July 2017

New Innovations in Compostable Flex Packaging: Design, Materials, and the End of the Line

This webinar is focused on the discussion about the future of innovation design in compostable materials for food products. This webinar will focus on compostable flex packaging and feature material specialists and the companies that are leading the way in introducing flex packaging into the wider market. Operators will also discuss the end-of-life of these products and how they are handled within the various processes of industrial composting.

This webinar was sponsored by the Recylcers Global Warming Council, a technical council of the California Resource Recovery Association.

Date: July 13, 20117 from 10:00-11:15am PST/1:00-2:15pm ET
– Lara Dickinson, OSC2, One Step Closer to an Organic Sustainable Community
– Reyna Bryan, Elk Packaging
– Dan Kurtrock, ReGrained
– Tim Dewey-Mattia, Public Education Manager
– Christienne de Tournay & Sharmila Singh

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For further information on the webinar’s topic:
US Composting Council
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Sustainable Packaging Coalition
Biodegradable Products Institute
EPA – Sustainable Materials Management 
NRC SMM Initiatives

June 2017

Animal Mortality Composting II

This webinar will provide an update of the research on the utilization of composting as a preferred method to safely manage bovine, swine, poultry and other animal mortalities for both small and large operations as well as mass animal die-offs due to disease outbreaks.

Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Jean Bonhotal, Director, Cornell Waste Management Institute
Topic Subject Matter: Animal Mortality Composting
Technical Complexity: Moderate

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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

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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

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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

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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

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January 2017

PET Recycling Markets Trends and Challenges

An update from the Trade Association for PET packaging in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be presented and will include current market conditions as well as the challenges faced by the recycling industry with regard to PET recycling.

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Kate Eagles is the Program Director for the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR)
Topic Subject Matter: PET Plastic Container Recycling
Technical Complexity: Moderate

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December 2016

Environmental Justice Issues for Recycling Facility Development Projects

This webinar will discuss the “Science of Inequality” as it relates to environmental justice issues faced by solid waste management and recycling facility projects. The term “Inequality” will be defined and the “Math” that quantifies the factors that influence it will be addressed.

Date: Tuesday, December 20, 2016/1:30-2:45PM EDT

Presenter:  John G. Waffenschmidt, Vice President, Environmental Science and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy

Topic Subject Matter: Environmental Justice

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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November 2016

How to Sell your Organization to Foundations, Corporations, and Other Non-recycling Funding Sources

Marketing and promoting a nonprofit organization is a complex and ongoing task. Learn how to avoid common mistakes and how to succeed at acquiring and sustaining funding for your NPO.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016/1:30-2:45PM EDT

Presenter: John O’Malley, Principal, O’Malley International Associates

Topic Subject Matter: Non-Profit Organization Funding

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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October 2016

Battery Recycling 101

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans purchase and use nearly 3 billion dry cell batteries every year to power our electronic devices. The improper handling and disposal of batteries can create serious safety concerns and contaminate the environment. A professional battery recycler will provide an overview of make-up and characteristics of batteries that we use every day, the laws that regulate the handling transportation, recycling and disposal, and how batteries are processed and recycled.

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016/1:30-2:45PM EDT

Presenter: John Kincaide, President, E-Waste Brokerage Inc.

Topic Subject Matter: Battery Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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September 2016

The Impact of Glass Recycling in the Glass Container Industry

An expert in glass cullet purchasing and customer relations will explain the benefits of using recycled glass when making new glass containers, including, reduced energy consumption resulting in lower emissions, and 100% recyclability of the feedstock with no waste material in the forming process. In addition, several obstacles with using recycled cullet will be detailed, including, contamination that causes imperfections in the containers, which results in lost production efficiency, increased accident potential from glass related injury.

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Presenter: Pam Baylor, Director of Purchasing and Customer Service, Anchor Glass

Topic Subject Matter: Recycled Glass Cullet

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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August 2016

Recycled Metals Commodities Markets Update

An industry expert will provide an update of the recent turmoil in the metal commodities markets with a focus on recycled scrap metal.

