Upcoming Webinars - Purchasing Standards for Low Carbon Concrete - June 1; Successful Glass Recycling in Rural Communities - June 6; Avoiding Contamination in Food Waste Feedstock for Composting - June 14; & Starting a Glass Recycling Program in Rural Areas - the Nuts & Bolts - June 29
Purchasing Standards for Low Carbon Concrete - June 1 - 1 eastern
Concrete is a critical building material but the cement binder is responsible for 8% of greenhouse gas emissions. This webinar,co-hosted by NERC and NEWMOA, will explore options with lower emissions and the purchasing specifications being used by local and state governments to give preference to these products.
- Jordan Palmeri, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
- Kate Simonen, University of Washington
- Dorian Bailey, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
Successful Glass Recycling in Rural Communities - June 6, 12:30 eastern
Developing and maintaining a successful glass-recycling program in a rural community may seem like a daunting task. The webinar will feature three rural recycling centers that are successfully collecting post-consumer glass and the non-profit organization they are working with prepare it for use by a fiberglass manufacturer. The presenters will discuss their strategies for educating residents about glass recycling, minimizing contamination, storing the glass, and accessing end markets. The webinar is made available with funding from a USDA Rural Utilities Grant.
• Paul Albee, Manager, Norwich Transfer Station, Vermont
• Bonnie Bethune, Senior Member Services Representative, Northeast Resource Recovery Association
• Ben Hoy, Director, Walpole Recycling Center, New Hampshire
• Susanne Simon, Coordinator, Thetford Recycling Center, Vermont
Avoiding Contamination in Food Waste Feedstock for Composting - June 14, 1 eastern
The usefulness and value of finished compost depends on a feedstock that is free of contaminants, such as plastic and non-degradable service ware and bags. Unfortunately, it is all too common to find these materials in food waste destined for composting. This webinar, jointly hosted by NERC and NEWMOA, will address successful educational strategies and programs to avoid these contaminants.
- Erin Skelly, Environmental & Compliance Technician, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Organics Recycling Facility, Minnesota - Strategies to Reduce Contamination at a Composting Facility
- Kate Kurtz, Organics and Landscape Resource Conservation Program Lead, & Becca Fong, Residential Recycling and Compost Program Manager, Seattle Public Utilities - Addressing compost contamination in Seattle: a combination of policy and outreach
- Natasha Duarte, Director, Composting Association of Vermont - Navigating compost contamination concerns in Vermont
Starting a Glass Recycling Program in Rural Areas - the Nuts & Bolts – June 29, 11 eastern
The webinar will feature two rural areas in Maine that began new glass collection programs. Michael Berry, Board Member & Treasurer of Unity Area Recycling Center and John Sutherland, Administrator of the North Aroostook Solid Waste Association (NASWA), will share their experiences with starting and running transfer station glass recycling programs. Presentations will include details about operations, funding, education, markets, and more. The webinar is made available with funding from a USDA Rural Utilities Grant.