Industry leaders assess ideas on expanding municipal recycling

Industry leaders assess ideas on expanding municipal recycling

By Jerry Powell, Resource Recycling

Dec. 18, 2013

More than 100 key executives from industry and government convened in Atlanta for two days last week to discuss how to push municipal recycling levels upward. The symposium was sponsored by the Southeast Recycling Development Council under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV.

The meeting included decision makers from retailers, brand owners, packaging and paper producers, government agencies and trade associations. The purpose of the symposium was to seek agreement on moving forward in boosting recovery levels for paper and packaging, and to describe a way for industry funded initiatives to attain this goal.

As a result of the meeting, a development plan — labelled SERDC 120 — will be prepared over the next four months, funded by a group of firms and organizations. The hope is a full plan will then be available to present to a wide range of potential program funders, including those at the meeting, this spring. Should this effort be successful, a number of local projects would be undertaken in the southeast to increase recycling volumes, with these efforts based on recycling system best practices.

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