A partnership between the RMC and NRC in delivering innovative programming to those who are seeking integrated opportunities for materials management. 

The monthly programming Series is provided through live webinar format on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30pm to 2:45pm EDT. Recordings of the Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series will be available for those who cannot attend or need to reference the Webinar.  Topic matter and webinar schedules are subject to change. Stay in contact for programming announcements

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February 2017

Commercial Recycling: Drivers, Problems, and Solutions

An expert in the field of solid waste industry economic research will delve into commercial recycling and discuss the factors when considering entry into this sector, including its makeup, percentage of the recycling stream, invoicing, costs, and incentives.

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Lisa A. Skumatz, PhD, Economic Research Associates, Inc.
Topic Subject Matter: Commercial Recycling
Technical Complexity: Moderate


March 2017

Closed Loop Fund Update

The Closed Loop Fund (CLF) is a social impact fund investing $100M to increase the recycling of products and packaging. Its goal is to strategically remove the key obstacles to expanding recycling in order to attract additional, more affordable capital to the industry, increase recycling access, and help scale solutions that improve recycling profitability. An update of this massive social endeavor that was created in 2014 will be provided.

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Ron Gonen, Co-founder and CEO, The Closed Loop Fund
Topic Subject Matter: Update of the Closed Loop Fund
Technical Complexity: Moderate


April 2017

Keys to Successful Plastics Recycling

Plastic recycling is complicated and requires many factors to be successful. This presentation will answer two main questions related to successful plastics recycling: Why does quality matter, and how to collect for quality? The discussion will include market drivers and influences, historical pricing, current market conditions and industry-based education and outreach efforts to address quality starting at the curbside bin through end users related to both film and rigid plastic packaging.

Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Tonya Randell, Project Manager, Moore Recycling Associates
Topic Subject Matter: Sustainable Materials Management
Technical Complexity: Moderate


May 2017

Zero Waste in New York: Challenges and Opportunities

The leader of the county’s largest municipal sanitation department will discuss the goal of contributing Zero Waste to Landfills by 2030 by improving and expanding existing successful reduction, reuse and waste reduction programs, as well as implementing new initiatives such as organics, public housing and e-scrap recycling; education; and private sector engagement.

Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Kathryn Garcia, New York City Sanitation Commissioner
Topic Subject Matter: Zero Waste
Technical Complexity: Moderate


June 2017

Building Relationships with Regulatory Agencies

Many organizational leaders, business managers, and municipal officials find it challenging to build rapport with local, state, federal agency representatives. Through this webinar, learn key concepts important to relationship management related to interaction with regulatory representatives.

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: To Be Determined
Topic Subject Matter: Regulatory Compliance
Technical Complexity: Moderate/High