: Great Lakes Region
June 18, 2020, 11:00a-12:00p ET
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Leaders in cities, regions and private companies are interested in implementing circular economy concepts, but how do you begin to change linear systems of production to close the loop? Join us for a discussion of how to use data and best practices to engage key stakeholders and implement a collective action plan to make the push toward a circular reality.
Mark Fisher, CEO of The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR), will explore what is happening in the Great Lakes region in terms of waste flow trends, value capture efforts, barriers to circularity, and what is needed to drive change within a major economic region of North America.
Walter Willis, executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, IL (SWALCO), will speak about the multi-municipal authority, its recycling progress, and circular economy planning process.
Susan Graff, vice president of global corporate sustainability at RRS, will share data-driven approaches to take circular economy theory to practice, leveraging value chain partnerships to drive local recycling improvement and end market development for recycled material.
Recycling Operations During COVID-19
June 10, 2020, 1:00p-2:30p ET
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The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) will host a webinar to discuss recycling operations during COVID-19. Focus will be put on the changes to the recycling processing business, from markets to plant procedures to supply chains. CDC information and PPE reviews, as well as novel procedures and best practices will be shared. Additionally, the panel will discuss wild commodity swings, supply chain disruptions, and future outlooks. This webinar is free to members and non-members.
Packaging Sustainability’s New Paradigm: Perspectives on Plastic Neutrality
June 8, 2020, 12:30p-1:30p ET
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Join RRS to explore plastic neutrality, an exciting concept in packaging sustainability that centers around measuring, reducing, and offsetting brands’ unique plastic footprints. Learn how plastic credits work, why brands find them valuable, and how they can be effective in alleviating our ocean plastic epidemic. You will hear from organizations that are utilizing this system right now: rePurpose Global, a plastic credit platform coordinating and connecting participants; Vita Coco, a growing consumer brand taking action and funding the effort; and Waste Ventures India, the boots on the ground who are utilizing plastic offset financing to create a tangible, quantifiable impact on eliminating plastic waste from nature.
Maximizing Value of Unsold Inventory
- Tom Enright, VP of Supply Chain Research, Gartner
- Brian Plott, Director of Reverse Supply Chain, Best Buy
- Shari Rudolph, Chief Development Officer, Good 360
- Jacklyn Allen, Director Corporate Sustainability, Guess?, Inc.
- Lisa Davis, Sustainability Manager, IKEA
- Alexandra Minkovich, Partner, Baker McKenzie
- Marisa Adler, Senor Consultant, RRS
- Vince Scheerer, VP of Business Development, National Programs, U.S. Ecology
- Dave Corn, EVP, Comstock and Holt
On May 6-7, 2020, The Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) hosted a two-day virtual event featuring five educational sessions and a couple of cool virtual networking opportunities. RRS participated in two sessions – the recordings are available below.
Resources for Recycling Resiliency During COVID-19
RRS teamed up with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the MRC to bring you a session about the implications of the pandemic on recycling and organics recovery. Learn about the impact on local and regional markets, how facilities and ensuring the safety of employees and clients, and available resources for municipalities and small businesses.
- Matt Flechter, EGLE
- Tony Smykla, MIOSHA
- Wendy Fought, Emmet County
- JD Lindeberg, RRS
- Marty Seaman, RRS
- Lars Dannberg, UP Paper
- John Parris II, Great Lakes Tissue
- Eadaoin Quinn, EFS-Plastics
- Scott DeFife, GPI
Watch the recording: Resources for Recycling Resiliency
Benchmarking Materials Management for Progress
In this session, RRS and EGLE discussed how the state of Michigan is shifting to materials management by sharing information on a major data benchmarking initiative that will integrate reporting, measurement, and planning systems and benefit county and local governments and the EGLE program. Additionally, learn about a developing grant opportunity intended to support county materials management, as well as the latest update on tools to build the materials management program of the future.
- Christina Miller, EGLE
- Anna Lynott, RRS
Watch the recording: Benchmarking Materials Management
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- Dave Keeling, NRC
- Marty Seaman, RRS
- Nathan Wittstruck, EPA
- Bill Moore, Moore & Associates
- Nina Butler, More Recycling
- Joel Morales, Jr., IHS Markit
- Scott DeFife, Glass Packaging Institute
- Joe Pickard, ISRI
Recycling Resilience: MRF and Collection Safety During COVID-19
On April 23rd, the Carolina Recycling Association, North Carolina DEACS, South Carolina DHEC, and Renew by RRS partnered on this webinar to discuss what is on everyone’s mind right now: health and safety. You may have asked in recent weeks; Is what I am doing safe? Are my employees as protected as possible while providing recycling collection and other essential services?
View the recording: Recycling Resilience
- Mary McClellan, CRA
- Marissa Segundo, RRS
- Sandy Skolochenko, NC DEACS
- Alexandra Miller, SC DHEC
- Tracy Nestor, Republic Services
- Laura Merrell, James Madison University
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South Carolina: Business Resources and Recycling Markets Webinar
On April 2, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and their partners discussed resources available for South Carolina businesses and recycling markets during the COVID-19 pandemic including low-interest federal disaster loans. Additionally, information was presented on the recycling industry, national and local recycling overviews, plus insights from the paper, plastics, metal, and glass sectors.
Watch the recorded webinar here (note: registration information is required to watch the playback): Recycling in SC