Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

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9:00 - 9:10am Program Introduction
Presenters: Robert Bylone, President and CEO, Recycling Markets Center
Rebecca Popowski, Associate, Olin Partnership Ltd.
National Impacts Track
9:10 - 9:30am EPA's National Recycling Strategy
Presenter: Adam Ortiz, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region III
On November 17, 2020, the EPA Administrator announced a goal to increase the U.S. recycling rate to 50 percent by 2030. This goal provides the benchmark to evaluate the success of the collective efforts to improve the nation’s recycling system. This session will detail how the roll out of identified objectives and actions will occur to create a stronger, more resilient recycling system.
9:30 - 10:00am Grant Opportunities for Organics Recycling
Presenter: Melissa Pennington, Sustainability Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region III
Where does organics management fit into the new National Recycling Strategy? Plus, the impact of the new funding available in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act on the opportunities to divert organics from landfills and build organics recycling capacity.
10:00 - 10:30am Policy, Research, and Programming Updates from the US Composting Council
Presenter: Hilary Nichols, Market Development Coordinator & STA Program Manager
The US Composting Council’s mission is to advance compost manufacturing, compost utilization, and organics recycling to benefit their members, society, and the environment. Updates from the USCC will include the recent EPA-funded compost specifications workshops and a re-branding of the Seal of Testing Assurance Program.
10:30 - 10:40am Introducing the Recycling Markets Center’s new Circular Merchant Platform
Presenter: Scott Marks, Recycling Program Manager, Recycling Markets Center
The Circular Merchant is a platform where interested citizens, businesses, or public officials can post items and materials for recycling or reuse for others who may be interested in acquiring these items. It is equipped with reactive, smart device capabilities such that photos of items or materials can be immediately uploaded; built-in mapping is available to locate the desired pick-up or send locations; and emails are automatically sent to notify interested parties of postings.
10:40 - 10:45am Break
Regional & State Impacts Track
10:45 - 11:00am Pennsylvania Waste Composition Study
Presenter: Lawrence E. Holley, Division Chief, Division of Waste Minimization and Planning
Bureau of Waste Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
As an update to its first 2005 statewide waste characterization study, PA DEP conducted the 2020-21 Waste Characterization Study and Recycling Study to identify the amount and type of waste generated by rural, suburban and urban areas of Pennsylvania, as well as the types and quantities of potentially available recyclables and compostables in the waste stream. A summary of this report including organics intentions will be provided.
11:00 - 11:40am Food Waste to Energy Study
Presenters: David Althoff, Director Energy Programs Office, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Robert Young, Energy Program Specialist, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Lawrence E. Holley, Division Chief, Division of Waste Minimization and Planning
Bureau of Waste Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
In support of furthering the goals outlined the 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan, PA DEP completed an assessment of industrial, commercial, and institutional (ICI) food waste generated within the Commonwealth, as well as the composting and anaerobic digestion capacity for processing this food waste. This session will include a summary of the inventory and capacity quantification efforts as well as potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction estimates resulting from the increase of current diversion levels from disposal facilities.
11:40am - 12:10pm National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Mid-Atlantic Food Waste Policy Gap Analysis & Inventory
Presenter: Coryanne Mansell, Client Services Strategist, Center for EcoTechnology (CET)
The co-author of this document will discuss the detailed inventory and review of food waste–related policies and a gap analysis that identifies policy opportunities for furthering food waste reduction in the mid-Atlantic states with a focus on Pennsylvania.
12:10 - 12:25pm Pennsylvania Organics Management Permits Update
Presenter: Wayne Bowen, Senior Recycling Program Manager, Recycling Markets Center
Discussion will focus on re-authorizations for General Permits 17 (on-farm food waste composting) and 25 (large-scale food waste composting); modifications to General Permit 17 that allow for vermicomposting, food waste processing using black soldier larvae, and proposed small scale food waste composting on sites less than 2 acres.
12:25 - 12:30pm Closing Remarks
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WEBINAR April 21 | Turning Recycled Glass into a Unique Ultra-Lightweight Construction Material

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WEBINAR March 16| Topic – How and When to Apply for Federal Funding

Topic – How and When to Apply for Federal Funding March 16, 2022 The National Recycling Coalition will highlight the results of research it has been conducting on the availability of Federal funding for waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting. This webinar will include Requests for Proposals (RFPs) currently underway …

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Register Now – Organics Markets Development Summit

2022 Organics Markets Development Summit

Please join us on March 31st 2022 for a virtual 1/2 day symposium on a variety of organics markets development topics.


REGISTER for the 2022 Organics Markets Development Summit

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WEBINAR February 9 | Truth in Recycling Labeling

Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series 2021-2022

Industry experts address the concerns about the labeling of products and packaging as recyclable when those products are not truly recyclable.



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Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center


The Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center Corporation (RMC) is an independent, Pennsylvania non-profit corporation with mission to reduce or eliminate barriers that lead to new expanded use of Pennsylvania’s recycled materials.

The RMC team brings markets development assistance to a near endless list of stakeholders including entrepreneurs, manufacturers, recycled material processors, collection programs, haulers, and governmental agencies. In operation since 2005 and with anchor funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the RMC has an affiliation with Penn State and is headquartered at Penn State Harrisburg with an office in Pittsburgh. Core areas of RMC outreach include feedstock supply connectivity, applied research and commercialization assistance; technology acceleration; and concierge service as a curator of technical and business growth information.

Building and supporting Pennsylvania’s $22.6B recycling marketplace with over 120 years of combined professional recycling industry experience, the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center bridges relationships between economic development and use of Pennsylvania’s recycled materials supply.