TRC Presents the 2017 Recycling Workshop Series

The Tennessee Recycling Coalition is proud to present the 2017 Workshop Series.  The workshop series is planned and organized in partnership with RRS (Resource Recycling Systems).  The first of four workshops in the series is sponsored by the Foodservice Packaging Institute, and will take place in Chattanooga, TN on June 1, 2017.  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 One

Best Practices for Adding New Materials

Have you been tasked to add a new material to your recycling program? Many communities these days are adding an item for collection because of newly advanced technology, product packaging changes, market demand, or goals of higher recycling rates. Come to the workshop to explore opportunities and discuss industry best practices for adding materials to your recycling program.  We will share resources and lessons learned to assist you with continued recycling program development.

In addition, following the information session, participants will have a choice to tour the WestRock MRF or paper mill.  Please join us and register today!

SPEAKERS : Click link at left or see below

Date:  June 1, 2017

Time:  1:00pm - 4:30pm


Information session and networking, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Green Spaces, 63 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408 (downtown)

Facility tours, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
WestRock MRF or paper mill – limited space, please register

This workshop will celebrate the FPI community partnership project that is underway in Chattanooga – a partnership of the City of Chattanooga, WestRock, and the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI).  Through this work, Chattanooga is adding as suite of foodservice packaging to their curbside program starting later this year.

WestRock Paper Mill (limit 15), 701 Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405


WestRock MRF2900 Home Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37410

Foodservice Packaging (FSP) covers a wide range of material types and products. With paper FSP, we’re initially targeting the inclusion of cups, containers, boxes and bags as acceptable material in MRFs and residential recycling programs. With plastic FSP, we’re targeting the inclusion of cups and containers. These identified categories of material generate the most volume, with good flow potential in a MRF, and available end markets. 

Green Spaces Chattanooga


Matt Todd, Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

Matt is a Senior Consultant at RRS whose foundation is firmly rooted in practical application. His diverse background in many facets of recycling and solid waste management provide a great blend of system expertise, and project execution. Matt has over 20 years of progressive solid waste management experience in the public and private sector and leads teams on a wide range of projects. His extensive experience has placed him in front of various organizations, including corporations, municipalities, NGOs, state government, private recycling companies, and colleges and universities. Matt lives in Durham, NC and has a BS in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech.

Matt Glastetter, Director of Operations - Tennessee, WestRock Recycling

Matt Glastetter is currently serving as director of operations - Tennessee, for the Recycling division, where he is responsible for recycling plant operations and business development in Tennessee and Alabama. Matt joined WestRock in 2012 as assistant general manager for our Chattanooga, Tennessee, recycling plant. The following year, he was promoted to general manager of the Knoxville, Tennessee, recycling plant, and again in 2014 to general manager of the Chattanooga plant. Prior to joining WestRock, Matt worked for The Newark Group in management roles at its Mobile, Alabama, recycled paper mill and Shreveport, Louisiana, recycling plant. Matt earned a bachelor's degree in operations management from Southeast Missouri State University.



Donald Stone, Public Works Deputy Administrator, City of Chattanooga

The City of Chattanooga has been recycling curbside and at its five recycle convenience centers for over twenty years.  The City has moved from dual to single stream in recent years and have provided each of its 26,000 + members with a 96-gallon container to increase overall waste diversion.  The City has on average 30 addresses sign up for recycling each week and have increased monthly tonnage from an average of 204.2 in 2013 to 447.4 in 2017.  Concerning its centers, the City has on average over 10,000 participants and receives 136 tons per month.  Recently, the City has partnered with Green Spaces, a non-profit in the sustainability field, to increase the right way to recycle in a marketing campaign expected in the summer of 2017.



Natalie Hostetler, Program Director, Green Spaces

Natalie Hostetler has been with Green Spaces as the Green Light Program Director since 2015.  Natalie is a lifelong Chattanoogan, with over 10 years of progressive experience in corporate training, sales, and marketing and has worked for three Fortune 100 companies since she graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2005.   As the Program Director of the Green Light program, Natalie has developed a vast knowledge of program development and implementation from her work with local non-profits and her career in corporate sales.  Her reputation for connecting people and incorporating fun with work is well known and she is looking forward to working with businesses to have the tools they need to adopt a lifelong culture of sustainability within their organization.

Working together to promote reuse and recycling activities in Tennessee.

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