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

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, www.pennrmc.org.

Upcoming 2017 webinar session at a glance…

August Polystyrene Foam Recycling
September University Recycling
October Heat Recovery from Composting and Anaerobic Digester Facility Operations 
November Trash and Waste Management Around the World – What Happens at the Household Level
December Carton Recycling Update

August 2017

Polystyrene Foam Recycling

This webinar will focus on carryout plastic carryout bag legislation across the U.S. and provide a short history of carryout bag laws, outline the basic carryout bag law structures, and delve into the key components to include in a good law. The discussion will include threats of state preemption of local bag laws, including the PA state bag preemption legislation recently vetoed by Governor Wolf, and touch on how advocates in communities around the U.S. are pushing back on preemption threats.

Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Christine Cassidy, Recycling Manager, Dart Container
Topic Subject Matter: #6 Polystyrene Foam Recycling
Technical Complexity: Moderate


September 2017

Sustainable Materials Management at Universities

The NRC has long-supported university campus recycling, first hosting caucuses of campus program managers in 1992, and then supporting a technical council in 1995. Recently, the NRC re-established the Campus Council to meet the need for stronger linkages between higher education and the SMM industry. Degree programs, career services, applied research / technology transfer, and relationships with recycling leaders are examples of the opportunities the Campus Council develops between on-campus and off-campus groups. Council leaders will provide an update of the recent activities and accomplishments as well as plans for the future.

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
– Jack DeBell, University of Colorado Recycling Services/ NRC Coalition Campus Council
– Mark Lichtenstein, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Sustainability at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry/ NRC Coalition Campus Council
Topic Subject Matter: Sustainable Materials Management at Universities
Technical Complexity: Moderate


October 2017

Heat Recovery from Composting and Anaerobic Digester Facility Operations

This webinar will discuss innovative equipment and techniques utilized to recover excess heat generated during the composting process and anaerobic digester methane combustion.   Presentations from panel of industry experts and facility operators will include equipment and technology, feasibility analyses, and development costs and return on investment estimates.

Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
– Brian Jerose, Founder/President and Director of Technical Sales, Agrilab Technologies
– Brett Reinford, Manager, Reinford Farms
Topic Subject Matter: Heat Recovery from Composting and Anaerobic Digester Facility Operations
Technical Complexity: Moderate/High


November 2017

Trash and Waste Management Around the World – What Happens at the Household Level

An expert in the field of solid waste industry economic research will discuss how people around the world manage their waste and recycled materials

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Lisa A. Skumatz, PhD, Economic Research Associates, Inc.
Topic Subject Matter: Trash and Waste Management Around the World
Technical Complexity: Moderate


December 2017

Carton recycling Update

This webinar will provide an update on the Carton Council’s efforts in working with manufacturers, recycling program coordinators, haulers, processors and end users to set-up a infrastructure recycle used carton in sustainable manner.

Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017/1:30-2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Jason Pelz, Vice President of Sustainability and Recycling Programs, Tetra Pak
Topic Subject Matter: Carton Recycling
Technical Complexity: Moderate