Date: Tuesday August 23, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Presenter: Joseph Pickard, Chief Economist and Director of Communications, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

Topic Subject Matter: Recovered Metals Commodities Markets

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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July 2016

The Perfect Storm – Economic Impact of Changes in the Recycling Industry

An industry expert will discuss the challenges recycling is facing, including changes in stream composition, rising labor costs, increasing maintenance and processing costs, and depressed commodity prices. Adapting to these challenges will require public and private sectors working together. Individuals must also understand and take on the costs of recycling as well as the negative impacts placing undesirable materials in the bin.

Date: Tuesday July 19, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Robert Anderson, Mid Atlantic Regional Business Development Manager, ReCommunity Recycling

Topic Subject Matter: Recycling Commodity Markets  

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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June 2016

Trends in the Recycling and Waste Handling Equipment Industry

This webinar will provide an overview some of the newer products and technologies that have been introduced recently into the waste/recycling industry that can improve productivity and sustainability efforts.

Date: Tuesday June 21, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Jon M. Casey, Editor of Waste Handling Equipment News

Topic Subject Matter: Waste and Recycling Equipment, Recycling Processing Technology

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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May 2016

Recycled Material Commodity Markets Update

Experts in the recycled metals, paper and plastics industries will provide an update focusing on the domestic and global recovered plastics markets and emerging processing technologies.

Date: Tuesday May 17, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: TBD

Topic Subject Matter: Recycled Commodities Markets

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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April 2016

Agricultural Plastics Recycling

Historically, the rates of recovery and recycling of agricultural plastics have been low as it is cumbersome to handle, difficult to keep clean and rarely meets post-recycling market specifications. However, efficient recycling infrastructure is emerging to help agricultural plastics get to post-recycling markets. This webinar will focus on the development of collection and recycling best practices for managing waste agricultural plastics; and provide examples of local initiatives of agricultural and recycling communities, integration with existing materials management infrastructure, increasing market demand for recovered agricultural plastic, and extended producer responsibility demonstrated by the manufacturers and distributors of agricultural plastics products.

Date: Monday April 25, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Lois Levitan, PhD, Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, Cornell University

Topic Subject Matter: Agricultural Plastics Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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March 2016

Ceiling Tile Recycling

The recovery and recycling of cellulose-based ceiling tiles can help building owners maintain their “green” image during demolition, rehabilitation and remodeling projects. This webinar will highlight examples of successful ceiling tile programs and how they are set-up and executed. It will also discuss how ceiling tile recycling fits in with the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program that recognizes building strategies and practices.

Date: Tuesday March 15, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Neal McDwyer, Recycling Coordinator, Armstrong World Industries

Topic Subject Matter: Ceiling Tile Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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February 2016

Health and Safety Issues with Electronic Scrap

The recycling of consumer electronics has grown substantially in recent years. There can be safety hazards from handling consumer electronics in general, and specific components may have distinct hazardous properties. This webinar will discuss federal, state, and local safety regulations; client specific procedures and programs; and applicable industry standards pertaining to the handling of recycled electronic scrap.

Date: Tuesday February 16, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Lloyd B. Andrew III, CIH, CSP, President, EnvirOSH Services, Inc ®

Topic Subject Matter: Environmental Health and Safety, Electronic Scrap Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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January 2016

I Can Fix That! – Repair of Small Electronic Devices

Learn from the founder of a wiki-based website that teaches people how to fix almost anything and empowers individuals to share their technical knowledge with the rest of the world.

Date: Tuesday January 19, 2016

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Kyle Wiens, Co-founder and CEO, ifixit

Topic Subject Matter: Electronic Device Repair

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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December 2015

Wood Recycling

This webinar will discus the recovery and reuse of wood waste

Date: Tuesday December 15, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: David Zwicky, President, W.D. Zwicky & Son

Topic Subject Matter: Wood Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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November 2015

Social Media and Environmental Sustainability

Social media provides many benefits for organizations involved in sustainability, including increased consumer trust. While benefiting responsible organizations by enhancing their brand reputations, it is also a platform capable of exerting tremendous pressure on irresponsible businesses. This webinar focuses on the power of new media… and the expectations that companies use social media to convey their sustainability message.

