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Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Changes in the Waste Stream - the Future of the Curbside Material Mix

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Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Recycling is fundamentally about supplying raw materials to buyers. This reality has been beset by two major trends in the last decade. The first is the "evolving ton," which has led to precipitous changes in what Americans put in their recycling rollcarts. Compounding that problem is the ongoing decline in end market-value for recyclables and other commodities.

In addition, seemingly ever-increasing recycling rate goals are conflicting with a growing shift from traditional weight-based perceptions of program success to a more holistic assessment of the material stream. All of this leads to the question: How will this affect your recycling program now and for years to come?

Our speakers will give a broad overview of what you can expect in your programs as the material mix, commodity values and goals collide.

Video: Changes in the Waste Stream - the Future of the Curbside Material Mix Exit


Chaz MillerChaz Miller, Director of Policy/Advocacy National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) - Chaz is on the staff of the NWRA, a trade association for private sector haulers, recyclers, composters, and disposal companies. He has been involved in recycling since 1976 when he joined the Source Separation Program of the US EPA’s Resource Recovery Division. He has also worked for the Glass Packaging Institute.

Miller has been a keynoter and speaker at recycling and solid waste conferences in the United States, Canada, Japan and China. He was a plenary session speaker at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development Waste Management Conference in Tokyo, February 2011.

Miller writes “The Circular File”, an award-winning column for Waste 360 magazine. He was Chairman of the Board of the National    Recycling Coalition and was President of the Maryland Recycling Network. He has testified at Congressional and state hearings on solid waste and recycling issues. He is an ex officio member of the Northeast Recycling Council Board.

Dylan de ThomasDylan de Thomas - Dylan is the editorial director at Resource Recycling, Inc., producing and directing content for Resource Recycling, Plastics Recycling Update and E-Scrap News as well as the Resource Recycling Conference, the Plastics Recycling Conference and the E-Scrap Conference. He also researches and speaks on a variety of issues facing the recycling industry at conferences around the U.S.

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