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Join us for a special event led by the NRC

smm-dialog-workshopHave you ever wondered how Sustainable Materials Management and the Circular Economy are relevant to recyclers?
Attend the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Dialog for you to do just that. We have an expert line-up of presenters, followed by a discussion among attendees about how to take these principles and turn them into action.
  • Gary Liss, Co-Chair, NRC SMM Committee highlighting NRC SMM Strategy and Moderator
  • Cheryl Coleman, USEPA addressing what is SMM and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)
  • Katie Wallace, New Belgium Brewing Co. as a model SMM Business leader addressing what they are doing on sustainability in general, SMM, LCAs, Resource Management, Resource Efficiency, Circular Economy and Zero Waste
  • Gloria Hardagree, Georgia Recycling Coalition on Recyclers+ (reuse, recycling, composting and related professionals) at the table with manufacturers and product designers to redesign products and packaging.
The Workshop will be held during the Southeast Recycling Development Council’s annual summit on November 7, 2016. Please sign up for this session here. You do not have to be attending the full conference to participate, but if you plan to attend the full conference, you must register for both events.

: Monday, November 7, 2016
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm ET
Cost: Free to NRC Members; Others $25.00.
Please note: All members of state recycling organizations affiliated with the NRC are automatically members of NRC. Click here for a list of state affiliate
Member Code: NRCmember
Location: 225 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA. 30303 USA


For more information on the SERDC Summit and other events taking place, click here.

The NRC will also be holding a Board meeting in conjunction with the SERDC summit on 11/9/16. If you are in the Southeast region, please plan to join us.

If you would like organize an event like this in your area, please let us know. Contact NRC’s Staff Assistant for more information at [email protected].

Murray J. Fox, The “Johnny Appleseed” of U.S. Recycling

About the Author:  Neil Seldman, Ph.D., co-founded the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and serves as Senior Staff of the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and counties recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy  through new processing and manufacturing facilities.  Neil also serves on ILSR’s Board of Directors.

In my career of five decades of working in the recycling field for ILSR there is only one person I consider a true “Johnny Appleseed of Recycling” in the U.S.  His name is Murray J. Fox and he remains a sage of recycling, whose own history provides insight into today’s policies and issues. He never failed to teach others about the configuration of the equipment, the technologies to be employed and the problems to be solved.  In the 1970s, Fox provided guided tours to beginning community recyclers of his ingeniously designed beneficiation plants with modern equipment and expandable walls along concrete pads.  These were the people  who subsequently became national leaders in the emerging U.S. recycling movement.

Fox first became aware of how much glass was being wasted in his aluminum storm window business, and then, due to new regulations for safety glass, he entered into a joint venture to build a glass tempering plant in Webster, Massachusetts. His curiosity brought him to Belgium…

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