Date: Tuesday November 17, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Joe Knezic, Vice President, Branding/ Creative Services, Partnership of Packer, Oesterling and Smith (PPOS), Inc

Topic Subject Matter: Social Media, Sustainability

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October 2015

Gypsum Wallboard Recycling

This webinar will discuss the efforts to develop a viable collection, processing and manufacturing infrastructure for recycled gypsum wallboard material. Learn how recycling companies have diverted large quantities of waste gypsum wallboard from landfilling and developed new products out of this material.

Date: Tuesday October 20, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Terry L Weaver, President, USA Gypsum

Topic Subject Matter: Gypsum Wallboard Recycling

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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Recycle By Design & Michigan Recycling HackAThon: What you need to know!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the exciting and innovative opportunities kicking-off in Michigan this November!  You won’t want to miss the statewide Michigan Recycling HackAThon or Recycle By Design Challenge. This webinar will detail: What Recycle By Design is, how to start a team and get involved with Recycle By Design, what the Michigan Recycling HackAThon is, what you can expect from attending the Michigan Recycling HackAThon, and how to sign up and not miss either of these great opportunities.

Date: Wednesday October 14, Monday October 19, 2015, and Tuesday October 27, 2015

Time: 10-11am EDT and 2:00-3:00pm EDT

Cost: Free

Presenters: Kerrin O’Brien, Executive Director, Michigan Recycling Coalition, Matt Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Jeff George, Senior Associate, IMG Rebel, Jessica Villarreal, Environmental Sustainability Lead and Innovation Core Team Member, Consumers Energy, and Katie Fahey, Program Administrator, Michigan Recycling Coalition

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September 2015

Sustainable Packaging Standards and Goals

The presentation will provide a high-level snapshot summary of Burt’s Bees Packaging Standard.  It will cover what Burt’s ideal state looks like, and how they are designing recyclability into their packaging today.

Date: Tuesday September 22, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Jennie Macaluso, Senior Packaging Scientist, Burt’s Bees

Topic Subject Matter: Sustainable Packaging

Technical Complexity: Moderate

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August 2015

A Paradigm Shift in Organics Management and Sustainable, Renewable Energy

A combination of new federal/state/local regulatory requirements, private sector focus, development of new(er) conversion technologies, and socio-political movements have yielded a paradigm shift in how organic and other waste materials are being managed.  While Pennsylvania is not at the forefront of this change, other communities are changing the way organics are managed.   This emerging market has yielded significant new opportunities in waste diversion and conversion into various forms of renewable energy such as power, heat, and renewable natural gas and other saleable byproducts, such as compost.  Collectively referred to as the bioenergy and waste to energy (WtE) market sector, the sector is no longer focused on incineration and now on clean technologies such as anaerobic digestion (AD).  Commonly utilized in wastewater treatment plants, this well documented technology is being used for the organic management of municipal solid waste throughout Europe and now rapidly growing in the US.

Date: Tuesday August 18, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Presenter: Keith Henn, Vice President, Bioenergy, Tetra Tech, Inc.

Topic Subject Matter: Renewable Energy

Technical Complexity: Moderate/High

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July 2015

Carpet Recycling
This webinar will discuss market-based solutions to increase landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet, as well as advancements regarding designing carpeting for recyclability. 

Date: Tuesday July 28, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Speaker: Representative of the Carpet America Recovery Effort

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June 2015


Vermicompost is the product or process of composting using worms and has been found to be an excellent, nutrient-rich soil conditioner. This webinar will discuss which how vermicompost is made and utilized.

