Source: Environmental Leader The public could benefit from additional education on what can be recycled, according to a recent national survey commissioned ahead of Earth Day by the National Waste & Recycling Association.
Curbside recycling is available to more than half of American adults and two-thirds are clear on what belongs in recycling bins, but significant numbers are unclear about some items that can be recycled.
The survey found that more than half of Americans (55 percent) confirm their town or city offers “curbside collection” of recyclables, which they place into a bin or cart separate from their household trash bin. Additionally, two-thirds of Americans (67 percent) say they’re clear on what materials go in recycling bins, and 64 percent know it is necessary to rinse used food containers before placing them into recycling receptacles.
In one area of confusion, 39 percent of Americans incorrectly believe it is acceptable to recycle plastic bags by tossing them into household bins. Plastic bags can damage and even shut down recycling facilities and should instead be recycled at participating grocery stores, the association said.
The Curbside Value Partnership (CVP), a national nonprofit organization that works to increase participation and improve efficiencies in residential curbside recycling programs, is proud to announce the appointment of Keefe Harrison as its new executive director. Founding Executive Director Steve Thompson is retiring after more than a decade of service wth CVP and almost 40 years in the recycling industry.
"I know I speak for the entire board when I say that Steve Thompson will be greatly missed," said Beth Schmitt, CVP board chair and director of recycling programs for Alcoa. "Steve has served as executive director since the launch of CVP. He was instrumental in the program's conceptual creation and has been a thoughtful and passionate leader, helping bring CVP's expertise to hundreds of communities. He is a good friend and a respected colleague."
"Keefe is well positioned to step in and lead CVP forward. We are looking forward to her fresh perspective and believe her background -- in particular her experience with local and state government and her knowledge and expertise in the plastics industry -- will help her maintain CVP's success and identify new growth opportunities," said Schmitt.
Harrison comes to CVP with 15 years of experience in the sustainability and recycling industries. She has experience working with trade associations and government. She most recently served as a senior consultant for Resource Recycling Systems and has also worked with the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, the Southeast Recycling Development Council and the Recycling Division of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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The second annual forum for inventors and innovative organizations to present their game-changing ideas on how to advance recycling will be held on September 15, 2014 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. This event launches the annual Resource Recycling Conference and offers innovators throughout the recycling community the chance to compete for additional funding, marketing opportunities and industry support.
Alcoa proudly co-sponsors this event with other organizations such as Waste Management, the American Chemistry Council, Coca-Cola Recycling and Resource Recycling.
The Recycling Innovators Forum is currently seeking proposals and suggested topics that focus on improving recycling collection, changing consumer behavior, sorting and processing technologies, market development for different material types, reducing capital costs and other ideas to improve and advance recycling.
10 finalists will present their ideas during the forum and prizes of $20,000 each will be awarded to the top idea backed by and enterprise or institution and to the top idea backed by a single inventor or startup team.
Earth 911 took home last year's grand prize for proposing a way to communicate product recyclability through smartphone apps.
To find out more about the event or to submit a proposal visit their website.
At this year's Tennessee Recycling Coalition Annual Recycler of the Year Awards, Alcoa Tennessee Operations was presented the Tennessee Recycling Coalition Business Video of the Year award. The video promoted Alcoa's involvement in a Recycling Olympics event at the Knoxville Boys and Girls Club.
The award was presented at the 25th Annual Tennessee Recycling Coalition Conference held in February. This annual event recognizes individuals, organizations, schools and businesses in the State of Tennessee that have demonstrated a commitment to waste prevention and recycling.
New York City’s Bryant Park announces that Alcoa Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to help fund the famed Midtown green’s highly pro-active recycling program. The contribution will ensure that Bryant Park’s recycling of aluminum and glass containers, newspapers, cardboard, and plastic continues unabated. In 2014, the goal is to recycle 10,950 pounds of aluminum (cans) and 50,000 pounds of other materials (glass, paper).
Although Bryant Park encompasses 9.6 acres, it receives nearly six-million visitors annually, who discard an estimated 30 tons of recyclable trash. Park visitors discard recyclables into different colored receptacles, depending on their composition. The park’s sanitation staff provides an extra measure of continuity by making sure recycled items are correctly sorted before being carted away.
Bryant Park has a total of 20 award-winning blue and green “tulip” recycling receptacles.
“This grant from Alcoa Foundation will help Bryant Park continue one of its most important programs,” said Daniel A. Biederman, executive director of Bryant Park Corporation. “The park’s ever-increasing popularity means more refuse, and we’re committed to doing our part to ease the burden on the environment.”
“We always look for compelling ways to help individuals, public spaces and cities increase recycling rates,” said Ashley Chan, Director, Government Affairs & Business Development, Alcoa. “Especially in a high traffic area such as Bryant Park, we are excited to support a program that showcases what recycling can do to create cleaner and greener environment.”