TRC Presents the 2017 Recycling Workshop Series

The Tennessee Recycling Coalition is proud to present the 2018 Workshop Series.  The workshop series is planned and organized in partnership with RRS (Resource Recycling Systems).  The fourth of four workshops in the series started in 2017 is sponsored by the Carton Council, and will take place in Nashville on Friday May 11, 2018.  Please join us if you can, and tune in here as additional workshops are added throughout the year across the great state of Tennessee. 

Workshop - Join us at the Country Music Hall of Fame Friday May 11, 2018 from 930 a.m. to Noon! 

Workshop Topic: Food Waste & Organics Recovery

Click here to register for workshop! Free for TRC members, $25 for non-members. 

Join us to learn about food waste and organics recovery in the Nashville region in a unique setting at the Country Music Hall of Fame! The Tennessee Recycling Coalition will have a great lineup of speakers for this informational session. Take advantage of networking opportunities and an exclusive back of house organics recovery tour of the CMHF.

Date: Friday May 11, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. - Noon CST


Karl Ebert, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Linda Breggin, Nashville Food Waste Initiative

Jeffery Ezell, The Compost Company

Sharon Smith, Metro Nashville Public Works

Meeting Location:

Country Music Hall of Fame

222 5th Ave S. 

Nashville, TN 37203

Workshop Agenda:

 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Coffee and meet and greet

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Information session, speaker presentations

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. – County Music Hall of Fame back of house tour

Click here to register now!

Special Appreciation to Workshop Sponsor: 

What is Renew?

Renew highlights and connects voluntary industry-sponsored programs (Renew members) with recyclable material generators and municipalities to overcome challenges, promote recycling, and implement collaborative programs at the state and local levels that capture the economic benefits of recycling.

How Renew Works

  • Renew promotes a positive narrative around recycling and its members – voluntary industry-sponsored programs – via industry events, media placement, and representative outreach.
  • Tools and resources of voluntary industry-sponsored programs (Renew members) are catalogued in the Renew database.
  • Renew assesses municipalities and connects their decision makers/elected officials with the appropriate voluntary industry-sponsored programs (Renew members) that can help advance their recycling program.
  • Membership funded – NO COST to municipalities.

Country Music Hall of Fame



Karl Ebert, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Karl Ebert hails from Rochester NY, but attended college in Miami FL, at St. Thomas University. He spent 9 years working in Major League Baseball for the Miami Marlins, where he oversaw the construction and daily operations of Marlins Park, a certified LEED Gold facility. Currently Mr. Ebert oversees the sustainability program at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum sees over 1 million guests come through its doors annually and Mr. Ebert has helped increase recycling rates, reduce food waste and improve community relations.

Linda Breggin, Nashville Food Waste Initiative

Linda K. Breggin is a Senior Attorney and Director, Southeast Environmental Programs for the Environmental Law Institute, located in Nashville, Tennessee. For the last several years, she has served as the Project Coordinator for the Nashville Food Waste Initiative, a Project of the Natural Resources Defense Council. In this role, she has helped develop and implement a holistic strategy for addressing food waste that includes approaches to preventing wasted food, rescuing surplus food and recycling food scraps. Education is a key component of all aspects of the Initiative.

Jeffery Ezell, The Compost Company

Jeffery Ezell is a SWANA certified Compost Facility Manager, active member of the US Compost Council, and currently serves as Vice President of the Tennessee Recycling Coalition. Prior to working with The Compost Company, Jeffrey served as Recycling Coordinator for Metro Nashville Public Works working to grow and support composting projects at schools, community centers, businesses, and homes. Jeffrey also served as coordinator and instructor for the Davidson County Master Composter Class. Jeffrey Ezell holds a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Georgia.

Sharon Smith, Metro Nashville Public Works

Sharon Smith has worked in the waste management industry for over 22 years including 16 years with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. She has worked for the Metro Government in several capacities starting as recycling coordinator and is currently an assistant director.

Working together to promote reuse and recycling activities in Tennessee.

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