Date: Tuesday June 16, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Speaker: Rhonda Sherman, University of North Carolina

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May 2015

Striving for Sustainable Waste Materials Management in an Educational Institution and the Use of the ReDi Index® to Measure the Success of a Zero Waste Program

Learn how a team of physical plant staff from a large university addressed the daunting challenge of implementing a zero waste program and developed an internet-based tool to measure and assess the program’s success and effectiveness

Date: Tuesday May 19, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free


Al Matyasovsky, Program Manager of Central Support Services, Penn State University, Office of

Physical Plant

Brendan Bagley, IT Project Manager Penn State University, Office of Physical Plant

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April 2015

Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part IV

How NRC Policies and Principles Support Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Dates: April 29, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST

Cost: Free


Moderator, Gary Liss, Co-Chair NRC SMM Summit Committee and President, Gary Liss and Associates

“Support for SMM in 1986 National Policy on Recycling” Rick Anthony, First NRC Policy Chair and Principal, Richard Anthony Associates

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“Support for SMM in Current Policies and Principles” Stephen Bantillo, Current NRC Policy Co-Chair and Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute

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Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part III

Life Cycle Analyses and Redesign for Sustainable Materials Management

Dates: April 23, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST


Moderator, Julie L. Rhodes, Co-Chair, NRC SMM Summit Committee and President, Julie L. Rhodes Consulting

“Redesigning for SMM and a Closed Circle Economy” Lawrence Black, Senior Advisor, Waste Management McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaboration
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“US EPA WARM Model and Other Life Cycle Analysis Calculators” Keith Weitz, Director of Sustainability and Resources Management, RTI International
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“Life Cycle Analyses that Recognize Upstream and Environmental Impacts” Jeffrey Morris, Ph.D., Economics, Principal, Sound Resource Management Group
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Animal Mortality Composting

Safely managing animal moralities is an ever-increasing challenge to the agricultural community. Composting is now a preferred management method.  This webinar discusses the various composting methods for bovine, swine, poultry and marine mammals.

Date: Tuesday April 21, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Cost: Free

Speaker: Jean Bonhotal, Director, Cornell Waste Management Institute and Mark King, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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March 2015
Carbon Credit Markets

A carbon credit (aka carbon offset) is a financial instrument that represents 1 ton of CO2 (carbon dioxide) or CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent gases) removed or reduced from the atmosphere from an emission reduction project. Learn about current governmental carbon credit programs and how industry and private individuals are utilizing these programs to offset emissions that are generated.

Date: Tuesday March 17, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Speaker: Scott Subler, President, Environmental Credit Corporation

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February 2015
Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part II

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST


“How recycling managers can best contribute to achieving SMM” David Allaway, Policy and Program Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

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“What support for local SMM initiatives should be in a National SMM Plan” Gary Liss, Co-Chair, NRC Sustainable Materials Management Summit Committee and President, Gary Liss & Associates

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February 2015
Recycled Paper and Plastics Industry Update

Experts in the recycled paper and plastics industries will provide an update focusing on the domestic and global recovered plastics markets and emerging processing technologies. 

Date: Tuesday February 17, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Speaker: Greg Rudder, Editor, PPI Pulp & Paper Week, RISI Representative, Plastics Recycling Industry and Mylinda Jacobsen, Purchasing Manager, Envison Plastics

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February 2015
Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part I

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST


“Why NRC has organized the SMM Summit” Mark Lichtenstein, President and CEO, National Recycling Coalition and Executive Director, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions

“EPA’s SMM definition, policies, and programs” Elizabeth Resek, Chief, Municipal Source Reduction Branch, USEPA HQ

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“What do NRC members currently do with SMM” Julie L. Rhodes, Co-Chair, NRC Sustainable Materials Management Summit Committee and President, Julie L. Rhodes Consulting

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January 2015
The Benefits of the Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Industry in the U.S.

This webinar will review the outcomes of a recent white paper commissioned by the Construction/Demolition Waste Recycling Association (CDRA) and written by Dr. Timothy
Townsend of the University of Florida. The white paper measures the economic impact and environmental benefits of C&D recycling based on an industry survey of operating costs, production rates and end market values.  From the survey, data was extrapolated to provide an estimate how many green jobs the industry provides, economic value, and environmental benefits, such as greenhouse gases reduced and landfill space saved.

