The National Waste & Recycling Association today offered additional insight into the Environmental Protection Agency report on municipal waste generation and recycling rates, noting that the latest statistics, based on 2012 data, show a continual decline in per capita waste generation and an evolving waste stream that continues the trends of less printed paper and lighter-weight packaging. Learn more here.
The National Waste & Recycling Association announced the formation of a new chapter representing companies in Maine and New Hampshire. The association is calling the new group the Northern New England Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association. This marks the first new chapter to join the association since the formation of the Alabama Chapter in May 2013. As a result, the Association currently has 26 chapters in 29 states and the District of Columbia. Read more about the new chapter here.
Are you familiar with our suite of safety videos, Be Safe, Be Proud? These concise, useful videos were developed under a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that was awarded to our strategic partner, the Environmental Research and Education Foundation. These engaging videos focus on topics including safe collection, disposal practices, traffic control, personal protective equipment and a wide variety of other important safety issues. Topics are presented in easy-to-understand, realistic scenarios.
All four videos — Be Safe, Be Proud; Be Safe, Be Proud: At the Transfer Station; Be Safe, Be Proud: At the Landfill; and Be Safe, Be Proud for Supervisors and Route Managers — are available for purchase on our online store in English and Spanish. Your fleet is incomplete without this valuable safety resource. Order your copies today!
The National Waste & Recycling Association (Waste & Recycling) has launched an innovative program, called “Member Buy from Member,” intended to encourage members to consider doing business with other members. “Our members conduct billions of dollars’ worth of business every year,” said Jonathan Sper, Waste & Recycling’s director of membership, marketing and business development. “Most of what they purchase can be provided by other Waste & Recycling member companies. The Member Buy from Member program is a way to help members know about the products and services that other members can provide and is also an opportunity to support the association.” Learn more about the program here.
The National Waste & Recycling Association is looking for solid waste driving professionals to participate in a beta test of the Driver Safety Certification exam.
Solid waste driving professionals can take the test for free — and will be certified if they pass — but will not get their scores until the exam version is released in May.
The target participant is a solid waste driving profession with a minimum of 12 months of experience in the solid waste industry. The candidate must have a base level knowledge in the elements of:
- commercial driving
- safety protocol
- standards and performance.
The test is offered online and will be available through March 31. Results will be sent directly to the test-taker at once the exam version is released in May. Those who pass the exam will become certified.
To register for the beta exam please use following link: http://www.environmentalistseveryday.org/solid-waste-management/environmental-waste-garbage-safety-first/Certification.php
If you have any additional questions, please contact Ayana Nickerson at 202-364-3702 or email@example.com.
“Recycle or Die” was the slogan on a popular recycling t-shirt in the ’80s. I don’t think anyone took it literally, but most of us understood what it meant about the importance of recycling and the environment.
Unfortunately, too many people seem to be taking it literally these days. Product stewardship advocates, in particular, make recycling their be-all and end-all. In their attempt to make manufacturers “responsible” for the end of life management of their products, recycle or die are the only two options.
This attitude, of course, makes a mockery of the solid waste hierarchy and the idea of sustainable materials management. Waste reduction, not recycling, is at the top of the hierarchy. Sustainable Materials Management promotes the use and reuse of resources as productively and sustainably as possible throughout their life cycles. The goal, as EPA notes, is to use as few materials as possible and minimize environmental impacts.
An example of the shortsightedness of product stewardship advocates lies in the use of “flexible packages.” These are lightweight pouches and other packages that remain pliable when filled. Because they are lighter than competing products, they offer many environmental advantages such as the ability to ship more product in one truck, saving fuel and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
However, they can’t be recycled, although they make a good fuel in waste-to-energy plants. As a result, they are punished by product stewardship schemes, even though they have a lower environmental footprint than many competing packages. Their inability to be recycled makes it harder to raise the recycling rate. This may be OK, however, since their light weight leads to less waste generation and lower per person disposal rates.
And maybe that is the point. Recycling is important, but if we make it into a sacred cow – the ultimate goal of a product – what have we lost in the process?
The National Waste & Recycling Association (Waste & Recycling) announced its support for legislation drafted by state Sen. Donald Cookman (D-Hampshire) that would require all drivers in West Virginia slow down to 15 miles per hour when passing a stopped sanitation truck. The bill, Senate Bill 378 or the “Slow Down to Get Around Bill,” is intended to prevent road accidents and fatalities around sanitation trucks caused by careless drivers, which are a major cause of fatalities to waste and recycling truck workers nationwide. Read more here.
The National Waste & Recycling Association (Waste & Recycling) has produced a video to introduce its new brand and mission and has published it online. The video, part of Waste & Recycling’s rebranding efforts, prominently features the association’s new logo and lays out its mission and services and the range of its members’ businesses. See more about its content here. Watch it here:
As we near WasteExpo 2014, I want to provide our membership with updates to the education sessions. Working with our conference partner, Penton, we have made substantial changes to the design and format of the sessions.
New this year is two “Super Sessions,” featuring current and relevant topics such as the future of diversion and landfill closures. Additionally, we are offering “Tech Tours,” which are educational sessions with show floor tours as well as “Ask the Expert” sessions which provide attendees the opportunity to speak one-on-one with experts in marketing/social media, and business strategies. We are also bringing back off site facility tours. This year, we are offering a ½ day tour of the Coca Cola Bottling Plant facility where participants will learn about their global sustainability program.
This is just a preview of the changes to the educational programming this year. I hope to see you at WasteExpo and look forward to your feedback and recommendations.
We have been taking videos and photos all over the place. But why?
The National Waste & Recycling Association changed its name in November and we want to reintroduce ourselves. We want to show that we’re “all things waste and recycling.”
To do that, we are visiting member sites and showing them in action: at the landfill, in the truck, at the MRF, and at the end of the driveway.
The “we” in this case is me, Craig Branson, communications manager for Waste & Recycling; Lopaka Purdy, account director with Waldinger Creative, a communications firm; Cesar Perez, our videographer, and Ricardo Trevino, our photographer, both of Blue Moon Filmworks.
The temperature of some of these places can be extreme. It was pretty warm at the Waste Management facilities in Pompano Beach, Fla., and pretty cold at the Rumpke facility in Mansfield, Ohio. But the hospitality of our hosts has warmed us. Their kindness and patience has been great.
We plan to use the photos and videos all over the place – in Association materials, for B-roll, and as a resource for members – but two big things we’re working on now that will use them are as part of the revamp of our website, which is coming before the end of April, and a video about the industry, which we will premiere at WasteExpo in Atlanta.
We look forward to sharing our work with you. And thank you for sharing your work with us.