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Recycling Markets Manager

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Organics & Composting

The RMC provides turnkey technical assistance that supports organics product development as well as new or existing market opportunities through our Organics Management Assistance Program.

Organics Recycling News & Updates:

Register Now – Organics Markets Development Summit


Organics Markets Development Summit – Virtual

Thursday March 31, 2022

9:00am – 12:30pm



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


Session topics include:


National Impacts
  • EPA’s National Recycling Strategy
  • Organics Management: The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
  • Federal Funding Updates for Organics
  • Current EPA Region III Workshops
  • Updates from US Compost Council


Regional & State Impacts
  • PA’s New Waste Composition Study, Including Organics
  • PA’s New Food Waste to Energy Study
  • NRDC Mid-Atlantic Food Waste Policy Gap Analysis and Inventory
  • PA Permit Updates


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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


Utilizing Vermicomposting Systems

PA Recycling Markets Center
Organics Business Growth Seminar
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For more information, see the seminar agenda.

To register, please click here.

NRC/PennRMC Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series





A partnership between the RMC and NRC in delivering innovative programming to those who are seeking integrated opportunities for materials management.


From the comfort of your own location, join us for this webinar series

Third Tuesday each month – July 2016 – June 2017

Topic matter and webinar schedules are subject to change

Stay in contact for programming announcements


At a Glance…




July                 The Perfect Storm – Economic Impact of Changes in the Recycling Industry

August            Recycled Metals Commodities Markets Update

September    The Impact of Glass Recycling in the Glass Container Industry

October          Battery Recycling 101

November      How to Sell your Organization to Foundations, Corporations, and Other Non-recycling Funding Sources

December      Environmental Justice Issues for Recycling Facility Development Projects


Coming Soon!!! – SMM Webinar Schedule for 2017


Topics will include:

PET Container Recycling Markets Trends and Challenges

Commercial Recycling: Drivers, Problems and Solutions

The Closed Loop Fund Update

Zero Waste in New York City – A Case Study


July 2016

The Perfect Storm – Economic Impact of Changes in the Recycling Industry

An industry expert will discuss the challenges recycling is facing, including changes in stream composition, rising labor costs, increasing maintenance and processing costs, and depressed commodity prices. Adapting to these challenges will require public and private sectors working together. Individuals must also understand and take on the costs of recycling as well as the negative impacts placing undesirable materials in the bin.

Tuesday July 19, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Presenter – Robert Anderson, Mid Atlantic Regional Business Development Manager, ReCommunity Recycling

Topic Subject Matter – Recycling Commodity Markets

Technical Complexity – Moderate

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7953074743351874050


August 2016

Recycled Metals Commodities Markets Update

An industry expert will provide an update of the recent turmoil in the metal commodities markets with a focus on recycled scrap metal.

Tuesday August 23, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Presenter – Joseph Pickard, Chief Economist and Director of Communications, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)

Topic Subject Matter – Recovered Metals Commodities Markets

Technical Complexity – Moderate/High

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2194360602919440899


September 2016

The Impact of Glass Recycling in the Glass Container Industry

An expert in glass cullet purchasing and customer relations will explain the benefits of using recycled glass when making new glass containers, including, reduced energy consumption resulting in lower emissions, and 100% recyclability of the feedstock with no waste material in the forming process. In addition, several obstacles with using recycled cullet will be detailed, including, contamination that causes imperfections in the containers, which results in lost production efficiency, increased accident potential from glass related injury.

Tuesday September 20, 2016/ 1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Presenter: Pam Baylor, Director of Purchasing and Customer Service, Anchor Glass

Topic Subject Matter – Recycled Glass Cullet

Technical Complexity – Moderate

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8303427526752346881


October 2016

Battery Recycling 101

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans purchase and use nearly 3 billion dry cell batteries every year to power our electronic devices. The improper handling and disposal of batteries can create serious safety concerns and contaminate the environment. A professional battery recycler will provide an overview of make-up and characteristics of batteries that we use every day, the laws that regulate the handling transportation, recycling and disposal, and how batteries are processed and recycled.

Tuesday October 18, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EDT

Presenter: John Kincaide, President, E-Waste Brokerage Inc.