Date: Tuesday January 20, 2015

Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Speaker: Professor Timothy G. Townsend, Ph.D., P.E., Jones Edmunds Professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Environmental, Engineering Sciences Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment, University of Florida

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December 2014
Carton Recycling

This webinar will define what exactly what is a carton is and how the Carton Council and the industry it represents is working with manufacturers, recycling program coordinators, haulers, processors and end users to set-up a sustainable recycling infrastructure

Date: Tuesday December 16, 2014
Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Jason Pelz, Vice President of Sustainability and Recycling Programs, Tetra Pak

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November 2014
Mattress Recycling

Many mattress materials are made from recycled and renewable materials and can be recycled at the end of their useful life for use in other products. Learn how the sleep products industry is developing partnerships and programs to establish workable recycling system. 

Date: Tuesday November 18, 2014
Time: 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT
Speaker: Ryan Trainer, President, International Sleep Products Association and Christopher Hudgins, Vice President for Government Relations and Policy, International Sleep Products Association

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October 2014
Asphalt Shingle Recycling

This webinar will discuss a major component of recycled construction and demolition waste and the markets and uses for pre- and post consumer asphalt shingles.

Date: Tuesday October 21, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Jason Haus, Chief Executive Officer, Dem-Con Companies, LLC

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September 2014
Compost Tea: Something Good is Brewing

Compost Tea: Something Good is Brewing

This webinar will provide an overview of the relatively new use of “tea” extracted from compost. Recent research has found that compost tea, when produced and applied correctly, can provide a number of benefits to plants, including protection from disease-causing organisms, increased nutrient uptake, retention and availability, and improve the water-holding capacity and structure in the in the soil.

Date: Tuesday September 16, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Mark King, Environmental Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

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August 2014
Computer Refurbishing and Reverse Logistics

This webinar provides insight on the computer hardware refurbishing and recycling industry and the complexity of factors such as supply and demand, and the hard-to-assess and fast-decaying value of returned hardware during the refurbishing and recycling process.

Date: Tuesday August 19, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Peter Sobata, Founder & CEO, recoupIT, inc.

July 2014
Federal Trade Commission Green Guides

Many marketers make deceptive or untruthful claims of their product’s environmental attributes. A Federal Trade Commission representative will explain how their “Green Guides” are designed to ensure claims about carbon offsets, “green” certifications and seals, and renewable or recycled materials are valid.

Date: Tuesday July 15, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Julia Solomon Ensor, Esq., Division of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection and Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.

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June 2014
Using Recycled Ground Tired Rubber in Highway Construction and Maintenance

This webinar will discuss the innovative use of recycled ground tire rubber (GTR) in highway construction and maintenance projects-particularly in hot asphalt mixes. An expert in the development application of asphalt-based materials will discuss his experiences and resulting benefits with using recycled rubber in asphalt.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Greg Brouse, Quality and Process Manager, Eastern Industries, Winfield PA

May 2014
Key Sustainability Materials Management Components in a Lean Manufacturing Program

This webinar will discuss the importance of waste reduction, reuse and recycling, in a lean manufacturing setting. An industry expert will provide his insights on his company’s lean journey towards sustainability.   

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Rod Miller, P.E., Director of Environmental Affairs, La-Z-Boy Incorporated, Monroe, Michigan

April 2014
PET Thermoform Recycling- A Progress Report

This webinar will provide an overview of PET Thermoform recycling, from early research and development efforts; the state of the market today; and a reclaimer’s experience in recycling PET thermoforms with PET bottles. 

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Resa Dimino, Director of Public Policy, NAPCOR and Ryan L’Abbé, Vice President & General Manager, Ice River Springs – Blue Mountain Plastic Division

March 2014
Scrap Tire Markets Update

An industry expert will provide an update on the state of scrap tire recycling market in the U.S. and the existing and developing uses of scrap tires. 

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker:Michael Blumenthal, V.P. Rubber Manufacturers Association

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January 2014
Greening Recycling and Refuse Truck Fleets Through Use of Alternative Fuels

This webinar will focus on the economic, environmental and technological considerations of converting truck fleets to run on greener fuels such as natural gas and biodiesel. Industry experts will present and discuss this emerging trend.

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Dave Hurst, Principal Research Analyst, Navigant Consulting, Inc., Detroit, MI and Bob King, Principal Founder and Chairman of the Board, Pacific Biodiesel Technologies, LLC, Kahului, HI.


