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Flipping the Recycling Crisis


“The crisis is the best blessing that can happen to people and countries, because the crisis brings progress.”
- Albert Einstein

The recycling industry has recently been sent into a tailspin leaving many municipalities and communities reeling. A lack of viable domestic recycling markets, the recent shift in scrap export opportunities, and an increase in demand for recycling and diversion yet reluctance to participate in multi-stream collection have all played a role in the recycling crisis. But there’s good news: this wake-up call can be an impetus for change and honest correction can put recycling and diversion back on course.

Discover how we can flip the apparent recycling crisis into an extraordinary opportunity with Neal Bolton, PE, in our featured webinar exploring the current crisis, the differences between thriving recycling programs and those barely making it, and how you can apply process improvement tools to evolve diversion operations and create sustainable programs.

We’ll begin this online training webinar by taking a look at the current state of the recycling industry, which for far too long has largely survived on heavy subsidies. Specifically, we’ll see how many programs have been producing great products that have no viable market, so piles of glass, rows of compost, and bales of plastics have grown into mountains. On top of that, public support for recycling and diversion is at odds with a lack of participation in multi-stream collection, which has resulted in high contamination and a recent decrease in export opportunities. We’ll then discuss how the apparent crisis can help move the waste industry beyond recycling simply for the sake of recycling and past regulatory diversion mandates that are applied regardless of a market’s ability to absorb or pay for them. In particular, we’ll discuss how you can apply specific process improvement corrections to ensure a sustainable recycling and diversion program. The webinar will wrap up on a positive note by examining how the apparent recycling crisis can be a catalyst for sustainable materials management throughout the country, North America, and beyond.

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives.

  • Examine the current crisis and challenges for domestic recycling and diversion.
  • Understand process improvement techniques and tools.
  • Learn how to apply process improvement to bolster recycling and diversion operations.
  • Define what counts as sustainable materials management.
  • Learn how to monitor the performance of a sustainable materials management program.

* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU

On-Demand Webcast > Waste ($79.00)


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