Topic Subject Matter – Battery Recycling

Technical Complexity – Moderate/ High

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7408915443950468611


November 2016

How to Sell your Organization to Foundations, Corporations, and Other Non-recycling Funding Sources

Marketing and promoting a nonprofit organization is a complex and ongoing task. Learn how to be successful at acquiring and sustaining funding for your NPO.

Tuesday November 15, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EST

Presenter: John O’Malley, Principal, O’Malley International Associates

Topic Subject Matter – Non-Profit Organization Funding

Technical Complexity – Moderate

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6704286820220531203


December 2016

Environmental Justice Issues for Recycling Facility Development Projects

This webinar will discuss the “Science of Inequality” as it relates to environmental justice issues faced by solid waste management and recycling facility projects. The term “Inequality” will be defined and the “Math” that quantifies the factors that influence it will be addressed.

Tuesday December 20, 2016/1:30 – 2:45PM EST

Presenter: John G. Waffenschmidt, Vice President, Environmental Science and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy

Topic Subject Matter – Environmental Justice

Technical Complexity – Moderate/ High

Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2255248258355222787


About the National Recycling Coalition, Inc.

The National Recycling Coalition is a national non-profit advocacy group; a professional membership organization. The Mission of the National Recycling Coalition is to partner with and facilitate activities between and among non-profit organizations (NGO’s), businesses, trade associations, individuals and government to maintain a prosperous and productive American recycling system that is committed to the conservation of natural resources.  

Nearly 3000 members of the NRC span all aspects of waste reduction, reuse and recycling (local recycling coordinators, state and federal regulators, corporate environmental managers, environmental educators, consumers and waste management professionals) The Coalition represents and advocates for every sector of the recycling industry across the country. (on the local, state and federal levels). The leadership of the NRC strives to develop meaningful partnerships with corporate, government, and non-profit leaders to bring about important changes in the way we use, manage, and recycle natural resources. The Coalition provides its members with the tools and resources they need to convey to their community members, decision makers, and the news media the important benefits that recycling provides to our economy and environment.


National Recycling Coalition

1220 L St NW, Suite 100-155, Washington DC 20005





About the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc.

Experts helping industry decision makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, and recyclers, the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC) is a non-profit corporation with a mission to expand and develop markets for recycled materials; stimulate demand for products with recycled content; and understand up-to-date market trend data. RMC supports the recycling supply chain – manufacturers, end-users of recycled materials and products, recycling processors, haulers, and ultimately the consumer. Beginning at the demand-side of recycling markets, services include one-on-one materials management technical assistance and business growth consultancy; industry outreach and programming; applied research; and service as an enterprise portal to recycling markets development information. RMC strategically collaborates with many environmental, economic development, and technical assistance organizations – reducing barriers and fast-tracking time to market for processes or products that use Pennsylvania’s recycled materials.


Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Inc.

Penn State Harrisburg, Church Hall 3rd Floor, Middletown, PA 17057



Roadmap to food waste reduction in the US

by Nora Goldstein, BioCycle
May 2016

Groundbreaking ReFED study systematically evaluated the food supply and consumption chain to identify scalable solutions to reduce food waste by 20 percent within a decade.

Read the full article at BioCycle.

Image courtesy of Sigurdas CC-SA 3.0

Front loader moving food waste

Tackling contamination in food scraps stream

By Craig Coker, BioCycle March/April 2016

Contamination of source separated food scraps with noncompostables is a costly proposition — for composting and anaerobic digestion facilities, municipalities and for commercial entities in the food distribution chain. A Washington State-based group of more than 70 municipal officials, composters, regulators, and representatives of various commercial businesses teamed up last year to form an Organics Contamination Reduction Workgroup (OCRW), which is targeting residential single-family and multifamily as well as commercial sources of organics.

See the full article at: BioCycle

man at compost bin

Kimberly-Clark, US Composting Council & Keep America Beautiful create workplace composting guide

Kimberly-Clark Professional, the US Composting Council (USCC) and Keep America Beautiful have introduced a free Guide to Workplace Composting to help organizations develop workplace composting programs that support sustainability, waste reduction and zero waste initiatives.

Read the full article at: US Composting Council