December 2013
The Used Clothing Recovery and Reuse Industry

This webinar will provide an overview of the used clothing industry and will address its many and sometimes complicated aspects, including collection, processing, exportation and reuse. Four industry experts will present a detailed discussion on each of these aspects.

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Time: 2:30-3:45PM EST
Speakers: Jon Harvey, Consultant and Broker, Central States Used Clothing

November 2013
The Zero Waste Brand: What is it and Who Certifies it?

In the last 2 years, everyone is talking about Zero Waste and it has become THE goal for leaders of waste management and recycling in the world.  However, not everyone means the same thing when they say Zero Waste.  Join this webinar to learn more about the true meaning of Zero Waste that is embraced by the world’s environmental, recycling and Zero Waste leaders, highlighting particularly the work of the Zero Waste International Alliance and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. 

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Gary Liss, President, Gary Liss and Associates

October 2013
The Recycled Paper Markets Roller-Coaster Ride…totally unpredictable…up, down and sideways…where will it go next?

This webinar will cover the 3 “U”s of the recycled paper markets: Unique, Unpredictable, Unprecedented. Why are these markets like this and what will be coming next? Learn about the past trends and the factors that are influencing the economics of paper recycling, from one of the largest paper mill groups that consumes only 100% recycled content for their paper-making process.

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Myles Cohen, President, Pratt Recycling

September 2013
Compost: Why it Matters

This webinar will provide an overview of the variety of agronomic benefits derived from using compost. The physical, chemical and biological benefits of various compost products will be described in a manner so that prospective users will know what they have to offer. An overview of the United States Composting Council’s “Seal of Testing Assurance Program” will also be provided.

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: David Crohn, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, Univ. of California, Riverside. Dr. andAl Rattie, Marketing Manager, United States Composting Council

July 2013
Steel Recycling 101

Recycling has been around for hundreds of years. Through innovation and new technologies the process has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry across dozens of markets. Steel, as North America’s #1 Most Recycled Material, is recycled more than paper, plastic, aluminum and glass – combined. Learn what steel is doing right. Who are the players in the recycling wheel that keep the steel scrap industry moving? And why is it important for everyone that the most recycled material keeps improving? This webinar will discuss the business of the steel recycling industry and the importance of its continued success.

Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speaker: Casey Fenton, Communications Assistant, Steel Recycling Institute

June 2013
Zero Waste Strategies for Corporations- Market Drivers, Material Management Considerations and the Importance of Verification and Auditing

There is currently a proliferation of landfill free claims in the market. Are companies really achieving “zero waste to landfill” in a legitimate manner? This webinar will feature a presentation from a nationally recognized expert in the field of sustainable industry services and will address the following topics:

  • The Market Drivers for Waste Reduction and Landfill Free Claims: supply chain demand, the new ASTM E60 standards, cost savings, regulations and liability
  • Material Management Strategies: diversion definitions, source reduction, composting, anaerobic digestion, waste-to-energy, recycling, outlets for electronic and hazardous waste
  • Importance of Verification and Auditing: Validation and audit claims, The value of third-party certification, Federal Trade Commission Guidelines and Cone research.

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST


March 2012
LEED Standard and Recycling – How Do They Fit Together?

Green building is no longer a trend, but rather a focus of the future in the building industry. New Green Building standards and codes are moving the green building market from voluntary to mandatory. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard is a primary vehicle for promoting sustainable design and construction and requires the use of materials and products with recycled content. This session will help you to learn how to acquire those coveted LEED rating points by reusing and recycling demolition waste, utilizing recycled content building materials, and establishing LEED building recycling programs.

Date: Monday, March 12, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST

February 2012
Single Stream Recycling – Potential Solutions for Triple Mix Glass Management

A recent report states that single stream processing can result in increased glass residue when compared to dual stream processing. Learn how one of the largest recycled glass processors in North America is addressing this issue and creating opportunities with this material. In addition, we will hear about how a state department of transportation agency has developed specifications for the use of triple mix recycled glass for highway construction projects.

Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Rocksroy C. Baily, Environmental Scientist, Apex Environmental, Inc.  and Heather Bunn, Regional Sourcing Manager, Strategic Materials, Inc.
Moderator: Wayne Bowen, Program Manager, PA Recycling Markets Center

January 2012
Organics – Food Waste Composting – Does it add up?

The bottom line often dictates if a generator will decide to separate food discards. This webinar will discuss the critical factors waste generators must consider when developing and implementing a food waste diversion program. Haulers must also think outside the front-load box when choosing equipment, establishing routing and providing customer service. And finally, food waste composters must often deal with added regulatory issues as well as operational responsibilities.

Date: Monday, January 9, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Carla Castagnero, Co-Founder and President of Ag Recycle Inc. and Mike Manna, Principal Owner of Environmental Resources, and Managing Director at Organic Recycling Solutions LLC
Moderator: Wayne Bowen, Program Manager, PA Recycling Markets Center


December 2011
Social Networking and E-Marketing, Where Do I begin?

Learn how to ready your company for entry into social media marketing and how to develop a social media marketing plan. Discover ways to measure your return. Enjoy tips from the pros on how to stay focused, how to promote, how to engage, how much time you should be spending, and more!

Date: Monday, December 12, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Joe Knezic, VP Creative Services and Branding, PPO&S Inc.
Moderator:  Kirsten Deysher, Business & Outreach Liaison, PA Recycling Markets Center and Owner of ksd marketing solutions LLC

October 2011
New to You: A Webinar on the Environmental, Economic, and Social Benefits of Reuse

This webinar will explore how consumers can get the most useful life out of existing products, and how some products can be repurposed to keep them out of the waste stream even longer. In addition to an overview on reuse, specific topics will include building material reuse, creative reuse, and online reuse marketplaces. The expert panel of speakers will also explain ways municipal officials, community leaders, and educators can promote reuse in their communities.

Date: Thursday October 20, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Dave Bennink, ReUse Consulting; MaryEllen Etienne, Reuse Alliance; Megan Hughes and Liz Fried, University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center and Ann May Woodward, The Scrap Exchange

October 2011
The Importance of Third Party Certification: Don’t Get Greenwashed!

The 2010 TerraChoice Greenwash Report states that as many as 95 percent of the consumer products that claim to be “green” either provide no proof, make vague claims, or actually misrepresent themselves. Deceptive green marketing is called “greenwashing.” Learn how an independent review of a claim is critical to credibility in today’s marketplace.

Date: Monday October 10, 2012
Time: 1:30-2:45PM EST
Speakers: Robert Bylone, LEED AP, PA SCRP, Executive Director & President, Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc. and Tad Radzinski, P.E., LEED AP, Managing Partner, Green Circle Certified

August 2011
Leading the Charge: A Webinar on Local Government’s Role in the Product Stewardship Movement

This webinar will cover how municipal governments are propelling policy changes to ensure sustainable management of end-of-life products such as batteries, carpeting, and products containing mercury and other harmful substances. Presenters will provide sample resolutions that can be adapted for your community, discuss case studies of communities that have already enacted policies, and talk about how local movements lead to policy change at the state and national level. Speakers will include leaders from state and national product stewardship organizations, including Katherine Bourbeau of the New York State Product Stewardship Council and Jennifer Holliday of the Vermont Product Stewardship Council.

Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Time: 10:00-11:30AM EDT
Speakers: Katherine Bourbean, New York State Product Stewardship Council and Jennifer Holliday, Vermont Product Stewardship Council

July 2011
E-Waste as RE-Source: A Webinar on Electronic Waste Reuse, Recycling & Policy

Hosted by the Environmental Finance Center, this webinar will explore how consumers and municipalities alike can get the highest and best use possible out of electronic waste. As technology continues to advance, countless numbers of computers, cell phones, televisions, and other electronics need to be diverted from the waste stream. Panelists will discuss e-waste recycling resources for consumers, educators, municipal officials, and those in the solid waste management industry; best practices for establishing an e-waste reuse program; and Extended Producer Responsibilitiy e-waste laws, such as New York State’s new law.

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Time: 10:00-11:30AM EDT
Speakers:  Resa Dimino, WeRecycle! and Diane Cohen, Finger Lakes Reuse