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The Tennessee Recycling Coalition or TRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting recycling and sustainable materials management practices in the State of Tennessee. We are a coalition of many industries, companies, and individuals networked together to raising recycling as the standard in Tennessee.

We recognize that recycled materials have value and contribute to the economic well-being of all Tennesseans. Recycling promotes and sustains jobs, adds to the revenue of local governments by growing the tax base and through the sale of collected commodities. Recycling further enhances the personal wealth of all Tennesseans through cost avoidance of landfill tipping fee charges. Ultimately, it also protects the environment by keeping the materials out of the landfill.

TRC works in partnership with the local, state, and federal governments to provide resources, education and outreach for the recycling message. We are proud of our accomplishments and strongly support the manufacturing industries in Tennessee through our partnership messages. These messages promote high quality feedstock that fuels their manufacturing.                                                                                   


Upcoming events

SAVE THE DATE - TRC's 30th Annual "Diamond" Conference - August 14-16, 2019 in Gatlinburg, TN

We have set the dates for our 2019 Annual Conference which will be August 14-16, 2019 in Gatlinburg, TN at the Park Vista Hotel. This is going to be our 30th annual conference and we are working hard to put together a great conference with lots of exciting speakers, keynote speaker, top notch content, networking sessions, exhibitors, and more! We are working on details to list here, so please check back for more updates. Mark your calendars for this conference! 

Fill Out 2019 TRC Member Survey:

In an effort to continually improve and properly cater to the needs of our members, please fill out this 2019 TRC Member Survey! We want to hear your feedback, so now is the time for your voices to be heard! TRC's Board of Directors will the information from the survey to structure the programs and content that we provide to YOU, our members and the community at large. 


TDEC'S GET FOOD SMART TN - Sign up for January 31st Workshop in Lebanon, TN

Check out an upcoming TDEC workshop for Get Food Smart TN, which is a statewide initiative to reduce food waste and increase food recovery and diversion. 

  • The workshop will be January 31, 2019 from 9am-2pm at Cedars of Lebanon State Park, in Lebanon, TN.(Lunch with be provided) 
  • The workshop topic is “Educate to Reduce Food Waste”.
  • Participants have the opportunity to learn how to educate employees and customers about food waste, and will participant in a roundtable discussion on establishing goals for state and privates sectors to combat food waste. 
  • The workshop will conclude by discussing what everyone can do to contribute to Get Food Smart TN’s educational campaign. 
  • The cost of the workshop is free but please register. 


The Tennessee Recycling Coalition will continue offering workshops per our membership and market demand. You're familiar with our previous partnership with Resource Recycling Systems that brought talented speakers to a variety of locations and businesses across Tennessee in 2017-18.  Click here for a recap of this success workshop series.

TRC's board will be meeting in January 2019 to determine the workshop schedule for 2019. Stay tuned for details!

TRC 2017 Accomplishments

What has TRC been doing this past year?  TRC has been quite active the past year carrying out our mission through our own resources in addition to several valuable partnerships.  Click here to see how TRC has been fulfilling our mission in the past year.

Here's a link to our published 2016 Annual Report.

2018 Annual Conference Presentations Now Available

Over 150 participants, 20 Exhibitors and Excellent Local, Regional and National Speakers made our 29th Annual Conference a great success!  The conference was held at the Franklin Cool Springs Marriott August 12-14, 2018.  Thanks to all the participants and our sponsors whom without the conference would not be possible.

We are now making plans for our 30th Annual Conference exploring a late summer possible Gatlinburg, TN venue celebratory year!  Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming months.

Recycle Bank and Earth911

Find over 1,000,000 ways to recycle on Earth911.com, host of the largest and most accurate recycling directory. From batteries to motor oil to paint to plastics, you can find recycling and proper disposal information for more than 300 products using our expert-verified database. 

Earth911.com also writes daily stories to keep you in-the-know and up-to-date on the latest trends, ideas, tips and tricks to make your green lifestyle choices simple. Visit Earth911.com today to get a jump start on the easiest way to go green: recycling.

Single Stream Recycling Video

New to recycling or want to know more about recycling and waste?  Click here for an informative and well made YouTube by Cumberland County Solid Waste Department.



TRC March - 2019 Member Spotlight 


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