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Recycling and Resource Recovery as a Tool for Regional Economic Development
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
Category: Other Events

U.S. EPA Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy Webinar

November 20, 2019 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern Time

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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries 2019 Economic Impact Study estimated that the United States scrap recycling sector contributes $110B to overall economic activity. However, this figure could more than doubled if the full value of the U.S. recyclable waste stream. According to EPA's Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2015 Fact Sheet, the United States is only capturing 34.7 percent (including composting) of the 75 percent of total recyclable material found within our municipal solid waste.

During this webinar we will explore the mission of the Upcyclers Network, a newly formed non-governmental organization whose mission is to support the growth of the "waste as a resource" industry and unlock the value of recirculating recycled, recovered, and discarded material back into our economy. In addition, two public sector experts will share their perspectives on the importance of framing resource recovery as an economic development strategy and what tools and policies are needed to best capture the full potential of the United States waste stream.


  • Gina Lee - Founder of the Upcyclers Network
  • Steve Lautze - Resource Revolution and former Green/Industrial Specialist on the City of Oakland's Business Development Team
  • Will Sagar - Executive Director of the Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC)