The Recovering Economy...Recycling Jobs Creation
Plastic Money...The Value in Recovered Resins
Omar Gala is President and Lead Design Engineer for Enginuity, Inc., located in Mansfield. Enginuity works to bring products from idea to local or global markets in a variety of industries. One of these products is the innovative made-in-the-USA diverter kit system launched under the brand RainReserve, manufactured with recovered plastics. Omar will discuss how this product grew from idea stage to be a known quality brand carried by a variety of retailers, from online to big-box brick and mortar, and the development of the associated “Build a Barrel” product. The RainReserve line was recently picked up by Menard’s, a home improvement chain with over 250 Midwest locations, Ace Hardware, a national cooperative of over 4,000 stores, and Sam’s Clubs in New England.
Big Returns … Waste as a Resource
Missouri Organic turns organic waste into high quality Nature Wise Compost, top soil and attractive landscaping mulches used throughout Kansas City by gardeners, landscapers, institutions and parks. Last year Missouri Organic’s award-winning FRED Project (Food Residuals Environmental Division) composted 20,000 tons of food wastes from public and private sector cafeteria operations and commercial food companies. Kevin Anderson will describe how a growing family business is closing the loop on organics.
Minding Their Own Business...Missouri Product Stewardship Today
MRC started in the appliance business in 1998. After seeing the difficulty people were having in the disposal of old televisions, they knew something needed to be done. At the time, we had no solution. In 2002, chance would have it that they would receive a call from their county solid waste district. They wanted to know if we would be interested in collecting e-waste. The following year, MRC began recycling electronics.
Initially, MRC only collected from individuals and schools at their store front. Within a few months, they began hosting community recycling events. These events are typically sponsored and/or promoted by schools, businesses, or government entities. In their first year, they hosted 4 events. In 2011, they hosted over 50.
Taking Care of Business … Product Stewardship Opportunities Ahead
Call2Recycle is a free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program funded by battery and product manufacturers committed to responsible recycling. They have established 30,000 public collection sites across the U.S. and diverted over 70 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream. Tim Warren will describe how the battery industry continues to advance green business practices and environmental sustainability.
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Getting Down to Business! … Moving To 75% Diversion
If you have seen the bright yellow bins at MORA and other events, you know Blue Skies Recycling has been there. St. Louis based Blue Skies Recycling collects organics in the yellow carts, and single-stream recyclables (including glass) in the blue carts. Harry Cohen will describe how their customized services can meet the specific needs of large or small commercial, industrial and institutional customers. Customers include the St. Louis Cardinals, Missouri Botanical Garden, University of Louisville, Mayan Cafè, The Brown Hotel and many other establishments around St. Louis and Louisville. When they aren’t recycling, Blue Skies is educating schools and workplaces about how recycling will help create a more sustainable future.
Government Business…Missouri Legislature and Recycling
Open for Business – Q&A With the Experts
It Adds Up...Tracking Recycling Quantities and Benefits
Re-TRAC Connect is the leading waste reduction measurement system, used by solid waste managers, recycling coordinators, sustainability coordinators, chief operating officers, executive directors, and program managers from all levels and types of government and organizations. Use of the basic program is free and easy. Enhanced capability is reasonably priced and will allow more sophisticated data measurement, program promotion, reporting, and analysis. Learn how the Department of Natural Resources plans to use Re-TRAC for measuring Missouri’s recycling tonnage.
Calculating Assets...Measuring Missouri's Recycling
Growing Business...Opportunities in Organics
Charlie Hopper has been a champion of composting in Missouri. He will discuss the resource economics in an agricultural economy, or as he summarizes: “Growing the Soil To Grow Our Food."