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FREE RMC WEBINAR October 29 | Repurposing Discarded Materials

Presenter: Damon Carson, Founder & President,  repurposedMATERIALS

Where: On your computer, in the comfort of your office.

FREE Webinar Registration CLICK HERE

Topic Subject Matter – Repurposing

Damon Carson, Founder & President of repurposedMATERIALS

Damon Carson is the Founder & President of repurposedMATERIALS.  Damon educates and entertains audiences across America with a presentations on “repurposing” that is equal parts magic show, game show, preschool class, and science class.  His “repurposing” mission/concept have been featured in the likes of the Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, and The Denver Post.  His company has locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Philadelphia.

To date repurposedMATERIALS has helped a number of organizations through including the US Army, Denver Broncos, City of Chicago, Nestles, BNSF Railroad, Oklahoma State University, Purina, US National Forest Service, Campbells Soup, State of Wyoming, Paramount Pictures, and many, many more!

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Deconstruction & Reuse Conference | Oct 28-30 | Pittsburgh, PA

  • Learn how construction and demolition waste can be turned into economic opportunities.
  • Speakers ranging from Community Development, Architecture, Preservation, Advocacy, Reuse Operations, and Deconstruction.
  • Full Conference and Daily Registration Packages available:

WEBINAR September 26 | Transforming the Solid Waste Sector – Part II: EcoHub – Revolutionizing the Global Materials Management Industry

Presenter: Rob Watson, Founder and Co-Chair, SWEEP (Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol);
Chief Sustainability Officer, EcoHub LLC

Where: On your computer, in the comfort of your office.

Topic/ Subject Matter: Identifying Market Transforming Technology

Rob Watson, Founder and Co-Chair, SWEEP (Solid Waste Environmental Excellence Protocol); Chief Sustainability Officer, EcoHub LLC

An international leader in market transformation and green buildings, Watson is known as the “Founding Father of LEED.” Under Rob’s direction, LEED became the largest and fastest-growing international green building standard. Author Thomas Friedman called Rob “one of the best environmental minds in America.” In January 2019, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine recognized Mr. Watson as one of the “25 Most Influential Alumni” in the College’s 250 year history.

Building on his experience with LEED, Mr. Watson founded SWEEP in 2016. SWEEP is the only comprehensive sustainability standard for solid waste that is focused on local government programs and the private companies that support them. SWEEP is being released for pilot in the second half of 2019.

Watson was a Senior Scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for 21 years and received the 2013 International Conservation Award from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. In 2011, he was a international Zayed Energy Future Award semi-finalist & was profiled on CNN International. Watson was the first foreigner honored for Green Building Innovation by the Chinese Ministry of Construction in 2005 and received the first lifetime achievement award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2002.

Mr. Watson is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has an MBA from Columbia University and a MS from UC Berkeley. He is married to Green Schools Alliance Founder Margaret Howard Watson and has a 20-year-old son, Max.

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Downloadable speaker biography HERE

WEBINAR August 29 | Surviving Recycling’s Historic Markets Downturn: Near- and Longer-term Strategies

Speaker: Lisa A. Skumatz, PhD, Economic Research Associates, Inc.Where: On your computer, in the comfort of your office.

Lisa A. Skumatz, PhD

Lisa A. Skumatz, PhD
Economic Research Associates, Inc.

The recycling industry is facing one the most significant recycling markets disruptions in history. Municipalities and recycling material processors are looking for the best ways to survive and maintain their programs.  Dramatic contract revisions and even cancellations are being considered.  Efforts are now focused on improvement the quality of product by reducing contamination, particularly with single stream materials.  What options are available that will allow programs to continue – and improve both contamination and other recycling market issues ? This webinar will discuss nine methods that have been tried in the US and overseas and will focus on the central role that MRFs hold in the equation. In addition, three of the most promising strategies being tried to improve the situation in the US, and “pros and cons” cases studies on how communities can move forward will be presented.  The critical role of economic principles and Gresham’s Law will also be discussed.

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Learn more about the speaker HERE

WEBINAR July 16 | The Used Textiles Recovery and Reuse Industry

Speakers:Jackie King, Executive Director, The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textile Association (S.M.A.R.T.)
Ira Baseman, President, Community Recycling and Founder at CirclarityWhere: On your computer, in the comfort of your office.

Jackie King

Ira Baseman

This webinar will provide an update of the used textiles industry and will address its many and sometimes complicated aspects, including collection, processing, packaging, exportation and reuse. Industry representatives present and discuss each of these aspects in greater detail.

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Learn more about the speakers HERE

WEBINAR Tuesday, March 26 – 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Update of the R2 Certification Program Standard

Presenter: Sean De Vries, R2 Director, Sustainable Electronics Recycling International
Topic Subject Matter – Environmental Management Systems for the Electronics Recycling Industry

Registration Link

SERI (the Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing safe and sustainable reuse and recycling of used electronics through consensus-driven standards. SERI is the housing body and ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization for the R2 Standard. This webinar will provide detailed information about the process of the newest proposed Standard update (R2v3)

Sean De Vries

Sean De Vries / Presenter Biography

Sean De Vries was appointed by SERI ( the Sustainable Electronics Recycling International) to the position of R2 Director in October, 2018. Among his responsibilities, Sean works with the R2 Technical Advisory Committee and leads the R2 Standard development process. He also provides guidance for the application and implementation of the standard and educate various stakeholder groups. Sean brings considerable experience in standards development and oversight for the electronics reuse and recycling industry.

Prior to joining SERI, Sean was the Director of the Recycler Qualification Office (RQO), an organization established to audit and approve reuse and recycling organizations prior to use under the industry-led end-of-life electronics recycling programs across Canada. He also led the development process for the Electronics Reuse and Refurbishing Program (ERRP) and the Recycler Qualification Program (RQP). Sean was also active in the development and implementation of the provincial electronics stewardship programs and served as the inaugural Chair of the Board of Directors for the four not-for-profit stewardship organizations. Sean holds college advanced diplomas in Environmental Engineering Technology and Environmental Science from Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario.

2019 RMC Market Development Summit | ORGANICS MANAGEMENT

Thursday, March 7, 2019-
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

at the
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
215 Innovation Blvd
State College, PA 16803

For Summit details or to register to attend: CLICK HERE


PLASTICS RECYCLING | 2018 RMC Markets Development Summit

Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 8:30a – 3:30p

Hilton Garden Inn / Harrisburg, PA
3943 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

  • Latest news on China’s Import Rule;
  • Resin Report – Industry Pulse;
  • Industry Material Management Tools;
  • Pennsylvania DEP Update.


    For Plastics Recycling Summit details or to register to attend: CLICK HERE

2018 E-Scrap Markets Development Summit

Wednesday, June 6, 2018
8:30a – 3:30p

Hilton Garden Inn / Harrisburg, PA
3943 Tecport Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17111

Click Here for more information, downloadable Agenda and online Registration.

Understanding National Sword in Pennsylvania


National Sword is not the name of a new Monty Python skit or Hunger Games tool, but rather an ongoing initiative of the Chinese Government to restrict importation of contaminated recycled materials into China. How may this effect Pennsylvania recycling programs? How may this impact those who use your recycling program? What is the word on the ground in China? Read on and hear from the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center and the Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development.

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